Huawei updates its foldable phone to debut 5G-supporting Mate Xs

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Earlier today Huawei held a special press conference in place of the one it had originally planned for the since cancelled Mobile World Congress. The press conference did not disappoint either, with the Chinese firm showcasing a handful of 5G-supporting mobile devices.

Chief among these was the new Huawei Mate Xs, which the firm revealed as a successor to the first iteration of the foldable phone it showcased last year at this time.

The new device is not a radical departure from the original in terms of design, but rather aims to improve on several of the different elements, as well as sport better specifications.

When unfolded the Mate Xs boasts an 8″ display, with it folding to a still considerable 6.6″ screen. Said display is also made from an enhanced polymer that it said to be stronger than the one used on the previous device.

Huawei is also touting the multi-window functionality of the device, with plenty of intuitive drag and drop features. Whether a stylus would have been a better option here, remains to be seen, until we get the chance to review the device.

In terms of internal hardware, the major talking points are processor, modem and battery life. Take care of the first two is the Kirin 990 5G chipset, which Huawei says delivers faster download. speeds and better connectivity compared to the original Mate X, which also supported 5G.

As for the battery, a 4 500mAh option is on show here, which isn’t a lot bigger than that seen on the Mate 30 Pro last year, as such it should be interesting to see what battery [performance is like when the device is unfolded most of the time.

Some of the other elements that Huawei has highlighted on the Mate Xs is a quad camera setup on the rear, which features a 40MP primary lens, 16MP wide-angle and 8MP telephoto options, as well as a ToF lens for depth sensing.

Those wondering about the operating system on the device should know the Mate Xs will utilise an open source version of Android, with the firm’s new Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) providing support in terms of applications instead of Google.

The Huawei Mate Xs is expected to roll out globally in coming weeks, with the 8GB RAM (512GB onboard storage) model costing €2 499 (~R37 787) when it launches. Local pricing and availability are unconfirmed for now, but that information should be forthcoming from Huawei Mobile South Africa shortly.

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Robin-Leigh Chetty

When he's not reviewing the latest smartphones, Robin-Leigh is writing about everything tech-related from IoT and smart cities, to 5G and cloud computing. He's also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games.