Huawei Mate X2 in for review
The Huawei Mate X2 flew right into our office. The third-generation folding phone from the Chinese manufacturer completely changes the formula – the X2 moves from the outward-facing fold of the original Mate X and Mate Xs to an inward folding similar to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2.
The retail box contains a fast 66W charger, USB-C earphones, charger cable and a protective case that also acts as a kickstand – certainly better retail package than its Samsung cometitor.
The Huawei Mate X2 also comes with a pre-used protector on the external display, while the internal one has no such thing. The whole phone is wedge-shaped with a rather large camera bump on the thicker half. Another area where the Mate X2 is much better than the Fold2 is the folding – it actually leaves no gap between both sides thanks to the new Falcon Wing design that Huawei developed.
However, there is one drawback – unlike the Galaxy Z Fold 2, this foldable can not remain in the so-called portable mode. Even if you manage to keep it bent 90 degrees, the user interface does not recognize it and you can not use the Mate X2 as its own stand.
This may be the place to talk about the cameras in the Mate X2. There are four cameras, three of them borrowed from the mighty Mate 40 Pro +. The main shooter has a 50MP 1 / 1.28 ”sensor, which is an 8MP periscope telephoto lens with 10x optical zoom, another 12MP telephoto snapper with 3x optical zoom for portraits and a 16MP ultra-wide angle slider.
That kind of setup is clearly better on paper than Samsung’s foldable and by knowing Huawei’s track record, we have no doubt that it will have the treatment to match the mighty hardware. We still take nothing for granted and we reserve the final verdict when the full review is complete.
Another impressive bit about the Mate X2 is that the internal screen has a far less prominent curl than both its predecessors and the Galaxy Fold2. It can hardly be felt with a finger and is even invisible under certain lighting.
When we usually talk about a Huawei smartphone in 2021, we will have to touch on the lack of GMS and the advances in its own HSE ecosystem, but that does not really apply to the Mate X2. The beautiful foldable unfortunately remains exclusive to China, where phones still do not have GMS.
The Huawei Mate X2 looks very likely to be the best collapsible at least until the Fold3 arrives in the summer, and we can not wait to put it through its paces. Keep an eye on the entire review!