2019 was the year when the first foldable phone was announced. Samsung launched the first model with the Galaxy Fold, and now there is a new foldable phone Samsung Galaxy Z Flip available now. Huawei announced the Mate X in early 2019, but now Mate X was discontinued and only the second generation and optimized Huawei Mate Xs is available for sale. The Motorola Razr also joins the product range to compete. If you plan to get the foldable phones, you’d better prepare 3000USD or more on the table. The foldable phones are at high price range now.
Huawei Mate Xs vs. Samsung Galaxy Fold: Specifications
|Samsung Galaxy Fold||Huawei Mate X|
|Display size, resolution||4.6-inch Super AMOLED; 7.3-inch QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED||6.6-inch (2,480×1,148 pixels); 6.38-inch (2,480×892); 8-inch OLED (2,480×2,200)|
|Mobile software||Android 9.0 with Samsung One UI||No Android on the Chinese model|
|Camera||12-megapixel main, 16-megapixel ultra wide-angle, 12-megapixel telephoto||40-megapixel main, 16-megapixel ultra-wide, 8-megapixel telephoto|
|Front-facing camera||Two 10-megapixel, 8-megapixel 3D depth||Same as above|
|Processor||Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855||Kirin 980 processor|
|Battery||4,380 mAh||4,500 mAh|
|Fingerprint sensor||Power button||Power button|
|Special features||Foldable display, wireless charging, fast charging, 5G in select countries||Foldable display, fast charging, 5G|
|Price off-contract (USD)||$1,980, £1,900, converts to AU$2,800||16,999 yuan, converts to $2,400, £1,830 or AU$3,546|
Huawei Mate Xs vs. Samsung Galaxy Fold: Design and Feel
The folding mechanism on both models is good, although we have to say that it works a bit “lighter” with the Galaxy Fold. With the Huawei Mate Xs you have to exert some pressure to open and close the display. You could also operate the fold with one hand.
Huawei Mate Xs vs. Samsung Galaxy Fold: Display
But this is exactly where the difference comes: The display from Huawei Mate Xs is on the outside and that from Samsung on the inside. There you can argue whether this is a good idea with the Mate Xs, because plastic displays scratch faster, but this difference is even more noticeable.
When folded, the Huawei Mate Xs is a much too big, thick and heavy smartphone. The small external display of the Galaxy Fold is too small for almost everything.
Huawei Mate Xs VS Samsung Galaxy Fold: Software
The Samsung Galaxy Fold has only had Android 10 this week. This is not necessarily acceptable for a model for 3000USD after this time.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold is recognized by apps as a normal smartphone. So the apps are often just stretched out. However, the Huawei Mate Xs is recognized as a tablet, which means that many apps are available when opened with a special tablet view.
For many users, if without Google apps, you can’t do many things such as Email, banking app or Google apps.
By the way, one thing must to be mentioned: The performance of the Huawei Mate Xs was really not good for some third-party apps. I compared that to the Huawei P40 Pro, which has similar hardware (Kirin 990) – no problems.
Huawei Mate Xs VS Samsung Galaxy Fold: Camera
In addition, with the Huawei approach, the main camera can also be conveniently used as a front camera. Samsung is only superior to Huawei in the videos, but since photos are more important to many users, this point goes to the Huawei Mate Xs.
Huawei Mate Xs VS Samsung Galaxy Fold: Price
You can get the Galaxy Fold every now at lower price, but it is also older. But the price difference of almost 700USD is quite large, so this point goes to Samsung.
Huawei Mate Xs VS Samsung Galaxy Fold: other features
The Samsung Galaxy Fold has stereo speakers on the side. So if you turn the device while watching a video, you have the sound from the left and right and honestly: It is great for media consumption.
Stereo speakers are a standard feature for smartphones that cost over 1000USD in these days. So the point goes to the fold.
Huawei Mate Xs VS Samsung Galaxy Fold: Conclusion
Actually, we also tried the Galaxy Z Flip, we have to say: this category (Fold and Mate Xs) from Foldables will be better because it brings more display space.
For a successor we would only wish that the outside display is bigger and Android better adapted and the notch on the inside can be replaced with a hole like the Galaxy S10, Galaxy Note10+ or Galaxy S20.
It’s a pity that Huawei will have a tough time against Samsung without the Google apps in this very special category. Otherwise it could have been an exciting duel between the two giants.