Huawei Mate Xs 2 test: a folding smartphone that is still limited but lets you dream

Known for offering the best of photography for its high-end smartphones, Huawei very 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, is 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. 27 mm

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4

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

As you might expect, 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 slightly exaggerated.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4

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

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

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

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

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

Same story again for ultra wide angle during the day. Except that the shadow and contrast are a little too stark, which gives a rather strange effect to the scene. Other than that, the exposure is very correct, as is the sharpness.

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

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

It is at night that things go wrong. The processing of the software intervenes far too strongly, even if it means that the shot will be too rough. The details are not visible, but everything is (slightly) 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 doesn’t shine as much as the last generation Fold or its brothers in arms from the P50 series. The daytime result is blurry, with the Fold 4 managing to deliver a well-exposed and detailed image. At night, unfortunately, it is all useless.

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

In front there is a 10.7 megapixel sensor. But the latter should not be of much use to you, as the very design of the Mate Xs 2 allows you to use the modules located at the back to capture your most beautiful selfies and thus enjoy the best possible quality. In fact, the part of the plate that is located on the back when folded can be used as a back screen – and that is its only use when the smartphone is not unfolded. Quite practical and well thought out, it also allows you to almost benefit from an almost complete display, since the stroke is almost imperceptible.

Portrait mode is very good, almost on par with what we get with a P50 Pro. The cut is very precise, even with the most complicated details like messy hair or beard hair. The background blur is not too forced, which makes it possible to achieve a fairly natural result.

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

Leave a Comment