Battle of Foldable Phone: Huawei Mate Xs VS Samsung Galaxy Fold

2019 was the year when the first foldable phone was announced. Samsung launched the first model with the Galaxy Fold, and now there is a new foldable phone Samsung Galaxy Z Flip available now. Huawei announced the Mate X in early 2019, but now Mate X was discontinued and only the second generation and optimized Huawei Mate Xs is available for sale. The Motorola Razr also joins the product range to compete. If you plan to get the foldable phones, you’d better prepare 3000USD or more on the table. The foldable phones are at high price range now.

Since the Huawei Mate Xs and Samsung Galaxy Fold are the the top two models, we will compare the two foldable phones to see which is better on design and performance. Hope this will give some advice to the potential buyers.


Huawei Mate Xs vs. Samsung Galaxy Fold: Specifications

Samsung Galaxy Fold Huawei Mate X
Display size, resolution 4.6-inch Super AMOLED; 7.3-inch QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED 6.6-inch (2,480×1,148 pixels); 6.38-inch (2,480×892); 8-inch OLED (2,480×2,200)
Mobile software Android 9.0 with Samsung One UI No Android on the Chinese model
Camera 12-megapixel main, 16-megapixel ultra wide-angle, 12-megapixel telephoto 40-megapixel main, 16-megapixel ultra-wide, 8-megapixel telephoto
Front-facing camera Two 10-megapixel, 8-megapixel 3D depth Same as above
Processor Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Kirin 980 processor
Storage 512GB 512GB
Expandable storage No No
Battery 4,380 mAh 4,500 mAh
Fingerprint sensor Power button Power button
Connector USB-C USB-C
Special features Foldable display, wireless charging, fast charging, 5G in select countries Foldable display, fast charging, 5G
Price off-contract (USD) $1,980, £1,900, converts to AU$2,800 16,999 yuan, converts to $2,400, £1,830 or AU$3,546


Huawei Mate Xs vs. Samsung Galaxy Fold: Design and Feel

The fact that Samsung grabs the display on the inside and is glass on the outside makes the Galaxy Fold appearing more valuable in the hand. In addition, the Galaxy Fold is more compact when folded and is also more comfortable to hold when opened (but both are almost the same weight). Since the display size is enough for me, we find the feel of Samsung better.

The folding mechanism on both models is good, although we have to say that it works a bit “lighter” with the Galaxy Fold. With the Huawei Mate Xs you have to exert some pressure to open and close the display. You could also operate the fold with one hand.

The workmanship is good on both devices, the keys have good pressure points and nothing wobbles. But since the Galaxy Fold is easy to use and more comfortable to hold, the point goes to Samsung


Huawei Mate Xs vs. Samsung Galaxy Fold: Display

The quality of the two displays is great in both cases. Both have built very solid OLED panels, but missing the current standard at 90 or 120 Hz. But the colors are good; they are both bright and have very good viewing angles. In that regard, I would give both a point.


But this is exactly where the difference comes: The display from Huawei Mate Xs is on the outside and that from Samsung on the inside. There you can argue whether this is a good idea with the Mate Xs, because plastic displays scratch faster, but this difference is even more noticeable.

When folded, the Huawei Mate Xs is a much too big, thick and heavy smartphone. The small external display of the Galaxy Fold is too small for almost everything.

Considering this, we will give the point to the Huawei Mate Xs, even if we never expect to put such a expensive display on the outside if we wanted to use my smartphone for many years.


Huawei Mate Xs VS Samsung Galaxy Fold: Software

Actually, we would have thought that this point goes very clearly to Samsung, since the Huawei Mate Xs comes without Google apps. But there are two things that should be mentioned here and where we have to criticize.

The Samsung Galaxy Fold has only had Android 10 this week. This is not necessarily acceptable for a model for 3000USD after this time.


The Samsung Galaxy Fold is recognized by apps as a normal smartphone. So the apps are often just stretched out. However, the Huawei Mate Xs is recognized as a tablet, which means that many apps are available when opened with a special tablet view.

For many users, if without Google apps, you can’t do many things such as Email, banking app or Google apps.

By the way, one thing must to be mentioned: The performance of the Huawei Mate Xs was really not good for some third-party apps. I compared that to the Huawei P40 Pro, which has similar hardware (Kirin 990) – no problems.


Huawei Mate Xs VS Samsung Galaxy Fold: Camera

In this category – roughly speaking – the hardware from 2019 will compete against each other. Means: A mixture of Huawei P30 Pro and Mate 30 Pro competes against the Samsung Galaxy S10. Samsung has not installed a bad camera, but it’s clear that Huawei was ahead in 2019.

