Huawei was one of the first manufacturers to seriously invest in foldable smartphones as a differentiation point for its products. He did it with Mate X in 2019, with his successor, Mate Xs in 2020 and now with Mate X2 for 2021.
The new foldable smartphone was presented by the hand of Richard Yu, a strong man of the Chinese brand and costs from € 2,292, the equivalent of $ 2,785, or 17,999 Yuan in local currency. The innovation is in the details and improvements applied to the phone.
Huawei Mate X2, the new 2021 foldable smartphone, has arrived
The launch took place in China with the manufacturer focusing on various metrics for growth and innovation, contrary to the blockade imposed by the United States of America. Both in terms of products and services, Huawei is firm.
The Mate X2 adopts the operation and folding mechanism for the interior that we already know in the Samsung Galaxy Z. It is, however, even more expensive than the folding ones from Samsung considering the prices announced for its home market.
While the brand's first folding smartphones folded “outward”, with the main screen flexing backwards, with Mate X2 the brand opts for the opposite. As with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold, the screen folds inward or closes like a book.
Huawei Mate X2 main specifications
- Main screen: 8-inch foldable OLED at 90 Hz with 413 dpi
- Resolution: 2200 x 2480 pixels
- Secondary screen: 6.45 inch OLED at 90 Hz with 456 dpi
- Resolution: 1160 x 2700 pixels
- Processor: Kirin 9000 5G at 5 nm
- Frequency: octa-core with maximum frequency of 3.13 GHz
- Memory RAM: 8 GB
- Storage: 256 or 512 GB
- Chamber main: 50 MP quadruple + 12 MP + 8 MP + 16 MP
- Secondary camera: 16 MP
- Drums: 4500 mAh capacity
- Operating system: Android 10
- Bluetooth 5.2 connection, Wi-Fi6, IR
- Charging: fast at 55 W Huawei SuperCharge
- Available in Black, White, Light Blue and Rose Gold
- Dimensions: 161.8 x 145.8 x 8.2 mm (open); 161.8 x 74.6 x 14.7 mm (closed)
- 161.8 x 74.6 x 14.7 mm: 295 grams
- Price: from € 2 292 in China
Innovations in the Huawei Mate X2 smartphone
When folding the main and inner screen of the smartphone, the secondary or external OLED screen lights up. It is a separate screen that guarantees the usability of the foldable in both positions, functioning in this way as a conventional device, although thick.
To ensure the durability of the foldable smartphone, Huawei placed great emphasis on the new bending mechanism.
According to the brand, this has been completely reinvented and does not now depend on a single point. In practice, the force exerted when opening and closing the phone will not be applied at one point, which naturally concentrates tension and potential for wear in one place.
At the same time, the new folding system ensures that the “crease” becomes less pronounced on the Mate X2. Non-existent will never be due to industry limitations, but it becomes less noticeable in the new foldable smartphone, which is also more robust.
The foldable smartphone is more robust with two screens
There is also good news for cameras, a traditional bastion of Huawei. In effect, we now have a new sensor for 50 MP of RYYB resolution with optical image stabilization (OIS).
The second sensor has 16 MP and ultra-wide-angle lens. The third sensor has 12 MP resolution and a telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom and OIS. Finally, the fourth 8 MP resolution has a telephoto lens with 10x optical zoom, also with OIS.
For selfies we have a 16 MP camera, punch-hole perforating the inner (and main) screen of the foldable smartphone. We can also handle the Bluetooth 5.2 connection, Wi-Fi 6, IR, NFC and the EMUI 11 interface based on Android 10.
There are new cameras on Mate X2, but without Google services
Unfortunately, Huawei Mate X2 does not support Google services, something that affects any and all Huawei smartphones launched since May 2019. Therefore, we do not have the Play Store, Gmail, YouTube, Drive and other Google services. Furthermore, apps like Uber don't work on Huawei smartphones as they depend on GServices.
For the end Huawei left a particularly noteworthy revelation. The arrival of HarmonyOS, the alternative to Android from Google, arrives this year. Incidentally, the new Mate X2 is the first smartphone to receive the operating system next April.
The brand wants to update its current devices to its operating system, currently under development. It is expected that this will speed up the synchronization between televisions, smartphones and other IoT devices, but we have not yet seen it in operation.
The price of the foldable smartphone starts at € 2,297 in China
The brand's new foldable smartphone – Huawei Mate X2 – is only available in China. For now without predictions of arrival to the rest of the markets.
The price starts at 17,999 yuan, about $ 2,785, or about 2 297 euros for the version with 256 GB of internal storage. The 512 GB version of storage costs 18,999 yuan, about $ 2,940, or about 2,425 euros.
The above values were those announced for China, where they are usually cheaper than in Europe and the rest of the world.
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