Samsung has had to make a few changes to the design of the Galaxy Fold to get it on sale, and it seems that Huawei has done the same with its own foldable – new photos of the Huawei Mate X suggesting a number of subtle changes has been made.
The Chinese journalist Li Wei apparently met Richard Yu, Huawei, at an airport and was able to take a few photos of the Mate X as it now looks, originally unveiled at MWC 2019 in February.
A fourth camera sensor has been added at the back of the phone, probably a flight time (TOF sensor for assessing depth, as well as a carbon fiber effect (or possibly actual carbon fiber) around certain parts of the handset.
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There is now a larger button to also unhook the foldable part of the phone, which should make it easier to move the Huawei Mate X between the open and folded positions.
The problems that the early review units of the Galaxy Fold encountered were mostly related to the hinge, but it is difficult to say whether Huawei has made improvements here. It bends in the opposite direction to the Galaxy Fold, with the screen outside.
Regarding actually getting hold of the Mate X, Huawei has said the phone will be out in September, meaning that it will match the Samsung Galaxy Fold – and then the market for folding phones will really be operational.
Last month we heard that the Huawei Mate X was in the final test phase, so let's hope that possible mechanical problems are solved and the handset works as advertised as soon as it goes on sale.
Now that the US government is apparently easing the restrictions on the consumer electronics division of Huawei, the phone must be delivered with a fully-filled version of Android – and of course with 5G connectivity.
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