Mate X Hardware Specifications Apparently Getting Kirin 990 & P30 Camera Upgrade – Delay Might Have Been Worth It

Aug 19
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Shortly after the Galaxy Fold delay, Huawei postponed the launch of its own foldable smartphone, the Mate X, stating that additional tests were needed to be done. This might have disgruntled some customers when the news first came out, but there could be a silver lining in all of this. What is that silver lining might you ask? The Mate X hardware specifications are reportedly getting a significant upgrade.

Kirin 990 Could Offer Massive Battery Life Gains, Along With an Embedded 5G Modem to Conserve Space for Better Internals

According to Neowin, who recently went hands-on with the foldable smartphone, stated that the Mate X hardware specifications will include the new Kirin 990. One major upgrade in the camera department is that the device might finally get 4K 60FPS support, as talked about in an earlier report, as a result of featuring the better chipset. The new SoC is yet to get an official announcement, but Huawei is expected to make an appearance at this year’s upcoming IFA 2019 trade show, where we’ll learn more about the company’s mobile silicon division’s efforts.

Related Kirin 990 Performance Still Lags Behind A13 Bionic in Leaked Benchmark

There were also reports stating that Kirin 990 will be the first to offer embedded 5G support. This means that instead of a separate 5G modem incorporate somewhere on the logic board, the Huawei Mate X could have an embedded solution, allowing sufficient space for a larger battery. The first iteration of the Mate X specified a 4500mAh cell and if we’re lucky, we could get a larger capacity. As for the camera upgrade, Neowin reports the Mate X’s optics now include the same RYYB primary camera sensor present in the P30 series.

Huawei claims that its RYYB camera enables better low-light image quality than traditional RGB camera sensors, but didn’t confirm if the Mate X hardware specifications will include a 5x periscope lens like the P30 Pro’s camera. Other notable changes might include new Cortex-A77 CPU cores and a Mali-G77 GPU running in the Kirin 990. As for the Mate X release date, don’t expect it before November, and if we’re lucky, Huawei will maintain the same price tag as it did with Kirin 980 version of the foldable device.

Regardless, any additional changes in the Mate X hardware specifications will be included in future reports, to stay tuned for more updates from our side.

Source: Neowin

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