Foldable smartphones have been the hot topics of discussion and sales for two giants; Samsung and Huawei. According to the officials at Huawei, the Huawei Mate X is more reliable than the Samsung Galaxy fold say, company officials. This comes at the time when Huawei has started a trial production run. On April 20th the small-scale production began for a local China launch in June. Seeing all the news about the Galaxy Fold, Huawei is apparently increasing testing standards to avoid a similar problem.
Huawei previously announced that the price would be a surprise. We now know that the price will not exceed 14000 RMB (~2090$) This will be the price for the local variant. The international variant will likely cost 17000 RMB (~2540$).
The batch of Stocks for China
The first batch of stocks that will be ready in China by June is around 80,000 units. Due to the limited supply of the foldable screen from BOE, Huawei might limit the entire life-cycle of the product to just 300,000 units. Samsung has a clear advantage here with a more mature supply line. Samsung will have 700,000 units ready and has the capability to make 300,000 after that. Of course, all these approximate from the industry.
Adapt to survive
All these stocks will be of no use to Samsung if their devices continue to fail. Samsung devices currently are experiencing sudden failure, protective film issues and more. Huawei seeing this is said to have taken additional steps to make its device more reliable.
Samsung uses an inner folding design. This had the apparent advantage of being protected when not being used. But this seems to have caused more problems than solve them. The inner fold design is said to be causing tremendous stretching and folding pressures.
Huawei is using an outer folding method and this has apparently reduced the stress felt by the screen to a large extent. The only problem now is how to protect the screen that does not have hardened glass? Huawei is working on methods to harden the screen.
The industry experts, all around, believe that the Huawei Mate X is more reliable than the Galaxy fold. We now only need to hope that the supply can meet the demand.