Huawei has a new foldable phone, and it’s very different from its predecessors.
The Huawei Mate X2, launched on Monday at an event in China, is Huawei’s third foldable phone, after the Mate X and Mate Xs. Unlike those phones, the Mate X2 folds inwards, like a book (or Samsung’s Galwp-admin/admin-ajwp-admin%2Fadmin-ajwp-admin/admin-ajwp-admin%5C%2Fadmin-ajwp-admin/admin-ajwp-admin%2Fadmin-ajwp-admin\/admin-ajwp-admin%5C%2Fadmin-ajax.php.php.php.php.php.php.php.phpy Fold).
The Mate X2 has a flexible inner display that measures 8 inches diagonally, and an outer, 6.45-inch display. Both displays are OLEDs, both have a refresh rate of 90Hz, and both have a very high resolution: 2,480×2,200 pixels for the inner display, and 2,700×1,600 pixels for the outer one.
Huawei says it has improved the phone’s hinge, which should make the device’s gap “imperceptible,” and the inner display “seamless.” The phone is also quite thin, with just 4.4mm of thickness when unfolded. Thanks to its point of balance which has been shifted slightly away from the centre, the Mate X2 should feel balanced in the hand, both folded and unfolded.
In terms of specs, the Mate X2 is pretty powerful. It has a Kirin 9000 processor, 5G connectivity, 8GB of RAM, and a 4,500mAh battery that supports 55W fast charging.
The Leica-branded, quad rear camera system consists of a 50-megapixel main camera, a 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera, a 12-megapixel telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom, and an 8-megapixel SuperZoom camera with 10x optical zoom. The selfie camera, located in a punch-hole cutout on the outer display, has a 16-megapixel sensor.
Unfortunately, Huawei’s new phones come without Google apps, making them barely usable to users outside of China.
The Huawei Mate X2 comes in four colors: black, white, pink and blue. It starts at 17,999 yuan ($2,785), and it goes on sale in China on Feb. 25.