Huawei wants to Stand Next to Apple and Google
Huawei comes to its non-MWC presentation with a series of new hardware, a costly folding phone and the confidence of a company that wants to compete against a world power.
Due to ‘MWC cancelled’ we follow the presentation that would typically be attended by the world press in Barcelona directly from the Huawei offices in Brussels, via streaming. Between the foldable smartphone and the new hardware gadgets that are being presented, the first steps to create your fully-fledged ecosystem stand out.
The most striking new product is probably the second version of Huawei’s folding phone. The Mate X was shown once last year but is now back. The new device, the Mate Xs, has an open screen diameter of 8 inches and folds shut with the screen on the outside.
So you get a folded smartphone with a screen diameter of 6.6 inches on the front, and 6.38 on the back. In practice, you will mainly use the front screen and the unfolded screen. The backside only works when you take a selfie.
The device is an upgrade of the Huawei Mate X and should provide better performance for less energy consumption. Huawei screens with 7.5 hours of battery life under heavy use, and a fast-charging time of half an hour.
Under the hood is Huawei’s chip, the Kirin 990, which supports 5G. The thing has four cameras, including a 40MP super-sensing wide camera with 3x optical zoom, an 8MP telephoto lens and a 16MP widescreen lens.
The foldable also uses Android 10, with the Emui 10 jacket on top. Now there is a ‘multi-window’ system, similar to, Windows, with which you can make better use of your larger screen. For example, the system lets you open two windows side by side and, for example, drag images from one window to an instant message.
Apps that support Huawei’s own App Multiplier UIKit also work better in landscape mode, so that you also benefit from that giant screen.