Huawei Mate Xs foldable phone expected as company schedules February 23rd MWC event

“Huawei Mate Xs is said to feature a reinforced display, a redesigned hinge to make the device more durable, and 65W fast-charging”

Huawei has announced that it’ll be present at the MWC event in Barcelona, Spain later this month. The company has confirmed the same through a poster on Weibo, which teases a foldable smartphone, presumably the Mate Xs. The image reads “1+8+N,” which could mean that one device – a smartphone – having control over other devices (like tablets, wearables, etc) and N may be representing Network and Huawei’s IoT platform. The company had already announced its strategy of using the smartphone as a central part of the communication. Another poster shows off devices like laptops, tablets, TV, headphones, smartwatches, VR glasses, automobiles and speakers. It’s possible we might see products in those categories at the event.

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The Huawei Mate Xs wouldn’t be as costly as the standard Mate X even after the design improvements.

The Huawei Mate Xs is expected to come with the latest Kirin 990 SoC and have dual-mode 5G connectivity. China’s 3C certification revealed that it would come with 65W fast-charging support. The handset is said to feature a reinforced display and a redesigned hinge to make the device more durable. The Huawei Mate Xs reportedly won’t be as costly as the standard Mate X even after the design improvements. Unfortunately, not much else is known about the Huawei mate Xs at the moment, but we should learn more information soon.

This announcement comes on the backdrop of Nokia brand licensee HMD Global as well as Vivo backing out of MWC 2020. Other brands that have also cancelled their MWC 2020 plans include Sony, Amazon, Intel, Nvidia, LG, and Ericsson, among others.

Separately, XiaomiHuaweiOPPO and Vivo are reportedly working on an alternate app platform that will rival the Google Play Store. The alliance is reportedly called the Global Developer Service Alliance (GDSA) and already has a prototype website already. India is one of the markets where the new alternate app store will be functional. GDSA is also tipped to offer developers a better revenue share model and stronger monetisation plans.