Huawei Mate X2 announced with in-folding design, periscope camera

by Johnson Daniel
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Huawei announced its latest flagship smartphone, Huawei Mate X2, at an event in China yesterday. The phone is wedge-shaped – it’s thickest near the camera module, and it gradually slims down to just 4.4 mm on the other end. The camera end is the thickest part, and for a good reason – this is the first foldable phone with a periscope lens.

The inner display measures 8” in diagonal and has a squarish aspect ratio of 8:7.1 and a resolution of 2480 x 2200. The external screen is 6.45” in diagonal and has a 21:9 aspect ratio. Huawei Mate X2 announced with in-folding design, periscope camera

Both screens are OLED panels with a 90Hz refresh rate. The internal panel supports DCI-P3 colors, and the external one does not. The external one wins out in terms of touch sampling rate, 240Hz vs. 180Hz.

The inner screen boasts the industry’s first “magnetically-controlled nano-optical layer.” That’s a fancy way of saying it minimizes light reflection and glare (reflectivity is below 1.5%, compared to 5% or higher for the Galaxy Z Fold2). There’s no ultra-thin glass, however.

The Kirin 9000 chipset powers the Huawei Mate X2. Unlike the competing Snapdragon and Exynos chips, this one is fabbed at TSMC’s 5 nm foundry. It has four Cortex-A77 cores (one of which runs at 3.13 GHz) and four A55, plus a Mali-G78 MP24 GPU.

Interestingly, the official specs list the OS as EMUI 11.0 based on Android 10. We were expecting HarmonyOS out of the box. Anyway, the phone has 8 GB of RAM plus 256 or 512 GB of storage.

The quad-camera on the back (co-developed with Leica) is built around the 50MP main module with a 1/1.28” RYYB sensor. It has an f/1.9 aperture and supports OIS, and can record 4K video.

An ultrawide module is available, too, with a 16MP sensor. It doubles as a macro camera as well (2.5 cm distance). The lenses’ exact focal lengths are 17mm, 23mm, 70mm, and 240mm.

The 4,500 mAh battery supports Super Fast charging at 55W using the supplied adapter. The retail package is actually pretty well stocked with a USB-C cable, USB-C headset (there’s no 3.5 mm jack), a leather protective case, and screen protectors pre-applied on both screens.

The Huawei Mate X2 comes in Black, White, Crystal Blue, and Crystal Pink colors, is priced at 17,999 yuan (US$ 2783) for the 256GB storage version, and the 512GB storage version costs 18,999 yuan (US$ 2938).

Huawei Mate X2 specifications

NETWORK Technology GSM / CDMA / HSPA / CDMA2000 / LTE / 5G
LAUNCH Announced 2021, February 22
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2021, February 25
BODY 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)
DISPLAY Type Foldable OLED, 90Hz
Size 8.0 inches, 206.0 cm2 (~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
PLATFORM 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)
GPU Mali-G78 MP24
MEMORY Card slot NM (Nano Memory), up to 256GB (uses shared SIM slot)
Internal 256GB 8GB RAM, 512GB 8GB RAM
UFS 3.X
MAIN CAMERA 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 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60fps, gyro-EIS
SELFIE CAMERA Single 16 MP, f/2.2, (wide)
Features HDR, panorama
Video 1080p@30fps
SOUND Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack No
COMMS 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
NFC Yes
Infrared port Yes
Radio No
USB USB Type-C 3.1, USB On-The-Go
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, color spectrum
BATTERY Type Li-Po 4500 mAh, non-removable
Charging Fast charging 55W
Huawei SuperCharge
MISC Colors Black, White, Light Blue, Rose Gold
Models TET-AN00
Price About 2300 EUR

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