Huawei has officially presented the Mate X2. This time, the company takes a different approach with its foldable smartphone. Instead of placing the screen on the outside, you now open the smartphone like a book.
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Huawei Mate X2 official: unfold like a book
It is the third smartphone from Huawei with a folding screen. After last year’s Mate X and Huawei Mate Xs, it is now time for the Mate X2. The biggest difference is immediately visible. This is because a large screen on the outside has not been chosen. This time you open the device like a book, something we know from the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, for example.
Why the company now opts for a completely different approach to design is unknown. Huawei speaks about a ‘Falcon Wing’ design and the frame of the device is made of steel and carbon fiber, which provides extra strength. You don’t see a gap when both halves are folded together, which is the case with others foldables.
When folded open, you can work with a screen with a diagonal of 8 inches and a resolution of 2480 by 220 pixels. It is an OLED screen, so colors splash off and black is really black. There is also a second screen at the front, which measures 6.5 inches.
The pixel density is a lot higher thanks to the resolution of 2700 by 1160 pixels. The whole thing is powered under the hood by the proprietary Kirin 9000 chip with 8GB RAM and at least 256GB internal storage.
Five cameras on board, collaboration with Leica
For the cameras, we again collaborated with lens manufacturer Leica. The primary camera has a resolution of 50 megapixels and has optical image stabilization. If you want to capture a bit more in the sensitive place, you can use the 16-megapixel wide-angle lens.
To zoom in, the Huawei Mate X2 has two cameras on board. The former can use up to three times optical zoom and has a resolution of 12 megapixels. The second zoom camera offers no less than 10 times optical zoom, just like the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. You can also use digital zoom, which brings objects up to 100 times closer. Both cameras also have optical image stabilization for sharp images. Finally, take selfies with the 16-megapixel front camera.
Android 10 and no Google services
Huawei supplies the device with Android 10 and is therefore a lot behind. Android 11 can already be found on many devices and Android 12 is coming. This has to do with the well-known trade dispute between the Chinese tech giant and the United States. For example, no business may be done with American companies, including Google.
Over Android is the EMUI 11 shell, to which various own apps have been added. That skin has also been visually addressed and there is an own app store. The Play Store is unfortunately missing.
5G and other specifications
The Kirin chip also has an integrated 5G modem, so you can take advantage of the upcoming network technology. Stereo speakers are available and a fingerprint scanner ensures that only you can use the device fully.
Charging is via the USB-C port on the bottom and with a maximum of 55 Watt. The battery has – just like its predecessor – a capacity of 4500 mAh. This involves two separate 2250 mAh batteries, to ensure extra fast charging. Do you want to know how the Mate Xs, battery life of that device and other things like? Check out our written review of the Huawei Mate Xs or watch the video below.
Availability and price Huawei Mate X2
The Huawei Mate X2 will be on the market in white, blue and pink, but has only been presented for the home country of China for the time being. The device is available there for a price of just under 2300 euros. The Mate Xs was released here and had a price tag of 2499 euros.
Whether the Mate X2 also makes the crossing to Europe is still unknown. That question is off at Huawei Netherlands and as soon as we have received an answer, you will of course read it Android Planet.
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