Huawei Delays Launch of the Mate X; Prepares to Battle 40-60% Drop in International Shipments
Chinese smartphone giant Huawei has delayed the launch of the Huawei Mate X folding device to September, instead of its original plans to launch it this summer. According to reports, the decision has been taken to perform extra tests following screen problems reported by early reviewers of Samsung’s Galaxy Fold. The two firms already revealed the devices in the month of February, but Huawei said it wanted to be more cautious.
Huawei told the BBC news channel that it didn’t want to destroy the reputation of the brand. “There is slight doubt Huawei will have learned lessons from Samsung’s problems and – given the extra tests the Mate X will get as a result – Huawei is well advised to ensure it has every eventuality covered.”
They has confirmed the Huawei Mate X will launch in India in the second half of 2019. With the delay and the US ban, it will be interesting to note how they plans to release the Huawei Mate X in September. The company is already preparing for a 40-60% drop in international shipments of Huawei phones due to its war with Google.
The Chinese technology brand is looking for options that include pulling the latest model of its marque overseas smartphone, the Honor 20. The device will be available in parts of Europe on June 21, but executives of Huawei will be monitoring the launch closely and may cut off shipments if the sales are poor. Huawei has already scrapped the launch of a new laptop because of Google revoking its Android license, being forced to do so by an order passed by US President Donald Trump.
Even American chip manufacturer Broadcom recently sent a shockwave through the industry by saying that the USA-China trade face-off and the ban on Huawei would ‘knock $2 billion off this year’s sales’.