In the second half of 2020, Huawei is expected to launch its next-gen Mate X foldable handset. It is confirmed that the company is already working on the handset, and the manufacturing of components has already begun with small volume tests.
The Huawei Mate X was launched earlier this year, but to ensure adequate production efficiency, availability was postponed until November. Samsung also had difficulties with its first foldable handset, and the sequel to the Galaxy Fold is now expected to launch in February this year alongside the next flagship of the Galaxy S series.
According to Digitimes reports, the next-gen foldable Huawei Mate X phone will be unveiled in H2 2020. This compares with a recent report saying that it is expected to launch an improved version of the Mate X with Kirin 990 SoC at MWC 2020. This update to Mate X is said to have a better design with an improved hinge and a more robust panel.
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It could be that the article is concerned about the first foldable phone’s true counterpart, not just an’ improved version.’ This is pure speculation from our end, and as and when Huawei decides to make any announcements about its foldable phone product, we expect more clarification.
The confirmed launch information was obtained from supply chain vendors in Taiwan, and some suppliers have even started to produce components for the next-gen foldable phone in small-scale trials. The report does not outline the improvements in design or the major features on the new Huawei foldable handset, but it states that manufacturers in Taiwan will see exciting opportunities next year in the special market. For this reason, these suppliers have even launched expansion programs.
For example, hinge manufacturer Jarllytec is planning to install additional batch furnaces in 2020 that will help produce more metal injection molding (MIM parts for foldable phones). This company has recently collaborated with two Chinese smartphone manufacturers to develop hinges for their foldable phones, indicating that next year more OEMs will be able to launch foldable phones.