Huawei Mate X2 evaluation: Tainted love

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I would like you to think about an alternate timeline. Actually, simply take into consideration the one Huawei was on just a few years in the past. Google assist, killer units, shopper confidence: Huawei was on track to be primary globally briefly order. Then, the US commerce ban occurred and all the pieces modified.

Within the intervening years, Huawei has continued driving innovation on the {hardware} entrance — all whereas in software program limbo. The apps, entry, and APIs most shoppers exterior China depend on merely ceased to be a part of the equation. Huawei has had the unenviable job of constructing an app ecosystem from scratch at lightning velocity, whereas pretending all the pieces was simply fantastic with its mature and achieved units.

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Nowhere is that dichotomy extra heartbreakingly clear than the Huawei Mate X2. If we existed within the alternate timeline I discussed, I’d most likely be calling the Mate X2 one of the best telephone ever made. I can’t specific how spectacular this telephone is (and I’m not even a foldable fanatic). It’s an uncompromising common telephone, each bit the killer flagship Huawei has made for years, whereas delivering on all the guarantees of foldable telephones.

That is the Huawei Mate X2 evaluation.

About this Huawei Mate X2 evaluation: I used the Mate X2 for per week. It was operating EMUI 11 based mostly on Android 10 with software program construct quantity 11.0.0.150. The Huawei Mate X2 evaluation unit was supplied to Android Authority by Huawei.

What that you must know concerning the Huawei Mate X2

  • Huawei Mate X2 (8GB/256GB): 17,999RMB (~$2,750)
  • Huawei Mate X2 (8GB/512GB): 18,999RMB (~$2,900)

The Mate X2 was introduced on February 22, 2021 because the final entry in Huawei’s sequence of Mate X foldables. It has solely been introduced for the Chinese language market up to now however the machine seems on Huawei’s world website so a extra widespread launch might come down the road. The Mate X2 went on sale in China on February 25, 2021.

It succeeds final yr’s Mate Xs however modifications its predecessor’s design from an outward-folding major show to an inward-folding display. Its main competitor proper now’s the $1,999 Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2. The Mate X2 is out there in Black, White, Gentle Blue, and Rose Gold colorways.

Every little thing and nothing

Huawei Mate X2 review home screen view over shoulder

Credit score: Kris Carlon / Android Authority

At first, I wasn’t offered on the unique Mate X thought, however I preferred the product. Then, with the Mate Xs, I nonetheless didn’t assume it was time for most individuals to purchase a foldable. The Mate X2, not less than on a {hardware} degree, screams “now’s the time.” I can now confidently say I’m offered on the product and the thought.

The Mate X2 is the {hardware} everybody all for foldable telephones has been ready for.

I forgave the Mate Xs for a few of its quibbles as a result of I didn’t see it as a mainstream product. It was a luxurious product for these with extra money than considerations about long-term sturdiness. The Mate X2 flips that on its head. It’s each bit a sophisticated mainstream product, regardless of being eye-wateringly costly.

Nevertheless, for all the pieces the Mate X2 does — and it does rather a lot extraordinarily nicely, as you’ll quickly see — it may well’t do essentially the most primary factor most shoppers within the West need their telephone to do: entry Google apps and providers. Sure, there are workarounds I wouldn’t essentially suggest and first rate sufficient alternate options to most providers Google provides. Let’s be actual, only a few individuals exterior China would select Huawei App Gallery if the Google Play Retailer was an choice.

With that gargantuan caveat out of the way in which, let’s put the Google scenario apart for a bit and try all the pieces else the telephone has going for it.

Is it any good as a telephone?

Huawei Mate X2 review bottom view open in reading mode

Credit score: Kris Carlon / Android Authority

The brand new design, as clearly because it has been lifted from Samsung’s strategy, is the best thought. Whereas I didn’t endure any devastating points with the externally folding Mate Xs, even after extended utilization, most individuals aren’t as cautious with their telephones as me. The “innie” design is much better for safeguarding a folding show.

I really like that the Mate X2 appears to be like and looks like a daily telephone when closed.

I really like that the Mate X2 folds nearly fully flat. This gives much less room for pocket particles to get within the hole and injury the display. The hinge seal the place the Mate X2 folds has been redesigned. The brand new trim across the inside display means much less accrued fluff and dirt than the Mate Xs, paired with a extra polished aesthetic.

