Huawei is now officially on its third generation of foldable screen phones with the Mate X2. We have seen great technological advances with these products since the original Mate X came out in 2019. In particular, the Mate X2 marks a whole new roof on folding for the Chinese giant – a step away from the unfolded design of the Mate X and Mate Xs and beyond to an inward-folding paradigm, just like what Samsung was groundbreaking with its Fold line.
Well, if the inward fold is the form factor that consumers prefer, now that we’ve seen the industry settle on this common design, we’ll probably also see technology mature faster and become more affordable in the process.
Unfortunately, the Mate X2 is not foldable for the masses that many of us want. Instead, it’s still very much a halo device designed to impress and showcase more than anything else. In fact, it may just be even more unattainable than its predecessors, seeing how it is currently only sold in China with no official intention to expand availability, and that the ongoing US sanctions do not mean Google Play services and heavily handcapped production features to the chipset. And this is all before we even begin to consider the Mate X2’s striking price of around EUR 2300.
We felt that these are important points to make before we start drooling over the Mate X2’s exquisite hardware. The Mate X2 is a great device, and here’s a quick overview of its key specifications.
Overview of the Huawei Mate X2:
- Body: 161.8×145.8×8.2mm, 295g; Glass front, glass bag, aluminum frame.
- Screen: 8.00 “Foldable OLED, 90Hz, 2200x2480px resolution, 10.15: 9 aspect ratio, 413ppi; Cover display: 6.45”, OLED, 90Hz, 1160 x 2700 pixels, 456 ppi.
- Chipset: Kirin 9000 5G (5 nm): Octa-core (1×3.13 GHz Cortex-A77 & 3×2.54 GHz Cortex-A77 & 4×2.05 GHz Cortex-A55); Mali-G78 MP24.
- Memory: 256 GB 8 GB RAM, 512 GB 8 GB RAM; UFS 3.X; NM (Nano memory), up to 256 GB (uses shared SIM slot).
- OS / software: Android 10, EMUI 11, no Google Play services.
- Rear camera: Wide (head): 50 MP, f / 1.9, 23 mm, 1 / 1.28 “, 1.22 µm, omnidirectional PDAF, Laser AF, OIS; Tele: 12 MP, f / 2.4, 70 mm, PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom; Tele: 8 MP, f / 4.4, 240 mm, PDAF, OIS, 10x optical zoom; Ultra wide angle: 16 MP, f / 2.2, 17mm, AF.
- Front camera: 16 MP, f / 2.2, (wide).
- Video recording: Rear camera: 4K @ 30 / 60fps, 1080p @ 30 / 60fps, gyro-EIS; Front camera: 1080p @ 30 fps.
- Battery: 4500mAh; Fast charging 55W, Huawei SuperCharge.
- Various: Fingerprint reader (side mounted); NFC; Infrared port.
As we have already established, the phone we have for review today is an exhibit unit with limited availability and a ridiculous price. An extra word of warning – our device also runs a Chinese ROM. Of course, none of this is any reason not to explore its next-generation hardware, design, and features.
The Huawei Mate X2 is shipped in a rather large and rather fancy box. It is thick all around and has a soft finish. When opened, the magnetic flap at the top reveals the unfolded Mate X2 and its impressive, massive and uninterrupted internal display. All of the foldable screen phones we’ve seen are shipped in unfolded mode, which justifies the larger box size.
Huawei also did not save on the accessory package. You get a box in the box or more accurately a “back cover” for lack of a better designation, complete with a fancy magnetic kickstand and a leather finish.
While it’s better than no level of extra protection, we can not help but remember Samsung’s official cases for the Fold line, which at least includes a kind of small bumper for the other half of the phone. Also the official Mate Xs case for that matter. We kind of wish this was the case with the Mate X2 as well.
The box also contains a pair of white cable plugs with cable type in the box. They also have a microphone for calls and the same built-in control buttons. Other than that, nothing too fancy. They sound decent, and the Apple-like shape of the buds generally provides a lot of comfort without forcing itself on the ear canals.
The charger that comes with the phone has a USB Type-A adapter rated at 66W. It arrives with a special, powerful 6A USB Type-A to Type-C cable. This is the same combination offered with the Mate 40 Pro and Mate 40 Pro +.
Besides the fact that you have to stick to a proprietary cable, there is also the limitation that this is not a PD compatible charger. Instead, it caters mostly to Huawei’s own SuperCharge protocol. It is rated for the following power output modes 5V 2A (10 W), 9V2A (18 W), 10V2.25A (22.5 W), 10V4A (40 W) and 11V6A Max (66 W) and only supports SCP and Quick Charge 2.0 as a relapse . Since neither 10V nor 11V is within the standard PD specification, the charger cannot be used for fast charging of other devices.
Looking back at our Mate Xs review, we know for sure that Huawei shipped that phone with a much more versatile 65W PowerDelivery compatible and SuperCharge compatible charger along with a standard 3.3A Type-C to Type-C cable . We see the new bundle as a downgrade for its lower versatility.
It should be noted that the Mate X2 supports a maximum of 55W charging, just like the Mate X and Mate Xs, despite the higher rated charger.