Huawei’s foldable phone Mate X with visible changes spotted

Is Huawei learning from Samsung's mistakes?


The chief of Huawei’s consumer division, Yu Chengdong, was reportedly spotted with a redesigned Mate X in an airport in China. After the device was delayed, it seems like the launch date of the handset has been changed from September to November. The company has seemingly made some tweaks to the design for perhaps better integrity like Samsung.

What are the changes?

The changes made are very apparent around the back of the device. Noticeably, there is what looks like a new camera setup. Huawei previously rocked a triple camera set-up. The additional optical sensor is apparently a ToF sensor according to XDA Developers, which was spotted on Huawei’s website.

The Mate X in the Hands of the executive (via Weibo)

So that is what Huawei has likely added to its triple camera assembly on the Mate X. The new Mate X camera housing strip – the long and bulkier side, appears to have been reconstructed on carbon fiber now or has just been textured to appear that way. In either case, previously plain and glossy block with company name engraved is completely gone now. The shape of the button that triggers the catch for the folding mechanism has also been changed to be a bit wider and less oblong, with a red line set in it.

Huawei Mate X: Confirmed Specifications

Sometime later, after spotting the Mate X on an executive’s hand, the device was popped up on TENAA’s site confirming the changes. The images shown by the TENAA goes with what was seen in the executive’s hand. The pictures clearly show the new larger folding mechanism release button and the addition of a new sensor in the camera cluster. Moreover, the TENNA filings also listed down detailed specs of the device.

A 2.6GHz SoC, 4,400mAh battery and 8-inch 2,480 × 2,200 folding OLED display. Most of it remains the same outside of the 4,400mAh better, which is 100mAh smaller. Lastly, Neowin claims that the device runs on a Kirin 990 which is going to be paired with 8-12GB of RAM and 128, 256, and 512GB storage sizes. Given that these changes aren’t substantial, we will have to wait and see how the $2,600 Mate X ends up when its out.