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HUAWEI Mate X tipped to arrive with Kirin 990 chipset, better camera

The HUAWEI Mate X has received another delay, but HUAWEI might be using the time to upgrade the phone's internals.

Published onAugust 19, 2019

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Huawei confirmed news last week that its Mate X foldable phone might not release in September, ostensibly so the firm can ensure the device is reliable and polished. But it also seems like the company delayed the release so it could upgrade the internals.

Neowin went hands on with the Mate X in Shenzhen and reports that the foldable is now equipped with the HiSilicon Kirin 990 chipset. This processor hasn’t even been announced yet, but we’re expecting HUAWEI to announce it at IFA 2019 ahead of its integration into the Mate 30 series.

There’s no word on chipset details, but HUAWEI has been quick to adopt new Arm IP in recent years. So that means we can likely expect the Kirin 990 to offer brand-new Cortex-A77 CPU cores and a Mali-G77 GPU. We’d also expect the firm’s NPU to receive a noteworthy performance leap.

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Neowin adds that the HUAWEI Mate X now uses an RYYB primary camera sensor, in line with the P30 series. The RYYB camera enables better low-light image quality than traditional RGB camera sensors, according to HUAWEI. There’s no word if the Mate X offers the P30 Pro‘s 5x periscope camera.

So when can you get your hands on the company’s foldable phone? TechRadar was told that the device was “unlikely” to launch before November. Meanwhile, HUAWEI told Android Authority that the Mate X was set to launch between September and November.

Would you buy a foldable phone in 2019 (if they do launch this year)? Sound off in the comments section below!

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