Huawei Mate X2 Review: A Foldable Phone With Kirin 9000 SoC, In-Folding Display And Other Upgraded Features

    The much-awaited Huawei Mate X successor dubbed the Huawei Mate X2 has been launched. The company’s first foldable smartphone, the Mate X was launched in Feb. 2019, sporting an industrial design and a newfangled body shape.

    As the first generation product, the Mate X had a lot of room for improvement in terms of interaction, and structural design, and this led to the introduction of the next product. Last year, Huawei launched an upgraded version of the Mate X, the Mate Xs, which was touted as Huawei’s most complete foldable smartphone at the time.

    On Feb. 22, 2021, Huawei unveiled a new generation of a foldable smartphones with the Mate X2 moniker. The black color version of this recently unveiled phone is currently up for grabs for $4,399 on Giztop.


    The Mate X2 features an internal folding design. When unfolded, it transforms into a full 8-inch screen with no perforations or bangs. After closing, the external screen is 6.45-inch with a hole in the upper left corner and a 16MP selfie camera.

    The phone weighs 295 grams. Since it can be converted into a small tablet, the device feels lighter than regular tablets and is easier to carry. The internal, as well as external screens of the phone, support a 90Hz screen refresh rate.

    The internal screen supports a 180Hz touch sampling rate, while the external screen supports 240Hz touch sampling rate, making the Mate X2 the first Huawei phone with a high screen refresh rate. Moreover, the Mate X2 also launched the first magnetron nano-optical film in the industry.

    The Mate X2 features the industry’s unique double-rotating water drop hinge, through the multi-dimensional phase control linkage mechanism to resolve the body gap issue, which arises in the folded state. This not only helps to achieve seamless folding but also minimizes creases.

    The phone uses a wedge-shaped design, with new hinges and materials to achieve a seamless closed state, which isn’t common in the industry. Once folded, the phone’s thickness is consistent, and it feels better.

    Although the Mate X2 has a wedge-shaped design, its weight is balanced to the palm so it does not feel uncomfortable when held in the hand. Aside from that, the device offers more ways to play in terms of software interaction, especially for those who have used the previous two versions of the company’s foldable smartphones.

    The device has a special adaption in terms of applications and software can now run on the big screen. You can watch the stock market, browse dramas, and navigate. The TOP200 app has achieved an impressive 100 percent adaptation, while the TOP1000 application has reached 95 percent adaptation and the TOP3000 application adaptation rate is 80 percent.

    This covers apps that everyone uses every day. The Mate X2 runs EMUI11, but at a press conference, Huawei’s CEO Yu Chengdong said the Mate X2 will be the first batch of upgrades to the HarmonyOS operating system.

    Under the hood

    The Huawei Mate X came with the Kirin 980+Balong 5000, and the Mate Xs featured the upgraded version, the Kirin 990 5G. This year’s Huawei Mate X2 packs the powerful Kirin 9000 processor, which offers higher performance. This is also the first time the Kirin 9000 has been used in a folding-screen phone.

    Kirin 9000 uses a 5nm process technology and integrates 15 billion+ transistors. This helps reduce energy consumption, without compromising on performance. The Kirin 9000 has the highest clock speed of 3.13GHz. Moreover, the 24-core Mali-G78 GPU cluster has been launched for the first time, improving the performance of image processors by 60 percent.

    The phone is backed by a 4500mAh battery with 55W wired fast charging support. On the downside, the does not use the Mate X2.


    It was previously speculated that Huawei and Leica will be ending their collaboration, however, the Mate X2 continues the unique German flavor of Huawei mobile phones. The phone houses a 50MP main camera, a 3x optical zoom lens, a 10x optical zoom lens, and a 16MP ultra-wide-angle lens.

    The 50MP primary camera offers strong light sensitivity, and the dual zoom design is similar to the P40 Pro+ and Mate40 Pro+.

    The ultra-wide-angle lens is similar to the Mate40, and it is a pity that Huawei did not use the free-form lens of Mate40 Pro+.


    The Mate X is an upgraded product as compared to the Mate X and Mate Xs, switching from outside folding to inside folding, and from seam to seamless. Moreover, it has also upgraded from 990 5G to Kirin 9000. Huawei’s folding screen technology has improved as well.

    While the previous generation was available in a single color, the Mate X2 comes in four eye-catching color options including crystal blue, ice crystal powder, glaze white, and bright black. You can follow this link to get your hands on the Huawei Mate X2 for $4,399 from Giztop.


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