- First successor of the foldable smartphone.
- It is powered by Kirin 990 and 5G connectivity.
- The device also features an improved cooling system.
Exactly a year ago, Huawei launched the company’s first foldable smartphone, Huawei Mate X. It was also one of the first foldable smartphones in the world ever. But the launch got delayed a lot because of certain hardware issues in the folding technology. But eventually, it launched. Now in 2020, it’s successor is unveiled, actually exactly a year later. And that’s named as Huawei Mate Xs.
Design & Display:
Both design, as well as display, are the highlights of this smartphone. This Mate Xs carries the same fold design as it’s predecessor. It opens up as a tablet and closes as a tall smartphone. An interesting thing here is that display folds from the outside, which means you will use the same display when opened or folded. The hinge is now improved a lot and Huawei says that it’s a lot more sturdy than Mate X.
Speaking about the display information, when unfolded it’s an 8 inch OLED display with Quad HD+ (2,200 x 2480) resolution and 414 PPI. When folded the full-screen display is 6.6 inch with 1148 x 2480 resolution. Lastly, on the back there’s a very tall secondary display (remaining portion of the same display) with a 25:9 aspect ratio, whose main purpose is to click selfies.
This Huawei Mate Xs comes with a triple camera setup at the back, which is pretty similar to the predecessor. The primary one is 40MP sensor with an f/1.8 aperture and PDAF. Afterward, there’s an 8MP Telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture and OIS. Then there’s a 16MP wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture. Lastly, it has a ToF depth sensor for better portraits. There’s no front camera. The taller display when the screen is folded can be used to click selfies with all the above sensors. So this makes it one of the best front camera smartphones as well.
It comes with Huawei’s own Kirin 990 5G octa-core chipset clocked at 2.86Ghz and is built on 7nm+ process. For graphics, it has a Mali-G76 MP16 GPU. It has 8GB of RAM and 512GB of UFS 3.0 storage, with expansion up to 256GB via Nano Memory Card. It has a 4,500mAh battery with 55W charging support, and the good thing is the charger comes out of the box. And that shouldn’t be a surprise because the phone is going to be priced very heavily.
This Huawei Mate Xs runs on EMUI 10 which is based on open-source Android 10. And of course, there are no Google apps. That’s why it has HMS (Huawei Mobile Services), but it misses a lot of popular apps right now. The fingerprint sensor is side-mounted here. In audio, it has a loudspeaker but lacks 3.5mm jack, but we can understand the limitations here. For connectivity, this Huawei Mate Xs has 5G (Sub6 + mmWave), 4G, Hybrid dual SIM, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS, Infrared port, and Type-C port.
Pricing & Availability:
- It is priced at €2,499 (₹1,95,170 approx.)
- Global sales will start from next month.
- No exact date is given.
- No information on the country-specific availabilities as of now.
So that’s all the information we have as of now. Design-wise the new Huawei Mate Xs is pretty good foldable, but I still have doubts about its durability. Because a crease can be visible in images when the device is unfolded. Now, what are your thoughts on this successor with minor improvements? Let us know in the comment section below. Also, stay tuned with us for more information.