Right now in the battle of the foldable phones, it’s pretty much a fight between Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X, but last month in a report from Business Insider, Huawei took their first shot at Samsung by claiming that the Galaxy Fold’s design was “not good”.
Huawei told the publication that they had several prototypes in the works, one of which had a similar design to the Galaxy Fold. They found that such a design resulted in a phone that is too heavy and that they had to kill it off because it was “not good”. If you thought that Samsung would let that comment slide, they haven’t and have since responded in kind defending the design of the Galaxy Fold.
Speaking to the Australian Financial Review, Samsung’s executive VP in charge of R&D, Eui-suk Chang, said that a design like the Mate X would make it more prone to damage due to the fact that the display is on the outside (and also because it uses a plastic screen).
“If you go with an outfold, you can close the device fully, but then the display is on the outside, which means it’s susceptible to all kinds of user errors. You might touch it by mistake or call someone by mistake. And if you drop it, the display is more susceptible to damage.”
That being said, it might still be too early to tell which design is the best as foldable phones are still brand new. Bryan Ma, vice president of devices research at IDC, believes that now is actually the perfect time for experimentation, where he feels that most of the designs probably won’t end up being successes, but they will still provide valuable lessons for companies as a result.