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Huawei Mate Xs 2 review - Foldable smartphone with handicap

Partial Downgrade. Huawei sends its foldable smartphone into the next round and makes it much more compact. Due to trade restrictions, but also sluggish software development, not everything is new and better. You can read which ones are and why it is still a strong foldable in the test.
Huawei Mate Xs 2 (Mate X Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G 8 x 1.8 - 2.8 GHz, Cortex-X1 / A78 / A55 (Kryo 680)
Graphics adapter
Memory
8 GB 
Display
7.80 inch 10.15:9, 2480 x 2220 pixel 427 PPI, Capacitive, OLED, folded size: 6.5" (2480 x 1176 pixel), 240 Hz touch sampling rate, glossy: yes, HDR, 120 Hz
Storage
512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash, 512 GB 
, 486.41 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: USB-C, Card Reader: NanoMemory (up to 256 GB, exFAT-Support), 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, OTG, IR-Blaster
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.2, 2G (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 3G (Band 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 19), LTE (Band 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 11.1 x 156.5 x 139.9 ( = 0.44 x 6.16 x 5.51 in)
Battery
4600 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 11
Camera
Primary Camera: 50 MPix True-Chroma Camera (f/1.8, OIS, aspect ratios: 4:3, 1:1, Full) + 8 MPix (3x optical zoom, f/2.4, 81 mm, OIS) + 13 MPix (Ultra Wide, f/2.2); Camera2-API-Level: Full
Secondary Camera: 10.7 MPix (f/2.2)
Additional features
Speakers: Dual, Keyboard: Onscreen, EMUI 12, 24 Months Warranty, Head-SAR: 0.5 W/kg, Body-SAR: 1.2 W/kg; GNSS: GPS (L1, L5), Glonass (L1), Galileo (E1, E5a), BeiDou (B1, B2a, B1C), fanless
Weight
255 g ( = 8.99 oz / 0.56 pounds), Power Supply: 136 g ( = 4.8 oz / 0.3 pounds)
Price
1999 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
84.1 %
09/2022
Huawei Mate Xs 2
SD 888 4G, Adreno 660
255 g512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash7.80"2480x2220
88.9 %
09/2021
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
SD 888 5G, Adreno 660
271 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash7.60"2208x1768
82.6 %
04/2020
Huawei Mate Xs
Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16
300 g512 GB UFS 3.0 Flash8.00"2480x2200
86.9 %
08/2022
Vivo X Fold
SD 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730
311 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash8.03"2160x1916

Case and features - Mate Xs 2 with improved hinge

Huawei's Mate Xs 2 has become slightly smaller and, above all, considerably lighter than its predecessor. However, it is actually a bit thicker (0.1 mm), but still thinner than the competition, especially since most of the foldable is only a slim 5.4 millimeters high when unfolded.

Huawei sticks to its concept of moving the entire panel to the outside, which feels comfortable in the hand due to the resulting curves, but the display is also less protected than in the inboard variants. Even the protective film applied is not very reassuring. The build quality has improved noticeably, and especially the hinge now makes a much more stable impression than in the predecessor, but it sometimes buckles slightly when the display is not opened completely. The locking mechanism is very reliable in everyday use and can still be opened easily with the touch of a finger. All in all, we like the build quality and the material impression, only the plastic back does not quite fit into this picture.

The equipment is almost unchanged, only the change of the SoC also means the loss of 5G, since the Mate Xs was still equipped with the Kirin 990 5G which is no longer possible due to the trade restrictions.

