Huawei Mate Xs: All we know so far about Huawei’s next foldable

Following the launch of the Huawei Mate X, the brand already has a follow-up in the works. Here’s everything we know about the Mate Xs at this point.

When we went hands-on with the Huawei Mate X we were impressed by its groundbreaking design, so it’s no wonder that the manufacturer is already lining up a sequel. Read on for all the details we know about it so far.

Huawei Mate Xs – Release date

DroidHolic reports that the Huawei Mate Xs will be launched in March 2020. While this seems very close to the launch of the original Huawei Mate X, which was released in November, that launch was significantly delayed bearing in mind that it was announced in February.

The March launch date would coincide with the launch of the Huawei P40 Pro flagship, so it’s likely the two could make their debuts alongside each other at the planned event in Paris.

Huawei Mate Xs – Price

At first glance, it would seem likely that the Mate Xs will cost a similar amount to its predecessor, which was priced at an eye-watering €2,299 (~£1950/$2540) upon release.

However, there is some reason for limited optimism. Firstly, GizmoChina reports that the process for creating the costly foldable screens has become more efficient, which could perhaps pass on a saving to the consumer. Secondly, Twitter leaker @RODENT950 reports that the Huawei P40 series will be significantly less expensive than anticipated, which might point to an encouraging wider trend regarding Huawei’s new releases.

Huawei Mate Xs – Design

Image Credits: 91mobiles

Huawei recently filed a patent for a new foldable phone which has been rendered by 91mobiles (above). This design appears to feature four cameras on the outside and two on the inside (whereas the Mate X had four in total). Another significant change would be the introduction of a stylus like the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.

Huawei Mate Xs – Specs

The main specification change that we know about so far is the upgrade to the Kirin 990 chipset, which we previously experienced on the Huawei Mate 30 Pro.

Image Credit: DroidHolic

This tidbit of news was revealed in the image above, sourced by DroidHolic, which also shows that the device will have 5G connectivity (not a surprise, since its predecessor also did).

It’s also expected to run the Android 10 operating system, despite the Android ban which restricts Huawei’s access to Google Mobile Services. This means that it would lack access to familiar apps such as the Play Store and Google Maps, which could severely limit the handset’s usefulness.

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