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Huawei's foldable Mate X most likely to launch before Samsung's postponed Galaxy Fold

Huawei's Mate X features an outwards-folding mechanism. (Source: Huawei)
Huawei's Mate X features an outwards-folding mechanism. (Source: Huawei)
Huawei recently confirmed that the Mate X launch is still scheduled for June and the Chinese company could become the first ever to release a foldable smartphone. Samsung still has no ETA for the Galaxy Fold after it delayed the launch, meaning that Huawei has a fair chance to pull ahead by delivering a more affordable and overall sturdier design.
Bogdan Solca,

Samsung’s blunder with the problematic Galaxy Fold launch could get the company in even more trouble, as the Chinese competitors are now trying to pull ahead in the race for the first foldable phone to release worldwide. Immediately after Samsung announced the delay of the Galaxy Fold, rumors that Huawei’s Mate X may meet the same fate started to make the rounds, and this would have been great news for Samsung, but it looks like this is not really the case.

Industry insiders believe that Huawei’s outwards-folding mechanism is superior to Samsung’s inwards-folding approach. Not only that, but the device as a whole appears to be much sturdier, with slimmer bezels and no distracting notch in sight, plus it is considerably thinner even when folded up. Moreover, the Mate X is expected to have a 50% lower price compared to the Galaxy Fold. Huawei recently denied the rumors regarding a delayed September release for the Mate X, so the Chinese phone maker has a fair chance to become the first company to release a foldable smartphone some time this June.

Samsung, on the other hand, did not provide a new release date for the revised Galaxy Fold models. Judging by the clunky design, the company might be forced to completely scrap all the units it has already produced (sources claim these may be in the hundreds of thousands range). We’ve seen that Samsung already has plans to release different foldable designs, and it might even be a better idea to accelerate their production instead of redesigning the current Fold.


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Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - Senior Tech Writer - 1750 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2019-04-23 (Update: 2019-04-24)