Size comparison

162 mm / 6.38 inch 142 mm / 5.59 inch 14.6 mm / 0.575 inch 311 g0.686 lbs161.3 mm / 6.35 inch 146.2 mm / 5.76 inch 11 mm / 0.4331 inch 300 g0.661 lbs156.5 mm / 6.16 inch 139.9 mm / 5.51 inch 11.1 mm / 0.437 inch 255 g0.562 lbs158.2 mm / 6.23 inch 128.1 mm / 5.04 inch 6.4 mm / 0.252 inch 271 g0.597 lbs
SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Huawei Mate Xs 2
  (Huawei NanoMemory)
35.51 MB/s ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (10.9 - 59.2, n=105, last 2 years)
26 MB/s ∼73% -27%

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

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; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Huawei NanoMemory: Ø34.3 (1.857-66.2)
; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Huawei NanoMemory: Ø83.5 (8.01-109.4)

Communication, software and operation - No more 5G for the Huawei smartphone

For the reasons already mentioned, the Huawei Mate Xs 2 can only access the mobile data network with LTE at best. The frequency band coverage is good but should be wider in view of the price range. All bands are available in Europe, but there are one or two gaps in intercontinental coverage.

Wi-Fi 6 with VHT160 support is available for WLAN connections. Although the 6 GHz network is missing, Huawei still promises high data rates, which is unfortunately not confirmed in the test with our reference router Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000. Hopefully, Huawei will improve this with future updates.

The telephony features of Huawei's Mate Xs2 are convincing. When held to the ear, the user's voice is conveyed very naturally and the noise suppression also works well. The speaker mode reverberates a bit, but can also be used well. Functions like VoLTE and WLAN calls are available.

Open source Android 11 with EMUI 12 is installed as the operating system, which is the European equivalent of Harmony OS 2.0. Google services or the Play Store are still not found here. Instead, AppGallery is available. If an app is missing, Petal Search can search for it on the web and install it via third-party sites. The smartphone then checks them, but there is still a residual risk of malware, which Huawei is probably also aware of because a thick disclaimer is displayed before the installation. This all works quite well, but the development is slow. The upcoming Harmony OS 3.0 and EMUI 13 are quite late and Huawei could not or did not want to tell us which Android version they are based on. Cross-installed apps do not always run smoothly either. A good example is Microsoft OneDrive, which has to be installed via Petal Search in Germany because the version in the AppGallery is not released here. Initially, it works properly, but at the latest after an update of the HMS core, it no longer starts. This causes frustration, especially since a simple reinstallation is often not enough, but the app rests have to be laboriously removed manually first. Furthermore, the Mate Xs 2 did not want to connect to a Windows PC for data exchange in the test. The USB connection was established, but no drive was displayed that could be accessed. Even on a Matebook 13 data exchange was only possible via Huawei Share; we faced the same problem with a wired connection.

The fingerprint sensor is located in the smartphone's power button and ensures quick and reliable unlocking. Additionally or alternatively, a less secure authentication via the front-facing camera can be used.

Networking
iperf3 transmit AX12
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Wi-Fi 6E
1368 (671min - 1409max) MBit/s ∼100%
Huawei Mate Xs
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
542 (479min - 631max) MBit/s ∼40%
iperf3 receive AX12
Huawei Mate Xs
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
963 (471min - 1110max) MBit/s ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Wi-Fi 6E
893 (428min - 917max) MBit/s ∼93%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Vivo X Fold
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
887 (845min - 940max) MBit/s ∼100% +5%
Huawei Mate Xs 2
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
844 (415min - 880max) MBit/s ∼95%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Vivo X Fold
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
923 (715min - 949max) MBit/s ∼100% +41%
Huawei Mate Xs 2
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
653 (585min - 686max) MBit/s ∼71%
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Huawei Mate Xs 2 Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G, Qualcomm Adreno 660; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø653 (585-686)
Vivo X Fold Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Qualcomm Adreno 730; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø922 (715-949)
Huawei Mate Xs 2 Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G, Qualcomm Adreno 660; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø831 (415-880)
Vivo X Fold Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Qualcomm Adreno 730; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø887 (845-940)

Cameras - Great triple camera in the Huawei foldable

Selfie with the front camera of the Mate Xs 2
Selfie with the front camera of the Mate Xs 2

Huawei's Mate Xs 2 has a front-facing camera that is at best sufficient for video calls with low demands. Selfies are no fun with it. But they do not have to be, because the main camera with its full range of options can also be used for selfies by simply displaying a digital viewfinder on the back when folded.

