Collapsible phones were meant to be the hot new thing this year, but unfortunately the technology is clearly not ready for the real world. Samsung seeded review units by Galaxy Fold, but journalists quickly found that the devices began to break after just days of use. The bend screen has an air gap around the top and bottom of the handset, as wide as possible so that ribbon and debris can enter the body. It meant that when the screen was closed, the film penetrated, damaged the screen.
In addition, Samsung's display membrane became sufficiently loose that some people rightly lost it to a loose screen protector and removed it. It also meant that the screen would break, and the company quickly issued a recall and suggested that it delay the Fold launch to correct the problem. It was in April, and Samsung still cannot mention a date, causing many of its pre-orders to be canceled or withdrawn.
Mate X has a different kind of folding hinge, where the screen unfolds, rather than in, and so many have different technical issues from the Galaxy Fold. Huawei has not allowed any journalists to spend any real time with the phone, but
Delayed launch of Mate X can also be practically provided to Huawei's current problems around the world. The company has been turned into public enemy number one after the United States has made numerous accusations that it has unpleasant close ties with China's leadership. A ban by the US government has seen the company lose support from key suppliers, including Google, ARM, and Qualcomm.
An independent spokesman obviously told CNBC that Huawei officials "will not launch a product to destroy our reputation."