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Most people in the United States either know Huawei as a smartphone company – or they don’t know them at all. It’s not a surprise to find that most every interested person I encountered whilst testing this notebook wondered where I’d gotten it. This isn’t the first Matebook X, but it is the most perfected model – and the model best suited for all-day laptop work.

The MateBook X Pro is a notebook that’s 14.6mm thin. With a 13.9-inch 3:2 aspect ratio display with 4.4mm bezels, this device looks and feels premium, and like it’s made the most of the tiny space it’s living in.

Several versions of this notebook are available. There’s one with an 8th-gen Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, and 256GB or 512GB SSD, as well as with an Intel Core i7 processor with 16GB RAM and a 512GB SSD. The version of this notebook I reviewed here had a 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8550U processor (quad-core, 8MB cache, up to 4.0GHz), 16GB LPDDR3 (2,133 MHz) RAM, and NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics (2GB GDDR5).

Each version of this notebook is fanless and each comes with a 13.9-inch 3000 x 2000 pixel resolution (3K) IPS LCD touchscreen. This display is extraordinarily good. At every reasonable angle, it looks good. It’s sharp, colorful, and can get brighter than I need it to be. Much like its direct competition, this notebook’s display opens about 135-degrees from its closed position – not flat, just right.

Along the left and the right of this laptop are two USB-C, one of which has Thunderbolt 3 support. There’s also one USB-A port and a single 3.5mm headphone jack, for all your different sorts of headphone needs.

Sound is provided by four speakers that blast upward from the keyboard area. The sound on this machine is tuned by Dolby Atmos, and sound exceedingly loud and full. These don’t sound like your mother’s laptop’s speakers – they sound robust, and not like they were meant for a mere notebook.

This notebook has a key in its keyboard which pops up to reveal a camera. Because that’s the most unique part of the whole build, the press focused on it, and almost nothing else, at Mobile World Congress 2023 where this was revealed.

The camera takes just about as good a set of videos and photos as any other on a modern notebook – not super great, not the worst. I do appreciate being able to hide the camera instead of what I do on every other notebook, which is to cover it up with a piece of electrical tape.

The angle at which the camera sits takes some getting used to. I’ve been using a webcam on a laptop in the same position for the past decade – that is, just above the display. I needed to adjust to the position of the camera on this keyboard – not just in where my eyes needed to look, but in how the end product would appear. The camera’s looking up from the keyboard, more like a bug’s-eye-view than what we have on other devices, which is more of a cat’s-eye-view.

The Windows Hello-compatible fingerprint scanner on this notebook is real, real quick. Smartphone quick. So quick, it does not feel like a chore to use said fingerprint scanner when logging in.

I’ve grown quickly attached to the hardware, here. Not least of all because the notebook’s keyboard is set up to be almost identical to that of the MacBook Pro. I use a MacBook Pro for work, and I’ve used a MacBook Pro for work for the past decade – so it’s good to tap around on a familiar set of keys.

This keyboard isn’t perfect, but it’s a whole lot more usable than the vast majority of the notebook keyboards I’ve tested over the past decade. The keyboard is liquid resistant – not waterproof, but resistant, which means you can probably get away with a tiny spill – but don’t go dunking the whole notebook in the sink.

The touchpad is good – not absolutely perfect, but pretty gosh-darned good. If I absolutely had to give up my MBP to work on a notebook today, it’d probably be this Huawei MateBook X Pro that I’d choose. That’s not to say that a Lenovo notebook might not be my top choice next week – but for now, this MateBook X Pro is a top-tier piece of work.

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Huawei Matebook X Pro (2023) Review: The Intel Upgrade

Pros

Slender, lightweight design

Great keyboard & haptic trackpad

Strong performance

Fast charging

Cons

No discrete GPU

Sub-par battery life

Only USB-C ports

Our Verdict

The 2023 MateBook X Pro is almost identical to its last iteration, but an upgrade to a 13th-gen Intel Core i7 unlocks superior performance – if only we could say the same for the battery life.

Huawei’s premium MateBook X Pro laptops have long been among the best high-end Windows machines on the market, and the 2023 edition – while a minor revamp – does little to change that. 

The slender, lightweight design and beautiful 90Hz display of last year’s laptop return, this time bolstered by an upgrade to more powerful 13th-gen Intel chips. 

With no discrete GPU option and only USB-C ports, this won’t work for creative power users, and battery life remains a sticking point – but if you need a sleek machine for general productivity and can afford the steep asking price, this is one of the few machines out there to really rival Apple’s options. 

Design & build 

Magnesium alloy or aluminium build 

Sleek and lightweight 

Only USB-C ports 

Huawei hasn’t updated the physical design of the MateBook X Pro for this iteration, which remains identical to its late 2023 counterpart. 

The 2023 model is available in three colours and finishes, though availability varies by market. I reviewed the White model, which along with the Ink Blue version has a soft, smooth, almost velvety finish. Both of these are built from magnesium alloy, which helps keep the laptop light at 1.26kg. 

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There’s also a cheaper ‘Core’ edition of the laptop in some regions, which is available in Space Grey and built from an aluminium alloy, making it a little heavier at 1.38kg. 

The White model has a soft, smooth, almost velvet-y finish

Either way, the laptop is slim and sleek, with a narrow, angled chassis, rounded edges, and a thin bezel around the display when you open it up – easy to do one-handed thanks to a slight lip on the front edge. 

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Ports are, slightly frustratingly, also unchanged. There are lots of them at least: a headphone jack and four USB-C ports, with the two on the left also supporting Thunderbolt 4. That means if you still use USB-A accessories or SD cards then you’ll be living that dongle life. 

Keyboard, trackpad & webcam 

Excellent, spacious keyboard 

Large haptic trackpad 

720p webcam 

Also unaltered, the MateBook X Pro’s keyboard and trackpad are excellent. 

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The keyboard is a joy to type on, with a spacious, edge-to-edge design, responsive action, and adjustable backlighting. It really is among the best around. 

The trackpad is also impeccable. It’s huge for one, spanning all the way to the very bottom edge of the chassis. 

