The Mate Xs will cost €2,400 and is expected to release globally outside of China from next month
Huawei has unveiled its second foldable smartphone after announcing the Mate Xs during a virtual launch from Barcelona today (February 24).
The Mate Xs is the sequel to last year’s Mate X and will cost €2,400, with the UK price and availability to be confirmed.
During the keynote which was hosted by Huawei consumer business group CEO Richard Yu, Huawei also delivered an update on 2019’s performance and introduced the latest tablets and laptops Huawei is set to release.
Yu mentioned 2019 was a big year for the vendor, which came second for global smartphone market share and grew 18 per cent YoY.
He revealed some key milestones including 240 million smartphone shipments plus over 10 million 5G smartphone sales as of the end of January.
Huawei’s Mate Xs features an upgraded mechanical hinge, with a falcon wing design implemented to provide a more robust experience than the previous version.
The phone has an upgraded Kirin 990 chipset and comes with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of memory, while also supporting Android 10 through EMUI 10.
There is a quad-camera setup that consists of a 40MP main camera, an 16MP ultra wide angle camera, an 8MP telephoto camera and a 3D depth sensor.
Additional features include a bigger eight-inch screen, plus a 4,500mAh battery – which provides up to 20 per cent more battery than the previous Mate X.
Service ecosystem expansion
Huawei also touched on its growing AppGallery store, which it claims to have over 26 million users from Europe alone and over 1,700 quick apps available.
The HMS (Huawei Mobile Services) ecosystem is crucial to the future of Huawei according to Yu.
“To cultivate a fully-fledged ecosystem that will support Huawei devices moving forward, we are gradually opening up our chip-device-cloud capabilities to global developers through HMS.
“Encompassing all-scenario features, global distribution and lifecycle management capabilities, the HMS ecosystem we envisioned will be a powerful pillar supporting our devices.”
During the event Huawei also confirmed that it will launch the P40 series in Paris next month on March 26.