HUAWEI Mate Xs 2: specs, price, features, and everything you need to know (2023)

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HUAWEI unveiled its next-generation foldable device, the Mate Xs 2, recently. The new foldable from HUAWEI comes with a different form factor than the currently available foldables on the market — it comes with an outward folding display. The Mate Xs 2 packs a lot of features and is certainly a worthy competitor to the likes of Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and OPPO Find N. For those looking for a new foldable device with a great screen, premium material, and pro-grade cameras, the HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 is an excellent option. Read along and learn everything about the new foldable from HUAWEI.



HUAWEI Mate Xs 2: Display and Design

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Most of the foldables available in the market right now look the same. They feature a small cover screen on the outside with a foldable screen inside. The HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 is a breath of fresh air as it brings a form factor that is not seen very often in the foldable market. The Mate Xs 2 sports an outward folding display just like its predecessor — which our own Roland thinks is not a very a wise choice.

Talking about the display, the HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 features a 6.5-inch OLED display that can be unfolded into a 7.8-inch display. The display features a 2480×2200 pixels resolution and supports up to a 120Hz refresh rate. The pixel density is also very high at 424 PPI. HUAWEI says it has added an Anti-reflection Nano Optical Layer on top that keeps the view clear, even in direct sunlight. When unfolded, the Mate Xs 2 is only 5.4mm thick. It is also one of the lightest foldable available, coming in at only 255g.

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One of the concerns of the foldables with an outward folding display is that the screen that folds towards the back of the phone is exposed. This raises a lot of concern as the screen can pick up a lot of scratches. HUAWEI has, however, addressed this concern and is bundling in a protective case in the box with the foldable that covers the 'back side' of the screen when it's folded. When the screen is folded with the case on, you can use the Mate Xs 2 just like any normal Android smartphone. But when you want to use full-screen real estate, you can remove the case and unfold the display.

HUAWEI says that the Xs 2 features an all-new Falcon Wing Hinge. This new mechanism allows the foldable to achieve perfect alignment between the display and hinge, all while improving the durability of the device. The company claims that the Mate Xs 2 is 2.5 times better in terms of drop resistance and 2.8 times better in terms of impact resistance than the last generation Xs. The company says it has been possible thanks to the new hinge mechanism and the advanced MIM steel used to build it.

HUAWEI Mate Xs 2: Cameras

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Moving onto the cameras, the Mate Xs 2 features a triple-camera setup on the back. This setup includes a 50MP primary camera, a 13MP ultra-wide angle lens with 120-degree FoV, and an 8MP telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom. The punch-hole cutout in the front houses the smartphone's 10.7MP selfie camera. Like HUAWEI's recent flagship smartphones, the Mate Xs 2 also supports HUAWEI XD Optics technology. HUAWEI says this technology enables the cameras to take in more light, all while improving the level of detail.

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Thanks to the foldable featuring an outward folding display, you can use the main cameras of the foldable (in folded mode) to take accurate portrait selfies. The 8MP telephoto lens enables 3x optical zoom, so you can move closer to the object without losing any detail.

HUAWEI Mate Xs 2: Processor, Battery, and Software

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Despite being a mid-2022 flagship foldable, the HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888 4G processor instead of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. The Snapdragon 888 is, still, a powerful octa-core chipset that features one ARM Cortex-X1 Kryo Prime core clocked at 2.84 GHz, three Cortex-A78 cores clocked at 2.42GHzm, and four Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.8GHz.

Though the Snapdragon 888 will be able to handle all the day-to-day tasks easily, the only downside of this chipset is that it doesn't support 5G networks. HUAWEI has, however, tried to compensate for the lack of 5G by improving the Wi-Fi wireless connectivity. The Mate Xs 2 is the first smartphone to support tri-band Wi-Fi.

Backing the Mate Xs 2 is a big 4600 mAh battery cell that supports HUAWEI's 66W SuperCharge technology. The company claims that HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 can be charged from 0-90% in just under 30 minutes. In addition, HUAWEI has added a Graphene Liquid Cooling System to keep the brain of the smartphone running cool. There's no support for wireless charging, though.

