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huawei mate x2 announced with in-folding design, periscope camera

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Huawei announced the launch of 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 good reason – this is the first foldable phone with a periscope lens.

Both screens are OLED panels with a 90Hz refresh rate. The internal panel supports DCI-P3 colours, 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 Huawei Mate X2 is powered by the Kirin 9000 chipset. 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. Thanks to the second screen, it can be used to shoot selfies too.

An ultrawide module is available too with a 16MP sensor. It doubles as a macro camera as well (2.5 cm distance). The exact focal lengths for the lenses 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

NETWORKTechnologyGSM / CDMA / HSPA / CDMA2000 / LTE / 5G
LAUNCHAnnounced2021, February 22
StatusComing soon. Exp. release 2021, February 25
BODYDimensionsUnfolded: 161.8 x 145.8 x 8.2 mm
Folded: 161.8 x 74.6 x 14.7 mm
Weight295 g (10.41 oz)
BuildGlass front, glass back, aluminum frame
SIMHybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAYTypeFoldable OLED, 90Hz
Size8.0 inches, 206.0 cm2 (~87.3% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution2200 x 2480 pixels (~413 ppi density)
Cover display: 6.45″, OLED, 90Hz, 1160 x 2700 pixels, 456 ppi
PLATFORMOSAndroid 10, EMUI 11, no Google Play Services
ChipsetKirin 9000 5G (5 nm)
CPUOcta-core (1×3.13 GHz Cortex-A77 & 3×2.54 GHz Cortex-A77 & 4×2.05 GHz Cortex-A55)
GPUMali-G78 MP24
MEMORYCard slotNM (Nano Memory), up to 256GB (uses shared SIM slot)
Internal256GB 8GB RAM, 512GB 8GB RAM
MAIN CAMERAQuad50 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
FeaturesLeica optics, LED flash, panorama, HDR
Video[email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/60fps, gyro-EIS
SELFIE CAMERASingle16 MP, f/2.2, (wide)
FeaturesHDR, panorama
Video[email protected]
SOUNDLoudspeakerYes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jackNo
COMMSWLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth5.2, A2DP, LE
GPSYes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS, NavIC
Infrared portYes
USBUSB Type-C 3.1, USB On-The-Go
FEATURESSensorsFingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, color spectrum
BATTERYTypeLi-Po 4500 mAh, non-removable
ChargingFast charging 55W
Huawei SuperCharge
MISCColorsBlack, White, Light Blue, Rose Gold
PriceAbout 2300 EUR

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lawrence Emmanuel

My name is Lawrence Emmanuel, i am a programmer, a web designer and partially a graphic designer. I am from Ondo state Nigeria, but i currently reside in Lagos state Nigeria. I love science and technology as a whole that is why i thought and brought about TEC9JA.
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