The trackpad is also impeccable

You can take screenshots, adjust brightness and volume, fast-forward or rewind video, and more, all with a series of quick trackpad interactions. None of these are game-changers, but the extra convenience is certainly welcome. 

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As for the webcam, the 720p camera found on the top bezel here is fine, but nothing special. Other manufacturers are working to improve webcam quality and resolution, and this feels a little below par for 2023. 

You can also use the webcam for facial recognition to log in, along with the fingerprint reader built into the power button. Both have worked well for me. 

Screen & speakers 

14.2in display 

3K resolution 

90Hz refresh rate 

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Huawei hasn’t changed the display from the last model. 

That’s definitely not a problem here though, where the screen remains one of the laptop’s key strengths. It’s not OLED, but with a 90Hz refresh rate and 3K resolution the tech is top tier in every other respect. 

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Deep colours and inky blacks make this a great screen for everything from work to watching movies, and it impresses on colour accuracy too – covering 98% of the DCI-P3 colour range in my testing – and it’s bright enough to use in most lighting too. 

It’s a touchscreen too, so there’s an extra level of convenience if you want to tap around the OS as you use the laptop. 

The keyboard is flanked by the laptop’s six up-firing speakers, which are punchy enough for a Netflix session, though you wouldn’t want to rely on them too much for your music. 

Specs & performance 

13th-gen Intel Core i7 

No dedicated GPU option 

16GB RAM and 1TB storage 

Huawei has kept things simple with the MateBook X Pro this year, which comes in just one main version, but the processor jump here is also the main reason to buy the 2023 model over an older one. 

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This is powered by Intel’s 13th-gen Core i7-1360P processor, delivering a respectable generational jump in performance – especially as last year’s X Pro scored oddly low in Geekbench. It’s a match for Apple’s standard M2 chip in its latest MacBooks, and on a par with similar compact Windows devices like the Dell XPS 13 Plus, though that is running 12th-gen Intel. 

Together with 16GB of RAM there’s enough power to drive web browsing and Excel sheets with ease, and this will also be a great machine for light creative work including Photoshop or a little video editing.  

If you’re a more demanding user – whether that’s editing 4K footage, creating 3D assets, or just playing the latest games – you’ll likely be limited by the power-efficient P-series chip and the lack of a discrete GPU, but for the rest of us there’s more than enough oomph here. 

The processor jump is the main reason to buy the 2023 model over an older one

Storage is a generous 1TB as standard, and Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi 6E cover the wireless networking options. 

Battery & charging 

Below-average battery life 

Fast USB-C charging 

Despite efficiency gains from the 13th-gen processor, that’s true again here. Battery life isn’t bad per se – the laptop lasted a little over ten hours in our constant HD video playback test – but it’s definitely below par, and an area where rivals are unequivocally better. 

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There’s enough power to just about last a full workday so long as you aren’t doing anything too demanding, but I admit I’d be hesitant to leave the house without a charger in tow just in case. 

At least that side of things is easy: charging is via USB-C, and any of the laptop’s four ports will work. It’s fast, too: the included compact 90W charger delivered 53% of the battery capacity in just half an hour in my test, among the fastest on the market. 

Software & features 

Runs Windows 11 

Huawei PC Manager with a few extra features 

The MateBook X Pro ships with Windows 11 as standard, and the core Windows experience is pretty unadulterated. 

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To its credit, Huawei adds very little extra software to its laptop, so you won’t have to fend off unwanted anti-virus or pre-installed games. 

The only extra is the Huawei PC Manager, a relatively unobtrusive program that handles driver updates along with connectivity features if you also own other Huawei hardware. 

Price & availability 

The 2023 MateBook X Pro is out now in the UK and Europe from Huawei’s official store or Amazon, but it’ll set you back £1799/€2,199. 

The laptop is not available at all in the US. 

It can’t be denied that this is an expensive laptop, though that’s partly thanks to Huawei’s choice to start from generous 16GB RAM and 1TB storage allocations. 

The likes of the Dell XPS 15 and MacBook Air 15in both have lower starting prices (despite slightly larger screens), but spec them out similarly and the Huawei actually comes out more affordable. 

Still, other manufacturers give you more flexibility to build a machine to your tastes, so make sure you need all that RAM and storage before you commit. 

Check out our full ranking of the best laptops for more options.

Verdict 

The MateBook X Pro is another excellent high-end laptop from Huawei, albeit essentially unchanged from the late 2023 model other than a bump up to the latest Intel chip. 

That brings with it a modest performance improvement, but no real gains to battery life, which remains the hardware’s main weak point.  

Specs 

Windows 11 Home  

14.2in 3120×2080 LTPS touchscreen, 264ppi, 90Hz  

Intel Core i7-1360P processor  

Intel Iris Xe Graphics  

16GB LPDDR5 RAM  

1TB SSD storage  

720p webcam with Windows Hello  

4x USB-C (data, charging, DisplayPort, 2x Thunderbolt 4)  

Headphone jack  

Fingerprint Power Button 2.0  

Dual-band Wi-Fi 6E  

Bluetooth 5.2  

Six speakers  

Four microphones  

60Wh battery  

90W charger  

310x221x15.6mm  

1.26/1.38kg  

Space Grey, White, or Ink Blue 

Huawei Matebook D 14 (2023) Review

Our Verdict

The MateBook D 14 offers serious value for money with impressive AMD-flavoured mid-range specs that can outperform similarly-priced laptops, and let’s be honest, it’s a well-designed, premium-looking laptop too. 

Huawei’s MateBook D 14 shares many design similarities with the high-end MateBook X Pro without compromising on the affordable nature of the laptop. Couple that with powerful mid-range internals and all-day battery life, and you’ve got an impressive mid-range laptop. 

Edging towards a high-end design

At a glance, the MateBook D 14 looks like a high-end laptop that wouldn’t look too out of place next to a MacBook Pro. It’s lightweight and portable at 1.38kg and 15.9mm thick, made from a durable aluminium alloy and sports a Space Grey finish that shimmers with a purple-ish tint depending on the light. It’s also available in mystic silver, as pictured, but this variant isn’t available in the UK. 

