Huawei Mate Xs 2 test: a folding smartphone still limited, but that leaves you dreaming

Huawei Mate Xs 2 test: a folding smartphone still limited, but that leaves you dreaming

Known for bringing the best of photography to its high-end smartphones, Huawei rarely disappoints at this level. This is also the case here with the Mate Xs 2 which, while not at the level of a P50 Pro, comes close enough to be considered a very good photophone. Especially since it has some versatility with its three modules. The wide angle is 50 megapixels, the ultra wide angle is 8 megapixels, and the 3.5x telephoto is 8 megapixels.

Wide-angle module: 50 megapixels, f/2.2, eq. 27mm



Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4


Huawei Mate Xs 2 (50 Mpx, 27 mm equivalent, f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/105 s)

Unsurprisingly, the Mate Xs 2 performs at least as well as the manufacturer’s other recent flagships. Huawei prefers a very natural image, unlike Samsung. The shot is just as detailed, but the contrast is a bit exaggerated.



Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4


Huawei Mate Xs 2 (50 Mpx, 27 mm equivalent, f/1.8, ISO 1600, 1/15 s)

In low light, we make a similar observation. The company again prefers a very light treatment in colorimetry, making the shot a little more flattering on the eye. The contrast is a little more present than in the Fold 4.

Ultra wide angle module: 13 megapixels, f / 2.2, eq. 13mm



Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 (12 MP, 12 mm equivalent, f/2.2, ISO 40, 1/50 s)


Huawei mate Xs 2 (13 Mpx, eq. 13 mm, f/2.2, ISO 100, 1/100 s)

The same speech again for the daytime ultra wide angle. Except the shading and contrast are a bit too stark, giving the scene a rather weird effect. Beyond that, the exposure is very correct, as is the sharpness.



Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 (12 MP, 12 mm equivalent, f/2.2, ISO 2500, 1/17 s)


Huawei Mate Xs 2 (12 MP, 13mm equivalent, f/2.2, ISO 3200, 1/15s)

It is at night when things go wrong. The software processing intervenes too strongly, even if it means the shot is too rough. The details are not apparent, but everything is (somewhat) saved by the exposure.

3.5x telephoto: 8 megapixels, f/2.4



Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 (10MP, f/2.4, ISO 25, 1/50s)


Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 (8MP, f/2.4, ISO 160, 1/100s)

At the optical zoom level, the Huawei Mate Xs 2 does not shine as much as the latest generation Fold or its brothers in arms in the P50 range. The daytime result is blurry, where the Fold 4 manages to deliver a well-exposed and detailed image. At night, unfortunately everything is unusable.



Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 (10MP, f/1.8, ISO 1000, 1/25s)


Huawei mate Xs 2 (8MP, f/2.4, ISO 3200, 1/15s)

Front module, portrait and video mode

At the front, there is a 10.7-megapixel sensor. But the latter should not help you much, since the design of the Mate Xs 2 itself means that you can use the modules located on the back to capture your most beautiful selfies and thus enjoy the best possible quality. In fact, the part of the slab located at the back when folded can be used as a rear screen, and this is its only use when the smartphone is not unfolded. Quite practical and well thought out, it also allows you to take advantage of almost a full screen, since the bump is almost imperceptible.

Portrait mode is very good, almost on par with what we get from a P50 Pro. Cropping is very precise, even with the most intricate details like messy hair or a beard. The background blur is not too forced, which allows to obtain a quite natural result.

In video, the Mate Xs 2 is capable of shooting up to 4K at 30fps. It is also possible to shoot in 1080p, at a maximum of 240fps.

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