Samsung’s blunder with the problematic Galaxy Fold launch could get the company in even more trouble, as the Chinese competitors are now trying to pull ahead in the race for the first foldable phone to release worldwide. Immediately after Samsung announced the delay of the Galaxy Fold, rumors that Huawei’s Mate X may meet the same fate started to make the rounds, and this would have been great news for Samsung, but it looks like this is not really the case.
Industry insiders believe that Huawei’s outwards-folding mechanism is superior to Samsung’s inwards-folding approach. Not only that, but the device as a whole appears to be much sturdier, with slimmer bezels and no distracting notch in sight, plus it is considerably thinner even when folded up. Moreover, the Mate X is expected to have a 50% lower price compared to the Galaxy Fold. Huawei recently denied the rumors regarding a delayed September release for the Mate X, so the Chinese phone maker has a fair chance to become the first company to release a foldable smartphone some time this June.
Samsung, on the other hand, did not provide a new release date for the revised Galaxy Fold models. Judging by the clunky design, the company might be forced to completely scrap all the units it has already produced (sources claim these may be in the hundreds of thousands range). We’ve seen that Samsung already has plans to release different foldable designs, and it might even be a better idea to accelerate their production instead of redesigning the current Fold.