The bezels that surround the 14in 1080p FullView display have been shrunk to 4.8mm, an improvement on the 2023 variant, although there is still a thick bezel at the bottom of the display so it’s not exactly the same as the high-end variants produced by Huawei. The 16:9 display is bright and crisp with a maximum brightness of 244nits – slightly less than the claimed 250nits – and the narrow bezels provide a clean look that doesn’t look out of place in 2023.

The thin bezels surrounding the display meant the 1Mp (yes, that’s one megapixel) webcam had to be rehoused, and like other Huawei laptops, it now lives within the keyboard itself. It’s certainly a bonus in the privacy department – the webcam is hidden in the chassis of the laptop when not in use – but the fact that it sticks out of the keyboard means it’s not the most flattering angle, and if you’re typing, it’s likely that your fingers will take up the majority of what’s captured by the camera. 

It’s not the ideal placement for a webcam if you’re constantly video calling, but if it’s something you only do every now and again, I think it’ll suffice. 

There’s also a slightly wider keyboard available this time around, making the keyboard more comfortable to type on, and the backlit keys should make it easier to type in the dark, but it’s not the perfect replacement. You see, the front-facing speakers of previous D Series laptops had to be ditched to make way for the larger keyboard, and with the new speakers hidden within the chassis, the audio quality isn’t that impressive.

But, let’s be honest here, it’s basically impossible to find great-sounding speakers on a laptop – it’s like the Unicorn of the tech world. The good news is that it does have a 3.5mm headphone jack despite the thin design, so if audio is a dealbreaker for you, you could always plug in a pair of headphones or desktop speakers to enhance the audio experience. 

Like the previous D 14, Huawei has designed the 14in variant of the D Series to offer a 178-degree viewing angle that allows you to essentially flatten the laptop during use. I’m yet to find a single reason why anyone would do this, especially with a lack of touchscreen connectivity, but it’s a novel feature that makes the D 14 stand out from a sea of mid-range laptops in 2023. 

You’ll also be happy to know that the MateBook D 14 comes with the same array of ports – 1x USB-C, 1x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0, HDMI out and a 3.5mm headphone jack – as its predecessor. 

Great performance for the price

Let’s delve into the specs of the Huawei MateBook D 14. You’ll find an AMD Ryzen 5 3500U CPU with a Radeon Vega 8 GPU, 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage split across separate Windows and Data drives – there are other options available with varying specs, but only in select markets. It comes with Windows 10 Home as standard too. 

Those specs are pretty impressive for a mid-range laptop, especially when you consider the £650 price tag in the UK. It can even compete with the likes of the more expensive Lenovo Yoga C740 and Acer Swift 5 in certain areas, as seen in our benchmark test results below. 

In terms of real-world use, the MateBook D 14 can easily handle standard work and play tasks, making light work of word processing, social media, basic photo editing and even light gaming. It’s not a gaming laptop in any way, shape or form so don’t expect to run photorealistic open-world games like Red Dead Redemption 2, but I played less demanding games including Fortnite and Rocket League without any real performance issues. It’s certainly an impressive feat when you consider the slimline nature of the mid-range laptop. 

Another amazing thing about the MateBook D 14 is that it boots up near-instantly and, thanks to a Windows Hello-supported fingerprint scanner built into the power button, you won’t need to input your password either. It’s also near-silent thanks to the inclusion of Huawei’s Shark Fin 2.0 fan system. In fact, I only really heard the fans kick in when I attempted to play games – something the laptop wasn’t designed to do in the first place.

Despite offering a smaller form factor compared to the larger MateBook D15, the MateBook D 14 has the larger battery of the two at 56Wh, offering great battery life that should take you through a day of work without needing a top-up. Huawei claims it can last 9.5hrs on a single charge, but our benchmark tests found that it’d last a bit longer, totalling 10 hours and 2 minutes.

When it comes to charging, the Huawei MateBook D 14 is pretty fast. That’s down to the charger, offering 65W of power via USB-C that, in our tests, provided 43 percent of charge in half an hour. When combined with the impressive battery life of the laptop, it really is something that you can use all-day without concern and quickly plug it in when a top-up is required.

In terms of connectivity, the MateBook D 14 features Wi-fi 5 (802.11 ac), Bluetooth 5.0 and, like previous entries in the series, it offers support for Huawei Share too. It’s a great touch if you own a Huawei smartphone, allowing you to not only mirror and interact with your phone via the laptop, but wirelessly transfer photos, videos and files between the two. 

Great value for money

With impressive mid-range specs, the Huawei MateBook D 14 is a tempting buy at only £649.99 in the UK – and that’s not including the fact that you’ll get a free Watch GT 2 when you buy it via Amazon. The performance on offer is like that of laptops £100-150 more expensive and it looks a lot better than similarly-priced laptops too. Frankly, at this price tag, the Huawei MateBook D 14 is hard to beat.  

These are UK-focused prices as, unsurprisingly, you can’t currently buy the Huawei MateBook D 14 in the US. If you’re in the US and on the lookout for a new laptop, we recommend taking a look at our selection of the best laptops.  

If you’re looking for something a little larger but want to stick with the MateBook aesthetic, you should consider the 15in MateBook D 15 at £599.99, although it’s worth pointing out that while you gain an extra inch in the display department, you get a smaller battery and a narrower viewing angle – hence the lower price. 

Verdict

The Huawei MateBook D 14 is the star of the company’s mid-range offering, boasting powerful mid-range internals that can compete with more expensive laptops and offer basic gaming capabilities, impressive 10-hour battery life and fast 65W charging that provides around 43 percent of charge in only half an hour. The display is bright and crisp, with thinner bezels improving the overall premium look that Huawei has crafted for the D Series.

When you throw in the attractive £649.99 price tag and the Watch GT 2 freebie (from select retailers) we think the Huawei MateBook D 14 is the perfect option for your everyday needs.

