A senior Huawei executive tried to defeat Samsung, its biggest rival in the mobile phone market, as the two companies clashed to show off their new foldable phones.
Huawei's mobile business CEO, Richard Yu, told Business Insider that Huawei had originally designed a folding phone similar in design to Samsung's Galaxy Fold, but that he had killed it because that he was "not good".
"I think having two screens, a front screen and a back screen, makes the phone too heavy," said Richard Yu about the Galaxy Fold, addressing Business Insider.
"We had several solutions, but we canceled them, we had three projects simultaneously, we had something better than that. [the Samsung Galaxy Fold], killed by me. "
"It was bad," he added.
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The Huawei Mate X folding smartphone includes a single flexible display that folds and unfolds to turn the device of a smartphone into an 8-inch tablet.
You can see what it looks like here:
The Galaxy Fold works a little differently, with a small front screen serving as a smartphone display when the device is folded. The phone then opens as a book to reveal a second screen the size of a tablet.
Here is what it looks like:
Yu's comments come as Huawei's guns for Samsung's first position as the world's leading phone maker.
Samsung has been in this niche for years, while Huawei tends to turn between second and third place with Apple. But Huawei was the only company among the three to have gained market share during the 2018 vacation quarter.
The differences between Mate X and Galaxy Fold have sparked a debate over the best design for the phone.
Some believe that the Mate X would be the most delicate of the two devices because the screen folds outward and may scratch easily. Others say that the Galaxy Fold does not quite close, which could allow dust and other objects to fall into the space and damage them. apparatus.
Frank Gillet, an analyst at Forrester, noted that no one had the opportunity to properly test either device, but said that Huawei initially looked like the best design.
"The folding tablet from Huawei looks better at first, simply because it's thinner and has a bigger screen in phone and tablet mode," he told Business Insider. "And it is likely that the folding design emphasizes less on the screen than on the Samsung screen, although only time allows it.
"It is too early to ask which one is the best before we can all try out production units – it was clearly prototypes, which never look as good as they are. they will not be later. "
Folding phones are still out of reach of the average consumer, added Gillett. The Mate X costs € 2,299 ($ 2,600). The Galaxy Fold costs 2,000 euros, or 1,980 dollars for American consumers.