I carry every day something that made me wonder whether the huawei mate x2 might just be a preview of the future of foldables. When i first heard that huawei was following up its first foldable design with something that looked an awful lot like a samsung folding phone i’ll admit, i was a bit disappointed. I just thought: isn’t it a little bit early in foldable development, for the industry to be coalescing around one or two form factors, but frankly it had to happen. I said as much when i covered huawei’s original matex in the first episode of into the fold as ambitious as that design was material science just hasn’t. Yet, given us a screen, that’s both flexible enough to fold and durable enough to double as a de facto phone casing, and yes, i will come back to this now. While the mate x2 looks a lot like samsung’s fold too, there are more differences than you think. Stand the mate up alongside the fold and you’ll see that samsung’s phone still resembles a diving board with its tall by 9 aspect ratio, while huawei has gone with a wider 21×9? What does that mean to you when the mate x2 is closed? It better approximates a conventional smartphone, it’s a bit easier to type on, and it solves some of the scaling problems. I found on some apps on the fold too instagram now whether it’s better overall depends on personal preference, see from my perspective, going to the full width of a 21×9 phone and adding the z, depth and weight of a foldable means that huawei basically made the matex Tube tougher to use one handed and if you’re gon na use two hands, you might as well unfold the thing and use the main display.
So, for me, the fold two still strikes the better balance, even if it doesn’t look as nice as the mate x2 inside huawei’s main screen is nearly half an inch bigger on the diagonal than samsung’s, with about 10, more pixels per inch as well. Refresh rates are different too. The fold 2 has the slightly smoother screen inside. While huawei takes the cake on the cover and, of course, the more obvious difference is the mate x2’s utterly uninterrupted canvas made possible by the absence of an internal camera tally. This one up is another decision, i’m siding with samsung on yes, the outside camera should suffice for selfies, but now that video calling is more popular than ever, i like that samsung gives me the option to take those calls on the larger screen, a screen that can Hold itself open at any angle, you like on the mate x2, you have to take your video calls outside, which just seems like a big sacrifice to ask people to make when your phone costs as much as this one does ditto the deletion of wireless charging and The use of glossy glass instead of samsung’s satin now, fortunately huawei respects that cost in other areas that samsung totally whiffed on. If you saw my fold 2 review you’ll remember, i took them to task for not including any accessories beyond the charger in the box. On the flip side, the mate x2 comes with the best complimentary case i’ve seen in years.
Maybe ever it looks great. It solves for the slippery glass problem and it offers a convenient kickstand which works, whether the phone’s open or closed that’s, taken care of your customer and it’s, something i hope, samsung emulates with the fold 3. huawei, also kept in mind the importance of being ergonomic. The mate x2’s casing is divided diagonally, which means that when you open it, the phone takes on the wedge like form of a door. Stop that design choice pushes its center of gravity toward the thicker side, making it easier to hold one handed like the similarly asymmetric. Kindle oasis and when it’s closed the same design allows the phone to collapse to a thinner profile than the fold two in the process, eliminating the gap between halves. It’S an elegant, beautiful implementation, which given huawei’s design history, is really no surprise now. What did surprise me speaking of huawei’s history, is how these cameras stacked up, see thus far. Samsung has recycled cameras from previous generations of phones for its fold. Family, but huawei threw almost everything it had into this monster. Camera module, including a periscope telephoto camera. That means that, while the fold 2 can only get you this close to the freedom tower, even then with quite a lot of grain huawei can take you hundreds of feet closer. The mate x2 also has an easier job in low light, at least where the wide angle lens is concerned. Less noise, better colors, the surprising part, comes in where the shots from the samsung tend to be the picks.
