Huawei introduced its first foldable smartphone model, the Mate X in February 2019, but due to certain issues, the actual market release was pushed back until November and it’s only for limited quantities. The Chinese phone maker is now planning to release an improved variant of the Mate X, which will be more powerful and more reliable. CEO Richard Yu spoke to Frandroid, a French online media during an event at Huawei’s HQ and he revealed about a better foldable model, called the Huawei Mate Xs. The official announcement of the device would at the MWC 2020 in February. It will be powered by the new Kirin 990 SoC. It’s the same chipset used for the Huawei Mate 30 Pro. The original Huawei Mate X uses the previous generation chipset, the Kirin 980.
The Huawei Mate Xs will be more durable with stronger hinge and more resistant display. More reliable components are important for foldable smartphones, because they have moving parts, unlike standard smartphones. Despite the huge announcement in MWC 2019, in Spain, the original Mate X didn’t make it to the European markets. However, this could set to change with the Mate Xs. Huawei wants to introduce the Mate Xs by the end of March 2020, in Europe. The new foldable phone should ship with EMUI 10 interface and Android 10 operating system straight out of the box. Unfortunately, the availability of apps and services from Google may depend on the ban status in early 2020. Despite the challenges associated with Google technology bans, Huawei is committed to release more smartphone models in the future.
Google’s apps like Google Play Store, Gmail, Maps and YouTube are standard features of any Android devices. With the ban still enforced, Huawei is still working on the alternatives. The company is still slowly building its app ecosystem, including inviting developers in India to register their apps on Huawei’s App Gallery, an alternative to Google Play Store. Indian developers are being heavily incentivized to integrate their apps, but it would still be a huge task to convince users that Huawei’s App Gallery is a worthwhile alternative.