Huawei has announced a modified version of its foldable Mate X smartphone-cum-tablet. The Mate Xs supports 5g and, according to Huawei, has a more robust hinge and a firmer top layer than the Mate X.
The processor of the Mate Xs is the Kirin 990 5G. This is an octacore with support for 5g, which is combined with the Mali-G76 GPU. Last year’s Mate X had a Kirin 980. Huawei combines the soc with 8GB ram and 512GB storage memory. The storage can be expanded with a micro SD card. The dimensions are 78.5×161.3x11mm and the weight is three hundred grams. The battery capacity is 4500mAh and Huawei has placed a battery module on both sides of the device.
The Mate Xs has an 8″ screen with a resolution of 2480×2200 pixels when unfolded. Huawei reports that it has worked on improving the hinge, which the company calls Falcon Wing. According to the manufacturer, the hinge is based on zirconium and the folding screen would not have been provided with a glass layer, like Samsung’s Z Flip, but with two layers of polyimide.
The smartphone/tablet also supports WiFi-AC, Bluetooth 5.0 and USB-C. Via Huawei’s SuperCharge technology, the smartphone can be quickly charged with a 55W charger. The operating system is Android 10 with the Emui 10 layer over it, but without Google Play Services. Huawei wants to expand its own Huawei Mobile Service.
There is a camera system with four cameras: a 40-megapixel model with f/1.8 lens, a 16-megapixel variant with ultra-wide lens of f/2.2, an 8-megapixel telephoto camera with f/2.3 lens and a time-of-flight camera.
The Mate Xs will be released in March for 2499 euros.