Huawei patent reveals possible Mate X successor with stylus
At some point in May this year, Huawei could have stolen the show and be the first to launch a foldable phone ahead of Samsung, but things rarely go according to plan, and all the bans imposed on the Chinese company have already pushed the launch of the Mate X model for an October release. Meanwhile, Samsung finally launched its Galaxy Fold, yet the design modifications brought by the delayed smartphone can barely qualify as improvements, since the display is as fragile as ever. Huawei’s design is different and it should hopefully fair a bit better.
As with all emerging technologies, it might be a while until smartphone OEMs manage to iron out all the problems. At least Huawei is willing to improve upon the original design judging from all the patents it is publishing lately. Take for example the latest one that was spotted by LetsGoDigital on the USTPO and WIPO sites. The overall design is similar to the current Mate X, except for one detail: the existence of a stylus. It looks like Huawei may position the upcoming Mate foldable as a serious competitor for Smamsung’s Galaxy Note, in addition to the Galaxy Fold.
The stylus detailed in the patent schematics would be housed in a special compartment integrated in the side bar that also features the main camera setup. LetsGoDigitla notes that Huawei is not the first to file a foldable patent that includes a stylus, as LG and Samsung already published their takes a few months back. However, the Huawei design is very similar to the current Mate X and could easily be implemented in an upcoming version.
If the Mate X gets a good reception when it launches next month, Huawei will most likely greenlight the implementation of such patents for upcoming models, even though the company is still facing “technical difficulties” what with all the restrictions imposed all around the world.