Huawei Patents Another Foldable Phone, Could Be Second Gen Mate X
In the month of February, the Chinese electronics giant, Huawei unveiled the revolutionary Mate X which is the company’s first foldable smartphone. Earlier this month, Huawei released a statement declaring that the commercial availability of the innovative device has been delayed to September which was previously set for June. A freshly granted patent to the Huawei suggests that the company might already be working on the Mate X successor that has an updated design.
Huawei filed the patent for the said device with WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office) in July 2018 which was granted on the 18th of June, 2019. Unlike the original Mate X, the Huawei device in the patent has dual displays. Also, its main display folds inside which is disparate to its predecessor. Similar to the Samsung Galaxy Fold, it has a smaller cover screen which can be used as the primary display. On the other hand, when the user wants to consume content on a large screen, they can unfold the inner display.
The right side of the Huawei smartphone from the current patent houses a button that seems to be the power button. Notably, the button is quite narrow, therefore, unlike the original handset, it might not have a fingerprint scanner built into the power button. Instead, it might have an in-dispaly fingerprint scanner which is slowly becoming the global standard for premium smartphones. Also disparate to Mate X, the camera module on the device from the patent is placed on the front.
As of now, it is unclear whether this is a successor to the Mate X or an entirely different smartphone. Subsequently, in order to get more details about the patent, we will have to wait until Huawei speaks out about the device publically.