This was supposed to be the summer of foldable phones.
Roughly half a year ago, Samsung and Huawei—the world’s top two phone brands by market share—each announced a device with the cutting-edge tech, and if things had gone their way, both the Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X would already be in the hands of gadget enthusiasts right now.
But alas, things did not go their way. Samsung was forced to indefinitely delay the original May launch of the Galaxy Fold when multiple review units of the device began malfunctioning in the hands of journalists after less than three days of use.
Huawei’s Mate X, meanwhile, was supposed to go on sale in June, but the Chinese company also delayed the launch recently. Huawei told CNBC the decision was not due to the recent troubles with the U.S., but merely a precaution after seeing Samsung’s fiasco. “We don’t want to launch a product [that would] destroy our reputation,” a Huawei rep told CNBC.
Considering the indefinite delays, it’s fair to wonder if the tech behind a cutting-edge concept of a single screen that bends in half isn’t quite ready for wide use yet?
Ben Sin ContributorI cover consumer tech in Asia