Specs Huawei MateBook D 14: Specs

322.5 x 214.8 x 15.9mm

1.38kg

Space Grey

14in IPS FullView display

1920 x 1080

Brightness: 244nits

178-degree viewing angle

AMD Ryzen 5 3500U

Radeon Vega 8 Graphics

8GB DDR4 RAM

56Wh battery (10hr battery life)

65W charger

1x USB-C

1x USB 2.0

1x USB 3.0

HDMI out

3.5mm headphone jack

Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, 2 x 2 MIMO

Bluetooth 5.0

Huawei Share

1Mp webcam (720p)

2x2W speaker

2x microphones

Fingerprint sensor

Windows 10 Home

Huawei Ascend Mate Vs Lg Optimus G Pro Comparison Review

Phablets in time, have managed to create their own category of phones. These are phones meant for people looking for large screens, which can sometimes be used also as a tablet, so you don’t have to carry two devices with you all the time. Samsung ruled the roost for quite some time in the Indian market, with the Note II, but now, being threatened by an array of devices from Chinese and Korean manufacturers.

Display And Processor

As just mentioned, the Huawei Ascend Mate features a large screen measuring 6.1 inches, while the LG Optimus G Pro packs a 5.5 inch screen. Apart from the difference in the screen size, both devices also feature displays with different resolutions. The Huawei Ascend Mate features a 720p (1280x720p) HD display on the larger 6.1 inch panel, while the LG Optimus G Pro packs a full HD resolution (1920x1080p) on it’s 5.5 inch panel. What does this mean? This means that videos and pictures will be much more clearer and fluid on the Optimus G Pro as compared to the Ascend Mate.

In terms of processing power, there isn’t much to choose from in between the two devices, since both these powerful devices come with strong quad-core processors. The Huawei Ascend Mate features a HiSilicon K3V2 quad core processor clocked at a frequency of 1.5 GHz, whereas the Optimus G Pro features a 1.7 GHz one at that regard, also a quad core as mentioned. However, there is a slight difference in clock speeds, and the Optimus G Pro comes with a Qualcomm processor while the Ascend Mate’s processor is built by Huawei themselves, so you can expect the Optimus G Pro to be a bit better and more compatible as well.

Camera And Memory

Speaking of the imaging hardware on these devices, the Optimus G Pro stands out with a combination of a 13MP rear and a 2.1MP front camera. Both cameras outnumber the ones (in terms of resolution) on the Huawei Ascend Mate, which packs an 8MP rear and a 1MP front camera. You can expect the image and video quality to be quite a bit better on the Optimus G Pro, compared to the Ascend Mate. The real noticeable difference will only be felt in the rear cameras which differ in 5MP of resolution.

Although the Optimus G Pro features a 2.1MP front camera as opposed to a 1MP on the Ascend Mate, you can almost neglect this difference since the front camera is used a lot lesser as compared to the front. However, it might matter more to people who use their phone for video calls.

In terms of on-board memory, the Optimus G Pro again outclasses Huawei’s Ascend Mate, being available in two variants – 16GB and 32GB. The Ascend  Mate, on the other hand, comes in a sinlge variant which offers 8GB of ROM, falling short of the Optimus G Pro. However, both these devices feature expandable memory. The Ascend Mate can be expanded up to 32GB while the Optimus G Pro can take 64GB.

Battery And Features

As documented much, the Ascend Mate’s USP is the uniquely massive battery, measuring at 4050mAh. On the other hand, the Optimus G Pro packs a 3140mAh battery, which in itself is pretty above average for a smartphone, but is still made to look small by the Ascend Mate. Although the screen measures 0.6 inches lesser diagonally on the Optimus G Pro, the Huawei Ascend Mate should give better battery backup right out of the box. The company claims the phone is capable of 2 whole days of runtime, which really sounds great, the real life performance will be seen in coming times.

In terms of other features, both these devices feature USB Host (OTG) capabilities which let the user connect and use computer peripheral with the device. Both phones feature some other goodies like FM Radio and MIDP Java emulators.

Model Huawei Ascend Mate LG Optimus G Pro

Display 6.1 inches, 1280x720p HD 5.5 inches, 1920x1080p Full HD

Processor 1.5GHz quad core 1.7GHz quad core

RAM, ROM 2GB RAM, 8GB ROM expandable up to 32GB 2GB RAM, 16/32GB ROM, expandable up to 64GB

OS Android 4.1 Android 4.1

Cameras 8MP rear, 1MP front 13MP rear, 2.1MP front

Battery 4050mAh 3140mAh

Price 24,990 INR 42,500 INR

Conclusion

Another thing which might favour the Ascend Mate is the price factor, the Optimus G Pro is launched for a price of 42,500 INR, while the Ascend Mate sells for 24,990 INR. This might play a very important role in the competition, since the Indian market is as price-sensitive as any other market in the world.

Sales would also depend on customer’s acceptance of a (relatively, in terms of smartphones) new brand, in the form of Huawei. People in India are well aware of LG, and LG would like to bank on the fact.

Review Del Huawei Mate X2

Pros

Diseño de pantalla plegable

Una de las mejores cámaras

Excelente calidad de visualización

Contras

Sin servicios de Google

Sin carga inalámbrica

Sin resistencia al agua

Nuestro veredicto

Desde el punto de vista del hardware, Huawei eleva el listón con una cámara de lo más potente y un factor de forma impecable. Resulta difícil no reconocer que se trata del móvil con mejor hardware plegable del mundo en estos instantes.

De entrada, diremos que se trata de una pieza de hardware excepcional con especificaciones de primera línea en casi todos los aspectos que tiene hoy en día un teléfono, convirtiéndolo en el mejor teléfono plegable que hemos visto hasta el momento. 

Sin embargo, es poco probable que tengas posibilidad de comprar el Mate X2, al menos de momento. Para empezar, solo está a la venta en China, a lo que hay que añadir el hecho de que su precio no está a la altura de cualquiera, partiendo de los 2.290 € (17.999 yuanes). 