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The HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 runs on a specialized version of EMUI 12, which is based on Google's latest Android 12 operating system. The icons, display, and text adjust automatically when you unfold the screen. Thanks to the big 7.8-inch display, you can also see up to 12 people at once during a video call on the Mate Xs 2. EMUI 12 also enables smart interactions such as split-screen, multi-window, and floating app windows. Like the other HUAWEI devices, no Google apps are present onboard.

HUAWEI Mate Xs 2: Price, Colors, and Availability

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HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 was unveiled in China last month. The company has since confirmed that the device will be available in the international markets starting next month, i.e., June. However, unlike China, where the company launched three variants of the foldable, HUAWEI is bringing only one variant to the global markets.

In Europe, only the 8GB RAM and 512GB internal storage variant will be sold. It will retail at a steep price of €1999 (~£1,700). This is much lower than the price at which Mate X2 was introduced but still higher than the price of Samsung's foldables (which are available at a price of ~£1,500). The foldable will be available in three colors: White, Black, and Violet.

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Price (China)

Price (GBP/EUR)


CNY 9,999

Not launched


CNY 11,499



CNY 12,999

Not launched

What's in the box?

HUAWEI is one of the few rare companies that still includes some essential accessories, tools, and guides in the box. In addition to the HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 itself, the box comes with a USB Type-C Cable, 66W fast charger, SIM ejection tool, quick start guide, an official case, and a protective film that is pre-applied on the foldable.

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Huawei Mate Xs 2

Mate Xs 2 is the latest foldable from HUAWEI. It builds on the legacy that Mate X2 left, and comes with a big 7.8-inch outward-folding OLED display. Other features include a 4,600 mAh battery, 66W charging, 50MP camera sensor, and Android 12. Check out all the deals on the device using the links given below.

HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 Specs


HUAWEI Mate Xs 2


- Unfolded: 7.8-inches (2480 x 2200 Pixels)
- Folded: 6.5-inches (2480 x 1176 Pixels)

Display Features

Foldable OLED, 120Hz refresh rate, 424 PPI


Snapdragon 888 4G


Adreno 660


8 GB


512 GB

Expandable Storage

Yes, up to 256 GB (Nano Memory)

Rear Cameras

- Primary: 50 MP, f/1.8, (wide), PDAF, Laser AF
- Telephoto: 8 MP, f/2.4, 3x optical zoom
- Ultra-wide: 13 MP, f/2.2, 120-degree FoV

Front Camera

10.7 MP, f/2.2

Video Modes

4K @ 30 fps, 1080p HD @ 30/60/120/240/960 fps


Pin, Pattern, Password, Fingerprint sensor (side-mounted)


Dual-SIM, LTE (No 5G), 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.2


USB-C 3.1 Gen 1, No 3.5mm Headphone Jack


4600 mAh

Wired Charging


Operating System

EMUI 12 (Android 12)


White, Black, Violet


- Unfolded: 156.5 x 139.3 x 5.4 mm
- Folded: 156.5 x 75.5 x 11.1 mm



Release date

April 28, 2022



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Is Mate Xs 2 worth it? ›

The Mate Xs 2 is a fantastic piece of foldable hardware, only really held back by concerns about durability, with its soft, foldable display always exposed. There's no 5G support though, and while Huawei's software situation is ever-improving, we still really miss the Google Play Store.

Can Huawei Mate XS 2 use Google? ›

The Mate XS 2 runs on EMUI 12, which is based on an open-source variant of Android 11. Yet it lacks any of Google's popular software and services such as the Google Play Store and Gmail as a result of US sanctions.

How much is Huawei Mate XS 2 in US? ›

Huawei Mate Xs 2 Variants Price in USA
Huawei Mate Xs 2 8GB RAM and 256GB Storage$2,099
Huawei Mate Xs 2 8GB RAM and 512GB Storage$2,199
Huawei Mate Xs 2 12GB RAM and 512GB Storage$2,299

Does Huawei Mate XS 2 have wireless charging? ›

It supports a wireless charging standard such as Qi. To charge the device, you simply put it down on a compatible charging pad.

