Huawei's new Mate Xs 2 is an expensive but beautiful folding smartphone

The Mate Xs 2 is super light, super foldable and costs just under €2,000

First look at the Huawei Mate Xs 2 at the House of Huawei event
(Image credit: Matt Kollat/T3)

As well as announcing four new smartwatches today, including the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro Ceramic Edition, the blood pressure-monitoring Watch D and the AMOLED Watch Fit 2 and Band 7 fitness trackers, Huawei has also unveiled its latest flagship foldable phone, the Mate Xs 2. We were among the few media outlets invited to the House of Huawei event in Milan, Italy, where all new products were on display for attendees to try.

Featuring the new double-rotating Falcon Wing Hinge that allows the 7.8" True-Chroma Foldable Display to open up more than other foldable phones, the Mate Xs 2 uses sophisticated materials such as glass fibres, aerospace-grade titanium alloys and ultra-light, high strength steel for its structure. When unfolded, the display has a resolution of 2480x 2200 pixels.

The phone also supports a refresh rate of up to 120Hz, 1440Hz high-frequency PWM dimming, as well as up to 240Hz touch sampling rate. The anti-reflective Nano Optical Layer of the screen helps to reduce the display’s light reflectivity. The Mate Xs 2 has a 19:9 display ratio when unfolded.

Quick screen transitions and a fast gaming/streaming experience on the Mate Xs 2 are guaranteed thanks to the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 flagship series chip.

First look at the Huawei Mate Xs 2 at the House of Huawei event

(Image credit: Matt Kollat/T3)

As for image capturing capabilities, the True-Chroma Camera System includes a 50MP True-Chroma Camera for "capturing true-to-life colours" and the improved HUAWEI XD Optics brings "brand-new information recovery technology to elevate image clarity further", the company explained during the presentation.

The camera system takes full advantage of the Huawei's XD Fusion ProTrue-Chroma Image Engine, the 10-Channel Multi-Spectrum Sensor and the colour calibration of more than 2,000 colours in P3 full-colour gamut.

But wait, there is more! The Mirror Shooting smart function of HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 allows users to preview shots in real-time through the digital viewfinder of the camera on both screens simultaneously.

HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 is also equipped with the new generation of AI Remove, a feature that allows users to simply click on the selected objects for removal to easily edit photos, similar to the Google Pixel 6's Magic Eraser tool.

The Huawei Mate Xs 2 has a 4,600 mAh battery and supports Huawei's SuperCharge fast-charging system. As well as that, the Graphene Liquid Cooling System used in the phone has further enhanced heat dissipation performance to keep the battery in top shape throughout its lifetime.

To enhance the audio-visual entertainment experience, the Huawei Mate Xs 2 is equipped with ultra-thin and large-amplitude stereo sounds, which create a surround sound field and "bring consumers an immersive audio experience" alongside the new AI Sound Engine.

Huawei Mate Xs 2 will be available to buy from June 2022 for a recommended retail price of €1,999. US/US/AU price and availability TBC. Visit Huawei (opens in new tab) for more info.

Matt is T3's Fitness Editor and covers everything from smart fitness tech to running and workout shoes, home gym equipment, exercise how-tos, nutrition, cycling, and more. His byline appears in several publications, including Techradar (opens in new tab) and Fit&Well (opens in new tab), and he collaborated with other fitness content creators such as Garage Gym Reviews (opens in new tab).