Huawei Mate XS is a foldable smartphone that is one step ahead in terms of its functionality and improves mechanism. There are a lot of smartphone companies out there that are investing in foldable smartphones especially Huawei, LG, Oppo, Samsung.
It is not wrong to say that Huawei Mate XS is one of the best foldable smartphones out there in the market that doesn’t compromise with speed and performance either. There is a lot of other improvements too can be seen in the smartphone especially in the foldable hinge area as it opens more smoothly without making the unwholesome sound. Huawei mate XS and Asus Zenfone 7pro both are going to launch in Feb 2021 in India.
Pros & Cons
- The hinge is made up of zirconium
- 70-80% Charging in just an hour
- Quite thin bezels
- Good Camera quality
- OLED Display
- A protective layer of Optical Polymide on the screen.
- No Google and its native app support
- Max. brightness of only 448 nits
- Little bulky
- Plastic Body
Price: Starting from around Rs 2.3 lakhs / $3,289
Display: Folded 6.8″ (16.7cm) : Unfolded 8″ (20.32cm)
Processor: Kirin 990 5G
Rear Camera: 40 MP +8 MP +16MP
Operating System: Android 10, EMUI 10
Huawei mate XS has a falcon-wing type design with a camera cased in the sidebar of the phone, whereas two central panel holds the battery. The body of Mate XS is made up of hard-plastic which means that can be easily prone to fingerprint marks and scratches as well.
Unlike other foldable smartphones, the MateXS hinge is made up of zirconium which is more durable and stronger than titanium alloy. Also, it can be easily and smoothly folded and unfolded. When the phone is fully opened it looks streamlined and no major screen distortion is seen at the hinge.
MODEL: Huawei Mate XS
OTG Compatible: Yes
WEIGHT: 300 grams
AVAILABLE COLOURS: Interstellar Blue
Huawei Mate XS is inbuilt with an OLED display that gives accurate and sharp colors. The phone automatically gets light up whichever side of the smartphone is up. It would have been great if a little more improvement could be made as the phone can only reach a maximum brightness level of 448 nits whereas the Samsung galaxy s21 ultra brightness can go upto ~1500 nits
Thanks to a protective layer of Optical polyimide added on the top of the screen that gives upto 80% more strength to the display. The display is also prone to scratch, so it would be better if the user handle it with care.
- FOLDED: 6.6″
- UNFOLDED: 8.0″
SCREEN RESOLUTION: 2200×2480 pixels
DISPLAY TYPE: OLED Display
PIXEL DENSITY: 414 PPI
BRIGHTNESS: ~448 nits
SCREEN TO BODY RATIO: 86.9%
SOFTWARE AND HARDWARE
Talking about the processor, it is powered by Kirin 990 a “5G processor” that gives an outstanding performance and can handle heavy loads without any overheating issue. Whereas, on the software side it is powered by EMUI 10 along with ANDROID 10. There is a lot of customizable options that users get in Mate XS especially Dark Mode, News Feed, along with that users also get some unwanted ads with limited keyboard features too.
Users of Huawei Mate XS are going to miss Google Playstore and its native app such as YouTube, Google Maps, etc. after the US sanctions on Huawei.
USB OTG Support: YES
CPU: Octa-core(2×2.86 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2×2.36 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×1.95 GHz Cortex-A55)
PROCESSOR: Kirin 990 5G
OPERATING SYSTEM: Android 10, EMUI 10
PRIMARY CLOCK SPEED: 2.86 GHz
EXPANDABLE STORAGE: Yes
The cameras of Huawei Mate XS is quite similar to P30 Pro but with different image processing ratio. Mate XS has 40MP main camera along with 8MP telephoto camera and 16MP ultrawide camera with a 3D depth sensor. Users can click photos both in folded and unfolded positions of the phone.
The daylight photos are really defined and share along with a wide dynamic range but there is little inconsistency noticed in white balance. Thanks to the AI-powered camera enhancement feature that enables us to click good photos during the night time with balanced shadows highlighted with great color retention.
Whereas, for taking selfies you have to just move the camera directly towards yourself by folding it. The phone records video at a max of 4K@60fps with no option to disable EIS.
CAMERA: 40MP (f/1.8, Wide)+ 8MP (f/2.4, Telephoto)+ 16MP (f/2.2, Ultrawide)
Autofocus: YES (Laser Autofocus)
FLASH: YES (LED flash)
VIDEO RECORDING: 4K@30fps, 1080p@30fps
OTHER CAMERA FEATURES: Leica optics, dual-LED dual-tone flash, panorama, HDR etc.
A battery of capacity 4500mAh powers the phone that can easily pass out a day on normal usage. The phone has got a really fantastic charging speed that can charge 70-80% of the battery in just half an hour whereas a full battery can be charged in less than an hour. There is no support of wireless charging.
BATTERY CAPACITY: 4500 mAh
BATTERY TYPE: Li-ion battery
BATTERY CHARGER: 55 W fast-charging.
USB Type C: Yes
WIRELESS CHARGING: No
Huawei Mate XS is integrated with nearly all major connectivities. The fingerprint sensor is side-mounted and is very fast as well as reliable. Also, all major sensors including gyroscope, accelerometer, light sensors are also present and work smoothly while playing games and multitasking.
Wi-fi: YES (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac)
OTHER Wi-fi RELATED FEATURES: Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot.
GPS: Yes (A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, QZSS)
NFC( Near Field Communication ): Yes
BLUETOOTH: YES (v5.0)
USB: YES (USB 3.1)
USB RELATED FEATURES: Mass storage, USB Charging
5G READY: Yes
HEADPHONE JACK: NO
MAGNETIC COMPASS: YES
PROXIMITY SENSOR: Yes
LIGHT SENSOR: YES
UNLOCK FEATURES: In-display fingerprint sensor, Face Unlock, etc.