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Huawei Mate Xs 2 is slated to upgrade to satellite functionality - with some possible caveats

The Mate Xs 2 may be able to access satellites soon. (Source: Huawei)
The Mate Xs 2 may be able to access satellites soon. (Source: Huawei)
Huawei is now strongly hinting at an upcoming new feature for its latest top-end foldable smartphone, the Mate Xs 2, to be unveiled during the OEM's upcoming Developer Conference. The upgrade could put the premium device on par with the latest iPhone 14 series in terms of cutting-edge innovations - then again, it might have its limits.

The Huawei Mate Xs 2 might have its disadvantages compared to some other foldable mobile devices released as of late. Its main display that comes constantly exposed to the elements, whereas some others have the protection of a design that allows them to bend inwards on themselves, is chief among them. However, according to its maker, it is nearly ready to unleash a feature that has heretofore been exclusive to the iPhone 14 series.

Huawei has now indicated that the Mate Xs 2 is compatible with the same satellite technology that allows the new Apple flagships to use SMS even when they are out of reach of wireless connectivity, cellular services and Wi-Fi included. Therefore, the foldable flagship's owners should be capable of sending emergency messages in isolated areas - something that could help rationalize its ~US$2,000 price-tag for some.

On the other hand, the OEM has also disclosed that the Xs 2 will only connect to satellites operated by the AI and data-services giant Beidou. Therefore, its new function might only work on units of the foldable smartphone sold in China, even though it is available in some other markets such as the UK.

Huawei may clarify the extent of this new kind of coverage during its HDC 2022 (or "<HDC.Together>"), scheduled to start on November 5, 2022.

Huawei teases an imminent upgrade for the Mate Xs 2. (Source: Huawei via Weibo)
Huawei teases an imminent upgrade for the Mate Xs 2. (Source: Huawei via Weibo)
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-11- 1 (Update: 2022-11- 1)