Huawei has launched the Mate X2, the successor to 2019’s Mate X. Mate X series is Huawei’s flagship foldable dual-screen smartphones. Unlike the predecessor, the Mate X2 folds inward like the Samsung Galaxy Fold devices.
Huawei Mate X2 is an upgrade over Mate X, the first device in the line-up. Mate X comes with a display that folded outwards thereby exposing the screen. But Mate X2 has adopted the inward folding screen like the one features in Samsung Galaxy Fold devices.
However, the hinge offered in the Mate X series is different from the Galaxy fold series. The hinge allows the Mate X2 to close seamlessly without any gap.
A unique multi-dimensional hinge design allows #HUAWEIMateX2 to fold perfectly without a gap and minimises the crease on the unfolded screen.
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— Huawei Mobile (@HuaweiMobile) February 22, 2021
The internal display is an 8-inch OLED and has a squarish aspect ratio of 8:7.1 and a resolution of 2480 x 2200. The external display is a 6.45-inch OLED with an aspect ratio of 21:9. Both the displays support a 90Hz refresh rate.
The flagship device is powered by Kirin 9000 octa-core SoC and Mali-G78 GPU. Two variants are launched with 8GB RAM/256GB internal storage and 8GB RAM/512GB internal storage. The device will come with Android 10 out-of-the-box with EMUI 11.0 custom UI.
As far as the cameras are concerned, the device sports a quad-camera setup at the rear. This includes a 50MP primary camera with f/1.9 aperture and OIS(Optical Image Stabilization), a 16MP sensor with ultra-wide-angle lens f/2.2, a 12MP sensor for telephoto lens f/2.4 aperture and OIS support, and an 8MP superzoom camera with f/4.4 aperture, OIS, and 10x optical zoom. At the front, the device sports a pill-shaped camera setup, which carries a 16MP sensor with an f/2.2 aperture lens.
Mate X2 features a 4,500mAh battery and supports 55W fast-charging, luckily, a power break is included in the box. The device supports 5G connectivity, Bluetooth 5.2, dual-band Wi-Fi v6.0, and NFC.
In terms of dimensions, the handset measures 161.8×74.6×14.7mm in its folded state and measures 161.8×145.8×8.2mm in its unfolded state and weighing 295 grams.
Huawei Mate X2 will be available in China from February 25. The 8GB+256GB variant is priced at CNY 17,999 (roughly Rs. 2.01 lakh) and the 8GB+512GB variant is priced at CNY 18,999 (roughly Rs. 2,12 lakh). It is offered in four colour options as Bright Black, Ice Crystal Blue, Ice Crystal Powder, and White Glaze. There has been no statement from Huawei regarding the international availability of the device.
The biggest competitor for Mate X2 is the Samsung Galaxy Fold series. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is priced at Rs. 1,49,999 in India. Both the devices support 5G connectivity. Galaxy Z Fold 2 weighs 279 grams, which is less than Mate X2.
In terms of camera, the Mate X2 beats the Galaxy Z Fold 2. Since the device is not launched in India and the pricing is unsure, it will be unfair to compare the two devices. This will be an interesting rivalry between the two flagship devices.