From the button operation in the era of function phones to the full screen in the era of smart phones, the form of mobile phones is constantly and it is also continually evolving to high-end until the more exaggerated folding screen mobile phone is born enriches our mobile terminal experience.
However, it has been nearly two years since the release of the first folding screen mobile phone. During this period, major manufacturers’ folding screen products continued to appear, but the only major brands that could enter the consumer market were Huawei and Samsung. Recently, Huawei’s latest folding screen mobile phone, Mate X2, was launched. For the first time, it adopted the same internal folding solution as Samsung, and its appearance is very similar to that of Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2. It will always give people the impression that the two phones are “similar.”
Apart from the screen material, hinge technology, and other details that are not easily detectable by the naked eye, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 also has a big gap with the Huawei Mate X2 of functionality and interactivity. To be precise, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 is more practical.
First of all, there is a very significant difference between the two phones in terms of functionality. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 is equipped with a camera on the inner screen, while Huawei Mate X2 is not equipped with a camera on the inner screen. Don’t underestimate this camera. It will have great application value in practical applications. For example, in face recognition, video conferencing, and other usage scenarios, it can be used directly with the folded screen in the expanded state, eliminating the inconvenience of folding the mobile phone in half very technologically warm. Huawei Mate X2 can only achieve such usage scenarios through the camera on the mobile phone’s external screen. The operation is not only cumbersome but also unable to take advantage of the large screen. The experience is the same as that of a traditional mobile phone, contrary to folding screen innovation’s original intention.
Also, because the hinge of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 can be hovered at any angle, with the internal screen’s front camera, it can bring users to experience different angles of selfies, live broadcast, and Vlog shooting. In this state, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 is placed on the desktop and can be transformed into a selfie tool without any support, completely freeing the user’s hands.
And all this is impossible on Huawei Mate X2, and which is also a function that the conventional flagship phone does not have.
Secondly, in terms of system experience, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 experience is more efficient. After unfolding the screen, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 can support 3 applications split-screen displays simultaneously, while Huawei Mate X2 supports 2 application split-screen displays, which is not an order of magnitude in terms of experience.
Call out the application you want to open from the sidebar of Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2, drag it directly to the desktop to release it to split the screen. Because the screen size is large enough, the three applications will not appear crowded simultaneously. The three different windows can quickly and conveniently complete page browsing and switching, image file transfer, and other operations, which is very convenient.
It is worth noticing that among the three applications displayed on the same screen, the drag-and-drop copying of text, images, and other content is supported, significantly improving control efficiency. For example, if we want to share a picture on a webpage with a friend, we usually need to save it first, then open messenger, and then complete the sending, but on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2, directly drag the picture to the messenger in the split-screen state, and which is very convenient.
Also, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 has a better game experience, not only because of the large screen but also because the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 is equipped with a 120Hz high swipe screen for this screen, and it also supports an adaptive refresh rate. The change is that the screen display is more delicate and smoother, which will bring a very significant improvement to the user’s game experience. When there is no need for a high refresh rate, the screen will automatically reduce the refresh rate and reduce the power consumption as much as possible.
In contrast, Huawei M ate X2’s internal screen only supports 90Hz refresh rate. Although in most cases, many people may not feel the obvious difference, the gap is obvious in scrolling down twitter, Instagram game playing and other scenes.
Of course, for the folding screen mobile phone, the impact on the user’s visual experience, as well as the crease problem caused by folding for a long time in the process of using the mobile phone, and how to avoid the bad experience caused by the crease is also a headache for the whole folding screen mobile phone industry.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 has adopted a more advanced solution of ultra-thin flexible glass + multi-angle rotation stop invisible hinge after iterative upgrading of multi-band products, which significantly improves the flexibility and texture of the screen from the hardware level, dramatically reduces the crease of the screen and is the best performance in the industry. Multi-angle hovering also brings a new way of interaction, This technological breakthrough of the Samsung mobile phone is also the mainstream direction of the folding screen in the future.
In contrast, Huawei Mate X2 uses a double-rotating water drop hinge similar to Motorola. Compared to the previous generation, the crease is improved significantly, but it uses low flexibility, poor permeability, wears resistance, and scratch resistance. Colorless and transparent polyimide plastic film material, so the overall texture and crease performance are still slightly inferior to Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2.
Although Huawei Mate X2 and Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 look the same on the outside of the folding screen, the gap is quite large, and the experience gap is also very obvious. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 relies on the advantages of multi-tasking operation, three-dimensional interaction, and high screen refreshing. It is better than Huawei Mate X2 in experience. You can also personally experience the comparison.
Many users feel that neither Huawei Mate X2 nor Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 is their “ideal type” in terms of cost performance. It doesn’t matter; Samsung Galaxy S21 may also be a good choice for users looking for a price-performance ratio. As Samsung’s flagship series built in 2021, the price of S21 is only $750, which is $150 cheaper than the previous generation S20 series. The price-performance ratio is still very high. If you are interested, you may wish to pay more attention to it.