Huawei Mate X2 review: the best folding phone yet, but at a price

The Huawei Mate X2 is the best foldable camera phone to date

Huawei Mate X2
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Huawei Mate X2 is a marriage of beautiful hardware with encumbered software. Its design and screens are fantastic, and the camera wipes the floor with that of its key competition, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2. At 17,999 CNY though (roughly $2,785 or £1,985), and with no release confirmed outside China, the barrier to buy one is set incredibly high. Nevertheless, after a week with Huawei’s finest flagship to date, once we got used to its software niggles, we didn’t want the folding to stop.


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    Fantastic camera system (17mm-240mm)

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    The best folding hardware to date

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    Kickstand included in box


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    No wireless charging

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    No Google Mobile Services

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    Only available from China on import

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Huawei has been launching Google-free phones for over a year now, but none have been as eye-catching as the Huawei Mate X2, its third foldable, and one of the most expensive smartphones we’ve tested to date. Until it’s announced for global markets, you’ll have to buy it from China, and costing 17,999 CNY (roughly $2,785 or £1,985), plus import fees, it’s hardly an accessible phone. 

Then there’s the fact it runs a Chinese version of Huawei’s interface, EMUI 11. Just like other Huawei phones sold in Europe, there’s no Google support, so no access to the Play Store, or Drive, Gmail, and YouTube apps. Add to that drawback a smattering of Chinese text throughout the UI, and you’d be forgiven for thinking the Mate X2 was dishing out one compromise too many to be usable, let alone recommended at the price. 

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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.