Huawei’s latest foldable smartphone is the stunning flip-out Mate Xs 2, but how does it stand against the Galaxy Z Fold 3?
Except for Samsung, Huawei is the only other manufacturer that has a range of foldable smartphones. It has released a new model every year since the launch of its first foldable smartphone, the Mate X, in 2019. However, 2021 was the first time it launched a clamshell-shaped foldable smartphone. Huawei sells the device under the Huawei P50 Pocket name, which is the first real competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 smartphone.
Since the Mate Xs 2 folds out, there’s only one display screen, unlike the Galaxy Z Fold 3, which has a separate screen for use when folded. In its folded state, the Mate Xs 2 has a similar look to a wrap-around screen phone. An improved hinge system, which now includes two swivels, allows the smallest gaps in a foldable smartphone to be taken when the device is folded. Thanks to the new lightweight materials, the phone is 225 grams lighter than the Galaxy Z Fold 3 which weighs 271 grams. The Mate Xs 2 features a 3D fiberglass back and comes in black, white and purple. In contrast, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 has Gorilla Glass Victus on the back and is available in black, silver and green.
Mate Xs 2 and Galaxy Z Fold 3 have stylus support
The design of the Mate Xs 2 allows a single screen that doubles as a cover and as the main screen. Despite this, it is larger than the Galaxy Z Fold. In its folded state, the 6.5-inch 120Hz OLED screen has a resolution of 2480 x 1176, unlike the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s 6.2-inch 2268 x 832 120Hz cover screen. When opened, the display shifts to a 7.8-inch display with a resolution of 2480 x 2200, while the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s internal display is a 7.6-inch 2208 x 1768 120Hz panel. As for its cameras, the Mate Xs 2 has a punch-hole in the upper right corner of the display for a 10.7MP ultra-wide-angle front camera. At the back, it has a 50MP f/1.8 camera, a 13MP ultra-wide-angle camera, an 8MP telephoto camera with OIS and 3x optical zoom (up to 30x digital zoom). Samsung has placed a 10-megapixel camera inside the center hole on the cover screen and a 4-megapixel camera below the foldable display. On the back there is a 12MP f/1.8 primary camera with OIS, a 12MP telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom and OIS, and a 12MP ultra-wide-angle camera. Although the Mate Xs 2 was launched eight months after the Galaxy Z Fold 3, it uses the same Snapdragon 888 processor, not the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. With the Mate Xs 2, buyers can choose between 8GB of RAM and 256GB of RAM. GB or 512GB of storage, although a Collector’s Edition comes with 12GB of RAM and 512GB as well. The Galaxy Z Fold 3’s Snapdragon 888 processor is paired with 12GB of RAM and either 256GB or 512GB of internal storage.
Huawei launched the Mate Xs 2 with stylus support. Called the M-Pen 2s, priced at 599 ($99), it has 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, a multifunction button on the side, and a USB-C connector on the top that allows users to simply charge it. Plug it into the phone port. Unfortunately, like Samsung, Huawei does not bundle the foldable stylus, so users have to buy it separately. In terms of battery capacity, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 has a 4,400mAh battery with support for 25W fast wired charging, 11W fast wireless charging and 4.5W reverse wireless charging. The Mate Xs 2 has a larger 4600mAh battery (4,880mAh in Collector’s Edition) which charges faster at up to 66W but lacks wireless charging support.
The Huawei The Mate Xs 2 starts at 9,999 yen (about $1,513) for the 8+128GB version. In contrast, the price of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 12 + 256 GB is $ 1799. The Mate Xs 2 is fresh air in the foldable smartphone segment. Its foldable exterior, improved hinge system, addition of stylus support, and overall design are all praiseworthy. Compared to Samsung’s foldable, it beats it in areas such as the camera department, support for expandable storage, battery capacity, and fast charging. However, its lack of 5G, absence of Google apps and services, and limited availability are breakout factors for many buyers. The Samsung foldable also has an IPX8 rating, better availability, and a lower price tag.
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Source: Huawei, Samsung
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