Huawei, in development a Galaxy Z Flip style folding with a new hinge

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If it hadn’t been for the US ban, Huawei would probably be Samsung’s main competitor today when it comes to folding smartphones. Its Mate X, we recall, was launched simultaneously with the Galaxy Fold from which it differed for the single display facing outwards. A year later, in February 2020, the Mate Xs arrived with improved internal hardware but the same design.

Also in February, but in 2021, there was an admission of “guilt”, the awareness of having probably chosen the wrong path by putting a very delicate display on the outside. The Mate X2, in fact, comes very close to the Galaxy Fold by offering a similar design, with a 6.45 “OLED external display with a resolution of 2700×1160 pixels and an internal folding one, also OLED, but 8 “with a resolution of 2480×2200 pixels and 90Hz refresh rate.

146.2 x 161.3 x 11 mm
8 inches – 2200×2480 px

146.2 x 161.3 x 11 mm
8 inches – 2200×2480 px

145.8 x 161.8 x 14.7 mm
8 inches – 2200×2480 px

 

Despite the significant downsizing of its smartphone sector, however, Huawei would still seem willing to go ahead by investing in this category of products, the foldable ones, which for now is largely dominated by Samsung. And it seems that Huawei’s next foldable will be “inspired” by a product already made by the Korean company, as seen in recent months.

A first render shows a foldout with three cameras but without an external display

According to what was reported in a post published on the Chinese social network Weibo, this alleged Mate V should have a form factor similar to that of the Galaxy Z Flip, therefore a “normal” smartphone that can be folded in two. According to rumors, it will be equipped with a new generation hinge developed by Zhaoli Technology characterized by the use of fewer mechanics that would make it less complex, less expensive but more reliable.

The other render instead shows a large external display and two cameras

The new renderings show two versions of this “anonymous” device: one with a large external display and two photographic sensors, and another without an external display but with three cameras. There is no other information regarding the hardware that will be used, especially regarding the processors. Rumors circulated in recent months would point to the possibility of using Snapdragon 888, without support for 5G networks. Huawei, in fact, would have managed to obtain a permit from the United States to buy these “castrated” versions of the Qualcomm chipsets that it has already used on the P50 range.