Huawei has recently unveiled the Mate Xs 2, their latest top foldable smartphone, which is expected to be one of the thinnest and lightest alternatives available.
With a large panel like this in your pocket, you can do things like multitasking like a tablet and get a better gaming and productivity experience. Huawei is hoping to take advantage of this with a totally developed design that includes enhanced internals, updated materials, and a fresh, attractive style. Now it makes sense why the event is being hosted in Milan.
Mate Xs 2 by Huawei
Complete impressions will have to wait until a full hands-on, but let’s be honest: this thing is stunning. For a complete wrap-around display, the beautiful unibody design has a flat, seamless fold that lies flush against the camera bump.
The Huawei Mate Xs 2 is the lightest foldable phone ever, at only 8.9 ounces (for comparison, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 is 9.5 ounces). Huawei’s creation of ultra-light glass fibers, aerospace-grade titanium alloys, and super-light high-strength steel made this possible.
The screen is mounted on a unique double-rotating Falcon Wing Hinge Design, which stretches the display and flattens any potential bumps or ridges, making it as flat and smooth as a mirror, so you can get the most out of that 7.8-inch True-Chroma Foldable display with a 2480 x 2200 resolution, high refresh rate, and anti-reflective Nano Optical layer.
A Snapdragon 888 processor, thermally regulated by Graphene liquid cooling for greater heat dissipation, keeps this screen working at its best. The camera bump houses a triple camera system that includes a 50MP True-Chroma primary shooter with f/1.8 aperture, a 13MP Ultra-wide with f/2.2 aperture, and an 8MP 3X telephoto with f/2.4 and OIS.
While there is a front-facing camera, you can use the primary camera to create very high-resolution selfies owing to the wraparound display.
The Mate Xs 2 is available in three colors: black, white, and violet leather. It will be available in June for €1,999 (about $2,100).
Naturally, there will always be some reservations regarding foldable. Particularly given how light and thin the Xs 2 is, the endurance of an outward folding display. However, Huawei is emphasizing aerospace-grade titanium alloys and high-strength steel construction, which are both ultra-light and fracture robust.
Finally, the 4,600mAh battery capacity is sufficient for most premium smartphones. Will it, however, be sufficient to power a 7.8-inch high-resolution display with a 120Hz refresh rate, as well as the other top-of-the-line internals, all day without running out of juice halfway through?
I’ll formally respond to that question in my review, but let it be known that I’m worried.
The Huawei Mate Xs 2 will undoubtedly be a trendy talking point that attracts attention, especially when compared to the vast array of generic slabs available.
Foldables are still in their infancy, so think of it like a Ford GT40: a stylish piece of machinery with lots of power under the hood that attracts attention, but only a few people will purchase it. Since everyone else will buy something in their price range.
Is the Huawei Xs 2 the ideal alternative to a foldable phone? Before we can respond, we’ll need to spend more time with it.