February 6, 2021: Global announcement:
Huawei has confirmed for the global audience that the unveiling of the next foldable phone, Huawei Mate X2 will happen on February 22, 2021. The company also put a tagline of “Imagine what unfolds” for this launch event.
— Huawei Mobile (@HuaweiMobile) February 5, 2021
February 3, 2021: Official announcement in China
Today, Huawei has officially confirmed a new smartphone from its foldable phone lineup is coming as the Huawei Mate X2 and its launching will be held on February 22, 2021.
According to the launch poster, the phone is likely to be folded inwards and rather than folding outwards (Huawei Mate X and Xs). The new design reflects the could be similar to the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2.
According to the previous reports, the Huawei Mate X2 likely to come with a two-display design including an 8.01-inch main foldable screen and a 6.45-inch secondary screen. The phone expands 161.8 x 145.8 x 8.2mm dimensions, Kirin 9000 processor, Bluetooth 5.1, and more.
The phone could equip a triple rear camera system consisting of 50MP+16MP+12MP+8MP cameras and a 16MP selfie camera. Certificates reveal that it packs a 4400 mAh battery that supports 66W super flash charging. Also, it has received a WiFi 6 certificate and network access certification.
Meanwhile, there’s no confirmation whether this will be a clamshell or any other design but one thing is sure that this device will have an inward folding mechanism, which we’ll look forward to.
(Source – Weibo)
Samsung failed in satellite communication but Huawei and Apple won
On February 1, Samsung launched its latest flagship, Galaxy S23. Still, it doesn’t bring a trendy and futuristic feature called satellite communication AKA SOS satellite emergency message, on this front, Samsung failed, while it’s a win for Huawei and Apple.
Before we pick a shovel and dig deep into this matter, let’s take a brief look at satellite communication. The feature let you send a text message (one way) to a receiver via satellite. The feature could be used in an emergency when the mobile network is not available at all. However, its availability is limited.
Now back to TM Roh, yep, Samsung’s President and Head of Mobile Experience Business said that the company remains limited because it needs to be matured.
While speaking to CNET, Roh said “When there is the right timing, infrastructure, and the technology [is] ready, then of course for Samsung Galaxy, for our mobile division, we would also actively consider adopting this feature as well,”
He mentioned that satellite communication is one to make the phone better but Samsung is making its own efforts to improve the user experience such as better 5G connectivity.
“I do not believe that is the end-all or be-all of the solutions to ensure peace of mind among users,” he said.
There was a time when Samsung used to rush on the lane to win the race for new features. However, this time, even Apple won over the South Korean company to install satellite communication in iPhone 14 series.
We may agree that the technological innovation level of satellite communication is at the initial stage but Samsung’s top brass saying that “it’s not yet ready”, kind of sounds like a “failure”.
Huawei Mate 50 Pro:
Samsung failed but Huawei continues to innovate technologies such as satellite communication even with grave difficulties originated by the U.S. sanctions. In the face of challenges, Huawei is bringing new features that make a true difference among smartphone consumers.
Moving from the first initial version, Huawei has already planned to install a new satellite communication with the new Mate X3 foldable phone or P60 series. Read more about that in the article below.
Huawei P60 Pro test device appears in pure white color
Huawei P60 series is preparing to unveil and a tipster has now released a live image of the P60 Pro test device, which has identical statics to the past flagship.
According to the image shared by a Weibo tipster, the Huawei P60 Pro test device contains a large rectangular camera bump with dual ring cameras. The camera bump and the rear panel have pure white colors.
However, there are no other details visible at the moment. But the rear design looks different from the past leaks and rumors. It’s the fact that this is a testing model and covers up design aesthetics, so don’t reveal it ahead of the official launch.
The tipster reveals that the lens has quite a different arrangement than the previous flagship devices.
To bring new enthusiasm to the smartphone world, the Huawei P60 series will bring a powerful camera system. It includes a large main camera sensor to provide you bright, high-quality, and night photography user experience.
The Pro version also has better ultra-wide angle and periscope zoom cameras. These will be 50MP and 64Mp cameras respectively. A cover leak revealed that Huawei P60 Pro will get you a new camera design that consists of a large camera in the middle. In terms of software, it will use HarmonyOS 3.1.
Furthermore, it will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, which may not be an issue in terms of inventory for this smartphone. Furthermore, the Huawei P60 series will be the first Huawei flagship to debut 88W super fast charger, if it’s not included in the Mate X3 first.
Huawei P60 lineup is expected to launch in March this year but an official timeline is yet to arrive.
(source – Weibo)
Despite no 5G, Huawei increased foldable phones sale in Chinese market in 2022
Despite having no access to a 5G chipset, Huawei phones are rumbling over China’s foldable device segment and maintained its lead throughout 2022.
According to the data released by China’s CINNO research, Huawei shipped approx 1.44 million units of foldable display devices. The Chinese tech maker completed this task with a sales growth rate of 132% year over year. However, its market share decreased by 2.8 percent, while still covering over 50% of the overall Chinese market.
This sale count is contributed by the strong sales of the P50 Pocket and Mate X2 Collector’s Edition. Since its launch in December 2021, the Huawei P50 Pocket has been the single-season sales champion of China’s foldable phones market for three consecutive quarters in Q1, Q2, and Q3 of 2022. While the Pocket S jumped to the top sales in the fourth quarter.
Samsung comes second with a market share of 22.8%, a year-on-year decrease of 9.7 percentage points, Samsung has the largest decline within a year.
OPPO ranked third with a 7.7% market share, up 4.3 percent year over year. Coming to the last three Xiaomi, Vivo, and Honor with a market share of 6.6%, 5.8%, and 5% respectively.
Overall sales of foldable smartphones in China have increased by 144% year over year (YoY) with 2.83 million units shipment throughout the year. This is a massive growth among customers and it continues to rise over quarters.
(via – mydrivers)