The Huawei Mate Xs, Huawei’s second-generation foldable smartphone is slated to go on sale this Friday, 20 March 2020. Ahead of the sale, the device has popped up on Huawei’s official online store on Lazada. This is your chance to own the first 5G foldable smartphone in Malaysia, if you can afford it.
Pricing and availability
How much does a 5G foldable phone cost? A cool MYR11,111 in Malaysia, not too distant from its European debut price of EUR2,499. In comparison, the Samsung Galaxy Fold looks “affordable.”
The Huawei Mate Xs officially goes on sale from 20 March 2020 at 12PM. Huawei Malaysia is throwing in a couple of freebies which includes Huawei Freebuds 3 (worth MYR679) and an envelope leather cover (worth MYR299). If forking out full retail price in a lump sum is too much, Lazada Malaysia offers a 12-month instalment plan at MYR925.92 per month.
According to Soyacincau, you can be an early-bird and place your order online right now. Note that there are only five units available. The device is also listed on Huawei Malaysia’s own online store (but you can’t place any orders at the moment).
Features and specs
As you may be aware, the Mate Xs packs a front 6.6-inch “daily drive” display (2048×1148) and a 6.38-inch secondary rear display (2480×892) that folds out to an 8-inch “tablet” with a 2480×220 pixel resolution and 25:9 screen aspect ratio.
Huawei has improved the hinge mechanism as well as the display for extra durability.
Under the hood, the device is powered by the latest Kirin 990 5G chip that also powers the Mate 30 Pro 5G. It’s paired with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of onboard storage.
The Mate Xs boats the widest worldwide 5G band support including both SA (Standalone) and NSA (Non-Standalone) bands.
The camera system is mostly carried over from the Mate 30 Pro series consisting of the Leica co-developed 40MP f/1.8 main camera, an 8MP f/2.4 telephoto shooter (3x optical zoom, OIS), a 16MP ultra-wide-angle camera and a 3D depth-sensing camera.
Keeping things juiced is a 4,500mAh battery that charges up via USB-C. It supports 55W SuperCharge fast-charging—able to take the device from zero to 85 percent in just 30 minutes.
Software-wise, the Mate Xs runs Android 10 out-of-the-box with EMUI 10 on top. Huawei has introduced a couple of new UI tricks to the Mate Xs, including a new multi-window, multi-tasking feature.
For full features and specs, read the Mate Xs announcement post.