Hands on: Huawei Mate Xs foldable phone review

Huawei’s second folding phone looks like the best one for photographers yet. We get our hands on the Huawei Mate Xs

Huawei Mate Xs
(Image: © Basil Kronfli/Digital Camera World)

Early Verdict

If you’re a photography enthusiast enamored with the idea of owning a foldable, there’s no doubt about it; the Huawei Mate Xs is the one to beat from a camera point of view. It’s also loaded up with more power and faster 5G speeds than almost any other phone currently available - but, as with the Mate 30 Pro, it doesn’t support Google services, which will make it a tough sell despite such its tantalizing hardware.


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    Amazing feat of engineering

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    Quad camera

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    Best folding camera phone to date


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    No Google Play support

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    Exterior screen will be prone to scratching

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2019 was a strange year for Huawei. On the one hand, the Chinese tech giant nailed it with the P30 Pro, which introduced periscope cameras to smartphones. At MWC 2019, its Mate X was the foldable on everyone’s lips, casting a shadow over Samsung’s Galaxy Fold. It also combined beautiful hardware and imaging software in the Huawei Mate 30 Pro

That said, owing to political disputes between the US government, China, and specifically Huawei, on the grounds of security concerns, Huawei was blocked from working with Google going into 2020. That’s why the Mate Xs, Huawei’s latest foldable phone is such a bittersweet device.

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.