Could Huawei Mate X2 be the best foldable smartphone so far?
Foldable phones have been around since late 2018 when Samsung gave us the Galaxy fold. They seemed like a failed project when it all started but they’re looking very prospective at the moment.
We’ve seen folds from different brands and they’ve all continued to improve.
Huawei on their part has constantly improved on their foldable after launching the Huawei Mate X last year. A year later, Huawei has taken things a notch higher with its second fold, the Mate X2.
It’s a fun device to have as it does have some interesting features. But can it be used as a daily driver? That’s what we are about to find out in this review.
At the end of this blog post, you will also find out if Huawei Mate X2 is the best foldable phone you should get or not.
So, let’s check it out;
Huawei Mate X2 Review
We start by the look at the front which is what draws attention to this device. It’s a folded display, actually the best foldable display I’ve seen so far. It’s got the biggest cover display we’ve seen on a foldable smartphone so far.
It’s a huge 6.45-inch diagonal display with a 90Hz refresh rate and 15:9 aspect ratio.
The main display is an 8-inch QHD panel much bigger than the cover display which makes the device look like a normal smartphone. Using the device when folded feels like you’re holding a thick smartphone.
The bezels and viewing angles are just about right. The front also got a 16MP pill cutout design which takes really good photos.
The Huawei Mate X2 is an all-glass device with aluminum railings along its sides. Huawei made a huge leap especially with the displays on here.
They’re much wider than what we have on the Mate X or even the Galaxy Fold 2. The front got that near-to-normal aspect ratio that you see on top smartphones.
Opening it up reveals so far the widest display and aspect ratio on a foldable device. Both sides of the display got a 90Hz refresh rate but the cover screen also spices things up with a 240Hz touch sample rate.
This, for me, is the best foldable hardware I’ve seen. I hope to see more of this in the coming smartphones.
The camera modules that come with the Huawei Mate X2 are surprisingly good when you check back at other foldable or tablets. One can attribute this to the fact that we’ve got the same camera modules that we get on the Huawei P40.
As you should know, or maybe not, the P40 s Huawei’s camera champ.
The Mate 40 Pro also got some good camera action off its sleeves and that is what we get on the Huawei Mate X2. It’s a single 16MP selfie shooter that lies in the pill-shaped cut-out of the cover display.
Not only that, but the time of flight sensor is also present alongside the selfie camera to improve your picture quality.
Unfolding the device we see a quad-camera array at the rear of the Mate X2. I kind of prefer this camera bump to what we’ve seen on the Mate 40 and P40 series. The rectangular-shaped module looks modern to me as compared to the archaic look that I get on the non-foldable Huawei flagships.
But it’s the same hardware components in a different box. It is the same 50MP main shooter with laser autofocus and optical image stabilization.
There’s also the usual suspects — a 12MP telephoto lens with 3X optical zoom, an 8MP periscope telephoto lens with 10X optical zoom, and a pretty good 16MP ultrawide lens.
These aren’t just numbers on paper, the Huawei Mate X2 produces some good quality photos for a foldable smartphone. And I must commend Huawei for that.
Huawei flagships have been good power devices for a long time but are they the same here? Let’s see.
The numbers here look good on conventional smartphones. It’s a 4500mAh lithium polymer cell. It comes with a 55W wireless charger (phones are still shipping with chargers 😎).
Huawei might not follow the likes of Samsung and Apple in discarding the charging brick from the box. As you should know, they’ve been known to do things differently and I still see chargers coming with Huawei flagships for a much longer time.
There is no wireless charger which is a bummer for some. I’m not a fan of wireless charging but it should have been a good addition.
But the 55W charger should do a good job in powering this device as fast as possible. Since the charger performs pretty well, let’s dissect the battery performance because this is a major determining factor for customers when buying a new smartphone.
The Huawei Mate X2 is practically a tablet. You got two huge displays, an 8-inch and 6.45-inch with a 90Hz refresh rate.
But the capacity on here isn’t sufficient to cater to both displays as Huawei software isn’t optimized. I expected something better in terms of battery capacity to maximize the device to the fullest.
But I can cut them some slack in the sense that these are just foldable. And yes, they’ve been a work in progress. We still expect many improvements from OEMs in the coming years.
The Huawei Mate X2 is a fusion of the P40 Pro and Huawei Mate 40 Pro hardware components but in a distinctive design. And we love that. The software also follows that path.
You’ve got the 5nm Kirin 9000 SoC and a Mali G-78 graphic processor. This lies beneath the Android 10 based on EMUI 11 which isn’t that exciting to use anymore. But it still retains certain software features from Huawei flagships so it should be fun.
You should expect the software to act differently when folded and when unfolded. The tablet part gets to perform like a tablet and letting miss out on the non-tablet features. But trust Huawei to always be an interesting brand.
Key Spec Sheet of Huawei Mate X2
- Main camera: 8MP (periscope telephoto), 50MP main (wide) 12MP (telephoto), 16MP (ultrawide)
- Front camera: 16MP (ultrawide)
- Display: 6.45″ OLED 1160 × 2700 pixels (Cover Display) | 8.0″ OLED 2200 × 2480 pixels (Main display)
- Network: LTE / HSPA / GSM / 5G
- Memory: 8GB RAM (hybrid SIM slot)
- Storage: 256GB/512GB ROM
- Software: Android™ 10, EMUI 11
- CPU/GPU: Kirin 9000 5nm (Octa-core Cortex A55 & A77), Mali-G78 GPU
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, GPS, Wi-Fi 6, USB-C, OTG
- Battery: 4500mAh Li-Po (55W fast charging)
- Sensors: proximity, gyroscope, barometer, compass
- Color: Rose Gold, Light Blue, Black, White
- Weight: 295g
- Misc.: side-mounted fingerprint, Huawei Air gestures.
Price of Huawei Mate X2
Huawei Mate X2 price is approximately $3,500 and $5,300 for the 8G/256GB and 8G/512GB respectively. You can get Huawei Mate X2 in Nigeria at the cost price of N1.4m and N2.1m for the two variations respectively.
Where to Buy Huawei Mate X2?
- eBay: Huawei Mate X2 (8GB + 256GB) ~ $5,300 ≈ N2.1 million
- Banggood: Huawei Mate X2 (8GB + 256GB) ~ $3600 ≈ N1.4 million | (8GB + 512GB) ~ $3800 ≈ N1.5 million
PS.: Prices correct at the time of writing and are subject to change depending on when you’re reading this post.
Is Huawei Mate the Best Foldable So Far?
Yes, the Huawei Mate X2 takes the crown as the best foldable device so far. It’s got the beefiest specs on a foldable and a performance that beats every other smartphone in this category.
It looks like the ideal foldable we’ve dreamed of but would have been better with a better software. With this leap, it can only get better for foldable.
Are you a fan of foldable smartphones? What’s your take on the Huawei Mate X2?
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