News on the Galaxy Fold Foldable Phone is slowing down to a trickle but the focus on foldable phones may surge again in a matter of weeks.
By Ewdison Then
The world’s second (or third) foldable phone has yet to actually launch and if the leaks are correct, Huawei might be doing it before the month is over. And if leaks are also correct, the Huawei Mate X will have some key changes from the company’s initial plans.
No, the Mate X will still be an “outie”, which is to say its screen folds on the outside. Given the sensitivity of that screen and Samsung’s hard lessons, you’d think Huawei would change its design. However, the company is prioritizing immediate usability and the economy of a single screen so we’ll see what it has changed to reinforce that fragile component.
One of the actual changes is inside and has been hinted before. When the Mate X launches at the end of October, it will be running on a Kirin 990, not the Kirin 980 it was announced with earlier this year. Since the phone is coming late anyway, Huawei might as well give it the faster processor with a more efficient 5G modem.
On the outside, a leaked unboxing video shows a button that will release the Mate X from its fold. This change has also been hinted before and might be to prevent excessive force from being applied to open up the phone. How long that button will last, though, is another question entirely. More