Huawei recently announced its second-generation foldable smartphone, the Huawei Mate X2. This device looks a lot more like what Samsung has to offer than the first generation model. Therefore, comparing the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 to Huawei Mate X2 seems like the right thing to do. These two phones have a lot in common, at least when it comes to design.
Samsung is leading the foldables race, no doubt, but Huawei is also trying to get some of the action. The Huawei Mate X2 now folds in the same way as the Galaxy Z Fold 2, inward. The Huawei Mate X has bent outward, and that makes all the difference. We’ll be comparing these two smartphones in a number of different categories as usual. We will start by listing their specifications.
|Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2||Huawei mate x2|
|Screen size||Main: 7.6-inch FullHD + Dynamic AMOLED 2X display (foldable, 120Hz)|
Secondary (cover): 6.2-inch fullHD + Super AMOLED display (flat, 60Hz)
|Primary: 8-inch FullHD + OLED display (foldable, 90Hz)|
Secondary (cover): 6.45-inch OLED display (flat, 60Hz)
|Screen resolution||Main: 2208 x 1768|
Secondary (blanket): 2260 x 816
|Main: 2480 x 2200|
Secondary (blanket): 2700 x 1160
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus||Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 9000|
|RAM||12 GB (LPDDR5)||8 GB|
|Storage room||256 GB (UFS 3.1), non-expandable||256 GB / 512 GB; Expandable (up to 256 GB)|
|Rear cameras||12MP (1.8um pixel size, Super Speed dual pixel OIS, f / 1.8 aperture, 83 degree FoV)|
12MP (1.0um pixel size, f / 2.4 aperture, 45 degree view, 2x optical zoom, 10x digital zoom, telephoto)
12MP (1.12um pixel size, f / 2.2 aperture, 123 degree FoV, ultra-wide)
|50MP (f / 1.9 aperture, 1.22um pixel size, omnidirectional PDAF, laser AF, OIS)|
12MP (telephoto, f / 2.4 aperture, PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom)
16MP (ultra-wide, f / 2.2 aperture, 17mm lens)
8MP (telephoto periscope, f / 4.4 aperture, PDAF, OIS, 10x optical zoom)
|Front cameras||10MP (f / 2.2 aperture, 1.22um pixel size, 80 degree FoV)|
10MP (f / 2.2 aperture, 1.22um pixel size, 80 degree FoV)
|16MP (f / 2.2 aperture)|
|Drums||4500mAh, non-removable, 25W fast wired charging, 11W wireless charging, 9W wireless PowerShare||4,5o0mAh, non-removable, 55W wired charging|
|Dimensions||Unfolded: 159.2 x 128.2 x 6.9 mm|
Folded: 159.2 x 68 x 16.8 mm
|Unfolded: 161.8 x 145.8 x 8.2 mm|
Folded: 161.8 x 74.6 x 14.7 mm
|Weight||282 grams||295 grams|
|Connectivity||5G, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi, USB Type-C||5G, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi, USB Type-C|
|security||Side fingerprint scanner||Side fingerprint scanner|
|BONE||Android 10 (upgradeable)|
2.5 user interface
|Price||$ 1,999||$ 2,785|
|Buy||Samsung||Huawei (not yet available)|
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 vs Huawei Mate X2: Design
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 and the Huawei Mate X2 are both made of metal and glass. They actually look a bit alike. The Huawei Mate X2 has a pill-shaped camera display hole in the upper left corner of its outer display. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 also has a display hole, but only one, and it’s centered on the screen. One of these holes is also included inside the Galaxy Z Fold 2, while the internal screen of the Huawei Mate X2 does not have such obstructions. More information on this in the display section.
The rear camera setups are placed in the same place on both phones. They are located in the upper left corner on the back. The camera setups are quite different and they are also different. They are both quite heavy. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 weighs 282 grams, while the Huawei Mate X2 is a bit heavier at 295 grams.
The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is shorter, narrower, and thicker than the Huawei Mate X2 when folded. When unfolded, it is shorter, narrower and thinner. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is actually much narrower than the Mate X2 when folded, making it much easier to use with one hand if needed, despite the weight and thickness. Both phones look and feel premium, although you have to keep the weight in mind. Using a foldable smartphone is very different from using a regular handset.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 vs Huawei Mate X2: Display
These two phones have two screens. This was not the case with the Huawei Mate X, but the Mate X2 added a secondary panel. That being said, all of these displays are of the OLED variety, but they’re quite different in comparison. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 has a 7.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X main display with 2208 x 1768 resolution. This display offers 120Hz refresh rate and supports HDR10 + content. The secondary screen of the phone is 6.23 inches and it is a Super AMOLED unit. This panel is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus and has a resolution of 2260 x 816.