You’d have to make use of the Mate X2 for lots longer than my week of testing to know the way far more sturdy it’s than the Mate Xs. Total, it positively appears to be like to be a extra resilient improve. The wedge-shape permits the Mate X2 to accommodate a periscope digital camera. I didn’t discover any stability or weight points when utilizing it one-handed however my fingers are fairly massive. It’s noticeable to have a look at nevertheless it doesn’t influence utilization in any respect.

The Mate X2 expenses tremendous quick because of its 55W charging speeds. I obtained a full cost in an hour for the 4,500mAh battery. Naturally, battery life depends upon how a lot you utilize every display. With some pictures, loads of emailing, messaging, and YouTube (through browser) I managed a day simply fantastic on a number of events.

The side-mounted fingerprint scanner housed within the energy button is dependable and quick. I a lot desire a capacitive sensor that’s accessible in each open and closed mode to an in-display sensor on this type issue. The stereo audio system are loud and sound good to my ears. I didn’t use the bundled earbuds, nevertheless, as a result of the evaluation unit needed to be despatched on to another person.

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The Mate X2’s efficiency was spectacular. The 5G-enabled Kirin 9000 delivered all the pieces it wanted to, even on an advanced type issue like this. I notably appreciated how seamless the software program expertise was this time round after struggling just a few glitches and points on earlier generations. App Gallery could also be however a shadow of the place it’d should be for me to love it, however Huawei is caring for enterprise on the UX entrance.

As with earlier Mate X units, I really like that it’s 100% a daily telephone when closed and also you don’t must endure a tiny, awkward show. Should you by no means opened the Mate X2 up, the one distinction between it and any common Huawei telephone can be its weight and thickness.

How are the shows?

Huawei Mate X2 review Huawei App Gallery open on main internal screen

Credit score: Kris Carlon / Android Authority

The shows on the Mate X2 are large enhancements. The seam the place the principle show folds is barely noticeable. You possibly can really feel it when you go searching for it, nevertheless it’s just about invisible to the contact. I needed to maintain the display off and shoot at an excessive angle to make it seen within the pictures you see under. They appear far worse than it’s in actuality, and it’s far much less noticeable (to the touch or sight) than the seam on each the Mate Xs or Galaxy Z Fold 2.

The seam the place the Huawei Mate X2’s major show folds is barely noticeable.

The Mate X2 gives extra space in each open and closed mode in comparison with the Galaxy Z Fold 2. That is the case regardless of the Fold 2 displaying the identical quantity of on-screen textual content. The traditional side ratio on the exterior show makes the Mate X2 extra usable on the day by day than Samsung’s awkwardly slender show. It additionally means you’re far much less “pressured” to make use of the Mate X2 in open mode. I desire this, personally. I like that the selection between open and closed mode on the Mate X2 is one among choice, reasonably than necessity.

The selection between open and closed mode on the X2 is one among choice reasonably than necessity.

The OLED panels, 90Hz refresh charge, decision, and colours are what you’d count on from Huawei at this level. The truth that they’re a part of a foldable telephone simply makes them much more satisfying. Software program transitions are fluid between inside and exterior shows. I like that split-screen mode places two apps side-by-side with regular side ratios when the Mate X2 is open. Whereas there are nonetheless some compatibility points at play with the completely different side ratios inside and outside, the expertise is basically pleasing.

What concerning the digital camera?

Huawei Mate X2 review Leica camera closeup 1

Credit score: Kris Carlon / Android Authority

As with all different Huawei telephone, the digital camera setup doesn’t disappoint. The mix of a 50MP major, 3x optical, 10x optical, and a wide-angle lens is the right mixture. You possibly can digitally zoom as much as 100x however, as with different telephones that supply this, don’t hassle. I’ll give Huawei some credit score for producing a much less muddy consequence than most however pictures taken at 100x won’t find yourself in your Instagram.

As you may see within the gallery above, the Mate X2 performs admirably in low gentle and at evening, however not in addition to another trendy flagships. There are some blown-out highlights within the meals truck and the view throughout the water, even when most of those photographs are satisfying.

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The flexibility of the 4 cameras is on show within the 4 pictures of the museum with the airplane on high. From super-wide pictures to 10x optical zoom, you may seize precisely what you need of a scene with out digitally zooming or cropping. Shade accuracy throughout lenses is fairly good, and even the macro mode (utilizing the 16MP Cine Digicam, not a separate, devoted lens) gives natural-looking outcomes with clear element.

