The wait is over! Huawei has finally announced the company’s next-generation Huawei Mate X2 foldable smartphone during an official launch event held in China today.
This revolutionary piece of flagship is unlike any of its predecessors, as it features an inward-folding design over the outward-folding design employed by the Huawei Mate X and Mate Xs.
Unlike its predecessors which ultimately share the same display in both folded and unfolded state, the Huawei Mate X2’s external and inner displays are two entirely different displays.
On the outside, we will first be greeted by an external 6.45-inches OLED display which offers an impressive 2,700 x 1,160 pixels screen resolution, as well as a smooth 90Hz screen refresh rate and 240Hz touch sampling rate.
When unfolded, the inner screen measures 8-inches diagonally and boasts a 2,480 x 2,200 pixels screen resolution. While the inner display retains the same 90Hz screen refresh rate, its touch sampling rate settles at a slightly lower 180Hz touch sampling rate.
Over at the back, the Huawei Mate X2 sports a powerful quad-camera system lead by a powerful 50MP RYYB main camera with OIS stabilization and support for 4K video recording.
Moving on, there’s also an 8 megapixels periscope camera with 10x optical zoom and OIS stabilization, as well as a 12 megapixels telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom and OIS stabilization. Overall, the device is able to achieve up to 20x hybrid zoom and 100x digital zoom.
The forth camera will be a 16 megapixels ultra-wide module which also doubles as a macro camera for highly-detailed close up shots. Finally, the secondary display (on the outside) also has a 16 megapixels shooter for selfie and video-calling purposes.
At the helm, the Huawei Mate X2 is powered by the flagship HiSilicon Kirin 9000 chipset which is also found in the recent Mate 40 Pro (review). In the memory department, there’s 8GB RAM as well as an option between 256GB or 512GB storage capacity.
Keeping its lights on is none other than a respectable 4,500mAh battery with 55W fast-charging support. Since there isn’t any mention regarding wireless charging, its unlikely that it’ll support this feature – which had been the case for the Mate X and Mate Xs.
In terms of software, the Huawei Mate X2 is shipped with EMUI 11 (based on Android 10 AOSP version). However, we do expect it to be updated to the highly-anticipated HarmonyOS at some point of time.
Pricing-wise, it won’t be coming cheap. In the Chinese market, the Huawei Mate X2 retails at 17,999 Yuan (US$2,785) and 18,999 Yuan (US$2,940) respectively for its 256GB and 512GB models.