Huawei Mate Xs : Design, Specs and Hands-on Review!

The Huawei Mate Xs Features, New Kirin 990 chipset, Primary: 40MP camera & More! As the name implies, Huawei Mate Xs are not a completely new release, a standard hardware refresh of the original Mate X is probably what we should expect from a full successor later this year. But for now, let’s focus on the task – to see what’s new with Fresh Mate X.

In fact, when being the first Huawei Mate X and we tried for the first time, we can’t get away with the feeling that the phone is more of a prototype than a finished product. On the other hand, the Mate Xs give us a more polished feel.

The most significant changes are under the hood – the brand new Kirin 990 chipset and refined UX that should be more effective in this form factor. Additionally, the new version offers enhanced wrist design. Although it is still known as the Falcon Wing. Here’s more about the detailed design.

Huawei Mate Xs

Huawei Mate Xs Specs:

  • Body: Plastic front, aluminum back, and frame.
  • Screen: 8.0-inch Foldable OLED, 2200 x 2480px; Folded: 6.6″ OLED 1140 x 2480px.
  • Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G (7nm+) Mali-G76 MP16. Octa-core (2×2.86 GHz Cortex-A76 and 2×2.36 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×1.95 GHz Cortex-A55)
  • Rear camera: Primary: 40MP, Telephoto: 8 MP, Ultra-wide: 16 MP, and LED flash, 3D ToF, 2160p@30fps Video recording, EIS.
  • Front camera: Uses the main cameras.
  • Battery: 4,500mAh, 55W SuperCharge fast charging.
  • Memory: 8GB RAM, 512GB storage.
  • OS: Android 10; EMUI 10.
  • Connectivity: 5G, Dual SIM, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac/ax, dual GPS, USB-C.
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Huawei Mate Xs Design:

Let’s start with the centerpiece feature – foldable display. It’s the same as before – 8.0 “square when exposed with 2200 x 2480px resolution, and when folded, it comes down to 6.6” with 1168 x 2480px resolution (19.5: 9 aspect ratio). And since this is a popular topic these days, Huawei sheds more light on the components and technology used to create the foldable OLED panel.

Huawei Mate Xs

The upper sheet is a 2-layer polymer structure for added strength, which consists of a polyamide film and a soft polyamide film with optically clear adhesive in the middle to hold them together. Huawei has not clarified if this is a modified version of the screen or if this information is now available to the wider public.

Either way, the craze is still there – just like every foldable smartphone – but it’s barely noticeable when using the phone. To view the screen you have to look at it from any angle. You can always feel it, though. It seems that this is an inherent problem with foldable phones, we do not yet have the technology for faultless displays.

We are sure of changes in the wrist design. The new Falcon Wing has a more robust structure keeping the dirt and dust away from the wrists. Nevertheless, we have noticed that when the handset is exposed, the back of the wrist reveals a bit of revelation.

Huawei Mate Xs

However, the inauguration is necessary due to the so-called Flying Fish Fin Cooling design

The rest is already known – there is a release button that lets you unzip the device, and the back screen can only be turned on when you open the camera app to lift a selfie.

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We also tested the dimensions and they align with the original as well – the thinnest part of the chassis goes up to 11mm in the thickest part of 5.4mm.