The Huawei Mate X foldable is currently available in China, touting a Kirin 980 processor. The firm previously said it was working on a variant with a Kirin 990 chipset, set for a March 2020 launch in its home market. Now, it looks like we have more details and a Western launch window for the foldable.
Huawei consumer business group CEO Richard Yu told Frandroid (via machine translation) that the new device would offer the Kirin 990, a better hinge, and a “more resistant” screen.
It’s unclear how exactly the revised model’s screen will differ from the standard Mate X, but foldable phones all use plastic screens for the most part, making them prone to scratches in theory. So Huawei could be applying a coating or other technology to the display to offer better scratch resistance.
Yu told the outlet that the revised Mate X will appear at MWC 2020 in Spain. Furthermore, the Huawei executive mentioned that he would like to see the Mate X come to Europe in Q1 2020, but it’s unclear whether this is the revised model or the standard variant.
Either way, the Huawei Mate X likely won’t be equipped with Google Play Services when it eventually leaves China. This is due to the US trade ban against Huawei, preventing Google from supporting new Huawei models.
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