The war for the foldable smartphone was all set to unfold a few months ago, one that saw a misjudged, rather hasty initial offering from Samsung.
Come to the Huawei Mate X, and we have a highly anticipated device which could well be unveiled in September. We had an initial first look at the device , and now it seems Huawei’s been reworking on an already impressive device.
A picture posted on Weibo (via Android Police) shows the head of Huawei’s consumer division, Richard Yu at an airport, holding the foldable in his hands.
So what’s different? A shot of the back reveals that a fourth camera has been added and reportedly it is a Time of Flight (ToF) sensor. This measures the time it takes for infrared beams to bounce off of a subject and return to the phone. This data can be used to produce 3D maps for a secure facial recognition system and an improved bokeh effect on portraits. Plus, we seem to have a carbon fibre vasing hosting the camera assembly and covering the hinge in the middle of the Mate X.
The Huawei Mate X has a 6.6” front display with a resolution of 1148 x 2480 pixels when folded, with a 892 x 2480 6.4” rear display. When fully opened, the Mate X becomes an 8-inch tablet with a near square resolution of 2200 x 2480. Powered by the Kirin 980 SoC, the device will come equipped with 8GB of memory and 512GB of storage.