In 2019, Huawei launched its first folding screen mobile phone, Mate X. with its brand-new body shape and industrial design, it has become a star product that everyone yearns for. However, as the first generation product, Huawei Mate X has much room for improvement in structural design and interaction, which leads to the release of the next product. In 2020, Huawei launched Mate XS, an upgraded product of Mate x, which was optimized in many aspects, making it the complete folding screen mobile phone of Huawei.
On February 22, 2021, Huawei brought a new generation of folding screen mobile phones, Huawei Mate X2. Huawei answered the proposition of folding screen. After the press conference, the exciting technology room also got the Huawei Mate X2 product for the first time. After a short time of trial, I am writing this first experience for everyone. Let’s start; we will release the detailed evaluation of this product, so stay tuned.
Screen – folding inside, seamless, “no” mark, high brush
Huawei Mate X2 uses an internal folding design this time. After unfolding, the inside is a complete 8-inch large screen with no perforations or bangs. The screen look and feel are quite good. The external screen is a 6.45-inch screen with a hole in the upper left corner and a 16MPl front lens in the closed state. It is worth mentioning that when using this external screen, we can also find the feeling of using an ordinary smartphone because its size is sufficient to support our various experiences. Huawei Mate X2 is 10.40oz (compared to the previous generation by 0.19oz, and the previous generation is about 10.59oz). Although it has a slight drop feeling when it is picked up, the feature that it can be expanded into a “small tablet” makes it lighter than ordinary tablets Much easier to carry.
In terms of refresh rate, both the internal and external screens of Huawei Mate X2 support 90Hz screen refresh rate. The internal screen supports the 180Hz touch sampling rate, and the external screen supports the 240Hz touch sampling rate, making it the first Huawei with a high screen refresh rate folding screen mobile phone. We found that Huawei Mate X2 can bring us a smooth experience through the initial hands-on, whether it is opened or closed. Suppose you want to transition from the Huawei Mate40 series to Huawei Mate X2. In that case, you don’t have to worry about the experience fragmentation affected by the refresh rate because they all achieve 90Hz, and they are well optimized.
It is worth mentioning that Huawei Mate X2 also released the first magnetic nano-optical film in the industry. It has an ultra-low screen reflectivity, making the eyes more comfortable in daily life use, so don’t tear the film habitually after you get it.
For folding screen products, it’s very cool to use when unfolding, but after opening and closing for a long time, you will find that the crease at the folding place is pronounced. Huawei Mate X2 adopts the industry’s unique double rotating water drop hinge. The multi-dimensional phase control linkage mechanism solves the problem of body gap in the folded state. It not only realizes seamless folding but also reduces creases as much as possible. After I got it, I tried to fold it many times, but I didn’t find any prominent creases. This should be a surprise for the folding screen users.
Also, there will be gaps between the hinges and the screens in the closed state for folding screen products on the market. The closer the hinge is, the more pronounced the gap is. In daily use, it is easy for dust and other particles to cause wear on the hinge or screen, thereby affecting the product’s durability. Huawei Mate X2 uses a wedge-shaped design, with new hinges and materials, to achieve a seamless closed state, rare in the industry, and after folding, its thickness is consistent, and it feels better.
Many people who worry about whether the Huawei Mate X2 has a wedge-shaped design will not feel good when held in hand. Don’t worry, because its weight balance is achieved in the palm. When we hold it with the right hand, the thicker part is in the palm of your hand, and the other half is thinner, so the weight in your hand will look more even.
As a folding screen flagship, Huawei Mate X2 naturally has more ways to play in software interaction, especially for users who have used the previous two products. Huawei’s foldable screen Mate X2 has made particular adaptations for social, audio-visual, map, financial, and other applications. Some commonly used software can have a pleasant experience on the large screen, such as big-screen drama brushing, navigation, and watching the stock market.Huawei Mate X2 can give you a unique experience of using the foldable screen.
In response to the folding screen’s application ecology, Huawei Mate X2 has made a large-scale adaptation for the head application. The TOP 200 application has achieved 100% adaptation, the TOP 1000 application adaptation rate has also reached 95%, and TOP3000 has also reached about 80%. It covers the applications that everyone uses every day. In this way, the experience is unified and complete. In terms of system, Huawei Mate X2 is equipped with Huawei EMUI11. However, at the press conference, Yu Chengdong also announced that Huawei Mate X2 would be the first batch of upgrades to the HarmonyOS operating system and it is full of surprises.
Performance: Kirin 9000, never absent
For each generation of Huawei folding screens, the upgrade is not only the folding solution but also enhance performance. For example, Huawei Mate X uses the solution of Huawei Kirin 980+Balong5000. When it comes to Huawei Mate Xs, it is upgraded to Huawei Kirin 990 5G. This year’s Huawei Mate X2 is equipped with the Huawei Kirin 9000 processor, which has a higher performance, which is the first encounter between the Huawei Kirin 9000 and the folding screen.
Huawei’s Kirin 9000 uses a 5nm process technology and integrates 15 billion+ transistors to reduce energy consumption while maintaining high performance significantly. The highest main frequency of Huawei Kirin 9000 reaches 3.13GHz, which is the highest frequency of the Kirin processor. The 24-core Mali-G78 GPU cluster was launched for the first time. The image processor’s performance has increased by 60%, which is the highest in Huawei’s mobile phone chip GPU; The dual-core + micro-core architecture improves performance by 100%.
Regarding the performance of the Kirin 9000, we will not introduce too much. On the Huawei Mate40 series, I believe everyone has seen its results. Let’s go on.
In other aspects, Huawei Mate X2 is equipped with a 4500mAh battery and supports 55W wired fast charging, which is consistent with the previous generation Mate XS and is in the forefront on the whole. However, it is a pity that Mate X2 does not use the 66W solution on Mate 40 Pro this time.
Camera: Familiar Taste
Earlier, there were rumors that Huawei and Leica’s cooperation had expired, which caused heated discussions among netizens for a while. However, from this Huawei Mate X2, the unique virtue of Huawei mobile phones is continuing. From previous generations of products, the image configuration of the folding screen is slightly inferior to the Huawei Mate series and Huawei P series. However, it is still in the first echelon of mobile photography.
Take this Huawei Mate X2 as an example. It is equipped with a 50MP primary camera, a 3x optical zoom lens, a 10x optical zoom lens, and a 16MP ultra-wide-angle lens to form Huawei. The strongest image system with a folding screen. The 50MP main camera brings strong light sensitivity, allowing us to shoot large videos quickly; the dual-zoom design can be said to be in the same line as the P40 Pro+ and Mate40 Pro+. The digital zoom of up to 100x rarely has rivals. It is worth mentioning that, 3x optical zoom lens and RYYB is instantly fragrant? However, this time the ultra-wide-angle lens is the same as the Mate40, and it is a pity that the free-form lens of Mate40 Pro+ is not used.
Due to time constraints, it may not be possible to experience the Huawei Mate X2 camera experience in depth. We will bring a more detailed evaluation later, so stay tuned.
Generally speaking, unlike Huawei Mate X to Huawei Mate Xs, Huawei Mate X2 is a significantly upgraded product. From Huawei Mate Xs to Huawei Mate X2, from outside folding to inside folding, from seam to seamless, from Kirin 990 5G to Kirin 9000, Huawei’s folding screen technology has become more mature. And what is surprising is that unlike the single color of previous generations of folding screen products, Huawei Mate X2 brings four colors of ice crystal blue, ice crystal powder, glaze white, and bright black to choose from. This time played a new trick on the folding screen. If I can grab it this time, it seems that my wallet can’t be covered.