The Mate Xs, this is practically an upgraded version of the Mate X that launched last year. The Mate Xs is faster, more powerful, and of course more expensive than the Mate X.
The Kirin 990 5G chipset replaces the Kirin 980 + Balong 5000 5G modem of the Mate X. The new processor brings a 23% increase in CPU performance, a 39% increase in GPU performance and a 460% increase in NPU. The chipset is also more power-efficient. There is 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage available.
The Huawei Mate Xs has a 2-layer structure with added strength over the foldable OLED panel – it is a sandwich of two polyamide films with optically clear adhesive between them. The diagonal of the unfolded display remains 8” with a resolution of 2480 x 2200 pixels.
When the Mate Xs folds, there is a main 6.6” screen with a 19.5:9 ratio, while the back has a super tall 25:9 screen that you can use as a viewfinder for selfies.
With respect to cameras, the Mate Xs has a 40MP SuperSensing Wide-angle RYYB camera with a 27mm focal length and an f/1.8 aperture. There is also an 8MP telephoto camera with an 80mm focal length, OIS and f/2.4 aperture. Below the telephoto camera is a 17mm 16MP f/2.2 ultrawide camera and a ToF camera for 3D depth sensing.
There is a 4500mAh battery inside the device with support for 55W SuperCharge fast-charging technology. The device will charge to 85% in just 30 minutes and is 2.3x faster with respect to charging than the Galaxy Fold 5G.
Huawei Mate Xs arrives with EMUI 10, based on the open-source version of Android 10, and unsurprisingly, there are no Google services. Huawei is relying on its ecosystem called HMS (Huawei Mobile Services), which it’s extensively working on, but it still misses a bunch of vital apps.
The Mate Xs will sell for €2499 and will be available globally starting next month.