Despite all the controversies around Chinese tech companies, Huawei and the U.S government, the folding Huawei Mate X is still coming, and we finally have a launch date.
"It's coming in September – at the latest," said Vincent Pang, President of Huawei's Western European Region, even stating that it might arrive earlier.
Huawei Mate X is a 5G phone, and according to them is the reason for such a delay. 5G has been slow to roll out for the most part, and has nothing to do with U.S politics (again, according to Huawei).
So where will it actually be released? According to Pang, any country that has 5G.
But of course, he meant any country with 5G except the U.S. Naturally, due to the Huawei ban and all that. But does that mean you can never own this phone? Absolutely not. Where there’s a will there’s a way.
Still sticking with Android
To our surprise, even after Huawei announced they’ll be moving to their own OS, the Huawei Mate X release will launch with Android.
But how can they get away with this?
Apparently, because it was already announced, it may fall outside Trump’s administrations ban regarding U.S companies dealing with Huawei. The ban came around due to Huawei’s cosiness with the Chinese government and fears around spying and privacy. Following this, a number of other countries have banned Huawei’s networking equipment.
Despite this, Huawei continue to make waves in the smartphone industry, despite the fact that Google will no longer provide technical support to them.
Everyone was sceptical after the ban about this phone ever even being released, but Pang and the rest of Huawei are supremely confident it will. And should even run the latest Android OS.
The reason for September release
Huawei are adamant that U.S politics are not the reason for the release delay, claiming they are waiting for 5G to cement itself better in China and other key countries.
Considering the Huawei Mate X is a 5G phone, this makes sense to ensure users get the most out of it.
But, we’re certain there is another reason too. Huawei themselves have stated they spent a lot of time testing and retesting the foldable screen hardware. And with the epic failure of Samsung’s Galaxy Fold launch, no doubt Huawei have gone back to the drawing board to make sure they don’t mimic where the Korean company went horribly wrong.
Ultimately, the main problem you may run into as a Huawei Mate X user is not flexibility, but availability. Huawei phones were already tricky to get in the U.S, but this will only make things more difficult.