Huawei Mate X2 will have a new folding screen design

The first Huawei Mate X had a very different design to its foldable contemporaries from companies like Samsung and Motorola. Instead of folding open and revealing a large screen on the interior, the device only had one screen on the exterior that folded open into the larger tablet-sized display. The Huawei Mate X2 will ditch the outwardly folding display in favour of a more conventional inwardly folding one.

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The Chinese company has posted a new teaser of the upcoming Mate X2 foldable, giving the strongest indication yet that it will move away from its initial design. The Mate X was the most striking of the first generation of foldables, but the display straddling the outside of the device meant it had less protection and garnered scratches quicker than it would have otherwise. The new Mate X2 will have a similar design to the Samsung Galaxy Fold devices.

The teaser of the Huawei Mate X2 shows a foldable as the hands of a clock (as it references the time of the launch even in China), but importantly you can see the orientation of the fold in the hinge. The glow of the image on the inside of the device is another clue relating the direction of the fold.

The announcement will take place as part of this year’s virtual Mobile World Congress on February 22nd, although it may overlap with some other online announcements. Since the event cannot take place in the usual conference centre in Barcelona, companies aren’t beholden to specific time slots. The GSM Association still plan to hold an in-person MWC event in Barcelona at the end of June, should the global pandemic be under control.

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