When Huawei and Samsung first announced they were developing foldable smartphones, both manufacturers took a very different approach to the concept. Both had issues with screen quality when these phones first hit the market, but it seemed like Huawei’s approach fared much better than Samsung’s notoriously flawed design.
The Mate X was mostly limited to Asian markets, so sales were modest at best. Huawei and Samsung’s second take on the concept has resulted in a similar shared design between the two companies, with Samsung being the first out of the gate with its revamped model.
Huawei announced its new Mate X2 not long ago, which will be hitting the Chinese markets soon. This device takes the same dual-screen approach as Samsung’s latest Galaxy Fold, with a high-quality full-screen display on the outside for normal use and a larger tablet size inside that activates when the device is opened. In keeping with Huawei’s high build quality, the device looks just as elegant (and expensive) as Samsung’s attempt.
The design may look similar, but Huawei’s screens are actually slightly larger, coming in at 6.45 and 8 inches, respectively, compared to Samsung’s 6.2 and 7-inch screens. The resolution has also been increased slightly, with the smaller screen offering a resolution of 2700 x 1160 and the folded screens offering a 2480 x 2200 screen.
All those pixels are powered by the company’s flagship Kieran 9000 chip, 8 GB of RAM and a battery with a nominal capacity of 4400 mAh that can be quickly charged up to 55 W.
In addition to chips, there is less RAM than the Samsung model, which can turn out to be a major performance issue for Huawei as using more displays often means more memory needs to be available to keep things fast and responsive. I wouldn’t be surprised if this phone lags behind Samsung’s Galaxy Fold despite the decent processors.
In terms of the important aspect of camera power, this model does not disappoint. A total of 4 different rear lenses, consisting of a 50 megapixel wide angle, a 16 megapixel ultra-wide, a 12 megapixel telephoto with 3x optical zoom and an 8 megapixel “SuperZoom” camera with a 10x optical zoom, can be found here.
The single selfie camera on the outside of the phone has a resolution of 16 megapixels. That’s certainly a lot of lenses that should make any budding mobile photographer more than happy.
However, it should go without saying that Huawei’s biggest problem with this new phone is still the absence of Google’s dominant Playstore and all its apps, meaning this device will likely struggle to attract an audience outside of the dominant Chinese. markets.
That and the crazy price with the 256 GB version for $ 2785 (R42,000) and the 512 GB model for $ 2940 (R 45,000). That’s way too much money to spend on a mobile device, but I think there are still people with too much money or credit on their hands coming out to buy one of those devices.
Last updated: February 24, 2021