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

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

Known for offering the best of photography to its high-end smartphones, Huawei very rarely disappoints at this level. This is also the case here with the Mate Xs 2 which, even if it is not at the level of a P50 Pro, is close enough to be considered a very good photophone. Especially since it has a certain 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, eq. 27 mm, f/1.8, ISO 50, 1/105 s)

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



Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4


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

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

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



Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 (12 Mpx, eq. 12 mm, 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)

Same speech again for the daytime ultra wide-angle. Except that the shading and the contrast are slightly too marked, which gives a rather strange effect to the scene. Beyond that, the exposure is very correct, as is the sharpness.



Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 (12 Mpx, eq. 12 mm, 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 much too strongly, even if it means making the shot too rough. The details are not apparent, but everything is (a little) 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 last generation Fold or its brothers in arms from the P50 range. The daytime result is blurry, where the Fold 4 manages to deliver a well-exposed and detailed image. At night, the whole thing is unfortunately 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 be of much use to you, since the very design of the Mate Xs 2 means that you can use the modules placed at the back to capture your most beautiful selfies and thus enjoy the best possible quality. Indeed, the part of the slab located on the back when it is folded can be used as a back screen – and this is its only use when the smartphone is not unfolded. Rather practical and well thought out, it also allows you to almost take advantage of an almost complete display, since the punch is almost imperceptible.

Portrait mode is very good, almost on par with what we get with a P50 Pro. The clipping 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 obtain a fairly natural result.

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