Huawei Mate X2 Review

The foldable smartphone market is expanding, with Samsung and Huawei as pioneers. The latter has previously released the Mate X and Mate Xs. This year, the China-based company introduced the Mate X2, with its exceptional camera, aesthetics, ergonomics and displays.

Display and design

With the Mate X2, Huawei has made its foldable smartphone series more compelling with ergonomic designs. When unfolded, you gain access to an 8-inch primary display with 2480 x 2200 resolution and when closed, there’s also a 6.45-inch display that you can use. The teardrop hinge has tougher moving parts with much better endurance. It is now much easier to open and close the hinge. The gaps and creaks of the Mate X and Xs are now gone on the new Mate X2. The crease looks significantly smoother. Huawei realized that the Mate X and Xs are off-balance when used in one hand. In Mate X2, most of the internal components, including the battery, have new positions for proper balancing.

Internal hardware

With the Kirin 9000 SoC inside, the Huawei Mate X2 offers great performance and based on benchmarks, it’s comparable to the Snapdragon 865. There’s built-in 5G support and the dual SIM slots offer hot-swappable 5G capabilities. With its large tablet-sized display, Huawei Mate X2 has emphasis on multitasking capabilities and the Kirin 9000 SoC is more than capable of handling that. The ARM Mali-G78MP24 GPU could run many demanding games like Genshin Impact and PUBG Mobile with no stutter at high detail settings. The excellent audio capability also makes gaming and watching movies fun to do.

Software

Huawei Mate X2 runs Android 10 with EMUI 11 on top. With Google Services usage ban, software capabilities of this device is somewhat limited, although you can install third-party apps to replace the missing software features. Sideloading APK files are easy, although you need to verify them properly to prevent security issues. Thankfully, Huawei has preinstalled the alternative solutions to access Maps and Gmail. There’s also the non-ads YouTube Vanced that gives you better experience than stock YouTube app.

Battery

With its 4500mAh battery, the Huawei Mate X2 should last the whole day. However, streaming Netflix movies and faming on the huge 8-incher will sip battery juice faster than web browsing and checking emails. To match the power-hungry components, the Mate X2 comes equipped with the 55W quick charger that can top up the battery in just 30 minutes. The Huawei Mate X2 is certainly a foldable device with the fastest charging capability in the market.

Camera

As a flagship device, Huawei Mate X2 doesn’t skimp on camera features. The primary shooter is the 50Mp Ultra Vision camera with OIS and wide-angle capability. There’s also 16Mp ultra wide-angle Cine camera, 12Mp telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom and 8Mp SuperZoom camera with 10x optical zoom. For selfie, you get a 16Mp camera on the front. It is clear that you have an interesting and versatile combination of cameras. When taking photos or recording videos, the spacious 6.45-inch external camera works as the viewfinder.