The main camera relies on a 50 MP True Chroma sensor, which takes very good pictures even in low light. The ultra-wide-angle lens is also convincing. It is just a pity that Huawei does not use a high-resolution sensor anymore, which is noticeable in the depth of field and details. The triple optical zoom (max. 30x digital) also delivers good results, but the digital zoom is only average. Videos can at best be recorded in Ultra HD with 60 FPS.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Main cmeraMain cameraUltra wide-angle5-x ZoomLow-Light
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ColorChecker
6.5 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
5.4 ∆E
10.5 ∆E
4.6 ∆E
4.7 ∆E
8.7 ∆E
4.1 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
6.9 ∆E
3.5 ∆E
7.3 ∆E
8.8 ∆E
7.3 ∆E
4.6 ∆E
2.8 ∆E
2.1 ∆E
8.8 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
2.5 ∆E
3.3 ∆E
1 ∆E
3.2 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Huawei Mate Xs 2: 5.47 ∆E min: 0.99 - max: 10.46 ∆E
ColorChecker
17.5 ∆E
31.2 ∆E
25.1 ∆E
22.7 ∆E
27.6 ∆E
32.8 ∆E
28.7 ∆E
21.6 ∆E
23 ∆E
21.1 ∆E
31.9 ∆E
35.6 ∆E
18.6 ∆E
26.6 ∆E
16.7 ∆E
33.7 ∆E
25.3 ∆E
27.3 ∆E
32.2 ∆E
32.4 ∆E
33.8 ∆E
28 ∆E
21.4 ∆E
12.8 ∆E
ColorChecker Huawei Mate Xs 2: 26.15 ∆E min: 12.77 - max: 35.63 ∆E

Display - Foldable OLED with 120 Hz

Subpixel structure
Subpixel structure

The OLED panel of the Huawei Mate Xs 2 has a display diagonal of 7.8 inches (19.8 cm, 2,480 x 2,200 pixels) when unfolded. When folded, the back is disabled and a 6.5-inch (16.5 cm, 2,480 x 1,176 pixels) display remains visible. Huawei has greatly improved the brightness and now achieves an average luminosity of 769 cd/m² with a pure white display and activated ambient light sensor. It hardly gets any brighter (780 cd/m²) when dark and bright areas are evenly distributed (APL18). If you adjust the brightness manually, you have 536 cd/m² at your disposal. The HDR standards HLG, HDR10 as well as HDR10+ are supported, and a DRM certification is also available.

The panel supports a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz. This or 60 Hz fixed can be chosen in the settings. In automatic mode, the system automatically switches between 60, 90, and 120 Hz.

Huawei relies on a high-frequency DC dimming mode with 1,440 Hz, which is supposed to be particularly easy on the eyes. We can only determine flickering at the frame rate's level when measuring with the oscilloscope. We cannot detect temporal dithering, but we looked at the display with a microscope and a 240 FPS slow motion video (dark gray, at full brightness).

772
cd/m²
761
cd/m²
758
cd/m²
780
cd/m²
763
cd/m²
761
cd/m²
799
cd/m²
769
cd/m²
761
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 3
Maximum: 799 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 769.3 cd/m² Minimum: 1.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 95 %
Center on Battery: 763 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.8 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.3
ΔE Greyscale 4.3 | 0.57-98 Ø5.5
99.4% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.24
Huawei Mate Xs 2
OLED, 2480x2220, 7.80
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Dynamic AMOLED, 2208x1768, 7.60
Huawei Mate Xs
OLED, 2480x2200, 8.00
Vivo X Fold
AMOLED, 2160x1916, 8.03
Response Times
-287%
-153%
-12%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
1.09 ?(0.515, 0.573)
10.4 ?(5.2, 5.2)
-854%
5.2 ?(2.8, 2.4)
-377%
1.8
-65%
Response Time Black / White *
1.13 ?(0.5595, 0.5735)
2.4 ?(1.2, 1.2)
-112%
3.2 ?(2, 1.2)
-183%
0.8
29%
PWM Frequency
120.2
245.1 ?(100)
104%
242.7 ?(99)
102%
120
0%
Screen
14%
-10%
24%
Brightness middle
763
808
6%
417
-45%
730
-4%
Brightness
769
820
7%
418
-46%
724
-6%
Brightness Distribution
95
97
2%
99
4%
95
0%
Black Level *
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
2.8
2.9
-4%
2.6
7%
1.66
41%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
5.9
4.2
29%
7.7
-31%
2.92
51%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
4.3
2.5
42%
2
53%
1.6
63%
Gamma
2.24 98%
2.01 109%
2.31 95%
2.28 96%
CCT
6457 101%
6359 102%
6276 104%
6395 102%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-137% / -87%
-82% / -57%
6% / 12%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
1.13 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.5595 ms rise
↘ 0.5735 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.4 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 1 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (22.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
1.09 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.515 ms rise
↘ 0.573 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.25 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 1 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (36.2 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 120.2 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 120.2 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 120.2 Hz is very low, so the flickering may cause eyestrain and headaches after extended use.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 19657 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

