Huawei showed off its third-gen foldable, the Mate X2, on Monday in its native China, setting up a head-to-head battle with Samsung's there. The launch comes as hangs in the balance amid tough US sanctions.
As rumoured, the Mate X2 has an inward-folding screen that opens and shuts like a book, extending into an 8-inch screen when unfurled. It diverges from the original design of the Mate X, which has a front-facing single screen that folds outward. The Mate X2 also has four rear cameras, a 4,500-mAh battery, a 55-watt fast charger and a dual stereo speaker system that promises better bass.
Huawei's signature chipset, the Kirin 9000 5G, (surprisingly) appears in its newest flagship amid phones to run on the Kirin lineup of processors, which are manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co using the cutting-edge 5-nanometer process.. The round of sanctions, leveled by the Trump administration last March, took aim at , eventually leaving the Chinese telecom with limited inventory of its self-designed chipset. Last year's Mate 40 series was reported to be the last of Huawei's flagship
The Mate X2 will also be the first commercial phone to run on Huawei's HarmonyOS operating system starting April as the Chinese company replaces the watered-down version of Google Mobile Services from its devices.
There's no word on whether the Mate X2 is slated for an international launch, but in China there will be two variants: a 256GB model and a 512GB model, which cost 17,999 yuan (converts to $2,780, £1,980, AU$3,525) and 18,999 yuan (converts to approximately $2,970, £2,090, AU$3,725) respectively.
Display: 6.45-inch OLED, 2,700x1,160 pixels (closed), 8-inch OLED, 2,480x2,200 pixels (open)
Rear Camera: 50-megapixel (main sensor), periscope telephoto, ultra-wide lens, telephoto lens
Front: Ultra-wide camera
Refresh rate: 90Hz
Aspect ratio: 8:7:1
Colors: Blue, pink, white, black
Special features: Dual sim, dual speakers, 10x optical zoom, foldable display