Huawei’s second gen folding phone, the Mate Xs, comes with upgraded internals to the UAE

Pre-orders for the device start on March 15

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The Huawei Mate Xs is the successor to the Mate X from last year with changes to its build quality and internals. While the phone will be available to pre-order in the UAE on March 15, its official local price has not yet been announced. As a reference though, its global price is set at €2,499 (Dh9,960.63).

The future of foldable designs

You get a FullView experience with the Mate Xs giving you an 8-inch outwards folding display. This is thanks to Huawei’s Falcon Wing hinge design that features 100 interlocking parts. First seen on the Mate X, the hinge sees an upgrade in build on the Mate Xs, now made with a zirconium-based liquid metal. In turn, the Mate Xs is more durable and gives you a satisfying and seamless full 180-degree fold.

Durable foldable display

There are upgrades in the display department as well, now made of an innovative two-layer polymer structure. Using a Huawei-pioneered technique, the two layers of aerospace-grade polymide are put together with an optically clear adhesive. This allows the display to remain durable yet provide a great level of image quality, colour saturation and brightness.

Huawei claims the display’s double layer optical polymide is 3x more expensive than gold

When folded, the smartphone has a 6.6-inch main screen and a 6.38-inch secondary screen. Unfolding the phone using its clasp accessible by a button gets you 8-inches of screen real estate. With native support for Multi-Window as well as floating applications, you can truly take advantage of that extra canvas. This is further optimised by the phone running EMUI10.0.1, an Android Open Source Project (AOSP) based operating system and Huawei’s revamped AppGallery for access to a world of global applications.

Optics and connectivity

The Huawei Mate Xs comes with a true flagship camera system. Arranged vertically, you find a quad-camera setup with a Leica 40MP main SuperSensing Cine unit, 16MP ultra-wide lens, 8MP telephoto camera and a 3D depth sensing camera. Combining OIS and AI, the phone is able to produce super steady shots with up to 30x hybrid zoom. For selfies, you can use the same camera setup simply by reversing the smartphone when folded.

When folded, you get a 6.6-inch display up front

As for its connectivity, we find Huawei’s latest Kirin 990 SoC on-board with 5G support. This is an octa-core 7nm processor clocked at 2.86GHz and takes advantage of the Mali G-76 GPU and an NPU based on Huawei’s Da Vinci architecture for your AI needs. To support this power, Huawei has also looked into effective cooling for the device with a Flying Fish Fin cooling system.