minimum display brightness
min.
25 % Display brightness
25 %
50 % Display brightness
50 %
75 % Display brightness
75 %
maximum manual display brightness
100 %

Measurement series with fixed zoom level and different brightness settings

Grayscale (Color Mode: Normal, Color Temperature: Standard, Target Color Space: sRGB)
Grayscale (Color Mode: Normal, Color Temperature: Standard, Target Color Space: sRGB)
Colors (Color Mode: Normal, Color Temperature: Standard, Target Color Space: sRGB)
Colors (Color Mode: Normal, Color Temperature: Standard, Target Color Space: sRGB)
Color Space (Color Mode: Normal, Color Temperature: Standard, Target Color Space: sRGB)
Color Space (Color Mode: Normal, Color Temperature: Standard, Target Color Space: sRGB)
Saturation (Color Mode: Normal, Color Temperature: Standard, Target Color Space: sRGB)
Saturation (Color Mode: Normal, Color Temperature: Standard, Target Color Space: sRGB)
outdoors under cloudy sky
outdoors
outdoors under cloudy sky
with cloudy sky
Viewing angle stability
Viewing angle stability

Performance, emissions and battery life

The Huawei Mate Xs 2 is powered by a Snapdragon 888 4G with 8 GB of working memory, which ensures smooth system performance, even during multitasking. In the benchmarks, the SoC performs at the expected level. When the performance mode is enabled, some extra power is also available in GPU-intensive tasks, but this noticeably sucks on the battery.

The surface temperatures of Huawei's foldable are never uncomfortable. Even under constant load, it only gets warm to the touch in some places. However, this does not apply to the SoC, which already throttles noticeably after a short time and barely has a better long-term performance than, for example, a Galaxy Z Fold3 which is why it can be safely deactivated.

The Mate Xs 2's two speakers are really good and still deliver a comparatively good playback quality even at maximum volume. USB-C is available for wired external sound output, and Bluetooth 5.2 is available wirelessly. However, the latter can only use a fairly limited number of audio codecs (SBC, AAC, LDAC).

Despite a 4,600 mAh battery, the runtimes of Huawei's smartphone are rather weak. The Mate Xs 2 will not make it through the day with not even eight hours of intensive use. However, Huawei includes a 66-watt power adapter that can recharge the battery to 90% within 30 minutes.