Diseño y calidad de construcción

En esencia, Huawei ha rediseñado su teléfono móvil plegable de nueva generación para crearlo desde cero, partiendo de la experiencia obtenida con sus anteriores Mate X y Mate Xs, el cual usaba una pantalla plegable externa que envolvía el dispositivo. 

En esta ocasión, Huawei ha seguido los pasos dados por Samsung al pasar a un pliegue interno, que se abre como un libro, pero con algunos ajustes de diseño inteligentes que ayudan a la compañía a vencer a Samsung en su propio terreno.

Cuando el Mate X2 está cerrado, se ve y se siente como un teléfono bastante estándar, aunque inusualmente grueso. La pantalla frontal es un panel de 6,45 pulgadas con una relación de aspecto delgado de 21: 9, el mismo formato delgado que Sony ha adoptado para sus últimos teléfonos Xperia 1 III.

Cuenta con un bisel un poco más grueso alrededor de los bordes de la pantalla de lo que podrías estar acostumbrado en un teléfono normal, junto con una gran cámara para selfies perforada, pero Huawei ha hecho un buen trabajo ampliando el espacio de visualización de la pantalla exterior. 

Más allá del peso y grosor extras cuando está plegado el Mate X2 (295 gramos y 14,7 mm), verdaderamente no compromete a la usabilidad y manejo cuando el teléfono está completamente cerrado. 

Lo que quizás sea más impresionante es lo robusto que parece el teléfono al estar cerrado. A diferencia de otros plegables, que aún dejan un pequeño espacio cuando se pliegan, el Mate X2 se sella casi en su totalidad. Eso hará que olvides que su pantalla es plegable. 

Eso es en parte gracias a un nuevo diseño de bisagra, y también al diseño cónico que deja el borde izquierdo del teléfono mucho más delgado que el derecho. Cuando están cerrados, encajan perfectamente para dejar un conjunto equilibrado. 

Sin embargo, cuando está abierto, la mayor parte del peso del teléfono se encuentra en el lado derecho. Eso es realmente algo bueno para la ergonomía de sostener el teléfono con una mano mientras está abierto, pero solo si eres diestro. Los sentimos por los zurdos. 

La bisagra en sí tiene sus pros y sus contras. Se mantiene bien cerrado por imanes, es resistente y seguro, pero es difícil de abrir con una sola mano. A diferencia del último plegable de Samsung, tampoco es posible cerrarlo parcialmente. 

La pantalla debe estar completamente cerrada o abierta, por lo que no hay forma de mantener la pantalla abierta con un cierto ángulo imitando la forma que adoptamos en ocasiones cuando manejamos un ordenador portátil con la pantalla abierta con cierto ángulo de visualización. 

Una vez abierto, tenemos una pantalla expansiva de 8 pulgadas que es prácticamente cuadrada. Nuevamente, hay un poco de bisel alrededor de los bordes en forma de marco, pero esa es la naturaleza de la bestia. 

En el lado positivo, no hay ninguna cámara para selfies en esta pantalla interna, lo que significa que no hay nada que interrumpa la visualización del contenido que tengas abierto. 

Más allá del marco de plástico alrededor de esa pantalla, el resto del teléfono está construido casi en su totalidad de metal y vidrio lo que le otorga el aspecto de producto premium que todos esperamos. Eso sí, no hay referencia alguna a clasificación IP sobre resistencia al agua y arañazos. 

La parte posterior del teléfono viene en una variedad de acabados brillantes: negro, blanco, rosa y azul (en la imagen). Los acabados de vidrio pueden resultar un poco resbaladizos y un imán para las huellas dactilares, pero se ven francamente bien. 

El audio proviene de un par de altavoces estéreo. Están colocados en la parte superior e inferior del teléfono, por lo que incluso cuando esté desplegado, querrás girar la pantalla hacia los lados para obtener un sonido estéreo mientras visualizas contenido.

Huawei incluye una funda con soporte para el teléfono. Este estuche se engancha en la sección derecha / trasera más voluminosa del teléfono y tiene un acabado de piel sintética que agrega un poco de volumen pero mejora el agarre. 

Más importante aún, es el pequeño pie de apoyo de plástico, aunque tiene un tacto frágil y resistente, el cual nos permite sostener el teléfono en un par de orientaciones diferentes, lo que compensa de alguna manera las modalidades de abierto o cerrado. 

No he tenido la oportunidad de probar el Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 durante un período de tiempo prolongado y tampoco he visto el Xiaomi Mi Mix Fold en persona, pero puedo asegurar de que el hardware es de lo más avanzado que podrás encontrar.

Entre las manos se siente resistente, premium y, más allá de la bisagra bloqueada, funciona perfectamente. 

Pantalla

Las dos pantallas del Mate X2 cuentan con paneles OLED y admiten una frecuencia de actualización de 90 Hz. Me sorprende que Huawei haya optado por 90 Hz sobre 120 Hz, cuando incluso los teléfonos económicos están alcanzando esa frecuencia de actualización. 

No obstante, el salto de 90 a 120 es difícil de detectar para muchos, por lo que no es tan grave como parece. El panel exterior de 6,45 pulgadas tiene una relación de aspecto de 21: 9. Es delgado, pero no tanto como el equivalente de Samsung.

Esto significa que todavía se siente bastante natural en el funcionamiento, y la mayoría de las aplicaciones aún se muestran de forma correcta. Honestamente, ésta es la pantalla que seguramente utilizarás con mayor frecuencia. 

La pantalla interna más grande tiene sus pros y sus contras. Me encanta la elección de Huawei de omitir una cámara para selfies aquí, y realmente amplifica todo el espacio de la pantalla. 

La alta resolución de 2200 x 2480, ayuda, pero la relación de aspecto casi cuadrada es un poco más compleja. No es lo suficientemente alto para que aplicaciones como Instagram se muestren correctamente; en realidad, no cabe una imagen completa vista a la vez.

Resulta demasiado alto para la mayoría de los videos, por lo que si visualizas una película, obtendrás como resultado franjas negras. No hay una forma real de ganar aquí, ya que ninguna relación de aspecto puede adaptarse a todos los propósitos. 

