Huawei has announced its new foldable smartphone, the Mate Xs 2, for global markets. The company hosted an event in Milan, where it announced the Mate Xs 2, alongside the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro, and some other devices.
The Huawei Mate Xs 2 arrives to global markets following its China launch
The Huawei Mate Xs 2 was originally announced back in April, in China. Well, we’re getting an almost identical device in global markets, though with a different software build, of course.
The Mate Xs 2 is an outward-folding smartphone. In other words, it has a single display, which folds towards the back, so a part of it is always exposed, and serves as a back side of a folded smartphone.
Many would say that’s not the most fortunate solution, but there you have it. This is a direct successor to the Huawei Mate Xs, which arrived quite a while ago.
It includes a single 120Hz display which folds towards the back
The Mate Xs 2 is actually quite a powerful smartphone. It features a 7.8-inch 2480 x 2200 OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, and 240Hz touch sampling rate. It folds into a 6.5-inch 2480 x 1176 panel, with the same refresh rate, of course.
The Snapdragon 888 fuels this smartphone, though it only allows for 4G connectivity due to US sanctions. Huawei included 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM into this global variant, with 512GB of UFS 3.1 flash storage. You can expand that storage with a microSD card up to 256GB.
HarmonyOS 2 comes pre-installed on top of Android, though the exact Android version wasn’t mentioned. We’ll guess it’s Android 12. There are two nano SIM card slots included, and you can use one of them for a microSD card (hybrid setup).
A 4,600mAh battery is included, along with 66W charging
A 4,600mAh battery comes included, with 66W wired charging. The collector’s edition of the device includes a 4,880mAh battery, and we’re not sure it will become available outside of China.
A 50-megapixel main camera (f/1.8 aperture) is backed by a 13-megapixel ultrawide camera (f/2.2 aperture, 2.5cm macro), and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera (f/2.4 aperture, 3x optical zoom, 30x digital zoom, OIS). A single 10.7-megapixel camera (f/2.2 aperture) sits on the phone’s front side.
Bluetooth 5.2 LE is included here, and the same goes for an NFC chip. The phone’s power/lock key doubles as a fingerprint scanner, while stereo speakers are also a part of the package.
The phone measures 156.5 x 139.3 x 5.4-11.1mm when unfolded, and 156.5 x 75.5 x 11.1mm when folded. The device weighs 255 grams.
The device is actually quite pricey
The Huawei Mate Xs 2 comes in Black, White, and Violet color variants. Now the price is quite high, the model is priced at €1,999 in Europe. It will become available starting June.