Huawei is preparing the second generation of its foldable smartphone, the Mate X2. In a manufacturer’s patent approved on August 14, 2020, we discover several diagrams of a folding phone, as well as a photorealistic rendering that offers the first glimpse of its design.
After several months of waiting, the first generation of Huawei Mate X has been available in its improved version: the Mate Xs. Those who did not give the skin of the foldable smartphone dearly would have made a mistake. According to the sales figures released earlier this year, the Mate X was selling very well in China with no less than 100,000 copies sold per month. Unsurprisingly, Huawei is working on a new iteration of the device.
Mate X2: Huawei relies on a screen that folds inward
Several leaks already suggested that the Mate X2 will have a different design, with a screen that folds inwards like the Galaxy Z Fold 2. The “Let’s Go Digital” has spotted a Huawei patent filed in May 2019 which is approved by the Chinese intellectual property office. The document describes a foldable smartphone and includes several diagrams including a very realistic rendering of the device.
So let’s Go Digital didn’t need to indulge in its usual exercise of turning patent designs into 3D rendering. The Huawei Mate X2 could share a broadly similar form factor to its predecessor, but with several upgrades. It would embark to start a stylus called M Pen. As a reminder, Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 2 does not have a stylus, unlike what was originally announced. Huawei could thus play on this significant advantage.
The two devices share similarities, including the way the screen folds inward. However, there are a number of notable differences. For example, an (external) cover screen seems to be missing from the Mate X2. Instead, Huawei goes for a sidebar that functions as a small control screen, in addition to housing a dual selfie camera at the top. This space should provide access to a number of features, including the display of the time and notifications.
As with the Mate Xs, the sidebar is slightly thicker than the rest of the frame when the display is unfolded. This protuberance also serves as housing for the style via a slit available on the lower part. We hope that this new patent foreshadows Huawei’s future foldable smartphone.
As a reminder the device is expected to release by the end of the year.