En esencia, la realidad es que no deslizas el dedo por el centro de la pantalla hacia los lados con la suficiente frecuencia como para sentir la sensación y que se convierta en un problema. 

Se puede decir que es de plástico flexible en lugar de vidrio, pero no hay nada que aprecies que sea diferente a la esponjosidad que muestran otras pantallas plegables, por lo que no debes preocuparte por pensar que estás a punto de atravesarlo con el dedo si pulsas fuerte. 

Especificaciones y rendimiento

En su interior, el Mate X2 lleva el procesador Kirin 9000, el último y mejor chip de silicio de Huawei fabricado con un proceso de 5 nm. Es básicamente el rival del Snapdragon 888 de Qualcomm, el chip que encontrarás en la mayoría de los otros móviles buque insignia Android. 

Huawei lo combina con 8 GB de memoria RAM y 256 GB o 512 GB de almacenamiento, ampliables, pero solo con el formato de tarjeta Nano Memory patentado por la propia Huawei, que difiere de la microSD. 

En cualquier caso, el rendimiento que hemos conseguido es lo más parecido a lo que obtendremos en el uso real, sin problema alguno a la hora de manejar las diferentes pantallas y en infinidad de situaciones de uso de aplicaciones. 

Realmente, no lo pusimos a prueba con ningún juego móvil, pero con las especificaciones indicadas, debería ser más que capaz de aprovechar al máximo esa gran pantalla interna que despliega, aunque como siempre, no todos los juegos se adaptarán a su formato de pantalla. 

El Kirin 9000 trae consigo soporte 5G, por supuesto, junto con wifi 6 y Bluetooth 5.2. Es posible usar el desbloqueo facial cuando el teléfono está cerrado y plegado, o un sensor de huellas dactilares en cualquier instante. 

En lugar de usar lectores integrados en la pantalla, Huawei ha optado por mantener el escáner de huellas dactilares físico en el lateral del terminal, lo que lo hace más fiable y rápido de usar en cualquier instante, independientemente de si está plegada o no la pantalla. 

Cámaras

Si comparas la configuración de la cámara del Galaxy Z Fold 2 con cualquiera de los buques insignia Ultra de la empresa, encontrarás que a pesar de un precio más alto, el plegable se queda un tanto corto.

Con el Mate X2 de Huawei, esto no sucede, ya que Huawei ha incluido la misma configuración de cámara que se encuentra en su teléfono de especificaciones más altas, el Mate 40 Pro +.

Así, cuenta con una cámara principal RYYB de 50 MP y sensor de 1 / 1.28 pulgadas, ultra gran angular, telefoto 3x y periscopio 10x. En pocas palabras, esta es una de las mejores configuraciones de cámara que encontrarás en este momento. 

Los resultados de las fotos son nítidos y el ruido es mínimo en las lentes, y el periscopio de 10x ofrece una nitidez y claridad excepcionales, lo suficiente para leer el lomo de mi colección de discos desde el otro lado del salón. 

El zoom digital sube a 100x, pero los resultados en este punto son mucho más borrosos. Los colores son vibrantes pero no hasta el punto de la sobresaturación, y tienden a dejar las tomas con un aspecto natural, pero con un toque extra. 

El sensor grande también ayuda a ofrecer buenos efectos bokeh, aunque sí como en mi caso, sueles disparar muy cerca del objeto, es posible que tengas que retroceder un poco y recortar para enfocar correctamente. 

No diría que la cámara es perfecta. Incluso con buena luz, detecté algunos problemas de consistencia de color entre el ultra gran angular y las otras lentes, y esta lente en particular tuvo problemas para hacer frente a una iluminación inusual. 

Las fotos tomadas con el resplandor de una lámpara salieron con cierta tonalidad anaranjada, pero la lente es capaz de corregir el color sin problemas. El modo noche, cumple con su cometido y el de ofrecer buenos detalles incluso a larga distancia.

También encontré que el rendimiento con poca luz tiene sus cosas buenas y no tan buenas. Algunas tomas se muestran de manera ideal, mientras que otras sufrieron de una iluminación apagada y con resplandores.

Al menos pude obtener buenos resultados en todas las cámaras gracias a la estabilización óptica incluida en cada lente, excepto en la ultra ancha.

El video se queda en la calidad 4K a 60fps, lo que puede decepcionar a aquellos que esperan una velocidad de fotogramas de 8K o más, pero para la mayoría de los propósitos, debemos decir que está a la altura de las circunstancias. 

Como ya mencioné, no hay una cámara para selfies dentro del pliegue, por lo que los selfies y las videollamadas se limitan a realizarlas con la pantalla exterior. Aquí, el agujero perforado en forma de píldora no contiene dos lentes, sino una sola de 16 MP junto con un sensor de temperatura de color. 

Es difícil evaluar exactamente cuánto aporta este sensor al conjunto fotográfico, pero admito que, dada la opción, probablemente lo dejaría en favor de un agujero perforado más pequeño. 

Batería y carga

Con el consumo equivalente a mantener encendidas dos pantallas, es posible que te preocupe que la batería de 4.500 mAh en el Mate X2 no sea suficiente, pero al menos en este aspecto, el móvil nos sorprendió muy gratamente.

Durante nuestras pruebas, afronté bien el transcurrir del día, lo que para la mayoría de las personas es lo único que importa. No cabe duda de que encontrarás móviles mejor dotados, pero esa no es realmente la razón por la que no consideraría comprar un elegante móvil plegable. 

La carga del teléfono alcanza un máximo de 55 W si la llevas a cabo mediante cable a través de USB-C, que en mi prueba fue suficiente para recargar el teléfono en un 30 % de su capacidad con apenas 15 minutos y hasta un 65 % en media hora.

El teléfono tiene un límite de 55 W, a pesar de lo cual, Huawei lo envía con un cargador de 66 W mucho más rápido, por lo que hay un poco de sobrecarga adicional. Podrás usarlo para cargar otros dispositivos, incluidos algunos portátiles. 

