Right now, there are a lot of folding phones on the market. Even while more and more of them are arriving in nations all over the world, not all of them are accessible globally. In this article, we’ll contrast the Huawei Mate Xs 2 and Xiaomi MIX Fold 2, two incredibly intriguing foldable smartphones. Why do these two phones fascinate me so much? When you handle these phones while they are folded, they genuinely feel like conventional phones.
That seems to be impossible. Well, given their thickness, it’s definitely a possibility. They are both less than 12mm thick, as opposed to the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s 15–16mm thickness, for instance. In contrast to the Mate Xs 2, which is available in various countries but does not include Google services, the Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 is currently unavailable outside of China. Overall, there is a lot to cover here, so continue reading if you’re interested.
SPECS Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 Huawei Mate Xs 2 Display size Main: Foldable 7.08-inch QHD OLED display (foldable, 120Hz) 6.5-inch fullHD OLED display as a backup (cover) (flat, 120Hz) 8.02-inch fullHD Foldable LTPO2 panel as the primary display (foldable, 120Hz) 6.56-inch FullHD AMOLED display, secondary (cover (flat, 120Hz) display resolution Main: 2480 x 2200 2480 x 1176 for the secondary (cover) Main: 2160 x 1914 2520 x 1080 SoC for secondary (cover) Snapdragon 888 by Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 by Qualcomm RAM 8GB (LPDDR5) 12GB (LPDDR5) extendable storage with 512GB (up to 256GB) Non-expandable; 256GB/512GB/1TB backup cameras 50MP (f/1.8 aperture, PDAF, and Laser AF) 8MP (3x optical zoom, PDAF, OIS, f/2.4 aperture) 13MP (f/2.2, 120-degree field of view) OIS, PDAF, f/1.8 aperture, 1.0um pixel size, 50MP Dual Pixel PDAF, telephoto, f/2.6, 45mm lens, 8MP, and 2x optical zoom 13MP (1.12um pixels, f/2.4 aperture, 15mm, 123-degree ultrawide) entrance cameras (f/2.2 aperture) 10.7 MP 20MP (0.7um pixel size, 27mm lens) cover display. Non-removable battery with a 4,600mAh capacity, 66W wired charging, and reverse wired charging Non-removable 4,500mAh battery; 67W wired charging Dimensions 156.5 x 139.9 x 5.4mm when unfolded 156.5 x 75.5 x 11.1 mm when folded 161.1 x 144.7 x 5.4mm when unfolded 161.1 x 73.9 x 11.2 mm when folded 255 grams and 262 grams Security 4G, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi, and USB Type-C connectivity 5G, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, and fingerprint scanner on the side fingerprint scanner on the side Operating System Android 11EMUI 12 Android 12MIUI Fold 13 Price 1,999 $1,335 Buy Huawei solely from China XIAOMI MIX FOLD 2 vs. Huawei Mate XS 2: Design These two phones fold horizontally and have vertical hinges. The Huawei Mate Xs 2 folds the opposite of how the Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 does, like a book. Yes, Huawei used a totally different strategy in this case when the display is partially on the back when the phone is folded. That might sound strange, but we were able to discover during our evaluation period that it works surprisingly well for this phone.
Advertisement Huawei was able to make this phone so slim because it only has one display (11.1mm when folded, 5.4mm when unfolded). It’s incredible that Xiaomi, whose MIX Fold 2 phone with two displays, was able to come close to matching that. The device has a folded thickness of 11.2mm and an unfolded thickness of 5.4mm. The frames of both phones are composed of metal. Due to its curved design, Huawei’s foldable feels significantly more like a regular phone when folded, but the Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 isn’t far behind. For those who dislike how thick larger foldable phones are, both are excellent options in that aspect.
Now, the two phones have somewhat different appearances, especially when opened up. When Huawei is opened up, there is a projecting strip on the back right where the display dock is located. There are numerous sensors, cameras, and other devices on that strip. When folded, it is essentially flat with the phone’s display. It provides you with something to hold onto when it is unfolded, which is fantastic. The Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 sports a camera island across the top of its back side, which is a completely different camera design. When opened, it resembles the Galaxy Z Fold 4 more. Additionally, unlike the Huawei Mate Xs 2, it has no camera at all on the primary display.
Thanks to its magnets, the Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 will give you that pleasant click when you fold it. Not so much the Huawei Mate Xs 2. You’ll need to press a button in order to unfurl it because it needs to be folded and unfolded with some force. Although it’s a different experience, some of you might like it better. When opened, the Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 is somewhat heavier, higher, and wider. Surprisingly, it becomes narrower when folded. Notably, neither of the two devices has an IP rating for water resistance.
Advertisement XIAOMI MIX FOLD 2 VS. HUAWEI MATE XS 2: DISPLAY The display configurations of the Huawei Mate Xs 2 and Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 are very dissimilar. That much is evident given that the MIX Fold 2 has two displays while the Mate Xs 2 has one. A 7.8-inch 2480 x 2200 Foldable OLED display is included on the Huawei Mate Xs 2. That display, which has a 120Hz refresh rate and 1 billion possible colors, It unfolds into a 6.5-inch monitor with a 2480 x 1176 pixel resolution.