The hen and practice tracks above, each shot at 10x, reveal Huawei’s typical processing. This appears to be like good in your telephone however can look somewhat painted up shut. It appears to be like prefer it has been toned down a bit because the Huawei P40 Professional’s zoom. The low-light pictures are once more superb and detailed. The optical lenses at 1x, 3x, and 10x are tons of enjoyable to make use of when punching in on a topic.

The mix of a 50MP major, 3x optical, 10x optical, and a wide-angle lens is the right mixture.

Given the way in which the Mate X2 folds, it’s potential to make use of each the devoted front-facing digital camera or any of the rear-facing major lenses for selfies. Merely launch the digital camera app when the X2 is open, swap sides to take far more detailed 50MP selfies, all whereas utilizing the exterior digital camera as a viewfinder. It’s somewhat extra awkward to carry an enormous sq. telephone this fashion for selfies, however the outcomes are far superior to the common selfie digital camera. Each the element and processing are drastically improved, as you may see under.

50MP main camera16MP selfie digital camera 50MP major digital camera

16MP selfie camera

You possibly can try the full-res originals of all these pattern pictures right here.

The rest?

I believe the Mate X2 is the superior telephone to the Galaxy Z Fold 2 total, however the Fold 2 does provide three issues (aside from Google entry) which may make a distinction to your specific use case: Extremely Skinny Glass, refresh charges and wi-fi charging. They’re not large benefits for my part however they need to nonetheless be famous.

Samsung made headlines with the Extremely Skinny Glass (UTG) on the Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Z Fold 2, however the Huawei Mate X2 keep on with a polymer layer and display protector that you just completely shouldn’t take away beneath any circumstances. Huawei says it’s launched a “magnetically-controlled nano optical layer” for lowered glare, however the lack of glass-based safety on the big foldable show could also be a turn-off at this value.

See additionally: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 evaluation

Likewise, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 helps 11W wi-fi charging and the Mate X2 doesn’t, which is a bit mind-boggling on a tool this costly. 11W is hardly enough to make wi-fi charging your default alternative on the Fold 2 nevertheless it’s nonetheless good to have. This looks like a missed alternative on Huawei’s half. With that mentioned, wired charging is way sooner on the Mate X2: 55W vs the Fold 2’s 25W.

The Fold 2 additionally provides a 120Hz display inside with the smaller exterior show refreshing at 60Hz. Huawei splits the distinction with twin 90Hz shows. I believe that is higher for consistency’s sake however you could disagree when you’re a gamer. For me, 120Hz takes an excessive amount of of a toll on battery life to contemplate it worthwhile for informal scrolling.

Lastly, on to the equipment. The Mate X2 comes with a fairly swish PU leather-based case with a built-in kickstand. You should utilize it to face the telephone up in each open and closed mode. Of all of the included circumstances I’ve seen that is among the many finest. The Mate X2 field additionally contains USB-C earbuds, a 66W charging brick, and a USB-C to USB-C cable. You should use the included Huawei Tremendous Cost brick-and-cable to realize the Mate X2’s 55W max charging velocity.