Destacar en este apartado que sorprendentemente no hay soporte para la carga inalámbrica, algo que sorprende si tenemos en cuenta que se trata de un móvil premium de alta gama cuyo precio se sitúa por encima de los 2.000 €. 

Es de suponer que las limitaciones de espacio no lo han permitido, pero muy probablemente, en una futura generación Huawei encuentre la manera de poder ofrecerlo y contentar a todos. 

Software

En este apartado, a pesar de los esfuerzos de Huawei por avanzar con su App Gallery, la prohibición comercial que se mantiene por parte de Estados Unidos, limita notablemente este apartado en el que nos tenemos que olvidar de poder usar los servicios de Google. 

Se comercializa con Android 10 con la capa EMUI 11 de Huawei en la parte superior. Primero, lo bueno: EMUI ha avanzado a pasos agigantados a lo largo de los años y se siente bastante refinado en este momento. 

Está lejos de ser mi capa de Android favorita, pero resulta fácil de navegar, es tremendamente personalizable y sigue siendo un punto de entrada amigable para cualquiera que cambie de iOS.

También maneja el formato plegable con aplomo. Al cerrar o abrir el Mate X2, las aplicaciones cambian inmediatamente de una pantalla a otra, mientras que varias opciones multitarea te brindan muchas formas de aprovechar al máximo la pantalla más grande.

El teclado dividido también es un toque sutil de cara al manejo, lo que facilita escribir con las dos manos cuando el teléfono está desplegado. Lo malo es Google, que nos deja sin posibilidad de usar Android 11. 

Huawei está trabajando duro para mejorar las cosas. Su herramienta Phone Clone ahora copia la mayoría de las aplicaciones de otros dispositivos Android, incluso aquellas que no están disponibles en su propia Galería. 

Por su parte, Petal Search hace un gran trabajo al encontrar algunas más. Tenía WhatsApp, Instagram y Twitter funcionando bien, lo que honestamente representa el 90 % del uso que la inmensa mayoría realizará de su teléfono móvil Android. 

Desafortunadamente, algunos siguen siendo imposibles y otros se copiarán pero aún no funcionarán si confías en los servicios móviles de Google para funcionar. A menudo existen alternativas, pero no siempre. Algunas apps bancarias comienzan a estar disponibles, como la del Santander. 

En el momento de escribir este artículo, Huawei se acerca al lanzamiento de HarmonyOS, su propio sistema operativo, y promete que el Mate X2 será uno de los primeros dispositivos en ofrecer la actualización. 

No puedo decir si esto mejorará las cosas o no, presumiblemente todavía no incluirá el soporte de Google, pero es otra señal de que Huawei sigue avanzando en crear su propio ecosistema de software que le dote de mayor autonomía. 

Precio y disponibilidad

Como ya hemos avanzado, es probable que no puedas comprar el Mate X2, ya que por el momento solo está disponible en China. Allí, el precio del modelo con almacenamiento de 256 GB asciende a los 17.999 yuanes (2.296 €). 

En el caso del modelo con 512 GB, el precio es de 18.999 yuanes, el equivalente a unos 2.423 € sin tener en cuenta el hecho de que algunos precios son superiores debido a la importación y transporte. 

El teléfono móvil plegable que más se asemeja es el Galaxy Z Fold 2 de Samsung, que es ligeramente más económico ya que se queda en los 1.809 € con conectividad 5G y comprado directamente en la web de Samsung. 

Desde el punto de vista del hardware, el Huawei Mate X2 supera al Galaxy Fold 2 y previsiblemente al Mi Mix Fold de Xiaomi, aunque éstos últimos cuentan con la plena compatibilidad de Google. 

No obstante, todos ellos son productos elitistas de lujo que al final, destacan por uno u otro aspecto, además de que cada uno tiene su propia peculiaridad a la hora de manejar la pantalla plegable y adaptar el software. 

Veredicto

Suponiendo que te encuentras en Europa, fuera de China, el hecho de importar un móvil de este tipo supone un gasto extra, agregando tarifas adicionales además del precio algo exorbitante.

Dicho esto, parece lógico esperar a ver qué política sigue Huawei y si decide comercializarlo más allá de las fronteras de China. Por lo demás, el Mate X2 es un claro triunfador. Tiene ligeras limitaciones como la frecuencia de actualización de pantalla y la carga inalámbrica. 

Por lo demás, a pesar de la ausencia a la hora de marcar la impermeabilización, el hardware del teléfono está a la altura de las circunstancias. 

Especificaciones

Pantallas

Interior: OLED plegable de 8 pulgadas de 90 Hz (2200 x 2480)

Exterior: OLED de 6,45 pulgadas y 90 Hz (2700 x 1160)

Procesador Kirin 9000

RAM de 8 GB

Almacenamiento de 256 o 512 GB

Cámara principal de 50 MMP, f / 1.9, cámara trasera RYYB OIS + 16 MP, f / 2.2 ultra gran angular + 12 MP, f / 2.4, 3x, OIS tele + 8 MP, f / 4.4, 10x, periscopio OIS, cámara selfie de 16 MP f / 2.2 + sensor de temperatura de color

Escáner de huellas dactilares en lateral

Wifi de doble banda de 11az 6 y Bluetooth 5.2

GPS, NFC, 5G / 4G LTE

Conectividad USB-C

Batería no extraíble de 4.500 mAh

Carga por cable de 55 W

OS Android 10 con EMUI 11

Desplegado: 161,8 x 145,8 x 4,4-8,2 mm

Plegado: 161,8 x 74,6 x 13,6-14,7 mm

Peso de 295 gramos

Best Huawei P30 And P30 Pro Cases

Huawei’s P30 and P30 Pro are the last in the brand’s P series flagship range to feature Google Play, making them a popular option a year after the initial launch – see the best P30 and P30 Pro deals. So popular, in fact, that Huawei is releasing a new version of the P30 Pro with increased RAM and EMUI 10.1 to improve the Google-powered experience on offer. 

The phones feature a slew of fantastic features – but the cameras are what take reign. The P30 features triple rear cameras while the larger P30 Pro features four cameras. You can read about the excellent features both phones offer in our comparison review. Also see our individual reviews of the P30 and the P30 Pro.

