Huawei Will Launch a New Folding Smartphone

Later this month, Huawei will announce a new folding smartphone with flagship hardware specifications. Huawei’s official webpage has confirmed this and the device should arrive on 22 February. The Huawei Mate X2 should be a significant upgrade over the first foldable smartphone from Huawei, the Mate X. It should also be more improved than the 2nd foldable model, the Huawei Mate XS. The Chinese company has released a teaser image of the Huawei Mate X2. Just like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold series, it seems that the Huawei Mate X2 will have an inner, flexible display. With two earlier Mate X models, when we close them, the flexible display wraps around the outside. At the moment, we still don’t have any significant detail about the Mate X2 year.

However, we may expect that the device will have Huawei’s proprietary chipset, the Kirin 9000. It’s the same hardware that we get from the Mate 40 Pro. Unfortunately, this device still doesn’t have Google’s services including Gmail and Maps. This makes the Huawei Mate X2 less viable in areas around China. Companies in China are being hopeful that Biden will reverse the decision of previous administration. During the current trade war between China and the United States, has become the main focus. Luckily, Android Central has revealed possible details of the Huawei Mate X2. It could have 6.45-inch secondary display and 8.01-inch primary display. There will be quad-camera arrangement on the back, which includes 50Mp primary camera. For the front-facing sensor, we will get 16Mp camera. The 4,400mAh battery includes fast charging feature, which makes it more usable for daily uses.  

In the meantime, Huawei has developed an alternative mobile OS for Android due to recent bans. However, there is an unusual thing to notice about Huawei’s latest software platform. It appears that the HarmonyOS is simply a reskinned version of Android 10. Ars Technica first noticed this and it appears that the HarmonyOS isn’t distinct when we compare it with iOS and Android. Despite the ban, it appears that Huawei still tries to adapt. Legally, there’s nothing wrong about this move, because Android is an open source platform. Developers who seek to submit third-party apps for the HarmonyOS will need to pass through a 2-day background check. They need to send copies of credit card, passport and personal ID card.

This is still quite problematic because the system streams the beta version of the OS, instead of allowing developers test the environment through an emulator. With the Stadia-like environment, the system becomes less responsive for the development. It would be quite interesting how the next version of HarmonyOS would be. There’s a possibility that Huawei will further add its own modifications to the Android source code, making it more different compared to stock Android version. But again, we could see the next version of HarmonyOS is simply the next version of Android operating system. Huawei will continue offering new hardware and software solutions in this year.