Chinese smartphone company Huawei has today reveal its recent foldable smartphone, the Mate X2, which was announced at a special event in China had only been a rumoured flagship for quite a while till now.
The Mate X2, which is thus a successor to 2019’s Mate X, has received a radical redesign and now features a large uninterrupted 8-inch screen that folds inwards, rather than having the main display on the exterior, as with the original device.
The device main screen uses a 180Hz display with an 8:7.1 aspect ratio, and when the phone is folded, a second 6.45-inch display (with a 12:9 aspect ratio) on the outside can be used, similar to Samsung’s Galaxy Fold design. I.e both displays feature a wide color gamut and an ultra-low reflection feature that is much more enhanced than the reflectance level of Apple’s Pro Display XDR, claims Huawei.
In a neat-looking Redesign, a new multi-dimensional hinge design allows for a “seamless” fold without a gap, hence using a water drop-shaped cavity that bears the fold inside. In addition to that, Its dual-spiral structure is made from high-intensity steel that “eliminates the problem of display creasing,” and also enables a 40% flatter panel design, says the tech company.
Mate X2 Camera
In the side of Camera, the device features an Ultra Vision Leica Quad setup that offers a “DSLR-level experience,” thus with a 50-megapixel sensor, a 50-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 16-megapixel ultra-wide lens, a 12-megapixel telephoto lens with a 3x optical zoom, and an 8-megapixel “SuperZoom” camera with a 10x optical zoom.
Mate x2 camera module is housed in the thickest part of the smartphone, which tapers off. Although, despite the tapering innovation, the smartphone folds in a uniform left and right fashion, that means the taper is not apparent when closed. In addition, the handset’s mass is also on the right side of the device so as to make it easier to hold when unfolded in either portrait or landscape mode.
Furthermore, the Huawei Mate X2 is powered by the Kirin 9000 5G chip, which debuted in Huawei’s Mate 40 Pro previous year and went as far as supported by an 8Gigabyte of RAM size, and a 4,400mAh battery
capacity with fast charging support that can be charged at up to 55W. The device also supports dual-SIM 4G/5G in terms of circular aspect feature and comes supplied with a leather case featuring a kickstand.
Huawei Mate X2 Storage and Pricing
The Mate X2 launches in China on February 25, available with either 256GB or 512GB storage, for ¥17,999 (around $2,785) and ¥18,999 (around $2,940), respectively.
It’s unlikely that the Mate X2 will be available in the United States, due to the conflicts between. The company and the U.S. government. Still on the con side, the Mate X2 will launch without support for Google’s apps or services, which is likely to limit its appeal outside of China.
Mate X2 Full Feature Specs
|Announced||2021, February 22|
|Status||Coming soon. Exp. release 2021, February 25|
|Dimensions||Unfolded: 161.8 x 145.8 x 8.2 mm
Folded: 161.8 x 74.6 x 14.7 mm
|Weight||295 g (10.41 oz)|
|Build||Glass front, glass back, aluminum frame|
|SIM||Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|Type||Foldable OLED, 90Hz|
|Size||8.0 inches, 206.0 cm (~87.3% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||2200 x 2480 pixels (~413 ppi density)|
|Cover display: 6.45″, OLED, 90Hz, 1160 x 2700 pixels, 456 ppi|
|OS||Android 10, EMUI 11, no Google Play Services|
|Chipset||Kirin 9000 5G (5 nm)|
|CPU||Octa-core (1×3.13 GHz Cortex-A77 & 3×2.54 GHz Cortex-A77 & 4×2.05 GHz Cortex-A55)|
|Card slot||NM (Nano Memory), up to 256GB (uses shared SIM slot)|
|Internal||256GB 8GB RAM, 512GB 8GB RAM|
|Quad||50 MP, f/1.9, 23mm (wide), 1/1.28″, 1.22µm, omnidirectional PDAF, Laser AF, OIS
12 MP, f/2.4, 70mm (telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom
8 MP, f/4.4, 240mm (periscope telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 10x optical zoom
16 MP, f/2.2, 17mm (ultrawide), AF
|Features||Leica optics, LED flash, panorama, HDR|
|Video||[email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/60fps, gyro-EIS|
|Single||16 MP, f/2.2, (wide)|
|Loudspeaker||Yes, with stereo speakers|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.2, A2DP, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS, NavIC|
|USB||USB Type-C 3.1, USB On-The-Go|
|Sensors||Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, color spectrum|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM|
|Type||Li-Po 4500 mAh, non-removable|
|Charging||Fast charging 55W
|Colors||Black, White, Light Blue, Rose Gold|
|Price||About 2300 EUR|
Meanwhile, on the other hand there have been several rumors circulating stating that Apple is exploring folding screen technology. Apple’s rumored foldable iPhone has been said to feature an OLED display from Samsung, according to source reports of internal durability testing and display sample orders.
In the month of January, confirmed Blog post stated that Apple was testing foldable iPhones with a range of display sizes. A recent report from Taiwanese website Economic Daily News claimed that two prototype foldable iPhones had passed internal tests, and said that the device could launch in late 2022 or 2023.
Given the arrival of multiple folding devices coming to market and the uptick in rumors, Apple is surely looking into the feasibility of its own similar device. Rumors about Apple working on a foldable iPhone actually date back to 2016, and the company has filed a significant number of license related to a foldable iPhone.