In addition, with the Huawei approach, the main camera can also be conveniently used as a front camera. Samsung is only superior to Huawei in the videos, but since photos are more important to many users, this point goes to the Huawei Mate Xs.




Huawei Mate Xs VS Samsung Galaxy Fold: Price

If we consider the prices of both models, then you have to put in almost 2500 USD for a Samsung Galaxy Fold and almost 3000 USD for a Huawei Mate Xs. That’s a lot, no question at all, because the development was expensive.

You can get the Galaxy Fold every now at lower price, but it is also older. But the price difference of almost 700USD is quite large, so this point goes to Samsung.



Huawei Mate Xs VS Samsung Galaxy Fold: other features

The fingerprint sensor is located on both sides and is fast, both are available with 5G, both are not IP-certified due to the design and it was difficult for me to find a unique selling point that makes one of the models stand out. But then we found a standard feature.

The Samsung Galaxy Fold has stereo speakers on the side. So if you turn the device while watching a video, you have the sound from the left and right and honestly: It is great for media consumption.

Stereo speakers are a standard feature for smartphones that cost over 1000USD in these days. So the point goes to the fold.


Huawei Mate Xs VS Samsung Galaxy Fold: Conclusion

When opened, they are great fun reading and consuming things. As of today, you will consider one more time to buy a foldable for 2500USD or more, but if the models are now more stable, lighter and thinner and have all the features of the normal flagships, you can imagine it.

Actually, we also tried the Galaxy Z Flip, we have to say: this category (Fold and Mate Xs) from Foldables will be better because it brings more display space.

For a successor we would only wish that the outside display is bigger and Android better adapted and the notch on the inside can be replaced with a hole like the Galaxy S10, Galaxy Note10+ or Galaxy S20.

It’s a pity that Huawei will have a tough time against Samsung without the Google apps in this very special category. Otherwise it could have been an exciting duel between the two giants.

Huawei Launches New Foldable Phone – Huawei Mate Xs

Huawei is now launching the sequel to its foldable mobile phone Huawei Mate X. The new mobile, Huawei Mate Xs, takes Huawei’s foldable technology a step further. Huawei Mate Xs are packed with Huawei’s latest technology, powerful camera, advanced processor, superb display and an enhanced Falcon Wing Design. Mobile delivers a powerful performance and a seamless user experience in both mobile and tablet mode.

“Huawei Mate X was our first trip into the folding category and set the standard for the industry. Our new Huawei Mate Xs raise the bar further and deliver even more powerful performance and a stronger user experience. It is also the fastest 5G mobile phone in the class”, says Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group.

Huawei Mate Xs delivers a true Fullwiew experience that in an upright position becomes an 8 inch screen. The large screen is made possible with a mechanical hinge design called the Falcon-Wing. Huawei’s Falcon-Wing technology contains more than 100 different parts that work to make the transition between the two screen modes as seamless as possible. The hinge itself is improved and made of a zirconium-based metal that makes it much stronger and more durable.

Huawei Mate Xs screen is made of the extremely resistant material polyimide

Huawei Mate Xs’s collapsible screen is made of the extremely resistant material polyimide, in this case polyimide adapted for the space industry, where two layers are glued together with an optically clear glue. The unique solution makes image quality, color saturation and brightness excellent at the same time as the screen has high durability. In folded up mode, the screen is 8 inches and in folded mode, the Huawei Mate Xs is a powerful dual-screen mobile with 6.6 inches main screen and a 6.38 inch second screen.

Huawei’s most powerful and advanced system set

The power of Huawei Mate Xs comes from Huawei’s most powerful and advanced system set – the Kirin 990 (5G). The first system chip that has a dual-core NPU built on the Da Vinci architecture. The large core achieves excellent performance and energy efficiency in handling and in scenarios that require large amounts of data. At the same time, the smaller core implements extremely low energy consumption. In terms of the CPU, Kirin 990 (5G) has a total of eight cores – two super-sized cores, two large cores and four smaller and low-power cores – with a clock frequency of up to 2.86 GHz. Kirin 990 (5G) uses a 16-core Mali-G76 GPU and smart cache that allows the different caches to be used by different processors as needed, effectively saving bandwidth and reducing energy consumption. Kirin 990 (5G) is the first full-frequency 5G system chip that supports both standalone(SA) and non-standalone(NSA) architectures and TDD / FDD full-frequency bands. This allows the chip to handle a wide variety of networks and network modes. Based on the capabilities of Huawei’s 5G multimode chipset, Balong 5000, Kirin achieves 990 (5G), at peaks, download speeds of 2.3 Gbit/s and upload speeds of 1.25 Gbit / s, a hitherto unmatched performance.

