Huawei’s new Mate Xs 2 is a foldable phone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, support for up to 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, and single foldable AMOLED display that wraps around the device when folded or works like a tablet-sized screen when unfolded.
The Huawei Mate Xs 2 is available in China with prices starting at around 10,000 CNY, or about $1,500.
The starting price is for a model with 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and a 4,600 mAh battery, but Huawei also offers higher-priced configurations with up to 12GB of RAM, 512GB of storage, and a 4,880 mAh battery.
No matter the configuration, it’s the foldable display that’s the star of the show. When unfolded, it’s a 7.8 inch, 2480 x 2200 pixel AMOLED display with a 120 Hz refresh rate. But if you fold the device in half to hold as a phone, you’re left looking at a section of display that function as a 6.5 inch, 2480 x 1176 pixel display.
This sort of design eliminates the need for a secondary cover display, but it also means that the screen will always be exposed, even if the phone is used with some sort of bumper case. While that may not present much of a problem with traditional phones, foldable screens tend to be a bit easier to scratch, so I’d be wary to put a phone like this in my pocket.
Other features include a camera system that includes a 50MP primary camera, a 13MP ultra-wide camera, and an 8MP telephoto camera, a 10.7MP front-facing ultra-wide camera, support for a removable storage card for up to 256GB of additional storage, and support for 66W fast charging.
While the phone’s Snapdragon 888 processor may not be the fastest chip around, it’s still an upgrade over the Kirin 990 chip used in the first-gen Mate Xs. And while the phone supports WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2, mobile data tops out at 4G speeds, which I suppose may be less of an issue for a phone that’s currently only available in China than it would be for a global model.