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Leaker claims that Huawei has adopted the design of its rival for its next foldable smartphone

The Mate X2 will apparently feature an inwards folding design and a second screen. (Image source: TechConfigurations)
The Mate X2 will apparently feature an inwards folding design and a second screen. (Image source: TechConfigurations)
The Mate X and Mate Xs may stand out from the crowd, but rumour has it that Huawei has scrapped their outwards folding design for this year's model. Instead, the Mate X2 will feature an inwards folding display like Samsung's Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G. The Mate X2 will have a second screen too, along with a huge battery, four cameras, 65 W charging and multiple storage configurations.

Huawei has released two foldable smartphones so far, although you would be hard-pressed to tell the Mate Xs apart from its predecessor, the Mate X. Unlike the Galaxy Fold, and now the Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G, Huawei's foldable displays fold around their respective chassis. This design choice allows the Mate X and Mate Xs to have one display instead of the two that Samsung's foldable smartphones have.

However, that may change for Huawei's next foldable, the Mate X2. Details about the Mate X2 have been few and far between, but Ross Young of Display Supply Chain Consultants has now offered a slew of information about the device. According to Young, Huawei is re-using the 8.03-inch display from the Mate X on the Mate X2, but it will fold inwards on the new model rather outwards as on the Mate X and Mate Xs. Previously he stated that the display would be capable of running at up to 120 Hz, but it is unclear if that remains the case. The Mate X2 also has a 4.5-inch secondary display, Young claims.

Additionally, the device will be based on the Kirin 1000, which will be Huawei's last in-house chipset. A 6,000 mAh battery will power the Mate X2, which will come with 8 GB or 12 GB of RAM and 128 GB, 256 GB or 512 GB of storage. As has previously been reported, the device will be capable of 65 W fast charging.

Moreover, Huawei has apparently integrated four cameras, including a 40 MP main sensor, a 12 MP telephoto sensor with 3x optical zoom and a 40 MP ultra-wide-angle lens. Young claims to have seen an early prototype too. Apparently, the device resembles a concept design produced earlier this year by TechConfigurations.

Overall, Young's tweets point towards Huawei having conceded on how a foldable smartphone should look. The Mate X and Mate Xs certainly look futuristic, but the latter's construction felt creaky in our experience. The switch to an inwards folding display would remove some of the versatility that the Mate X and Mate Xs have, though.

(Image source: TechConfigurations)
(Image source: TechConfigurations)

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Alex Alderson, 2020-08-11 (Update: 2020-08-11)
Alex Alderson
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.