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(Pocket Ribbon) – Huawei was one of the first to present a foldable phone in early 2019: the Mate X; that phone has been updated with the Mate Xs and now details about the successor have emerged.
The Mate X2 would be codenamed "Teton" and would have an inward folding screen. The original Mate X had the screen wrapped around the outside, but it now looks like Huawei is looking for a design similar to Samsung's Galaxy Fold.
We had previously heard about this design from patents filed by Huawei, along with the name Mate V, which is apparently a trademark. That hasn't stopped two reliable sources referring to it as the Mate X2 – and it makes sense for us to continue with this naming convention.
Mate X2 is foldable like the Z Fold 2 and will come from Samsung and BOE. No UTG, CPI instead. But maybe you already knew all that … 🙂
– Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) August 7, 2020
Little else is known about this phone at this point other than using a CPI display cover – that's colorless polyimide film instead of Ultra-Thin Glass, Samsung's favorite display top on the most recent foldable phones. That's one thing that has been confirmed: that Samsung Display will provide the panel for this phone.
Huawei has long been one of the most aggressive smartphone companies when it comes to boosting new technologies and experimentation with foldable phones is a big part of that.
The company has garnered a lot of attention around its positioning with the US government over the past year, with the biggest outcome being that Huawei has expanded its own services to replace those often provided by Google in Android phones.
Huawei's problems seem to be on the rise, however, with reports that the hardware it needs to produce its Kirin chips is running out. While companies like Samsung have faced opposition over the Exynos hardware, Huawei's recent Kirin hardware has been widely praised for its performance.
That could mean that Huawei will have to buy its hardware elsewhere – with MediaTek being the obvious contender – although Qualcomm is said to be trying to step into that position.
Currently, the timeline for a new foldable phone is unknown, although we expect the launch of Huawei's next device in October 2020.
Written by Chris Hall.