Huawei’s Mate Xs foldable packs in 5G but no Google

Same on the outside, different on the inside
25 February 2020 / 13:28IST

Huawei’s Mate X was first displayed at MWC 2019 and since then the company has been through a lot. If someone snatched all the sweet Google bits from an Android smartphone, you will have go back to the drawing board before you get back to the game. And Huawei has done just that with the Mate Xs. It’s not a brand new Mate X that was teased and later launched in China last year but a refined one that’s ready for 2020. It looks the same but Huawei claims that plenty has been changed on the inside. There’s faster 5G radio so you can get things done faster and an upgraded hinge (you know that thing which holds together the folding display) along with a new cooling system to keep the temps in check whether you open up that massive 8-inch display (2480 x 2200 pixels) to read an e-book over a lazy weekend, or fire up Call of Duty: Mobile on a boring Monday at work. This one still includes that fantastic 40MP camera from the P30 Pro, 55W fast-charging and 4500mAh battery. It also runs EMUI 10 with Android 10 as the base, and as with every new Huawei phone, skips on Google services. Unlike the Mate X that went on sale only in China, Huawei will sell the Mate Xs globally, priced at $2711 for the 8GB RAM/512GB storage variant.