Powerful camera and revolutionary selfie feature

Huawei Mate Xs are equipped with a SuperSensing triple camera, which consists of a 40 megapixel SuperSensing camera, a 16 megapixel ultra-wide angle camera, an 8 megapixel telephoto camera and a 3D Depth Sensing camera. The camera system supports a combination of OIS and AI image stabilization for super-steady photography and up to 30 times hybrid zoom. The system also supports ISO 204800 which allows high quality images to be taken in very dark environments. Huawei Mate Xs also revolutionize the selfie category as the user can use the entire camera system to take selfies.

Huawei Mate Xs are launched with Huawei AppGallery

Huawei Mate Xs is one of the first models to be launched with an upgraded Huawei AppGallery, Huawei’s own app platform. Huawei’s AppGallery has been with Huawei’s mobile phones for a long time and currently has around 570 million users globally. The investment in Europe was already started several years ago but accelerated in July last year. The range of apps is constantly evolving and currently Huawei has over 3000 developers who work only on coding apps for publication in AppGallery.

Huawei Mate Xs Price and availability

Huawei Mate Xs will be available in the market later this year. Globally recommended price is EUR 2499. Locally recommended retail price may vary when available to buy.

Huawei Launches a Series of New 5G products

Huawei Consumer Business Group today launches several new 5G products during its virtual launch from Barcelona. In addition to product news, a new strategy is also presented that shows the company’s full ecosystem capability. Key products presented during the launch are the foldable mobile phone Huawei Mate Xs with updated hardware and software, the flagship tablet Huawei MatePad Pro 5G, Huawei Wi-Fi AX3 and Huawei 5G CPE Pro 2, both of which enable Wi-Fi 6+ solutions. In addition, new additions to the flagship series Huawei Matebook, as well as AppGallery, Huawei’s official app store based on Huawei Mobile Services (HMS), are being launched.


”We remain committed to our seamless screen and scenario-independent AI Life strategy. In order to build our long-term competitive advantages, we will continue to invest in chipsets, 5G communication, mobile AI, operating systems and camera and audio-visual solutions. We also look forward to working with developers globally to catalyze the development of our screen and scenario independent ecosystem. Together with developers, we will take the user experience to new heights. The scenario-independent ecosystem 1 + 8 + N not only sets a new standard for user integrity and security, but also delivers a high-quality user experience to consumers worldwide”, says Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group.

2019 was a strong year for Huawei Business Consumer Group. Profit for the year was $ 67 billion (SEK 651 billion), an increase of 30 percent. During the year, 240 million mobile phones were delivered, ensuring Huawei’s position as the world’s second largest mobile phone manufacturer. In addition, PC business increased by 200 percent, watches and activity bracelets increased by 173 percent and wireless headphones increased by 210 percent in 2019.

Huawei Mate Xs

Huawei is now launching the sequel to its foldable mobile phone Mate X. The new mobile, Huawei Mate Xs, takes Huawei’s foldable technology a step further. Huawei Mate Xs are packed with Huawei’s latest technology, camera, processor and display and in addition an improved Falcon Wing Design. The mobile delivers a powerful performance and a seamless user experience in both mobile and tablet mode.

Equipped with Huawei’s own flagship Kirin 990 5G SoC, the Mate Xs is a complete upgrade including improved mobile AI and 5G communications.

The phone is equipped with a SuperSensing triple camera, which consists of a 40 megapixel SuperSensing camera, a 16 megapixel ultra-wide angle camera, an 8 megapixel telephoto camera and a 3D Depth Sensing camera.

Huawei Mate Xs support Multi-Window apps, providing a smarter and more dynamic experience. In addition, the Mate Xs is the fastest 5G mobile in the class.

Faster speed with Wi-Fi AX 6 series

As part of Huawei’s seamless scenario-independent AI Life strategy, connectivity devices play a major role. Wi-Fi routers, customer-premise equipment (CPE) and communication models connect the ecosystem “1 + 8 + N” (see below). Together, they contribute to a safe, smart and fast experience for users.

Huawei is a major player in the development of Wi-Fi 6 standard in addition to its prominent and leading role in 5G technology. In the IEEE 802.11ax standard working group, five Huawei technology experts are currently involved. In addition, Huawei is the most prominent contributor in the industry’s efforts in the Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) project. Huawei accounted for 15 percent of the 260 submissions submitted. In the development of Wi-Fi 6+, Huawei has used the synergy between its own chip and software optimizations. Wi-Fi 6+ supports an uninterrupted connection with a bandwidth of 160MHz and Huawei’s exclusive dynamic narrowband technology. The two combinations are a breakthrough for signal coverage and for Wi-Fi speed.

