Fresh off confirming the Huawei Mate X is finally being released next month (but only in China), the company has announced its successor to the foldable smartphone, the creatively named Mate Xs, is coming.
As the tweaked moniker suggests, the new device amounts to a minor spec bump to the original Mate X, offering Huawei's latest Kirin 990 chipset, instead of its predecessor's 980, and that looks to be the only change of note, at least from the information that's available. That means this device should still come with a 4,500 mAh battery, 55W fast charging (which Huawei says offers 85 per cent in 30 minutes), 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, although there are rumours the camera array from the Huawei P30 Pro will be adopted. The innovative 8-inch wraparound display design will remain unaltered, offering a contrast to the book-like design favoured by the Samsung Galaxy Fold.
The company is currently only giving a launch date for the new phone in China, with the device hitting stores in March 2020. Given there's no international release date yet set for the Mate X, there's every chance the Mate Xs could wind up being the first foldable Huawei smartphone on sale here in the UK, probably under the Mate X name, with the slightly weaker original Mate X remaining a Chinese exclusive for early adopters.
Either way, it looks like Samsung is going to have plenty of time to establish its own much-delayed Galaxy Fold before its main rival hits, unless you think the distinctly retro Motorola Razr foldable due to be unveiled next month stands a chance. [TechRadar]