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An 8.02-inch 2160 x 1914 Foldable LTPO2 OLED primary display is included on the Xiaomi MIX Fold 2. This 120Hz screen has a color depth of up to 1 billion. Additionally to Dolby Vision support, it also supports HDR10 content. In manual mode, this display can reach a maximum brightness of 1,000 nits, and in auto display brightness mode, it can reach a maximum brightness of 1,300 nits. The phone’s second display, which has a 6.56-inch screen with a resolution of 2520 x 1080, is an AMOLED panel. It features a 120Hz refresh rate and does Dolby Vision and HDR10 support. Similar to the main panel, the peak brightness is also the same. While the primary panel has Schotts UTG glass, this one is shielded by Gorilla Glass Victus.
Advertisement So, how do these three panels hold up? They are not just good, they are outstanding. In terms of visual quality, fluidity, and touch sensitivity, you really can’t go wrong with either one. All three of them have exceptionally good touch sensitivity, deliver incredibly vivid colors, and are sufficiently bright (Xiaomis does get a little brighter, though). They all have excellent viewing angles as well. Black people are deep, etc. When it comes to displays, there isn’t much to quibble with, so we’ll just state that they are superb. There is essentially only one choice if you absolutely must have HDR10 support, but it’s unlikely that many people will care.
HUAWEI MATE XS 2 vs. XIAOMI MIX FOLD 2: Performance Although the SoCs in these two phones are different, they are both quite powerful and perform very well. Due in large part to the US embargo, the Huawei Mate Xs 2 has a Snapdragon 888 4G processor. Up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM are available. On the other side, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC is found in the Xiaomi MIX Fold 2. It is a generation and a half newer than the Snapdragon 888 and is Qualcomm’s newest and best chip.
However, as I just mentioned, both of these processors are incredibly powerful. With both, you can achieve genuinely excellent performance, also when playing games. That both phones have excellent performance optimization is not at all surprising. That is what you would anticipate paying the price you are. Keep in mind, however, that the Huawei Mate Xs 2 does not come with Google services or apps.
Advertisement On the other hand, the Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 was not yet marketed internationally at the time this article was written. Because it is only available in China, it has software that has been tailored for that country. However, you can sideload Google services.
XIAOMI MIX FOLD 2 vs. Huawei Mate XS 2: Battery The internal battery capacity of the Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 is 4,500mAh compared to 4,600mAh for the Huawei Mate Xs 2. Despite having a slightly smaller battery, the Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 has a longer battery life. In our testing, the Huawei Mate Xs 2 did not perform very well. The battery life was actually rather poor. I was only able to spend 4 to 5 hours in front of the screen, which is not very good.
It should be possible for the Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 to produce noticeably more than that. Naturally, it will all rely on how you use it, as I usually say. Simply put, there are simply too many variables at play, and the final results could be very different. This is especially true if you frequently experience bad signal, play a lot of games, or engage in other activities that tax the CPU.
Advertisement Both of these gadgets do offer rapid charging, which will please you. While the Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 delivers 65W charging, the Huawei Mate Xs 2 enables 66W charging. You will be able to charge them up incredibly quickly because the charging speeds are roughly equal. Also worth noting is that the Mate Xs 2 is capable of reverse wired charging. However, neither of the two phones supports wireless charging.
XIAOMI MIX FOLD 2 vs. Huawei Mate XS 2: Cameras Three cameras are located on the back of each of these phones. A 50-megapixel primary camera, a 13-megapixel ultrawide camera, and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera are all featured on the Huawei Mate Xs 2. A 50-megapixel primary camera, a 13-megapixel ultrawide camera, and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera are all included in the Xiaomi MIX Fold 2. They both therefore have telephoto, ultrawide, and wide cameras on their backs.
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Advertisement Though the megapixels are the same, the sensors and lenses are undoubtedly different. Which one wins, and how effective are they? Although the cameras on both phones work well, they are also very distinct from one another. The Xiaomi MIX Fold 2’s photographs appear slightly more vibrant and clearer, though that isn’t necessarily the true. The Huawei Mate Xs 2 strives to deliver a more natural appearance.
According to what we’ve seen, the main camera on the Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 performs better. The Mate Xs 2 falls short of the lofty standards we’ve grown to hold Huawei’s phones, particularly its high-end models, to. The phone occasionally overexposes pictures taken in low-light situations, thus there does appear to be a problem with the white balance. Additionally, compared to the main sensor, the image from its ultrawide camera is much more vibrant.
The wide and ultrawide cameras on the Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 have more harmonious color tones. These are but a few of the distinctions between them.
Advertisement Both ultrawide cameras are effective in capturing enough details. Telephoto cameras function similarly, however the Mate Xs 2s offers greater lossless zoom. Overall, both are fine, although there are also smartphones with better cameras available from each of these manufacturers.
AUDIO Stereo speakers are included on both the Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 and the Huawei Mate Xs 2. Harman Kardon tweaked the ones in the Xiaomi MIX Fold 2 device. The sound quality from the speakers on both phones is excellent, although Xiaomi’s phone appears to have a little wider soundstage. Both of them are very loud and very crisp.
The 3.5mm headphone port is something that neither of these two phones has. Such enormous phones would seem to come with one, but that is not the case. This is an understandable absence that we are accustomed to since each firm sought to keep the phones as slim as possible.