Geekbench 5.4
Single-Core (sort by value)
Huawei Mate Xs 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G, Adreno 660, 8192
1107 Points ∼90%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
1135 Points ∼92% +3%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
766 Points ∼62% -31%
Vivo X Fold
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
1232 Points ∼100% +11%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G
  (1099 - 1109, n=3)
1105 Points ∼90% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1885, n=264, last 2 years)
728 Points ∼59% -34%
Multi-Core (sort by value)
Huawei Mate Xs 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G, Adreno 660, 8192
3334 Points ∼93%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
3485 Points ∼97% +5%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
2972 Points ∼83% -11%
Vivo X Fold
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
3600 Points ∼100% +8%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G
  (2944 - 3342, n=3)
3207 Points ∼89% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 5538, n=264, last 2 years)
2344 Points ∼65% -30%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0 (sort by value)
Huawei Mate Xs 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G, Adreno 660, 8192
11230 Points ∼93%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
12103 Points ∼100% +8%
Vivo X Fold
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
12100 Points ∼100% +8%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G
  (11230 - 13274, n=3)
12134 Points ∼100% +8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4436 - 18567, n=188, last 2 years)
10394 Points ∼86% -7%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Huawei Mate Xs 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G, Adreno 660, 8192
9635 Points ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
8257 Points ∼86% -14%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
4213 Points ∼44% -56%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G
  (8769 - 10539, n=3)
9648 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (149 - 14869, n=217, last 2 years)
5315 Points ∼55% -45%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Huawei Mate Xs 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G, Adreno 660, 8192
15206 Points ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
10491 Points ∼69% -31%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
4064 Points ∼27% -73%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G
  (12352 - 15799, n=3)
14452 Points ∼95% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (122 - 31940, n=217, last 2 years)
7951 Points ∼52% -48%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Huawei Mate Xs 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G, Adreno 660, 8192
4222 Points ∼87%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
4731 Points ∼98% +12%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
4836 Points ∼100% +15%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G
  (4222 - 4867, n=3)
4576 Points ∼95% +8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (651 - 6394, n=215, last 2 years)
3320 Points ∼69% -21%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
6140 Points ∼100%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
5689 Points ∼93%
Average of class Smartphone
  (78 - 9138, n=165, last 2 years)
2371 Points ∼39%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
6816 Points ∼100%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
6265 Points ∼92%
Average of class Smartphone
  (62 - 11573, n=165, last 2 years)
2412 Points ∼35%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
4557 Points ∼100%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
4305 Points ∼94%
Average of class Smartphone
  (688 - 5262, n=165, last 2 years)
2838 Points ∼62%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Huawei Mate Xs 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G, Adreno 660, 8192
5094 Points ∼58%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
8804 Points ∼100% +73%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
4422 Points ∼50% -13%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G
  (5094 - 9322, n=3)
7320 Points ∼83% +44%
Average of class Smartphone
  (91 - 13223, n=232, last 2 years)
4284 Points ∼49% -16%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Huawei Mate Xs 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G, Adreno 660, 8192
11207 Points ∼95%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
11775 Points ∼100% +5%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
5672 Points ∼48% -49%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G
  (9323 - 12120, n=3)
10883 Points ∼92% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (73 - 20955, n=232, last 2 years)
5639 Points ∼48% -50%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Huawei Mate Xs 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G, Adreno 660, 8192
1751 Points ∼37%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
4675 Points ∼100% +167%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
2497 Points ∼53% +43%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G
  (1751 - 5156, n=3)
3815 Points ∼82% +118%
Average of class Smartphone
  (635 - 5857, n=232, last 2 years)
3292 Points ∼70% +88%
Wild Life Score (sort by value)
