Huawei Mate Xs test: foldable promises –

Foldable smartphones are slowly starting to flourish in the very lucrative cell phone market. While they are still aimed at a small portion of users – especially because of the high price – manufacturers are placing great hopes on this technological feat. So far, only a few manufacturers have shown what they are capable of in this segment of the market.

This is the case of Huawei, which in February 2019 released the Huawei Mate X, its first foldable smartphone. A year later, the Chinese manufacturer returned to the charge with an improved version and erasing the imperfections of the previous version: the Mate Xs.

A satisfying feeling

Having a foldable smartphone in your hands is a special sensation. Folding a screen has never been a natural gesture and the first use of this function will confuse any user, for fear of breaking the screen. But finally, after a few minutes, the gesture is assimilated and becomes almost natural. Huawei manages to deliver a pleasant experience and a strong long-term hinge that makes us forget our fears of breakage. Folding and unfolding your screen becomes a satisfying and intuitive gesture.

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Once this "wow" effect has passed, it is now the smartphone that is to be judged. Whether in folded or unfolded mode, the Huawei Mate Xs offers a sleek look. On the rear panel, there is a button to unfold the smartphone as well as four photo sensors – a TOF sensor for the depth of field, a 40-megapixel main sensor, a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens. On the screen side, we end up with a size of 8 inches and a definition of 2480×2200 pixels in full format. The one folds up into "double-sided" with "two screens" of 6.6 and 6.38 inches. The touch is pleasant and the hinge is quickly forgotten.

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In terms of specifications, the Huawei Mate Xs is 5G compatible, runs on a Kirin 990, has 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. Fast charging is also available.

A mini-tablet

But ultimately, what can we remember from the Huawei Mate Xs? The strength of such a smartphone lies above all in its technology: the foldable. Thanks to this, we have both a real smartphone and a mini-tablet. In one gesture, you can easily switch between the two. Obviously, this is not for all users but the function can be useful for people who move a lot and need a large screen (for word processing, watching videos, photo editing , editing …).

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It is also shaping the future of the smartphone market. The biggest current problem for the Huawei Mate Xs ultimately lies in the applications. Indeed, these are not yet fully adapted to the surface of the unfolded screen and we sometimes end up with disproportionate photos (on Facebook, Instagram …) or an application in "reduced" mode.

This small flaw aside, the Huawei Matex Xs is a real concentrate of technologies, pleasant to handle. Because ultimately, when you've tasted foldable, you get a taste for it. Proof that the future of the foldable smartphone looks bright and that the Chinese manufacturer can build on its already significant knowledge and know-how in this technology.

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