During its launch in Barcelona, ​​Huawei introduced the Gigahome 650 and Kirin W650 – the latest chipset for Wi-Fi 6+ routers and smartphones. The new Wi-Fi AX3 series is equipped with the chip Gigahome 650, which supports dual-band dual-competitor (DBDC) and provides speeds up to 3000Mbps. When used with a Huawei device, which also supports Wi-Fi 6+, Wi-Fi AX3 routers can deliver better signal coverage and speeds than Wi-Fi 6 routers.

Huawei also introduced the Huawei 5G CPE Pro 2. It is a new Wi-Fi 6+ CPE that is 30 percent smaller than its predecessors. It has received upgrades such as support for up to eleven 5G bands. In addition, Huawei’s exclusive Super Uplink technology has improved charging speed and latency.

New flagship tablet – Huawei MatePad Pro 5G

As an important part of the smart ecosystem, the new Huawei MatePad Pro 5G is designed to work with Huawei mobile phones, watches and other devices. The tablet has a key role in the Multi-screen collaboration feature with Huawei Share that provides a seamless multi-device experience for the user.

With its super-thin display edges, the tablet has the world’s largest display area in relation to the size of the tablet. As much as 90 percent of the surface is covered by the monitor. The tablet has outstanding performance and battery life thanks to the Kirin 990 manufactured with 7-nanometer technology.

The new model comes with EMUI10 which has several features that facilitate use and increase productivity – such as Huawei Share Multi-Window, Multi-screen Collaboration and Huawei APP Multiplier as well as support for the Huawei M-Pencil and Smart Magnetic Keyboard accessories. The latter two features are perfect for use with MatePad Pro’s PC mode. The new tablet is also the first in the world to support wireless and reverse wireless charging.

During the launch, Huawei also took the opportunity to present the latest MateBook models. The upgraded Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020 is powered by the 10th-generation Intel® Core ™ processors and is equipped with FullView display that covers as much as 91 percent of the screen area. In addition to the MateBook X, the new series Huawei MateBook D is also being launched as part of the MateBook family. MateBook D offers an innovative and smart experience in MateBook’s signature design.

Innovation in both hardware and software for the future

During the past decade, Huawei has developed and refined the ecosystem “1 + 8 + N”. The system is based on the idea that the mobile phone is in focus surrounded by a number of accessories such as tablets, smart watches and laptops offered in Huawei’s own range. The accessories in turn are put in the context of “N” which stands for smart homes, mobile offices and the like. The system is supported by the Huawei Share and Huawei HiLink features, which bridges all devices to create a unified and holistic user experience. In addition to creating innovation in hardware, Huawei continues to develop the Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) ecosystem, which is available to consumers through Huawei AppGallery.

With a scenario-independent hardware and a software platform that works in balance, Huawei delivers a high-quality user experience. Information is seamlessly shared between the user’s connected devices, in all scenarios.

Introduces Huawei AppGallery

HMS Core is a collection of tools for Huawei’s partners and app developers to create unique and new user experiences in all of Huawei’s hardware and software products. Developers can quickly deploy Huawei’s on-device features such as HiAI, distributed technology and camera features into their apps, by integrating HMS with HMS Core 4.0

“To build and refine an aviation ecosystem that supports Huawei products going forward, the chip-device-cloud capabilities are gradually being opened up to developers globally, through HMS. The ecosystem is a key component of Huawei’s seamless scenario-independent AI Life strategy, as it encompasses scenario-independent functions, global distribution, and life cycle management capabilities. The HSE system will be a powerful pillar for our units”, says Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group.

For example, Cewe, Europe’s largest photo printing company, uses Huawei’s Share Kit to streamline the device pairing process. The printing process becomes intuitive, enabling faster production.

Huawei AppGallery also offers Quick Apps. Quick Apps is an innovative category created for devices in the 5G era. Quick Apps are developed based on industry standards, require no installation and use minimal system space. Users can easily click on the apps to use them, just like traditional apps. Already, over 1700 QuickApps are available in AppGallery and are a rapidly growing category.

In addition to creating their own apps, Huawei also collaborates actively with popular quality apps to ensure the user experience. In addition, Huawei has created a security and protection system to protect its users. The system includes verification of developers’ names, a four-step review process, download and installation protections and preventative measures. Today, with nine years of app development on the neck, Huawei AppGallery is one of the world’s top three marketplaces for apps.

“In the future, we will continue to expand our app ecosystem in Huawei AppGallery, hoping to not only offer a secure and reliable platform, but also to give our users greater choice. The continued success of our successful ecosystem will remain one of our top priorities”, says Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group.

Huawei is actively working to engage developers of popular apps around the world to develop the ecosystem. Developers are welcome to become part of the ecosystem and work together with Huawei to provide smarter app experiences for users around the world.