Huawei Mate Xs 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G, Adreno 660, 8192
5717 Points ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
5381 Points ∼94% -6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G
  (4677 - 5758, n=3)
5384 Points ∼94% -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (216 - 10062, n=204, last 2 years)
3129 Points ∼55% -45%
Wild Life Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Huawei Mate Xs 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G, Adreno 660, 8192
5666 Points ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
4418 Points ∼78% -22%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G
  (4542 - 5915, n=3)
5374 Points ∼95% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (205 - 12429, n=219, last 2 years)
3805 Points ∼67% -33%
Wild Life Extreme (sort by value)
Huawei Mate Xs 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G, Adreno 660, 8192
1494 Points ∼58%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
1503 Points ∼58% +1%
Vivo X Fold
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
2585 Points ∼100% +73%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G
  (1253 - 1555, n=3)
1434 Points ∼55% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (22 - 3383, n=181, last 2 years)
1098 Points ∼42% -27%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited (sort by value)
Huawei Mate Xs 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G, Adreno 660, 8192
1449 Points ∼58%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
997 Points ∼40% -31%
Vivo X Fold
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
2496 Points ∼100% +72%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G
  (1232 - 1463, n=3)
1381 Points ∼55% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (101 - 3265, n=174, last 2 years)
1079 Points ∼43% -26%
GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Huawei Mate Xs 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G, Adreno 660, 8192
30 fps ∼50%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
32 fps ∼53% +7%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
60 fps ∼100% +100%
Vivo X Fold
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
57 fps ∼95% +90%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G
  (30 - 44, n=3)
35.7 fps ∼60% +19%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4.7 - 104, n=259, last 2 years)
32.1 fps ∼54% +7%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Huawei Mate Xs 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G, Adreno 660, 8192
72 fps ∼44%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
54 fps ∼33% -25%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
165 fps ∼100% +129%
Vivo X Fold
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
99 fps ∼60% +38%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G
  (50 - 72, n=3)
63.7 fps ∼39% -12%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.9 - 136, n=260, last 2 years)
39.3 fps ∼24% -45%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Huawei Mate Xs 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G, Adreno 660, 8192
20 fps ∼43%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
27 fps ∼59% +35%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
46 fps ∼100% +130%
Vivo X Fold
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
39 fps ∼85% +95%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G
  (20 - 31, n=3)
25.3 fps ∼55% +27%
Average of class Smartphone
  (3 - 86, n=260, last 2 years)
22.7 fps ∼49% +14%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Huawei Mate Xs 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G, Adreno 660, 8192
27 fps ∼40%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
22 fps ∼32% -19%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
68 fps ∼100% +152%
Vivo X Fold
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
39 fps ∼57% +44%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G
  (20 - 27, n=3)
24 fps ∼35% -11%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.7 - 52, n=260, last 2 years)
15 fps ∼22% -44%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Huawei Mate Xs 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G, Adreno 660, 8192
26010 Points ∼78%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
33404 Points ∼100% +28%
Huawei Mate Xs
HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16, 8192
20917 Points ∼63% -20%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G
  (21748 - 26010, n=3)
23536 Points ∼70% -10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (3905 - 74261, n=190, last 2 years)
26483 Points ∼79% +2%
Huawei Mate Xs 2Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5GHuawei Mate XsVivo X FoldAverage 512 GB UFS 3.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-10%
-22%
31%
10%
-37%
Sequential Read 256KB
1850.72
1934
4%
1767
-5%
1850.6
0%
1871 ?(1710 - 1999, n=15)
1%
990 ?(45.6 - 2037, n=254, last 2 years)
-47%
Sequential Write 256KB
739.83
790
7%
402.7
-46%
1405
90%
927 ?(575 - 1484, n=15)
25%
540 ?(11.9 - 1776, n=254, last 2 years)
-27%
Random Read 4KB
260.49
215.5
-17%
202.9
-22%
293.4
13%
279 ?(208 - 323, n=15)
7%
178.6 ?(13.5 - 390, n=254, last 2 years)
-31%
Random Write 4KB
301.38
195.7
-35%
259.1
-14%
358.1
19%
323 ?(221 - 475, n=15)
7%
177.6 ?(30.3 - 503, n=255, last 2 years)
-41%

