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New renders hint at Huawei's potential to produce the rollable Mate-series phablets of the future

A "Huawei rollable" render. (Source: LetsGoDigital)
A "Huawei rollable" render. (Source: LetsGoDigital)
Huawei has signalled that it is ready to move on to premium devices with rollable displays, thanks to a new patent that locks its take on this next-gen type of display down. This new IP has been converted into new, high-quality renders that may show how next-gen Mate-series phablets based on this technology might look. The essential effect is somewhat reminiscent of the OEM's first-gen foldable.

Huawei has indicated that it might at least try and keep up with the Samsungs and OPPOs of the world with more innovative uses of flexible AMOLED technology besides the increasingly over-used waterfall display paradigm. Most recently, they include a patent for what could be called a Mi Mix Alpha Lite. However, it is now possible that this design might be ditched for another that takes most of the same ideas and extends them further...literally.

In other words, it is this OEM's version of the slidable- or rollable-display mobile device, much like the rumored OPPO X 2021 or Samsung Galaxy Z Slide. Then again, Huawei's take on the concept might stand out. as it integrates magnets intended to keep the part of the display that curves all the way around 1 edge of the device's frame smooth and kink-free.

Accordingly, this potential next-gen Mate-series phablet has a screen that covers the majority of the device, leaving a thin strip of rigid frame. This part of the device strongly recalls Huawei's Mate Xs in new high-res renders based on the OEM's new patent, published by the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) on August 5, 2021.

These images, created by Ts Designer and published by LetsGoDigital, envision a device with a form-factor that accommodates a ~6.5-inch display in its "normal" mode, but can convert to an ~11-inch "tablet" when its display is fully deployed.

Huawei has been losing ground as a mobile device company as of late; however, a real-life device such as this just might help it compete again in this part of the high-end consumer tech market.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-08-30 (Update: 2021-08-30)