10 March 2021
Update: February 18, 2021
Huawei has posted a teaser of its upcoming Mate X2 phone on Weibo (via The Verge). The teaser suggests the phone will fold like the Galaxy Fold, which means it is not following its predecessor’s form factor. It appears the Mate X2 is going to have a clamshell form factor, something similar to Z Flip. But past rumors and leaks have suggested a design similar to Galaxy Z Fold where the hinge folds the screen inwards.
The teaser also shows the Mate X2 will launch on February 22nd at 8 pm China time (7 am ET).
Update: February 4, 2021
One of the top leakers, Digital Chat Station has shared an alleged render of the Mate X2 foldable phone on Weibo.
The render shows off the fresh design approach. It looks like the device has a tall cover display on the front with a pill-shaped cutout for two selfie cameras. As gleaned from the official teaser yesterday, the Mate X2 foldable phone unfolds from inside just like the Galaxy Z Fold.
Previous rumors have stated the inner foldable panel may measure 8.01-inch with 2,480x2,200 pixels resolution. The inner panel includes only the display and there is no notch, hole-punch on the display.
Meanwhile, Huawei’s official Weibo account has revealed the Mate X2 will come equipped with the Kirin 9000 processor. This is the same chip that powers the Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro phones.
Original Post (February 3, 2021)
Huawei is prepping to launch a new foldable smartphone on February 22nd. The company has shared a teaser poster on Weibo, declaring what’s coming on the said date. The teaser poster clearly mentions the name of the device Mate X2 and from the glimpse of the image provided, we can tell the upcoming foldable phone will fold inwards.
There is no other information disclosed via the teaser poster. So, let’s just wait for the launch day where Huawei will reveal just everything. However, later, Huawei Consumer Business Group CEO Richard Yu added that he’s been using a Mate X2 “for some time,” and that is “full of surprises.” Well, this is still a piece of vague information as it offers no technical details. Every new flagship phone brings something new with itself and this is what the CEO is referring to as well.
Compared to its own offerings Mate Xs and Mate X, the new Mate X2’s display will apparently fold inwards, just like the Galaxy Fold from Samsung. It is currently, however, unknown if the device is featuring a clamshell form like Galaxy Z Flip or an in-folding mechanism like Galaxy Fold. Nonetheless, we now know that Huawei is working on other form factors for its foldable phones as well.
Last year in May, Ross Young, Founder/CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultant (DSCC) said in an interview that Huawei could bring a cheaper version of its foldable phone. He also said the phone could follow a clamshell or in-folding model. He even claimed the phone will be aggressively priced.
In April 2019, Yu also said that by 2021, half of Huawei devices could sport foldable displays. So, it is possible that Huawei is beginning with Mate X2 to achieve its goal.
He then said,
"I think that on a flagship level in two years, half of our devices could be foldable." He added that "folding phones are just in the beginning and the market share is small, they cost a lot and it's very expensive to produce such devices. I think in two years foldable phones will have a similar price to current flagship phones,
Well, we are still more than two weeks away from the said launch, so it is possible that the internet could serve us more details before the actual reveal.