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Huawei Mate Xs: Expensive construction site, but an exciting glimpse into the future

A slice of tomorrow: The Huawei Mate Xs
A slice of tomorrow: The Huawei Mate Xs
In our review, the Huawei Mate Xs has convinced us with its foldable design. While the outer display certainly carries a higher risk, it also opens up numerous opportunities including a slimmer design. However, the foldable has also revealed weaknesses in areas where we had not expected them.
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The Huawei Mate Xs is a good foldable smartphone that with its display on the outside, has chosen a different approach to the concept than the Galaxy Fold. As a result, the display and its screen protector are stressed more than on the Samsung counterpart. However, this is not a huge issue thanks to the complimentary care service, provided there is a service center closeby.

While its $2,700 price points hardly makes the Huawei Mate Xs a bargain, the device does come with many high-end features. Apart from the 5G chipset, this also includes the camera and the fast storage. In spite of its already massive capacity, the latter can even be expanded. Here, users will be limited to Huawei's own Nano Memory cards. Huawei also has not skimped on the included accessories and included both a powerful charger and a long cable. Although we expected more in terms of the display's maximum brightness, the lack thereof is not a huge surprise in light of the fairly high energy consumption and likely a compromise that was necessary in order to achieve acceptable runtimes.

Furthermore, we criticize the Chinese manufacturer for the phone's build quality. The hinge creaks fairly loudly and makes a less robust impression than we had anticipated. On top of that, the back of the case is too flexible in some areas. Moreover, there are limitations due to the trade war with the US such as the omission of Google services.

The Huawei Mate Xs certainly is not a device for everyone. The high price will likely be enough to deter most prospective buyers. That being said, it is more than just a strong concept smartphone, there is certainly a niche for it and those who cannot wait to get a glimpse at what the future of smartphone holds will find a lot to like about the Mate Xs.

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Daniel Schmidt
Editor of the original article: Daniel Schmidt - Managing Editor Mobile - 392 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
As a child I was fascinated by my Commodore 16, and this sparked my enthusiasm for computers. Using my first modem, I surfed the BTX videotext system and later the World Wide Web. I have always been captivated by the latest technologies, and this is especially true for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. I’ve been part of the Notebookcheck team since 2013 and have also on occasion written for Notebookinfo.de, and I’m looking forward to testing new innovations for our readers. I like to spend my spare time indulging in photography and barbecues and being with my family.
Marius Schell
Translator: Marius Schell - Tech Writer - 280 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2020
Even in my youth I was already very enthusiastic about technology, and as a result I started building PCs, optimizing them, and writing programs while I was still in school. When dealing with the inevitable hardware and software problems associated with computers, I was always relentless in my search for the necessary solutions. The compact forms of laptops and smartphones introduced further challenges in this regard. In my reviews for Notebookcheck I try to communicate as objectively as possible how well a device copes with these hurdles.
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Daniel Schmidt, 2020-04-30 (Update: 2020-05-19)