Samsung Galaxy Fold was originally planned to hit the market in the month of April. However, the design flaw of the device almost delayed the launch for about two months. As per the leaks, Samsung will announce the new launch date by the end of this month and will be made available in July. However, BestBuy and AT&T have already canceled the existing pre-orders. On the other hand, the Huawei Mate X is also expected to be launched in July.
The Mate X is also the world’s first 5G foldable smartphone. While the rumored launch date will be during the 90 days reprieval period give by the US government, it’s still going to get hit by the US ban. The flexible OLED display on the Huawei Mate X is supplied by another Chinese company called BOE. According to the latest report, BOE is using the optical clear adhesive (OCA) supplied by the US company 3M. After Trump’s executive order, the company is said to have stopped supplying it for using with Huawei devices.
Next month, Samsung will become the world’s first brand to sell foldable smartphones. On the other hand, Huawei could also launch the Mate X exclusively in China with its limited inventory. However, we don’t think the Chinese company will be able to launch its foldable smartphone unless it finds another supplier of clear adhesive which doesn’t get affected by the US ban. The Mate X sports a large 8-inch OLED display which offers 6.6-inch and 6.38-inch displays when folded.
Under the hood, it comes powered by the 7nm HiSilicon Kirin 980 octa-core processor coupled with Mali-G76 MP10 GPU and dual NPU. The Balong 5000 5G modem adds support for sub 6GHz frequencies for 5G connectivity. It only comes with a triple camera setup featuring a 40MP primary camera, a 16MP ultra-wide-angle camera, and an 8MP telephoto camera. FYI, the Galaxy Fold sports a total of six camera sensors. Stay tuned on PhoneRadar for more details!