Exactly one year after Huawei announced their first foldable Huawei Mate X, Huawei unveiled the new Huawei Mate Xs with an upgraded design.
The changes can be summarized quickly. On the inside, it’s upgraded from Huawei’s Kirin 980 chipset to the new Kirin 990 chipset, which offers more speed, power, and 5G in the chipset, as opposed to as a separate modem.
But the exterior has also been upgraded. The predecessor sold in limited quantities so we haven’t heard too many horror stories about cracking displays, but Huawei have upgraded both the screen and the hinges nonetheless.
The flexible OLED display is now protected by a dual layer of polyamide film that folds and folds out the display, with more protection against repeated folding. And the hinges too have been upgraded so that it feels more natural and precise during the process when you fold and unfold it.
The screen size is the same as before, with a 8-inch tablet display, a 6.6-inch folded display, and a 6.38-inch secondary screen, with 2480 x 2200 resolution when folded out.
It has 8GB of RAM and 512GB storage, a weight of 300 grams, it runs the Android 10 based EMUI 10.0.1, and features Leica cameras at 40MP wide-angle, 16MP ultra wide angle, and a 8MP telephoto lens.
The battery size is 4500 mAh, with 55w SuperCharge. If the user is off the 5G network, then it supports dual-band Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0, and has a USB (3.1) C port.
While the predecessor was originally confined to the Chinese market, the new Huawei Mate Xs will be released internationally in March, apart from in the US, for €2499.
And in related tablet news, Huawei also announced the 10.8-inch tablet Huawei MatePad Pro 5G today.
– Tom Bowen