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    Huawei unveils the Mate X2, its latest foldable flagship smartphone

    And it features a brand-new look!

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    Following the reveal of the Mate X back in 2019 and the subsequent release of the Mate Xs last year, Huawei has unveiled its third generation foldable smartphone–the Mate X2. Unlike the previous Mate X phones though, the Mate X2 has a revamped design.

    While the previous Mate X phones had their folding display on the outside, the Mate X2 opts for a design similar to the Galaxy Fold. This means the Mate X2 has two screens, one folding display on the inside along with one external screen that does not fold.

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    The inner folding display is an 8-inch screen with a 2480 x 2200 resolution. Meanwhile, the outer screen has a 6.45 inch diagonal with a 2700 x 1160. Both screens are OLED and have fast 90Hz refresh rates.

    The folding display on the inside also features what Huawei calls the Multi-Dimensional Hinge. This hinge uses a multi-dimensional interlocking mechanism that allows the device to fold almost flat with a near imperceptible gap. The phone also has openings along the sides that are hidden, and these prevent dust and dirt from entering the system.

    While the design is different from previous Mate devices, the Mate X2 retains its predecessors productivity-focused features, including Smart Multi-Window. With this, users can multi-task within and between apps. Other Huawei phones already have this feature, but the Mate X2’s large foldable screen makes it usable horizontally.

    Powering the new Huawei foldable is the Kirin 9000 SoC, the same 5G chipset that powers Huawei’s Mate 40 lineup. Alongside the Kirin 9000, inside the Mate X2 is a 4500mAh battery and supports 55W HUAWEI SuperCharge.

    For its cameras, the Mate X2 has a Leica Quad camera setup consisting of 50MP super sensing wide camera, a 12MP 3x telephoto camera, an 8MP 10x telephoto camera, and a 16MP ultra wide camera. At the front of the phone (in the same side as the external display) is a 16MP selfie shooter. There are no cameras on the inside of the phone (where the folding display is located).

    The Mate X2 is priced at RMB 17999 (around PHP 135,700) and RMB 18999 (around PHP 143,450) for the 256GB and 512GB storage versions respectively. The phone will release in China on February 25, 2021. Currently, there’s no word yet on a release date in other countries.

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    Nicolo Manaloto
    UnGeek's resident editor who is obsessed with anything and everything Death Stranding. He is also a big fan of the Yakuza series, and is a weaboo in denial.

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