I prefer. For one thing, the huawei missed focus. A lot of the time which really shouldn’t be happening at this price point and for another i wasn’t always happy with huawei’s color processing. You can really see that in these sunset selfies in one set, huawei does a better job with the portrait effect, but not in the other and in both cases it’s definitely misrepresenting my skin tone Applause. So i hear you asking if this is the possible future of foldables, why does it sound like such a mixed bag? The answer after this okay? So as a so called influencer, the sponsored part of my job is to influence right. But what do you call it when an influencer influences himself that’s exactly what happened with today’s? Sponsor truth is i’ve had such a good time as a hellofresh spokesman that last month i took my own advice. I went to hellofresh.com and became a customer since then. My family and i have saved an average of 40 minutes a week, just by not going to the grocery store and we’re also saving money, because splitting the plan across three people means we’re paying less than 11 per meal meals like sriracha, turkey stir fry pineapple salsa Chicken tacos even good old fashioned, sloppy joes and every night at dinner, i say the same thing: this tastes way better than anything. I ever thought i could make myself. This is really. This is a good burger, it’s gon na be springtime in brooklyn, so we’re gon na skip a week to eat outside and make sure our local restaurants are still feeling the love but that’s another great part of hellofresh.
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Now, fortunately, when you buy a foldable from samsung, you do get something called premiere service on top of the standard warranty and as this video goes live i’m actually in the process of sending my phone in to get repaired. That’S, partly why i do this series folks showing you what it’s like to own a foldable, even when that reality is inconvenient or painful. I’Ll tell you how premiere samsung’s service was on an upcoming episode of into the fold, make sure you’re subscribed to the mr mobile. So you don’t miss it. What does all this have to do with the mate x2? Well, you may have noticed that not all foldables bend quite the same way, while samsung tends to prefer a narrow and deep gutter. Groove motorola’s razor line kind of spreads the fold across three smaller creases over in the laptop world. The thinkpad x1 fold from motorola’s parent company lenovo does something similar, but with firmer material and support structure and the huawei mate x2’s double helix drop hinge seems to have more in common with the motorola and lenovo approach than samsung’s. Huawei is deservedly proud of that hinge mechanism going so far as to compare it to the strength of one of the safest cars in the world. Cue, the fake applause, i i do miss ridiculous phone launch events i got ta say but anyway, the real story isn’t actually in the hinge it’s, in how the screen folds, just like on the razer huawei’s display curls up into a water drop, shaped cavity that results In a much gentler curve than the harsh bend of the samsung approach to be clear, i have no evidence that samsung’s, tight radius crease is what caused the fracture on my fold too, and in any event, the materials are different.
Huawei uses more traditional plastic compared to samsung’s ultra thin glass plus, we don’t know how well the mate x2 display will age after seven months. My motorola razer 5g review unit is nowhere near as smooth as it was when i first unboxed it it’s, actually getting quite distracting so i’m, not saying huawei’s approach is some kind of silver bullet sure thing, but when combined with the other advantages of the mate x2, The lower profile, the complete closure, the ergonomic asymmetry that addictive snap, the phone makes when you open or close it. It all makes for a package that i think, will heavily inform the future of foldables. Now that’s good news for we foldy folks who like to buy these things, but not great news for huawei, which, due to fraught relations between the us and china, is still unable to offer the full range of google, apps or mobile services on the mate x2 or Any of its other phones yeah. That means that, even though it’s somewhat easier to find the apps, you need on huawei phones. These days, i still can’t recommend the mate x2 to anyone in the states who needs reliable access to gmail, google maps etc and who doesn’t want to source their apps from apk sites instead of the google play store. But the mate x2 is a fresh reminder that the foldable world needs the kind of innovation that companies like huawei can bring, especially given the recent departure of lg from the mobile space.
I hope to see huawei’s wares make a return to the west someday. In the meantime, i’m sure foldable manufacturers, the world over, are taking notes on what the company produces. This video was made after six days with a mate x2 review sample provided by huawei. After i sent my fold two off for service, i contacted samsung for comment concerning its display failure and if the company offers one i’ll include it in the description. As always, neither huawei nor samsung was given editorial input or an early preview of this video, nor did either company pay anything for this coverage. And finally, if you enjoyed this video there’s a whole playlist of other into the fold, episodes check them out at the mr mobile on youtube until next time, thanks for watching and remember, to stay, safe and mask up when you’re around others.