Huawei launched its first foldable smartphone, the Mate X yesterday in China. While the smartphone is yet to ship to the public, a successor to the Mate X is already in the making and is going to be launched in March 2020, according to a report on IndiaToday.
The Mate X successor will be called Mate Xs, a name similar to the predecessor also hints that there won’t be many differences in terms of the overall look and the way it folds. Huawei could, however, is going to make changes to the internals and according to sources, the Mate Xs will be powered by the latest Kirin 990 chip, instead of the Kirin 980 that powers the Mate X.
Comparing the new chip with the previous model, Kirin 980, the new Kirin 990 features an upgraded GPU and NPU(Neural Processing Unit), which ensures better performance. Aside from being better than the Kirin 980, the latest 5G-integrated chip from Huawei delivers a 10% higher single-core and 9% higher multi-core performance than the Snapdragon 855. It’s also 26% smaller than Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 and 36% smaller than Samsung’s Exynos 9820. Also, the 7nm Kirin 990 is the world’s first chip to have more than 10.3 billion transistors.
Samsung is also working on a second-generation Samsung Galaxy Fold, which will be called Galaxy Fold 2, and is planning to showcase it at the MWC event next year.
Currently, the exact release date of Mate Xs is unknown, but we expect the folding smartphone to come to countries other than China whenever it gets a launch.