Huawei Mate Xs 2: Flagship foldable smartphone unveiled outside China for €1,999 with a Snapdragon 888 4G and a 120 Hz display
Huawei has announced the Mate Xs 2 outside China, its first foldable smartphone since the P50 Pocket. However, the Mate Xs 2 succeeds the Mate X2, albeit with the Mate X's and Mate Xs' form factor. Launched last month in China, Huawei has decided to bring the Mate Xs 2 to Europe. For reference, the equivalent Mate Xs 2 SKU retails for CNY 11,499 (~US$1,707) in China.
As we discussed during last month's launch, the Mate Xs 2 has a wraparound display that measures 7.8-inches when unfolded. According to Huawei, the display has a 2,480 x 2,200-pixel native resolution, which reduces to 2,480 x 1,176 pixels when you fold its display. Incidentally, the 120 Hz OLED panel reduces to 6.5-inches when folded, effectively allowing you to use the Mate Xs 2 as a conventional smartphone.
Moreover, the Mate Xs 2 relies on the Snapdragon 888 4G, a chipset that Qualcomm introduced in late 2020. Presumably, Huawei has utilised the Snapdragon 888 4G because there is no 4G equivalent of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. As it stands, Huawei cannot source chipsets with 5G modems from Qualcomm. Moreover, the Mate Xs 2 has a 50 MP primary camera that Huawei complements with 13 MP ultra-wide-angle, 8 MP telephoto (OIS) and 10.7 MP front-facing cameras.
Huawei states that the Mate Xs 2 will only come to Europe with 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of expandable storage. As such, Huawei intends to sell the variant with a 4,600 mAh battery; the 12 GB of RAM version has a 4,880 mAh battery, for some reason. Unfortunately, Huawei has revealed that the Mate Xs 2 will be available from next month in Europe for €1,999.