Huawei Mate X2 vs Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 differences
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(Pocket Ribbon) – Huawei's second generation of its foldable smartphone comes in the form of the Mate X2.
The Chinese company changed the size of its predecessor's foldable device – the Mate X and Xs – and went from a foldable display on the outside to an inward foldable display, like Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold series.
If you are looking for a vertically foldable smartphone, you can compare the Huawei Mate X2 and the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 as follows.
Mate X2: 161.8 x 145.8 x 4.4-8.2mm unfolded / 161.8 x 74.6 x 13.6-14.7mm / 295g Z-fold 2: 159.2 x 128 , 2 x 6.9 mm unfolded / 159.2 x 68 x 16.8 mm folded / 282 g
The Huawei Mate X2 has a vertically folding book-style display. It has a glass back with a prominent rectangular camera body in the top left corner, a metal frame and a full screen with dual cut-out front cameras when folded.
Unfolded, the premium device has a large 8-inch screen. The hinge is multi-dimensional, according to Huawei, creating a water-drop shaped cavity in front of the screen when the phone is folded, leaving no gap at all when closed. There is also a wedge-like design that is only 4.4mm at its narrowest point. It comes in white, black, crystal blue and crystal pink colors.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 has a similar shape to the Mate X2 in that it offers a vertical fold in a book style. It also has a glass back, with a rectangular camera body in the top left corner, as well as a metal frame and a single, centralized front camera when folded.
When unfolded, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 has a slightly smaller 7.6-inch screen. The hinge allows for multiple viewing angles, but there is a small gap at the crease of the device when folded. It comes in Mystic Bronze and Mystic Black colors.
Mate X2: 8-inch unfolded, 6.45-inch folded, 8-inch unfolded, OLED, 90Hz refresh rate Z-fold 2: 6.23-inch folded, 7.6-inch expanded, OLED, 120-refresh rate Hz
The Huawei Mate X2 has a 6.45-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2700 x 1160 and a pixel density of 456ppi on the front when folded. It has an aspect ratio of 21: 9 and a refresh rate of 90 Hz.
As mentioned above, it has two perforated front facing cameras on the top left of the screen and very minimal bezels. When expanded, the Mate X2 has an 8-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2480 x 2200, resulting in a pixel density of 413ppi. The unfolded display has a ratio of 8: 7.1. It also has a 90Hz refresh rate.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 has a 6.23-inch external screen and is therefore only slightly smaller than the Mate X2. It is also an AMOLED panel and offers a resolution of 2260 x 816 pixels and an aspect ratio of 25: 9.
When unfolded, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 has an internal screen of 7.6 inches. It's Dynamic AMOLED and it has a resolution of 2208 x 1768 pixels, resulting in a pixel density of 372ppi. It also has a 120Hz refresh rate and supports HDR10 +.
Mate X2: Quad rear camera (50 MP + 16 MP + 12 MP + 8 MP), 16 MP front Z-fold 2: Triple rear (12 MP + 12 MP + 12 MP), 10 MP front
The Huawei Mate X2 has a quad camera on the back, which is equipped with Leica technology, just like Huawei's other flagship smartphones. The camera setup includes a 50-megapixel main sensor, 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor, 12-megapixel telephoto lens and an 8-megapixel SuperZoom sensor.
The main sensor has an aperture of f / 1.9 and OIS, the ultra-wide sensor has an aperture of f / 2.2, the telephoto sensor has an aperture of f / 2.4 and OIS with 3x optical zoom, while the SuperZoom sensor has an aperture of f / 4.4 , OIS and 10x has optical zoom. The front camera has a wide angle lens of 16 megapixels with an aperture of f / 2.2.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 has a triple rear camera consisting of a 12 megapixel main camera, 12 megapixel telephoto lens sensor and 12 megapixel ultra-wide sensor.
The main camera has an aperture of f / 1.6, autofocus with dual pixel phase detection and OIS, the telephoto lens has an aperture of f / 2.4 and OIS, and the ultra-wide sensor has an aperture of f / 2.2. There is also a 10 megapixel front camera.
Hardware and specifications
Mate X2: Kirin 9000, 5G, 8 GB RAM, 256/512 GB storage, 4500 mAh Z Fold 2: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+, 5G, 12 GB RAM, 256/512 GB storage, 4500 mAh
The Huawei Mate X2 runs on Huawei's own 5nm Kirin 9000 platform, making it a 5G device. It is backed by 8 GB of RAM and comes in 256 GB and 512 GB storage variants.
It has a 4,500 mAh battery under the hood that supports Huawei's 25W SuperCharge. Huawei's proprietary Harmony OS can be installed through the company's usual EMUI interface running on top of Android.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 runs on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset, backed by 12 GB of RAM and comes with storage options of 256 GB and 512 GB.
There is a 4500 mAh battery on the Fold 2, which supports 25W wired charging, 11W wireless charging and 4.5W wireless reverse charging. It runs Android with Samsung's One UI over the top and there are some great multi-tasking features that make good use of the screen when unfolded.
Mate X2: £ 1985 / $ 2785 equivalent, China Z-fold 2: £ 1799, $ 1999
The Huawei Mate X2 will cost RMB 17,999 or 18,999, starting at the equivalent of $ 2785 or £ 1985. It is only available in China for now from 25th February.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 costs £ 1799 in the UK and $ 1999 in the US.
The Huawei Mate X2 is currently only available in the Chinese market and is slightly more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2. However, on a spec-by-spec comparison, these two devices are very similar, with both scaling in certain areas.
The Mate X2 has slightly larger displays both indoors and out, arguably a more streamlined design, an additional rear camera and a wide-angle front camera.
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 has more RAM, a higher refresh rate on the internal display and supports Google services. It has fewer cameras than Huawei, but the triple rear camera offers great results.
Both devices offer the same storage options and the same battery capacities. The Samsung is more widely available though, so while the Mate X2 could win in some spec areas, you'll have to live in China for now to get your hands on one. It's also worth remembering that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 will be tipped for a July 2021 launch.
Written by Britta O'Boyle.