Huawei’s foldable smartphone, the Mate X, has been delayed until September so the company can conduct more tests.
The Chinese manufacturer told CNBC it’s being “cautious” after rival Samsung had to cancel the rollout of its own foldable phone, the Galaxy Fold.
To avoid that PR nightmare, Huawei is “doing extra testing” with carriers and developers to make sure everything is in order before the 5G-compatible Mate X arrives. “We don’t want to launch a product to destroy our reputation,” a spokesperson told CNBC.
The Mate X is not expected to be released in the US. Still, this delay comes as Huawei could soon be shunned by some of the world’s biggest software and hardware companies thanks to President Trump’s trade-related blacklist. That includes Google and its Android operating system, but the Mate X will still run the popular OS since the phone was made and introduced prior to the blacklist.
There is the possibility that future devices will use Huawei’s own operating system rather than Android, but using an alternate OS is not the ideal situation for Huawei. “We still very much like the co-operation with Google,” a spokesperson told CNBC.
For now, Huawei has another PR headache to handle; overseas, the P30 Pro, P20 Pro, P20, P20 Lite, and Honor 10 have started showing ads for hotel reservation website Booking.com on their lock screens.