Huawei Announces Foldable Mate X2 Smartphone with a Leica Quad-Camera

Foldable phones are becoming more commonplace, Huawei continues to push ahead with the announcement of its third-gen foldable phone, the Mate X2. Competing against the Samsung Galaxy Fold, Huawei’s new Mate X2 builds upon Huawei’s two previous foldable phones while incorporating a refreshed design. The Mate X2 opens from the inside rather than the outside, and Huawei claims that the phone’s hinge is practically imperceptible.

The Huawei Mate X2 is co-engineered with Leica, building upon an existing relationship between the two companies. The rear of the device features a Leica-branded camera array. The smartphone includes a 50-megapixel Ultra Vision Camera, RYYB telephoto, 100x digital zoom, and a 2.5cm macro lens. The Ultra Vision camera is wide-angle, includes optical image stabilization, and has a maximum aperture of f/1.9. The 16-megapixel Cine Camera (ultra-wide angle) has an f/2.4 aperture and includes OIS. The 3x camera has a 12-megapixel sensor, an f/2.4 aperture, and OIS. The 10x optical zoom camera, dubbed SuperZoom, has an f/4.4 aperture, OIS, and additional support autofocus.

Below is a series of photos taken at three focal lengths to give an idea of the Mate X2’s zooming capability. The first is at 1x, the second at 3x, and the third at 10x.

In terms of additional features, there is 100x digital zoom and hybrid zoom. Autofocus is phase focus and contrast focus. The camera includes numerous photography modes, such as Night, Macro, Portrait, Pro, Slow-Mo, Panorama, Light painting, HDR, and much more. The Mate X2 records a 4K UHD video. The device can also record Full HD video at up to 960 frames per second.

Huawei writes, ‘Huawei Mate X2’s Ultra Vision Leica Quad Camera pushes the boundaries of what’s possible in a photo.’ Lofty promises, to be sure, but the specs and image samples are impressive.

The Huawei Mate X2 will go on sale in China later this week. The 256GB model will cost $2,800 USD. The 512GB version will cost $2,950. The Mate X2 will be available in black, white, blue and pink color options. There’s no word yet on availability outside of China.

More info on Huawei’s website.

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