Huawei announced its first foldable smartphone – the Huawei Mate X at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 earlier this year but the phone has since been delayed for a commercial rollout scheduled for later this year. However, having already delated it for over half a year, Huawei is tweaking a few things inside its foldable device before it launches the Mate X to customers around the globe.
According to a report by Neowin, Huawei is working on releasing a modified version of the Mate X smartphone, whose internals and specifications will be different from the device that was originally launched in February. Rather than having the same module as the Mate 20 series, the foldable Mate X device will come with an improved camera setup, similar to Huawei’s P30 Pro.
The new camera unit on the Mate X will rely on RYYB sensors instead of RGB to capture bright and realistic photos across any lighting condition. Besides that, the improved version of the Mate X is also expected to be powered by the upcoming Huawei Kirin 990 chipset which is supposed to debut alongside the Huawei Mate 30 series.
This Kirin 990 will be a direct successor to the HiSilicon Kirin 980 processor which was announced during IFA 2018 in September last year. At the time, the Kirin 980 was the world’s first chipset based on 7nm process and judging by Huawei’s timeline of launching flagship SoCs, we can expect the Kirin 990 to be announced next month (possibly September 19) alongside the launch of the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro.
Huawei’s Kirin 990 is also expected to come with extended support of 4K video recording at 60fps. This will make the Mate 30 series, the first Huawei phone to feature 4K 60fps recording, something which has been available on iPhones dating back to 2017 and Samsung’s Galaxy S9.
The Kirin 990 SoC can be expected to first power the Mate 30 series in September, then the Mate X foldable phone later this year. The chipset could also power Huawei’s P40 series flagship phones which will be launched during the first half of 2020.