Huawei Mate X2 specs

  Huawei Mate X2
Show 8-inch (when open) 90Hz OLED, 2480 x 2200, 413ppi;
6.45-inch (when closed) 90Hz OLED, 2700 x 1160, 456ppi
SoC Kirin 9000 (octa-core, 1 x Cortex-A77 @3.13 GHz, 3 x Cortex-A77 @2.54 GHz, 4 x Cortex-A55 @2.05 GHz)
GPU/NPU 24-core Mali-G78, twin large core and tiny core NPUs
RAM 8GB
Storage 256/512GB, NM card enlargement
Cameras Important cameras:
50MP Extremely Imaginative and prescient digital camera (large angle, f/1.9 aperture, OIS);
16MP cine digital camera (ultra-wide angle, f/2.2 aperture);
12MP telephoto digital camera (3x optical zoom, f/2.4 aperture, OIS);
8MP SuperZoom digital camera (10x optical zoom, f/4.4 aperture, OIS)
Entrance-facing:
16MP selfie digital camera (large angle, f/2.2)
Battery 4,500mAh battery,
66W/55W SuperCharge wired charging (telephone helps max 55W)
Sensors Sensors: fingerprint, gravity, infrared, corridor, barometric strain, gyroscope, compass, ambient gentle, proximity, laser, color temperature
Community Main SIM card
5G NR: n1/n3/n28(TX: 703MHz-733MHz, RX: 758MHz-788MHz)/n38/n40/n41/n77/n78/n79/n80/n84
4G FDD LTE: Bands 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/12/17/18/19/20/26
4G TDD LTE: Bands 34/38/39/40/41
3G WCDMA: Bands 1/2/4/5/6/8/19
2G GSM: Bands 2/3/5/8(850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
Secondary SIM card
4G FDD LTE: Bands 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/12/17/18/19/20/26
4G TDD LTE: Bands 34/38/39/40/41
3G WCDMA: Bands 1/2/4/5/6/8/19
2G GSM: Bands 2/3/5/8(850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
Location GPS (L1 + L5 twin band) / AGPS / GLONASS/ BeiDou (B1I + B1C + B2a + B2b quad-band) / GALILEO (E1 + E5a + E5b Tri-band) / QZSS (L1 + L5 twin band) / NavIC
Connectivity Twin-SIM, NFC, USB 3.1 GEN1 (included cable solely helps USB 2.0), Bluetooth 5.2 (helps BLE, SBC, AAC, LDAC), dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, 2×2 MIMO, HE160, 1024 QAM, 8 spatial-stream sounding MU-MIMO (requires router assist)
Software program EMUI 11 on AOSP model of Android 10
Dimensions Open: 161.8mm x 145.8mm x 4.4mm ~ 8.2mm;
Closed: 161.8mm x 74.6mm x 13.6mm ~ 14.7mm
Weight 295 grams
Colours Crystal Blue, Crystal Pink, White, Black

Worth and competitors

Huawei Mate X2

The Huawei Mate X2 is an ultra-premium foldable sporting an 8-inch major OLED display when folded out and a separate exterior OLED show that ensures you need to use it as a telephone when closed. It additionally encompasses a Kirin 9000 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB or 512GB of storage,a 4,500mAh battery, and 55W wired charging.

The Mate X2 is the {hardware} everybody all for foldable telephones has been ready for. To my thoughts, not less than, it represents the maturation of the foldable telephone thought. There’s no getting previous that three-thousand-dollar price ticket, although — particularly when there’s no Google assist. If it had Google Cell Companies on board, I’d suggest it to anybody in a heartbeat, nevertheless it doesn’t.

The Mate X2 might change into little greater than an commercial for what to anticipate from future foldable telephones.

The Huawei Mate X2 is poisoned perfection. {Hardware} heaven in a software program purgatory. Like Huawei’s different current flagships, it’s recommendable to solely a small sliver of the inhabitants. The distinction is that there are dozens of aggressive alternate options to Huawei’s common telephones however no challengers to the Mate X2. It’s that good.

It’s superior to the Galaxy Z Fold 2, however the Z Fold 3 is, if the rumors are appropriate, solely six months away. Because of the Google challenge, the Mate X2 shall be little greater than an early commercial for what to anticipate from the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3.

Huawei Mate X2 evaluation: The decision

Huawei Mate X2 review side by side with Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 closed

Credit score: Kris Carlon / Android Authority

You most likely might’ve seen this conclusion coming a yr in the past. The Mate X2 is the right foldable with an enormous asterisk for the Western market. Should you don’t care about Google entry then purchase it, now. It’s essentially the most uncompromising foldable I’ve seen, and each bit as thrilling to make use of as we hoped foldable telephones can be.

The Huawei Mate X2 is poisoned perfection. {Hardware} heaven in a software program purgatory.

For many of us, although, the Mate X2 will stay without end out of attain attributable to its price ticket, market availability, or lack of Google assist. It’s an overpriced technical marvel that may’t set up YouTube. However as has all the time been the case with Huawei, you may’t assist however admire the feats of engineering that made this potential.

Regardless, I hope you get an opportunity to mess around with a Mate X2 sooner or later. This machine, not the Z Fold 2, made a foldable believer out of me. I’ve lengthy thought foldables had been an pointless inevitability. After utilizing the Mate X2, I’ve modified my thoughts. If this finally ends up being the shape issue all telephones assume within the years to come back, I’m fantastic with that.

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