At the presentation of the Mate X2, the head of Huawei’s consumer division, Richard Yu, admitted that the US sanctions are currently particularly hard on the supply of components for smartphones, but that there are enough stocks to ensure that the Guarantee end customers with the new model. Further folding devices in various form factors are also being developed.
Some will find it a shame that the Mate X2 will not come to Europe for the time being, because technically it seems to set standards: It has an 8-inch OLED display when it is unfolded and now also has a 6.5-inch outside screen in the 21: 9 format. In contrast to the first Mate X, the main screen folds inwards and not outwards. The mechanism of the hinge has been optimized so that the halves lie on top of one another without any gaps.
The in-house Kirin 9000 is used as the chipset, and there are also four cameras on the back that were developed with Leica support and enable a triple optical zoom. The operating system with the EMUI-11 surface is still based on a license-free version of Android 10. Yu explained that practically all popular apps in China now support the functions of the folding screen.
As far as the operating system is concerned, there seems to be at least a solution on the horizon, as Yu announced that it would initially provide its own HarmonyOS for the more expensive smartphones – including the Mate X2 – in April.
PCtipp says: The announcement amazes me. Even if Richard Yu assures that there are enough components in their own warehouse, it was generally assumed that these would primarily be used for a P50 and a Mate 50. It remains to be seen whether this means that the components are really so numerous in stock, or whether the release of the flagships will suddenly be postponed. The fact that Huawei is initially limiting itself to a China release seems to be the result of a clear cost / benefit analysis.