The outlook for the Huawei Mate 30 is a tad bleak.
By JC Torres
It arguably has some of the best smartphone award this half of the year but all that might be lost on most markets because of the absence of Google Play Store and its related apps and services.
It is definitely a trying period for the company as the impact of the US blacklist has finally become real as far as its Android smartphones go. Despite that, it seems that Huawei is still willing to test fate by launching what could be both its first and last foldable phone in a few weeks.
Things almost seemed favorable for Huawei’s foldable phone. It was indeed delayed for various reasons, like the aforementioned US blacklist, but it at least gave the company more time to refine its design and improve the phone’s durability away from scrutinizing eyes. The Samsung Galaxy Fold wasn’t as lucky.
Still, Huawei always said it had the better design, an “outie” compared to Samsung’s “innie”, and the largely unexplained delays may have not inspired much confidence in the product. Echoing Business Group CEO Richard Yu’s promise, a customer representative reportedly confirmed that the Mate X will finally see the light of day sometime in October, exact date still to be announced.
What changes the foldable phone has undergone is still unknown, as the leaks for the Mate X has been practically non-existent compared to the Galaxy Fold. More