Huawei’s signature chipset, the Kirin 9000 5G, (surprisingly) appears in its newest flagship amid toughened US sanctions. The round of sanctions, levelled by the Trump administration last March, took aim at Huawei’s global chip supply, eventually leaving the Chinese telecom with limited inventory of its self-designed chipset. Last year’s Mate 40 series was reported to be the last of Huawei’s flagship phones to run on the Kirin lineup of processors, which are manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co using the cutting-edge 5 nanometer process.
The Mate X2 will also be the first commercial phone to run on its own operating system, HarmonyOS, starting April as Huawei replaces the watered-down version of Google Mobile Services from its devices.
There’s no word on whether the Mate X2 is slated for an international launch, but in China there will be two variants: a 256GB model and a 512GB model, which cost 17,999 yuan (converts to $2,780, £1,980, AU$3,525) and 18,999 yuan (converts to approximately $2,970, £2,090, AU$3,725) respectively.
Display: 6.45-inch OLED, 2,700×1,160 pixels (closed), 8-inch OLED, 2,480×2,200 pixels (open)
Rear Camera: 50-megapixel (main sensor), periscope telephoto, ultra-wide lens, telephoto lens
Front: Ultra-wide camera
Refresh rate: 90Hz
Aspect ratio: 8:7:1
Colors: Blue, pink, white, black
Special features: Dual sim, dual speakers, 10x optical zoom, foldable display
Huawei unveils the Chinese version of its foldable Mate X2.