The Huawei Mate X2, meanwhile, sports an 8-inch main screen. It’s an OLED panel with a 90Hz refresh rate and a resolution of 2480 x 2200. The secondary screen of the phone is 6.45 inches, and it’s also an OLED panel with a 90Hz refresh rate. This secondary display offers a resolution of 2700 x 1160. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 comes with a higher screen-to-body ratio, although we are talking about primary displays here. By the way, all of these screens are also flat.
Thus, both phones offer fairly large main screens, although the Huawei Mate X2’s is larger. These displays are also very good. Technically, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 has a better main screen, due to a higher resolution, and it’s a newer panel as well. The primary and secondary screens are excellent in both cases, however. They are both quite sharp and offer very good viewing angles. The Galaxy Z Fold 2’s secondary display unfortunately doesn’t offer a high refresh rate, but that’s not exactly a huge loss.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 vs Huawei Mate X2: performance
Is the performance good, however? Well, yes it is. Both of these phones come with extremely powerful hardware as they are flagship grade phones. Their software versions are also very well optimized, which translates into excellent performance. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 comes with the Snapdragon 865+ SoC, modern RAM and storage unit. The Huawei Mate X2, meanwhile, is powered by the Kirin 9000 SoC, and it also comes with new versions of RAM and storage.
It should be noted that the Huawei Mate X2 does not include Google services. This phone has only launched in China, for now, but when it comes to other markets, it won’t offer Google services either. It comes with Android 10, however, and Huawei’s EMUI 11 skin on top of that. The Galaxy Z Fold 2, meanwhile, includes Android 10, but can be upgraded to Android 11 with One UI 3.1. This of course includes Google services.
During regular daily use, both of these phones shine. They can fly through pretty much anything you throw at them. They are extremely fast in browsing, taking pictures, consuming multimedia, etc. Such tasks are a joy to perform on their large panels. They also handle games very well, which was normal given their hardware. With the Mate X2, however, you’ll have access to far fewer games, so keep that in mind.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 vs Huawei Mate X2: Battery
When it comes to battery life, there is nothing to worry about. Both of these phones come with 4,500mAh batteries. These batteries are large enough and, in combination with the supplied hardware and software, can provide a lot of run time before needing a charge. In our testing, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 can deliver around 6 hours of screen time per hour, although your mileage could vary, of course.
The Huawei Mate X2 should be able to deliver similar numbers. Overall, the battery life should be more than enough for most people, although, on the other hand, these two phones are meant to be used as tablets, to some extent, so if you push them very hard, you need to take out a charger before the end of the day. Most of you probably won’t. The good news is that if you take a charger, both support fast charging.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 offers 25W fast wired charging and 11W wireless charging. In addition to that, reverse wireless charging is also included. The Huawei Mate X2 offers even faster charging, at 55W. Note that Huawei’s foldable does not offer wireless charging, nor does it offer wireless charging. This is an unfortunate omission on Huawei’s part. We still don’t know why the company did it, but there you go.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 vs Huawei Mate X2: Cameras
Spoiler alert, both smartphones offer excellent camera performance. The camera setups are quite different, but both are quite effective. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 includes three cameras on the back. It has a standard combo, in addition to the main wide-angle camera, it sports both telephoto and ultra-wide lenses. The Huawei Mate X2, meanwhile, includes all three, along with a periscope telephoto lens, for those crazy zooms.
When it comes to the performance of the main camera, well, both are great in daylight, while they also hold up at night. The Huawei Mate X2 tends to capture a bit more detail, while the Galaxy Z Fold 2 can handle HDR shots a bit better. The Mate X2 actually has the same main sensor as the Mate 40 Pro, and that sensor really shines. It also does a great job in low light, while the Galaxy Z Fold 2 isn’t a joke in such scenarios either. Both let in a lot of light into a scene and tend to balance shots very well.
Ultra-wide cameras are good on both phones, but nothing fancy. They do a good job in low light, but not as well as the main sensors. The Mate X2 provides 10x optical zoom, while the Galaxy Z Fold 2 goes up to 2x when it comes to optical zoom. Video recording is excellent on both, and they both provide 4K video recording up to 60 FPS.
First of all, note that neither of these two phones provide a 3.5mm headphone jack. This isn’t really surprising, as most flagship smartphones don’t these days. They do, however, include stereo speakers. Samsung’s speakers are tuned by AKG, as is the phone’s audio performance. Does it show? Well, the sound coming from the phone’s speakers is great, but so is the Mate X2. It’s loud and crisp, while you won’t notice any major distortion.
When it comes to audio through a good pair of headphones, well, that’s fine. The vast majority of people won’t complain, only audiophiles could. The sound is well balanced and it is pretty much standard when it comes to flagship smartphones. They all offer good sound quality in this regard.