Temperature

Max. Load
 33.2 °C
92 F
33.5 °C
92 F
32.6 °C
91 F
 
 36.6 °C
98 F
33.9 °C
93 F
33.7 °C
93 F
 
 36.2 °C
97 F
35.4 °C
96 F
33.7 °C
93 F
 
Maximum: 36.6 °C = 98 F
Average: 34.3 °C = 94 F
32 °C
90 F
32 °C
90 F
32 °C
90 F
33 °C
91 F
32.7 °C
91 F
32.1 °C
90 F
33 °C
91 F
32.8 °C
91 F
32.8 °C
91 F
Maximum: 33 °C = 91 F
Average: 32.5 °C = 91 F
Power Supply (max.)  29 °C = 84 F | Room Temperature 21.8 °C = 71 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 34.3 °C / 94 F, compared to the average of 32.8 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 36.6 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 35.1 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 33 °C / 91 F, compared to the average of 33.7 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 30.9 °C / 88 F, compared to the device average of 32.8 °C / 91 F.


05101520253035Tooltip
Huawei Mate Xs 2 Adreno 660, SD 888 4G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.9.1: Ø6.91 (5.45-9.37)
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.5.1: Ø5.17 (5.07-6.49)
Huawei Mate Xs 2 Adreno 660, SD 888 4G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø24.1 (19.8-35.5)
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G Adreno 660, SD 888 5G, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø20.4 (19.2-31)

Speaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs204341.72530.426.73123.2244023.327.15036.441.26324.127.38020.329.310017.637.812515.746.816013.855.420016.254.925015.157.831512.658.340013.160.950013.165.163012.76480014.767100013.468.6125012.869.5160012.871.3200012.874.8250013.271.7315013.769.4400013.970.1500013.173.6630013.974.1800013.373.2100001472.91250014.264.71600013.653.9SPL25.683.4N0.757.7median 13.6median 67Delta0.97.335.831.532.237.125.123.6212434.435.22426.228.924.222.829.817.640.219.254.415.856.215.55915.762.31363.912.469.614.468.314.771.712.876.914.676.413.573.813.176.613.574.613.477.913.381.413.379.413.475.213.774.313.27613.270.312.265.125.988.70.776.7median 13.5median 71.71.78hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHuawei Mate Xs 2Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Huawei Mate Xs 2 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.4 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 15.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.1% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (13.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 0% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 99% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 14% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 82% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (88.7 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 21.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.8% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.3% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (4.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (15.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 96% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 20% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 75% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery life

Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing
Average of class Smartphone
  (424 - 1953, n=266, last 2 years)
894 min ∼34% +97%
Vivo X Fold
4600 mAh
698 min ∼26% +54%
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
4400 mAh
610 min ∼23% +34%
Huawei Mate Xs
4500 mAh
481 min ∼18% +6%
Huawei Mate Xs 2
4600 mAh
454 min ∼17%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing (HuaweiBrowser 12.1)
7h 34min

Pros

+ compact and slim for a foldable
+ lots of storage space
+ good camera setup
+ great speakers

Cons

- no 5G
- missing Google services
- lame WLAN
- weak battery runtimes

Verdict - Strong concept with obstacles

In test: Huawei Mate Xs 2. Test device provided by Huawei Germany.
In test: Huawei Mate Xs 2. Test device provided by Huawei Germany.

We like the folding concept of bending the display outwards very much in everyday use, even though the panel is less protected as a result. Multitasking is a real joy with the Mate Xs 2, and EMUI 12 is a familiar companion visually, but we miss the missing Google services in everyday use. Likewise, it takes a bit more effort to install apps that are missing in the AppGallery, but they usually do not run smoothly. The connection problems with Windows that occurred in the test are incomprehensible to us.

The Huawei Mate Xs 2 could be a strong foldable, but battery runtimes and the software are rather weak

The Huawei smartphone takes a big step forward compared with its predecessor. Especially in terms of value and the hinge architecture, it shows great improvement. The display is now much brighter and even works with 120 Hz. However, it is not an LTPO OLED, which could also be a reason for the rather weak battery runtimes. Even though the SoC is from last year, it offers great performance. The lack of 5G, missing audio codecs for Bluetooth, and the rather slow Wi-Fi are more annoying, although the latter will rarely be noticed in everyday use.

The camera setup is convincing, but it is not enough to justify such a high price (RRP: 1,999 Euros), especially since the competition is consistently cheaper. The Galaxy Z Fold3 and Fold4 are worth mentioning here. If you are not afraid of importing, you have the option of the Vivo X Fold is another alternative.

Price and availability

The Huawei Mate Xs 2 can be purchased directly from the Huawei online store but will also be available from notebooksbilliger.de, Amazon and MediaMarkt offered.

Huawei Mate Xs 2 - 09/16/2022 v7
Daniel Schmidt

Chassis
80%
Keyboard
64 / 75 → 85%
Pointing Device
89%
Connectivity
67 / 70 → 96%
Weight
87%
Battery
77%
Display
90%
Games Performance
52 / 64 → 81%
Application Performance
88 / 86 → 100%
Temperature
91%
Noise
100%
Audio
80 / 90 → 89%
Camera
81%
Average
80%
84%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Daniel Schmidt, 2022-09-17 (Update: 2022-09-17)