With most of the foldables market shifiting towards inward folding screens, Huawei is bucking the trend and continuing to develop its line of phones with a flexible screen that runs around the outside of the phone hinge.
In an event in China, the company unveiled its latest model. It’s called the Mate Xs 2 and it is – unsurprisingly – the successor to the Huawei Mate Xs which launched a couple of years ago.
That means it has one, huge 7.8-inch folding display that wraps around the outside of the phone when shut, giving you that large, classic smartphone experience when shut, but opening up to the size of a small tablet.
It’s a 2480 x 2200 resolution OLED panel, which – when folded – turns into a 6.5-inch rectangular panel.
Huawei’s latest foldable has an updated hinge and a more durable display which combine to offer a folding phone that leaves very little visble crease or stretch marks. Or – at least – that’s the claim.
What’s more, this time the display has support for Huawei’s M-Pen 2s stylus, which means you can use the pen to mark up, doodle, draw and sign documents.
The phone is considerably lighter than the Mate Xs as well, weighing in at just 255 grams, vs 300 grams of the Mate Xs, and the rear is covered in a vegan leather material.
As for other hardware specs, we’re looking at the Snapdragon 888 running the show alongside either 8GB or 12GB RAM and up to 512GB storage. The battery is a 4880mAh cell with 66W fast charging.
Huawei’s new Mate Xs 2 features a triple camera system comprising of a 50-megapixel primary, 13-megapixel ultrawide and an 8-megapixel telephoto zoom with 3x “optical zoom”.
We don’t know if or when the phone is going to launch globally, but it will be available in China from 6 May in three colours: white, black and purple.