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Huawei Mate X2: a new leak allegedly confirms the switch to an inward-folding design

The new "Mate X2 poster". (Source: Weibo)
The new "Mate X2 poster". (Source: Weibo)
A Weibo-based tipster has posted what is claimed as an official Huawei poster for the impending Mate X2 flagship foldable device. This phablet has long been rumored to ditch its predecessor's form-factor, in which its flexible screen is on its outer surface, for a more book-like effect similar to that developed by Samsung. The new leak appears to support this idea.

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The Huawei Mate X2 is projected to launch with an 8-inch FHD+ folding display with a 120Hz refresh rate, the Kirin 9000 SoC and the OEM's fastest 66W wired charging standard. Furthermore, it is also widely rumored to change its folding orientation from outward (as in the Mate Xs) to inward (as with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2).

Should this be the case, additional leaks suggest that this would make the Mate X2 the first "book-form" foldable without visible internal cameras. This tantalizing prospect may have been confirmed in advance on Weibo.

It comes courtesy of a user whose name appears to translate to Changan Digital King, who has uploaded what looks like an official teaser for the Mate X2. It shows what looks like the device in a "clock-face" position, thus strongly suggesting it closes display-first.

The poster also contains a caption that apparently translates to the phrase, "Huawei Mate X2 in a new form-factor", placed below an Albert Einstein quote ("Knowledge is limited, imagination embraces the entire world"). This general theme might reflect Changan Digital King's theory (also Google-translated) that the device will incorporate advanced tech unrelated to its flexible display.

They might include its new alleged refresh rate, not to mention the addition of the 50W wireless charging also seen in the Mate 40 series. However, we will have to wait until February 22, 2021 to find out for sure - not to mention whether Huawei intends to release the potentially cutting-edge foldable internationally or not.

The Galaxy Z Fold2 is still reduced to US$1750 on Best Buy

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A closer look at the new "Mate X2 poster" shows that the "clock" might be made of foldable phone edges. (Source: Weibo)
A closer look at the new "Mate X2 poster" shows that the "clock" might be made of foldable phone edges. (Source: Weibo)

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-02-18 (Update: 2021-02-24)