It's starting to look like a bad year for foldable smartphones, as Huawei has announced that the Huawei Mate X will be delayed again. Huawei had informed TechRadar at a press event in China that there is “no possibility” of the folding phone making its September launch date, which itself was pushed back from the original planned June release.
The report also shows that the Mate X is also unlikely to be released before November, though funnily enough Huawei is said to be “certain” that it’ll come out at some point this year. That pretty much leaves December, which is still pretty doubtful.
TechRadar did not elaborate on the reason for the delay though they did share that ite next Mate X could have more screens and that it might come out as soon as next year. This is done by swapping out the steel rear cover in the current Huawei Mate X with a glass back, and those glass surfaces could become usable, touchable displays.
For now, it’s not clear whether Huawei is doing extra technical diligence to avoid the kind of embarrassing false start Samsung experienced with the Galaxy Fold, or whether the company’s uncertain status with crucial partners like Arm and Google is holding the release back. Either way, if the Galaxy Fold launches in September after all, it's bound to beat the Mate X to market.