Is The Huawei mate waterproof? ›

Inside you get a 7.85-inch panel with 2496x2224px resolution and near-square 8:7.1 aspect. The Huawei Mate X3 is water-proof to the same IPX8 standard as the Galaxy Z Fold4.

Is Huawei mate discontinued? ›

Huawei has delisted the Mate X2 from its online store in China, reports ITHome. The company has removed both the original 5G model as well as the 4G variant. The smartphone is likely discontinued.

What do Huawei users use instead of Google? ›

New Huawei devices come with their own apps platform called Huawei AppGallery, which is similar to Google Play. It has over 50,000 apps available to download and use.

Why Huawei not supported by Google? ›

Google was particularly vociferous that preventing Huawei using its version of Android could potentially result in national security issues through people using a Huawei-developed replacement OS - now revealed to be HarmonyOS. In reality, it's probably because non-Android phones would hit Google profits.

Can Huawei still use Google Apps? ›

Previously, one of the main concerns people would have before getting a HUAWEI device is whether or not they could access Google applications through their device. Fortunately, that is no longer a concern for the Mate50 and other HUAWEI devices.

Can I still buy Huawei in US? ›

The US has banned the sale and import of new communications equipment from five Chinese companies, including Huawei and ZTE, amid concerns over national security. Other companies listed include Hikvision, Dahua and Hytera, which make video surveillance equipment and two-way radio systems.

Can US citizens buy Huawei phones? ›

Yes, it is perfectly legal to buy new HUAWEI products of all kinds. The HUAWEI ban only prevents HUAWEI from working with US-based companies. This might affect the hows and wheres of buying a HUAWEI phone, but it has no effect on your purchase or ownership of the device.

Can you charge Huawei with Iphone? ›

Hawaii is part of the US, it works exactly the same as the continental US. There are no extra charges.

Can I use Huawei wireless charger for Samsung? ›

Yes, it is also compatible with other phones from brands such as Samsung, Google and Apple, but it won't charge them as fast as it can charge the Huawei phone.

Can a Huawei charger charge an Iphone? ›

A Huawei data cable can be used to charge phones, tablets, and other devices (of any brand or system) that have the same type of charging port.

Is it safe to have a Huawei phone? ›

There is no evidence to suggest that Huawei phones are less secure than their rivals simply because they're a Chinese firm. However, the user experience on Huawei devices is different thanks to their own HarmonyOS and App Gallery with no access to Google apps.

Is having a Huawei phone safe? ›

To start with, all of its new features, as well as Huawei devices more generally, have received the four globally authoritative certifications on information security and privacy protection from the British Standards Instituion (BSI).

Does Huawei mate have Google? ›

No Google apps or services here. The Mate 30 Pro runs the open-source version of Android 10 with Huawei's EMUI 10 overlay on top.

Why is Huawei banned in US? ›

Huawei was under investigation by FBI in the United States for sending some diamond glass samples developed by the company Ahkan Semiconductor to China without authorization to test and destroy the product in order to steal intellectual property.

Did the US ban Huawei? ›

U.S. bans new Huawei, ZTE equipment sales, citing national security risk.

Why Huawei is not popular in US? ›

Many of the company's devices featured sleek, modern designs, and Huawei was also a leader in 5G technology. Additionally, the company has a loyal fanbase that would be the envy of many companies. Despite these factors, the reason the U.S. banned Huawei has everything to do with China.

What popular apps are not on Huawei? ›

Also, since there's no Play Store, all your favorite social apps like WhatsApp, Telegram, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, LinkedIn are not present.

Why do people use Huawei? ›

Huawei constantly works on perfecting the Android platform. Huawei has a special interface called Emotion, which is the improved version Google Android. In the meantime the Android platform of Samsung smartphones does not undergo much optimization or change. A good camera captures a lot of light.

Can I install Android apps on Huawei? ›

Launching an Android app in the App Gallery should not constitute any difficulty, as Huawei devices run either on Android or HarmonyOS based on the same source code. So if you want to find out how to add an Android app to the Huawei App Gallery, you have come to the right place.

