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Huawei Mate X2 Launched – A New Standard For Foldables

The Huawei Mate X2 is the best-upgraded foldable smartphone that just launched on Feb 22 by Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG). The Huawei foldable phone of the second generation upgrades the initial iteration in a big way with a brand new Falcon Wing Design, making it the foldable phone to shop for 2021. With the Huawei Mate X2, Huawei has done a lot to get it up to par with market demands for this type of revolutionary product. As we look deeply into the specs and design of the device, here are our first impressions.

What is Huawei Offering with Mate X2?

The major change we noticed and rumors scattered around the internet is the folding style with this version of the Huawei folding device. Huawei adopted the inward folding nature of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold series and we considered it a safe move, as the foldable displays are much more sensitive than ordinary smartphone displays. 

The exterior architecture looks more robust than the previous generation, and the configuration of the Ultra Vision Leica Quad Camera looks far more promising. It provides 100X Optical Zoom and supports 2.5cm of object distance macro shots. 

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The wedge shape of the Huawei Mate X2 is peculiar, meaning that one part of the device looks thick and another part looks thin. The thickness gained is due to the rear installation of a large camera sensor. For the quad-camera module, the thickest portion is mounted, and as you taper away from the camera module, it’s as thin as 4.4 mm. Since the thickest portion is on the right side, one can handle the device with one hand easily. Altogether, the device weighs approximately 295 gm. 

Display 

When Folded, it fits perfectly in pocket and palm as a 6.45-inch flagship smartphone, ready for use on the go. Unfolded, its 8-inch FullView Display offers an eye-opening viewing experience. Both the interior as well as exterior panel features a super high resolution 90 Hz refresh rate.

Image source: Huawei

Huawei has not compromised with Mate X2 on display, as the interior and exterior have an OLED panel, and oddly, the interior display has a 180 Hz touch sampling rate, while the exterior with a 240 Hz touch sampling rate beats the constraint. In comparison, the interior display has a resolution of 2480 x 2200 pixels with a pixel density of 413 PPI, while the exterior panel has a resolution of 2700 x 1160 pixels with a density of 456 PPI.

At the launch, Huawei introduced their and industry’s first highly innovative technology for display i.e, magnetically controlled nano optical layer coated over the display that minimizes the light reflection and protects the eye. Huawei also indicated that their new technology has a light reflection rate of less than 1.5%, solving the problem of display glare in the light or outdoor environment.

Multi Dimensional Hinge

With a multi-dimension hinge, the Huawei Mate X2 strengthened the hinge mechanism. When the device is folded, the gap between the two screens can not be easily observed. We mean, it folds the device perfectly. The hinge works with a waterdrop-shaped cavity in a dual spiral structure that allows holding the panel in place perfectly. The central hinge is made of high-intensity liquid metal built on Zirconium, which is 3x stronger than the regular metal, thereby providing a solid structure. The sides use a carbon fiber panel for a lighter hinge mechanism, which decreases the weight by 75 percent.

Performance

The Huawei Mate X2 is powered by HUAWEI Kirin 9000 SoC which is packed with over 15 billion transistors and is also the world’s first 5nm 5G chipset. Kirin 9000 makes use of 24 core Mali G78 GPU and quad Image signal processing, making it 90% improved than Huawei’s own Kirin 990 5G processor. The octa-core CPU has a clock speed of up to 3.13 GHz which offers a seamless and tense-free work experience. Huawei claimed the device to be more energy efficient ranging from 32% to 65% with improvements in CPU, GPU, and NPU units.  

With the latest Mate X2, Huawei embraces the Smart Antenna system. The device supports dual SIM card, where the primary SIM card can be connected to the 5G network and the secondary SIM card can be connected to the 4G network. The smart antenna system deploys the less obscured antennas with better reception, apart from the position you carry the unit, to achieve optimum communication speeds at all times. 

Camera

The Huawei Mate X2 main camera module features a 50 MP Ultra Vision Camera with a 1/1.28″ RYYB sensor. The main camera has an f/1.9 aperture and supports Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and can capture 4K images. The main sensor is partnered with a 16 MP Ultra-wide lens with f/2.2 aperture, 12 MP Telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom, f/2.4 aperture, and OIS and 8 MP SuperZoom Camera with 10x Optical Zoom, f/4.4 aperture, OIS and, supports auto focus as well.

The camera supports some crazy cool features like 1080p@960 fps ultra slow-motion video, 100x Digital Zoom, Moving Picture, 4D Predictive Focus,  Ultra Snapshot, Capture Smiles, Audio Control, Timer, Burst Shooting, and many more.

It’s worth mentioning that, with the help of second screen the rear cam can be used for selfies too. Here, Huawei has provided a dedicated 16 MP, F/2.2 aperture selfie camera in the exterior screen that supports image output up to 4608 x 3456 pixels and up to 2512 x 1080 pixels video output.

Battery and Charging

The Mate X2 packs 4,500 mAh of non-removable battery that supports 55W Super Fast charging using the provided adapter. The package includes a charger, USB-C cable, USB-C headset, and a standing PU case (Dependent on the market).

Audio

With large and ultra-thin diaphragms, the Mate X2 has dual speakers at the top and bottom of the device. Huawei argues that the bass level has increased by up to 180% and provided 40% high-frequency bandwidth, all of which adds to a genuinely incredible sound experience.

Software

We predicted Harmony OS out of the box with Huawei’s Mate X2, but the spec sheet lists Android 10 operating over EMUI 11.0.0. The EMUI is customized for single-handed use on either the camera app or the multi-task window. The device is available with 8 GB of RAM and 256/512 GB of storage capacity.

Spec Sheet

DisplayInterior screen: 8 inches (OLED, up to 90 Hz refresh rate,180 Hz touch sampling rate) Exterior screen: 6.45 inches (OLED, up to 90 Hz refresh rate, 240 Hz touch sampling rate)
ProcessorKirin 9000 5G (5 nm)
Memory8/256 GB8/512 GB
Rear Camera50 MP Ultra Vision Camera (Wide Angle, f/1.9 aperture, OIS)
16 MP Cine Camera (Ultra-Wide Angle, f/2.2 aperture)
12 MP Telephoto Camera (3x Optical Zoom, f/2.4 aperture, OIS)
8 MP SuperZoom Camera (10x Optical Zoom, f/4.4 aperture, OIS), support AF
Front Camera16 MP Selfie Camera (Wide Angle, f/2.2)
BatteryLi-Po 4500 mAh (non-removable), 55W SuperFast charge 
SD CardNot supported
USBType-C
DimensionUnfolded: 161.8 x 145.8 x 8.2 mm Folded: 161.8 x 74.6 x 14.7 mm
WeightApprox. 295 g
BiometricOptical Fingerprint Sensor
ColorsBlack, White, Light Blue, Rose Gold

Price

From February 25, the Huawei Mate X2 will be available in mainland China only in both online and offline stores. It would cost CNY 18,000 for the 256GB version, and CNY 19,000 for the 512GB version. The converted price for the global market could be about USD $2,780 and $2,940, respectively.

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