Huawei unveiled the impressive Mate X2 foldable smartphone. The phone looks good, has a strong spec - but not too low price and no access to Google.
The fact that a folded smartphone will not be cheap - is obvious. The new Mate, however, is much more expensive than its direct competitor. The model with 256 GB memory was priced at 17999 yuan, while the 512 GB version - at 18999 yuan. After conversion, it gives the amounts of 2,785-2940 USD. We remember that these are prices from the Chinese market, excluding our taxes. What would we get for this amount?
Huawei Mate X2 folds with the screen inwards - exactly like the competing (but cheaper) Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 and completely different than its predecessor, Huawei Mate X. A large, flexible display, has a diagonal of 8 inches, a resolution of 2480x2200 pixels and a frequency 90 Hz refresh rate. The external display, in turn, has a diagonal of 6.45 inches and a resolution of 2700x1160 pixels - and also refreshes the image at a frequency of 90 Hz. The touch panels are refreshed - respectively - with the frequencies of 180 and 240 Hz. Both matrices are made in OLED technology.
The heart of Huawei Mate X2 is the Kirin 9000 processor clocked up to 3.13 GHz, supported by 8 GB of RAM. The internal memory - as I mentioned earlier - comes in two variants, and in both you can also use a removable, proprietary NM memory card. The housing, based on a metal frame with a hinge, has an interesting shape - if you look at it from the top or bottom, you will notice that one of the halves of the device is thicker than the other - which may give a strange impression when holding the phone unfolded. It is also worth paying attention to the small dimensions of the hinge and another detail that makes the new Mate similar to its competitor - a fingerprint reader on the side of the housing.
Huawei Mate X2 is powered by a 4500 mAh battery with 55 W fast charging. The smartphone received a dual selfie camera (mounted in the opening of the external screen) with a 16 Mpx main matrix and f/2.2 aperture. On the back we find a basic 50 Mpx matrix with f/1.9 lens, a 16 Mpx wide-angle module (f/2.2) and a 12 Mpx portrait camera (f/2.4). There is also a periscope f/4.4 telephoto lens cooperating with an 8 Mpx matrix. It provides 10x lossless zoom, 20x hybrid and 100x digital zoom. All rear cameras, except the wide-angle one, have optical stabilization - OIS. Interestingly, there is no camera on the side of the folded screen - this display has no notch or hole. The smartphone uses Android 10 with the EMUI 11 interface - but it does not offer access to Google services, which practically eliminates the chances of its wider sale outside China. It is also the first phone that will receive in a dozen or so weeks the new Harmony OS system.