The arrival of the Mate Xs is a noteworthy moment – yet another high-end foldable device will be making its way to the market and in the hands of consumers.
he original model never got released in Western markets. The Huawei Mate Xs is an updated version, which arrives in even tougher times with Huawei still under the US trade ban and COVID-19 spreading throughout the world like wildfire.
But that doesn’t take away any of the importance of this milestone. Each new foldable device that arrives breaks the mold and explores new possibilities while offering different and novel user experiences. It doesn’t get any more exciting than that for tech reviewers like us.
To put things in context, it was actually the original Mate X that stole all the headlines, mainly due to its leading role in the last big foldable craze that took place during MWC 2019.
That led to an interesting story of rushed progress and all sorts of mishaps due to the overzealous desire of major manufacturers like Huawei and Samsung, as well as a few other smaller operators, to get on the foldable hype train as early as possible. This story is beyond the scope of this review, but let’s just say that the foldable efforts by all makers have been through a rather rough patch.
Which gets us back to the excitement caused by the arrival of the Mate Xs for review. Yup, it’s a milestone – at least for us – because its arrival means foldable are perhaps a step closer to becoming mainstream.
Design-wise, the Mate Xs is almost identical to its predecessor. However, it is, in a lot of ways, a second-generation device. It has been refined through and through and it’s now a real product that Huawei plans on selling globally.
Most of these changes to the Mate Xs, however, are either internal or subtle enough to be rather hard to notice. Certainly not minor, but so intricate and particular that you shouldn’t expect the updates to be apparent. It’s not that most of us have had much hands-on time with the predecessor anyway so drawing parallels will not be of much use.