Huawei launches Mate XS foldable smartphone with better screen

Joanna Estrada
February 27, 2020

Like its predecessor, the Mate X, which only saw limited release in China a year ago, the display wraps around the phone's outside when closed and unfolds to a tablet-size eight-inch screen. The display measures in at 10.8-inches with a 2560×1600 resolution and 16:10 aspect ratio.

Like all recent Huawei smartphones, this one will ship without the Google Play Store, but will instead have Huawei's own version of an app store.

This means that it does not have any Google apps, including GMail, Docs, YouTube, Maps or Search.

Analysts cautioned the lack of Google services would limit the appeal of Huawei's new devices to European users, although Huawei's new phone will not be on sale in the US.

He said the Chinese firm "brings value" to USA companies with its technology, and in a swipe at the trade ban placed on it by the United States, said he believed "technology should be open and available to everyone".

Huawei is launching a new foldable phone, the Mate Xs. The headline changes are an improved display and improved "Falcon Wing" hinge system, looking to further protect the flexible display and internal components from damage over time. If you own a Huawei smartphone, you can use two devices together.

Aside from its 2nd generation Mate Xs foldable smartphone, the brand also announced the MatePad Pro 5G tablet to the masses. Samsung's first folding device, the Galaxy Fold, was plagued by reports of screens breaking after it was unveiled previous year, delaying its launch for months.

Huawei Mate Xs is powered by a 2.86GHz octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 990 processor that features 2 cores clocked at 2.86GHz, 2 cores clocked at 2.36GHz and 4 cores clocked at 1.95GHz. Rumor has it that the X2 will bring improved design and better hinge mechanism.

The Mate Xs is the sequel to last year's Mate X and will cost €2,400, with the United Kingdom price and availability to be confirmed. I could install TikTok, I guess - it's one of the few notable apps available on Huawei's version of Google Play.

2019 was a odd year for Huawei.

The Mobile World Congress was cancelled due to fears over the Coronavirus, but that didn't stop Huawei from unveiling a host of high end upgrades to their most ambitious products via a virtual press conference streamed on Monday afternoon.

During the event Huawei also confirmed that it will launch the P40 series in Paris next month on March 26.

A recent report also suggested the price of the Mate Xs will be lower than that of the original Mate X, which would be great news.

'The launch of the new Mate Xs will remain a niche innovation since foldable smart devices are still very expensive and do not really offer new differentiated consumer experiences, ' he said. Samsung's Galaxy Flip Z (€1,500) folds over vertically, to make a square out of the 6.7-inch touchscreen device.

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