Chinese technology giant Huawei said its foldable 5G Mate X smartphone will introduce in September slightly deferred than it was reported set to. The most recent setback for the Huawei was slapped with U.S. sanction a month ago.
The foldable 5G Mate X of Huawei is a rival of Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy Fold is expected to be launch internationally in September, said Vincent Pang, Huawei’s head of corporate communications on the conference in Hong Kong.
Huawei’s foldable smartphone was originally scheduled for a June launch.
Due to the U.S. ban Huawei smartphones being cut off from updates of Google’s Android operating system.
According to Pang, the deferred of Huawei 5G Mate X smartphone not because of U.S. blacklist, he saying Huawei was in the process of running certification test with different carriers that were anticipated to be done by August.
He added that Huawei could introduce its new operating system named as Hongmeng which being tested in nine months.
“Our preference will of course be Google and Android as we have been partners for many years,” said Pang, also a senior vice president at Huawei. “But if the circumstances force us to, we can roll out Hongmeng in six to nine months.”
“Hongmeng is based on the version of Android that is publicly available via open-source licensing and is mainly meant for phones”, Pang said. Hongmeng will support other devices later.
The Alphabet Inc.’s Google would no longer offer Android software for Chinese technology giant Huawei smartphones after a 90-day respite granted by the U.S. government expires in August.
According to a mews agency, Huawei has applied to trademark its news operating system Hongmeng in nine countries including Europe, in an indication it might be using a back-up plan in important markets.
At home, Huawei moved for a Hongmeng trademark in August a year ago and received permission a month ago, China’s intellectual property administration’s website said.
Pang denied recent media reports that Huawei was cancelling the roll out of its next new laptop and said it will still launch at a later date.
Pang denied some media reports that Huawei was cancelling the launch of its new laptop.
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The hopes of Huawei to become the world’s top selling phone maker in the fourth quarter this year have been deferred, a senior Huawei executive said.
Huawei is falling over the broader chip industry.
Broadcom Inc. has cautioned of a stoppage in chip demand due to the U.S. and China trade spat and export limitations on Huawei and cuts its revenue forecast for the year by 8 percent.
On Friday, Micron Technology Inc.’s CEO Sanjay Mehrotra said that the blacklist on Huawei brings “uncertainty and disturbance” to the semiconductor industry.
Mehrotra said Micronone of the biggest costumer, was assessing affect from the blacklist on Huawei.