It should be evident right now that foldable smartphones have not fully replaced traditional candybar configurations. Despite claims of improved durability, the flexible substrate cannot match the material characteristics of glass. Nonetheless, it’s not stopping manufacturers like Huawei from releasing models like the Mate Xs 2.

Since the trade ban is still in effect, all the latest Huawei handsets will ship with Harmony OS instead. This remains a major caveat for those with plans to grab the Mate Xs 2. On the other hand, if this is not an issue, this foldable handset is a slice of the future.

Unlike the clamshell types out there, this boasts a 2-in-1 functionality. Moreover, the new hinge mechanism allows the screen to fold outward and minimizes creases as well. This means there is no secondary display for notifications and one-hand operation.

Since the Mate Xs 2 uses OLED technology, only the section that forms the 6.5-inch 2480 x 1176 main screen activates in default mode. Flip it out and you gain access to 7.8 inches of digital real estate for entertainment or productivity. In tablet mode, the Mate Xs 2 boasts 2480 x 2200 resolution and a buttery smooth 120 Hz refresh rate.

On the top-right corner is a hole-punch cutout with a 10-megapixel shooter. For its main imaging system, there’s a 50-megapixel primary sensor, a 13-megapixel ultra-wide, and an 8-megapixel telephoto unit with OIS and 3x optical zoom.

Running the show is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC with a choice between 8 GB or 12 GB of RAM. Internal storage is 512 GB. A 4,880 mAh battery with 66W fast charging support powers the Mate Xs 2. Oddly enough, Huawei says it only supports 4G connectivity despite the 5G capabilities of its chipset.

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