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Huawei brings mate X2 folding phone on February 22


China's Huawei is preparing to announce its new flagship folding phone, Mate X2, later this month, according to the company's official page via Chinese blogging platform Weibo.

Based on the name, it seems that Mate X2 should be a more substantial follow-up to the original Mate X than huawei's latest folding phone, the fastest and slightly modified Mate XS.

Despite earlier rumors that Huawei might abandon its consumer business, the company is still moving ahead with a new flagship phone - even folding - later this month.

The suspensepicture shows that the flexible screen folds inland this time, unlike Mate Xs and Mate X, where folding screens were facing the outside.

Given that Huawei has moved away from prototype designs similar to the Samsung Galaxy Fold and its successor, it's interesting to see the company turn 180 degrees around its next folding phone.

Otherwise, there's not much detail about Mate X2 yet, and the Kirin 9000 processor is likely to include the same one in Mate 40 Pro.

Huawei may not be able to include Google apps and services, limiting the device's validity outside China unless something changes unexpectedly quickly with the Biden administration's new approach to sanctions.

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, used mate X2 for some time and said it was full of surprises.

According to the details available, the device comes in dimensions of 161.8×145.8×8.2 mm, and has a home screen measuring 8.01 inches, while the secondary screen is 6.45 inches in size.

The home screen comes at 2480×220 pixels and a 120 Hz refresh rate, and the screen is supplied by Samsung and BOE.

The folding phone is also expected to have a 4,400 mAh battery and supports fast charging at 66 watts.

The company will not use ultra-thin UTG glass but chooses colorless scratch-resistant CPI polyamide.

Given the severe shortage of Huawei's leading portable processors, there are questions as to how many units the company can ship, and if it has enough units to sell outside China this time.

Despite U.S. sanctions, recent data from market research firm Canalys shows that Huawei continues to lead china's smartphone market.

Huawei could fall back on top of the ban on the use of U.S. technology is not lifted by the new U.S. administration.