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Rumored Huawei Mate XS may be cheaper and smaller, report says

Reportedly, the phone also could be tougher than the Huawei Mate X.

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Huawei's Mate X could be getting a cheaper sibling.

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Huawei's rumored Mate XS foldable phone reportedly could be cheaper, smaller and tougher than the Huawei Mate X. The cost will be lower because foldable screens are now easier to manufacture, TechRadar reported Thursday, citing Chinese news site Yesky, which quoted supply chain sources.

Despite a smaller phone, the screen on the Huawei Mate XS could still be the same 8-inch size as the one on the current foldable gadget from the Chinese tech giant, TechRadar said, citing Chinese news site MyDrivers. The Mate XS will also be more durable, the MyDrivers sources reportedly said.

Huawei didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Huawei's foldable 5G Mate X phone launched in October in China. The company could be announcing the successor during Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2020 next month in Barcelona.

Huawei sold almost 7 million 5G phones last year in spite of being blacklisted in the US in May. At the same time, United States President Donald Trump signed an executive order essentially banning the company from US communications networks in light of national security concerns that Huawei has close ties with the Chinese government. Huawei has repeatedly denied that charge.