Huawei is not releasing its foldable Mate X tablet / smartphone in June, as initially intended, but in September. The company reports carrying out additional tests and becoming more careful after the debacle of the Samsung Fold.
Huawei does not want to lose its reputation with the Mate X, a company spokesperson told CNBC. The spokesperson mentions September as the month in which the folding device must come out. He says the company is conducting additional tests with mobile providers and developers to ensure that apps work when the Mate X unfolds.
Huawei does not immediately report additional tests related to build quality, but it seems likely that the company is also looking at this. Samsung was embarrassed at the end of April when it turned out that review devices of its Galaxy Fold were broken . The Fold was not released in April and it is unclear whether and if so when a new release will take place. Various telecom providers have since canceled preorders for the device.
The Mate X would be released somewhere in the middle of 2019 and Chinese media reported June as a month of availability. Huawei announced the foldable combination of smartphone and tablet in February. The device costs $2299.