Huawei has unveiled the Huawei Mate X2, here is its specs, price and release date…
Mate X2 is a smartphone with which the company aims directly at the top of the flexible smartphone market, where it competes directly with Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold series.
Huawei Mate X2 design
In terms of design, the Huawei Mate X2 maintains a conservative approach, although it introduces an important change compared to the previous model of the previous generation, the Huawei Xs, as it adopts the dual-screen concept that we saw precisely in Samsung’s Galaxy Fold series.
This means that the new Huawei comes with an outer screen that allows it to be used as a “traditional” smartphone, and another flexible inner screen, which once opened, provides an experience similar to that we would have with a small tablet.
The two screens have very reduced edges, although only the smaller screen integrates an oval island to accommodate the front camera, which is 16MP. The user experience is no mystery: when closed it is a smartphone, and when opened it becomes a tablet.
On the inner screen, Huawei has integrated the industry’s first “magnetically controlled nano-optical layer”. What does this mean for the user? Quite simply, this technology reduces light reflection and minimizes glare, which is especially useful when used outdoors. However, this display is not protected by ultra-thin glass, which means that we will have to be very careful when using it.
Continuing with the inner screen, which is the most interesting of the Huawei Mate X2 for being flexible, we find a compact hinge that does not leave the slightest space, that is, when the phone is closed it is completely flat, as we can see in the attached image. According to Huawei, the inner OLED panel (both screens are OLED type), is teardrop-shaped to minimize wrinkles, and materials such as carbon fiber and zirconium-based liquid metal have been used in the hinge to reduce weight.
In terms of build quality, the Huawei Mate X2 is made of aluminum (frame) and glass, both on the front and back, but not on the inner screen due to the obvious limitations imposed by a flexible display. On the back, it mounts an island that houses a four-camera setup, and on the side is the fingerprint reader. After this first general overview, we are ready to review its key features.
Huawei Mate X2 specs
- Main display: 6.45-inch OLED with 2,700 x 1,160 pixel resolution, 90Hz. Internal (flexible): 8-inch OLED with 2,480 x 2,200 pixels resolution, 90Hz
- Chipset: Kirin 9000 with 8-core CPU and Mali G78 MP24 GPU
- Ram: 8GB
- Storage: 256GB/ 512GB, expandable with microSD
- Main cameras: 50MP rear camera with f1.9 aperture, 16MP wide-angle with f2.2 aperture, 12MP telephoto with f2.4 aperture, and 8MP telephoto with f4.4 aperture
- Front camera: 16MP with f2.2 aperture
- Video: [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/60fps, gyro-EIS, [email protected] with front-facing camera
- Video formats: MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
- Sensors: Fingerprint reader on the side, accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, compass, barometer, and color spectrum
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.2, USB Type-C, NFC, Wi-Fi 6, 5G
- Battery: 4,500mAh, 55W quick-charge
- Dimensions: 161.8 x 145.8 x 8.2mm closed, 161.8 x 74.6 x 14.7mm opened
- Weight: 295 grams
- Various: Available in black, white, light blue and rose gold colors.
- Software: EMUI 11 (Android 10)
Huawei Mate X2 price and release date
At the moment the Huawei Mate X2 has only been confirmed for the Chinese market, where it will be priced at $2,789, at the exchange rate in its version with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage capacity, and $2,945 at the exchange rate in its version with 8GB RAM and 512GB storage capacity.
It is not clear to us that the Huawei Mate X2 will reach other markets, at least for now. This has an explanation, since the Chinese company continues to have vetoed access to TSMC, which means it has to dose its Kirin 9000 SoCs.