Does Gmail work on Huawei? ›

The implementation of Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) by Huawei is an alternative that allows the use of almost every Google application on your smartphone, including Gmail on Huawei. Huawei also has its own email service called Petal Mail, which is available through AppGallery and offers a complete email experience.

Can I install Facebook on Huawei? ›

Press the internet browser icon. Press the address bar. Key in and press the confirm icon. Go to the web page where you can download Facebook and follow the instructions on the screen to install the app.

Are Huawei phones good quality? ›

It probably comes as little surprise that Huawei's latest and greatest Pro model is built with quality hardware. Like the P20, P30 and P40 Pros before it, the P50 Pro is the best of the best when it comes to Huawei's flagship series, offering all the outstanding features we've come to love Huawei for.

What Google apps don t work on Huawei? ›

Buying a Huawei smartphone today means you won't be able to use Google services like Maps, Lens, or other crucial apps. Users nevertheless discover methods to circumvent US government restrictions, and this time it involves a straightforward app known as GBox.

Why Huawei can t download apps? ›

The app may not be compatible with the device system. When you search for the app, check whether there is a tag indicating whether the app is compatible with your device. Download the app after confirming that it is compatible. The device may have software residual files that cannot be cleared.

How do I change my Huawei to the United States? ›

Service region switching method
  1. Log in to HUAWEI AppGallery, go to Me > Settings > Country/Region > Change country/region.
  2. Select the country/region you want, enter your HUAWEI ID password.
  3. Touch OK.

Is Huawei or iPhone better? ›

Huawei smartphones are rated higher than the latest iPhone and Samsung Galaxy models in camera and audio quality tests. Huawei has beaten Apple and Samsung to secure another top rating for one of its flagship smartphones.

Does Verizon support Huawei phones? ›

Verizon won't sell any Huawei phones, including the new flagship Mate 10 Pro, because of pressure from the US government, anonymous sources told Bloomberg yesterday.

Does the US allow sales of chips to Huawei? ›

The U.S requires that suppliers seek a special license that is usually denied when selling U.S. goods to companies on the list. But the Trump administration instituted a more lenient policy for Huawei, blocking its access to 5G chips but allowing other items like 4G chips to be shipped to the firm.

Will Huawei have Google again? ›

In 2023, Huawei is still hanging on to make up for the absence of Google Mobile Services (GMS) on its smartphones.

What carriers use Huawei? ›

Verizon, CenturyLink, Cincinnati Bell, América Móvil and Windstream are among the companies that told the FCC they still have equipment from Huawei or ZTE in their networks.

Does AT&T support Huawei phones? ›

Huawei Phone will not work on AT&T SIM despite the phone being LTE compatible.

Can I use any charger for Huawei? ›

Yes, you can use a non-standard charger or data cable to charge your phone. However, the following issues may occur due to different charging specifications and protocols: Slow charging speed: Chargers or data cables of other brands are not designed in accordance with Huawei phone standards.

Is it OK to use phone while charging Huawei? ›

Refrain from using your phone while it is charging. Otherwise, your phone may overheat due to excessive power consumption. Avoid exposing your phone to extreme high or low temperatures, or an environment with rapid temperature changes. Doing so may shorten the lifespan of the battery.

Will my Huawei SIM work in iPhone? ›

Moving to the latest iPhone 14 US model, you can't transfer a physical SIM to it as Apple has ended its physical SIM support. However, you could switch your eSIM from Android to it if you already use one on your old Android device.

What wireless charger works with Huawei? ›

HUAWEI SuperCharge Wireless Charger (Max 27W)

Why won't my Huawei phone charge on a wireless charger? ›

Check the indicator on the wireless charging pad. If the indicator is off, check whether the charging pad, cable, charger, and power supply are properly connected. It is recommended that you remove and insert the wireless charging pad again.

Can Huawei do wireless charging? ›

HOW TO USE WIRELESS CHARGING WITH YOUR HUAWEI. The Huawei handsets above have Qi wireless charging pre-installed, and so are compatible with Qi wireless chargers such as those found in public spaces and in vehicles, as well as the complete Aircharge range.

