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Fresh Huawei Mate X2 renders hint at a clean new foldable experience

Is this the Mate X2? (Source: Weibo)
Is this the Mate X2? (Source: Weibo)
Huawei is rumored to launch a new foldable phablet called the Mate X2 soon. According to a new render, it will be a considerable departure from its predecessor in that it will have a design quite like that of its probable main rival, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2. Then again, it might manage to avoid the multiple central punch-holes seen in that device.
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Huawei is expected to launch its next foldable device, the Mate X2, soon. The OEM chose to make the first generation (and subsequent refresh) of this device outward-folding, which meant its main display was always on the outside. However, its 2021 replacement is rumored to bend in the completely opposite way, meaning it might turn into something much more like the Galaxy Z Fold2.

Then again, should Huawei go down this route, it has the chance to do some things differently compared to Samsung's choices with the Z Fold2. They include the off-center punch-hole selfie camera found in its 7.6-inch main AMOLED display.

According to a new render posted to Weibo by the prolific leaker Digital Chat Station, Huawei has included a new front-facing secondary display in the Mate X2. It contains a P40-esque dual punch-hole camera, containing at least 1 16MP sensor.

This leaves the foldable's (allegedly 8.01-inch in diagonal length) main display clear of cameras of any kind, something Digital Chat Station for one seems to approve of. The new image leaves the Mate X2's rear panel to the imagination, which leaves scope for further, high-resolution main cameras on the device.

The Mate X2 is also thought to have 66W charging be powered by the Kirin 9000 processor. Unfortunately, pairing this SoC (in all its reported increasing scarcity) with the prospect of this new design might push its price through the roof. However, it might be a few weeks more until Huawei confirms this at its eventual press event for the ultra-high-end device.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-02- 3 (Update: 2021-02-10)