Several industry chain insiders disclosed to Shanghai Securities News that Huawei’s next generation foldable smartphone – the Mate X3 – has basically been finalized to start mass production in November and should be released around the end of the year. This model is an upgraded version of the company’s Mate X2 by adopting a horizontal folding design, but will be lighter and more resistant than the previous generation.
Since the beginning of this year, information has leaked about Huawei’s new Mate X3, and tipsters have already indicated that the new model will run HarmonyOS. Further, the phone will be equipped with a HiSilicon Kirin 9000 4G chipset and a built-in 4500mAh battery. It will also support 66W wired fast charging.
Rumor had it that Huawei was going to release this new model at the end of April but, instead, released the Mate Xs 2 on April 28. That phone is priced at 9999 yuan and up. Speculators now believe that previously leaked information about the Huawei Mate X3 actually belonged to that of the Mate Xs 2. As of now, tipsters have found it difficult to distinguish the real configuration information of the X3 model.
Huawei released the Mate X2 equipped with a Kirin 9000 chipset in February last year, and both screens support 90Hz refresh rate. Later, the company launched several other versions, including a 4G version, plain leather, and Spring Festival limited edition version of the same model. The hinge of this foldable phone, however, has been greatly upgraded from other smartphones.
The Huawei Mate X2 introduces super-strong steel materials which can prevent damage from impacts and deformation. Carbon fiber composite material is added to ensure a lighter weight and higher resilience. The hidden opening and closing design is also adopted on both sides of the hinge which helps prevernt dust and other materials from entering the seam of the screens and thus prevent screen damage.