Galaxy Fold or Mate X: which of the folding smartphones will succeed in the market?

The difference that three months make: while in February during the MWC, foldable smartphones were presented by companies as the next great revolution in the world of smartphones, only three months later there is a huge question mark in the future of two of the major models to be launched on the market this year.

When Samsung announced the Galaxy Fold and set the release date for April 26, the device was seen as the model that would usher in the market for foldable smartphones, and serve as a thermometer to know if the new technology would or not be embraced by consumers. But after several models submitted for analysis had problems breaking the screen after two or three bends, Samsung collected all the devices that had already been sent to stores and canceled the Fold release date.

The device does not yet have a specific date to be sent to those customers who paid $ 2,000 in pre-sale, but Samsung has already stated that if it can not solve the problem of the screens by the 31st of this month it will cancel those sales and return the money of all these consumers - and this scenario has great chances to happen.

Meanwhile, Huawei seemed poised to take this market for itself: Mate X was billed as the best foldable smartphone from this year's MWC and had everything to be a top-selling success with its $ 2,600 unobtainable price, but the unfolding of the fiscal war between the United States and China may all stand to lose.

That's because last week the US president signed an executive order that puts Huawei on the "black list" of the country, barring the Chinese company from selling any product or closing any contract with any company in the country without explicit authorization of the federal government - a decision that has already led to Google , Intel and Qualcomm warning that they will no longer talk or maintain any relationship with Huawei until that roll is resolved.

In practice, this means that if you can not reverse the decision until the release in June, Huawei will not only be barred from selling the device in the United States (which is not a big loss since the lack of a local distributor already made the brand's handsets extremely rare in US territory) but will also make all handsets "incomplete". That's because even if the company already had an agreement with Google to use Android in Mate X (which is not a certainty), even if the device uses Android Pie, it will not receive any of the monthly security updates much less can be upgraded to Android Q - the new version of Google's operating system that is being developed especially with folding smartphones in mind.

Although the company was already preparing for this possibility - for example, it already has its own operating system that uses in China, a country that prohibits the use of the Android system because it does not allow the censorship of Internet content - company finds itself at a crossroads where none of the outputs looks interesting: to launch a product worldwide with an operating system that nobody knows and which, because it was produced to satisfy the Chinese government, will further increase Huawei's reputation of spying on communications from other countries ; or launch the device with the Android system, but have to warn all consumers that it can take a few months - or even years - to receive updates on the operating system software, making it clear that they are buying a $ 2 smartphone.

Just three months after convincing the world that foldable smartphones came to stay, Samsung and Huawei face very different problems, but they can take them the same way: the failure to create a demand for this new model of mobile device . For now, it is still too early to know what the end of this story will be, but it is impressive to see how in just three months both companies came out of a certainty of success to wonder if these gadgets will even be launched worldwide.

Source: The Verge

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