The new folding phone… looks an awful lot like the old one. But it has some key updates. The Kirin 980 processor from the original Mate X has been replaced with a Kirin 990 5G chip.
Huawei says it’s also improved the hinge and cooling system for the new smartphone.
Like its predecessor, the new Huawei Mate Xs is an 8 inch, 2480 x 2200 pixel tablet when unfolded. But fold the screen in half and you have a 6.6 inch primary, 2480 x 1148 primary display on the front and a slimmer 6.4 inch, 2480 x 892 display on the back that you can use as a viewfinder when snapping selfies with the phone’s rear cameras.
There are no front-facing cameras. So you’ll either need to flip the phone around to shoot a self-portrait or make a video call. But the good news is that means you get the same high-quality camera selection no matter how you’re holdinf the phone.
Those cameras include:
- 40MP primary camera
- 8MP telephoto camera
- 16MP ultrawide camera
- Time of Flight camera
Other features include a 4,500 mAh battery, support for 55W fast-charging, and a 5G modem — all of which last year’s model also had. But this time it’s baked into the Kirrin 990 5G SoC, so there’s no need for a separate modem chip.
The new foldable phone also has an updated hinge which should allow the device to fold flatter in tablet mode, decreasing the prominence of a visible crease.
Huawei says the new Mate Xs should be available in March, with a model sporting 8Gb of RAM and 512GB of storage selling for €2,499 (about $2,700).
Like all recent Huawei smartphones, this one will ship without the Google Play Store, but will instead have Huawei’s own version of an app store.