The US trade ban that prevents companies like Google from selling tech to Huawei may have crippled (in the West, at least) one of the most impressive foldable phones 0f 2019/2020.
By Jay McGregor Senior Contributor
The Mate X’s clever reverse fold design is better than Samsung’s book-shaped Galaxy Fold foldable phone, largely because it folds flat. It also doesn’t need a third screen, which means it transforms comfortably from smartphone to tablet – and back again – easily. Combined with Huawei’s camera tech, the Chinese company’s device could’ve caused real problems for Samsung and Motorola.
Both companies probably can’t believe their luck. The Trump administration’s decision all but wiped out a major competitor with a single decree, which gives Motorola and Samsung a clearer shot at vacuuming up more high-spending customers in the upcoming foldable phone war next year.
But, if Huawei’s own Harmony OS becomes a reality, what kind of competition will it face in Motorola’s 2019 Razr?
As I say, the Mate X’s reverse book-shape design is a significant improvement on Samsung’s Galaxy Fold. It’s clever, too. When the display is folded back the exposed edge blacks out and turns into a bezel with the help of palm rejection technology.
But there’s two issues with this: firstly, the durability of flexible displays is questionable – especially when it’s constantly exposed like that. Secondly, the Mate X – as impressive as it is – doesn’t necessarily solve a usage problem in the way Motorola’s Razr does. The Razr folds into almost half of its extended size, and therefore half of the size of a traditional smartphone. That makes it compact and pocketable.
There’s a clear reason for it to exist. That’s less the case with the Mate X (and Samsung’s Fold) which essentially transforms from a big device into an even bigger device. More