Does Huawei and Samsung use the same charger? ›

It depends on the type of cable… if you are using a Samsung Galaxy S8 (or Note 8) all the way up to Samsung Galaxy S10+ (or Note 9) then you will need a USB-C Charger. If you are using anything below that, you will need a Micro-USB cable. The brand Huawei doesn't change anything, just the type of cable.

When did Huawei mate XS 2 come out? ›

LaunchAnnounced2022, April 28
StatusAvailable. Released 2022, May 07

Is iPhone XS back camera good? ›

It's no secret that Apple puts excellent cameras on its smartphones and although the XS appears to sport the same main snapper as last year's iPhone X, a few meaningful tweaks make for a notable bump in performance and quality.

Which foldable phone has no crease? ›

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 might fix the most annoying thing about foldable phones. No more crease.

Is iPhone XS recommended? ›

Don't be fooled by the "S" label — the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are the best and most powerful iPhones Apple's ever made. Both phones are Apple's best combination of hardware and software. And they're virtually identical, save for screen size and battery life.

Does HUAWEI have Google? ›

Can I use Google Search on the Huawei Browser? You can use HUAWEI Browser to open the home page of Google Search for searching.

What year did US ban HUAWEI? ›

The HUAWEI ban went into effect on May 15, 2019, as part of an executive order from then-president Donald Trump.

What is the new price of Huawei mate XS? ›

Huawei Mate Xs, priced at EUR 2,499 (about Rs 1.95 lakhs), has an 8-inch main display, a 6.6-inch front panel, and a 6.38-inch rear screen.

Is the iPhone 11 camera better than the XS? ›

When comparing the iPhone 11 vs iPhone XS in terms of camera performance, the iPhone 11 is the uncontested winner due to some mega-upgrades from Apple. Both have dual-lens 12-megapixel rear cameras, but the 12-megapixel front-facing camera in the iPhone 11 beats the 7-megapixel camera of the iPhone XS.

Which is better camera XR or XS? ›

iPhone XS does have the more advanced camera, with dual lenses allowing for optical zoom and depth of field effects. However, iPhone XR makes up some of the difference by harnessing the power of its A12 Bionic chip to create those beautiful blurred background images.

Is the XS screen good? ›

The iPhone XS Max has a Record high calibrated 100% APL Full Screen Brightness for OLED Smartphones of 660 nits for the sRGB/Rec. 709 and DCI-P3 Color Gamuts, which improves screen visibility in high Ambient Light. On its Home Screen the iPhone XS Max produces an impressively bright 725 nits.

Do folding phones break easily? ›

Myth: Folding phones are not as durable

While it isn't supposed to, the UTG screen does in some instances crack, usually right at the bend. Glass is glass, and glass breaks. These reports are more than enough to keep anyone from buying a foldable phone.

What is the disadvantage of foldable smartphone? ›

Not too water resistant: Most foldable phones can resist water submersion within 1.5 meters for 30 minutes. That is nothing close to what most modern phones can achieve. While it will likely be safe in the rain, you better jump after it if it falls in the pool.

Why would I want a foldable phone? ›

The major selling point of a foldable phone is the convenience of a smaller phone without having to compromise the screen size.

Is iPhone XS still good in 2023? ›

iOS and performance

Apple is pretty good at supporting its handsets for a long time. Given that the iPhone XS Max was released in 2018, you can expect it to be supported until around 2024-2025. It's powered by the A12 Bionic chip, which still performs well.

What iPhone should i upgrade to from XS? ›

iPhone XS, XS Max, XR. If you have a phone from 2018's iPhone XS generation, it could be worth upgrading to the iPhone 13. The iPhone XS is more than three years old, which means it might be starting to feel sluggish.

What is the iPhone XS known for? ›

iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max feature the sharpest OLED displays and highest pixel density of any Apple device, with support for Dolby Vision, HDR 10, and Wide Color. iPhone XS Max, the 6.5-inch iPhone, is the largest display Apple has offered, but in a body that's the size of the iPhone 8 Plus.


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