Huawei has finally unveiled its Mate X2, the follow up to their 2019 foldable smartphone – the Mate X. It seems as though the Chinese tech company is taking some cues from Samsung’s venture into the market of foldable technology, as one of their upcoming smartphone’s primary features utilizes a similar approach as the Galaxy Fold.
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The biggest improvement in the Huawei Mate X2
Perhaps the most significant change that Huawei has implemented in the Mate X2 is the complete revamping of the screen design. As opposed to how its predecessor positioned its large foldable screen on the outer side of the device, the Mate X2 will have the display unfold from the inside instead, adding a secondary screen on the outside of the phone for when you want to use it while folded.
Fans of Samsung’s foldable offering may notice that Huawei’s design shift mimics that of the Samsung Galaxy Fold series quite a bit, with the latter debuting that very look in late 2019 and again with its successor the following year.
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Mate X2 Specs
The Huawei Mate X2’s main screen will measure 8 inches and sport a resolution of 2480 x 2200. The smaller secondary screen, on the other hand, will be 6.45 inches across with a resolution of 2700 x 1160.
Both will utilize OLED panels and will boast refresh rates of up to 90 Hz. These measurements are just a tad bigger than that of the Galaxy Fold 2, with its 7.6-inch inner display and 6.2-inch outer display. As for what’s under the hood, the Mate X2 will be utilizing the brand’s signature Kirin 9000 chip, along with 8GB of RAM and a fast-charging 4,400mAh battery.
There’s a bit of discrepancy when it comes to the smartphone’s OS, however, as Huawei’s official site lists the Mate X2’s operating system as EMUI 11.0 which is based on Android 10, whereas the company recently stated on its livestream that they plan on having the Mate X2 be one of the pioneer smartphones to feature the brand’s own operating system – the HarmonyOS.
The smartphone will include 4 cameras on its rear with the following specs: one 50-megapixel camera with a wide-angle lens, a 16-megapixel ultrawide camera, a 12-megapixel telephoto camera with a 3x optical zoom, and an 8-megapixel “SuperZoom” camera with a 10x optical zoom. The front cam on the outer face of the phone will have a 16-megapixel resolution.
The Huawei was released in China on February 25 and was priced at ¥17,999 ($2782) with 256GB of internal memory or ¥18,999 ($2937) with 512GB. There has been no word so far as to whether or not Huawei intends to release the Mate X2 outside of China.