Whichever model you choose, you will want to keep your P30 or P30 Pro protected, which is why we’ve rounded up the best cases out there so far. 

We have tried many of these cases out on various other phones in the past and trust these brands for producing reliable and hardy cases.

US shoppers may find that case availability may be limited at times, and this is due to the phone not being available in the US (amidst political tensions). We have tried to source US options wherever possible.

We will be testing more cases for the Huawei P30 and P30 Plus as more become available, so watch this space!

The best place to get a case that promises a perfect fit is from Huawei itself, which is offering a few different cases for its latest smartphones. The silicone case is available in various colours like blue, pink, light blue, black, yellow and red (pictured).

The silicone case allows access to all ports and buttons as you would expect. Of course, we don’t expect rugged protection, but it’s a great option to prevent day to day wear from scratches and bumps.

It’s available for both the P30 ( £14.99/ US$15.49) and P30 Pro ( £14.99/ US$15.49) from Mobile Fun.

Huawei’s Smart View Flip Case is similar to Samsung’s S View case that provides access to useful information like the time, alarms, and weather, without having to peel back the front cover, which doubly helps to keep your screen protected too.

On top of this convenience, the case also protects the P30 from scratches and impact. It’s available for both the P30 ( £13.50/ US$37.52) and P30 Pro ( £14.99/ US$16.04).

Olixar’s prolific approach to case making in recent years has helped the brand gain notoriety,but it’s the unique design of the MeshTex that stands out. 

The patterned back complements the sleek lines of the device while aiding grip and aiding heat dissipation. Smartphones can get very hot with all the processes going on, so it’s nice to see this was thought of here. 

Don’t worry, the regular protection you’d expect from an Olixar case is here – the composite material has been custom-built for durability.

If you’d like, you have a choice of additional screen protectors for all-around protection.

It’s available in blue or black, and you can buy it now for £10.12/ US$12.99.

if you want to add a splash of luxury to the already stunning P30, Noreve’s leather cover could be for you.

Available in four designs, including black (pictured), the beauty of this case is in its simplicity, having been made to measure for the device. Cutouts for ports and cameras are still all easily accessible. 

Noreve also offer an optional metal or spring belt clip, for easy access to your phone at all times. 

You can buy it now for £47.51/ US$50.79.

This case has been a favourite of ours for a while now, as it offers a great blend of form and function.  

Although we’d like the branding to be slightly more discrete, this provides excellent protection for a relatively affordable price. 

There is the option to add a screen protector, but you might be fine without considering the raised edges of the case and Corning Gorilla Glass on the phone. 

You can buy it now for £23.99. We couldn’t find anywhere selling it in the US, so you might need to import. 

Snakehive is a favourite of ours. The UK-based brand crafts high quality cases made of premium European Nubuck leather and at an affordable price. Its cases are under £30 – not bad for a hand-crafted good. Over time, the leather forms a patina, giving it an additional layer of sophistication.

The case allows easy access to all ports and buttons. Plus, as a wallet case, you can stow away up to three card and notes too.

It’s available for the P30 and P30 Pro for £26.95 directly from Snakehive (in a variety of shades) and on Amazon as well. It’s currently unavailable in the US.

Spigen makes tough cases and the Slim Armor is a trusty style we’ve seen before for other phones. Made with a combination of TPU (silicone-type material) and polycarbonate (hard shell plastic), it is shock resistant and offers military-grade protection for your Huawei P30

Spigen also offers what it calls ‘Air Cushion Technology’ to protect the corners of the phone. It has a useful stand at the rear of the case too, so you can enjoy hands-free viewing.

It’s available for the P30 only in both the UK and US (via Spigen).

UAG Plasma Case for Huawei P30 Pro

With its ‘feather-light composite construction’ the Plasma series case from UAG is now available for the P30 Pro. We’ve seen similar options from UAG for iPhones, so it’s good that this rugged case with its mil-spec drop protection will now keep your P30 Pro safe.

It has extra material at the corners and slightly raised edges to protect the screen when placed face down. But not so high that you can’t use the gesture navigation in Android 9, a problem we’ve had with a few cases.

The rear is opaque and sort of lets your P30 Pro’s colour show through but it’s not the case to choose if you really want to see the gorgeous Breathing Crystal gradient in its full glory.

The Plasma case is also available for the P30.

Ringke is another great option if you’re after a rugged case for your Huawei P30 or P30 Pro. It’s shock absorbent with reinforced inner and outer corners. It is also tested to meet military drop protection standards.

The clear back lets you show off the bright, original colour of the Huawei P30 phone. Plus the ‘Anti-Cling Dot Matrix Technology’ – essentially a grid of tiny dots – helps prevent any watermarking or rainbow effects on the transparent back of the case, so it can stay clean and clear.

The Fusion-X case comes with dust caps to keep ports free of debris. It’s available for both the P30 and P30 Pro on Amazon (£7.99/$12.99, for either model).

Speck is another reliable name when it comes to phone cases. The Presidio Stay Clear case is for those who want the natural beauty of the Huawei P30 or P30 Pro to shine through. 

It’s coated to stay resistant to UV rays and oils. Plus, its designed to disperse shock, even when dropped from a height of 8 feet. 

It’s available in the UK only for both the P30 and the P30 Pro, for £19.95.

Tozo Ultra Thin Hybrid

Smartphones these days are works of art, with manufacturers doing all they can to make them as thin as possible – only for them to be hidden by a chunky case.

That’s not the story with Tozo’s Ultra Thin Hybrid case for the P30. As the name suggests, the Tozo case is much thinner than most others in our roundup, allowing you to achieve something close to a ‘bare smartphone’ experience without compromising on protection.

There’s a slightly raised lip at the front, stopping the display from coming into contact with surfaces when laid face-down, and there’s a 0.6mm raised lip that surrounds the rear-camera setup for the same reason. 

The only disappointment is that it isn’t currently available for the P30 Pro. But if you’ve got a standard P30, you can pick it up on Amazon right now for only £7.99. 

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