Samsung is back this year with its next-generation Galaxy Z Fold4, and its foldable phone has some competition to deal with–one of them being Huawei’s own Mate Xs 2. Both are foldable phones that offer flagship-grade internals and cutting-edge tech with how their foldable display is designed.
While the Galaxy Z Fold4 feels almost similar to its predecessor save for a few tweaks in its dimensions, does Samsung still reign in the foldable phone segment against the Mate Xs 2?
- Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor
- 12GB LPDDR5X RAM
- 256GB/512GB/1TB UFS 3.1 storage
- 7.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED Infinity Flex Internal Display, 2176×1812 resolution, 120hz adaptive refresh rate
- 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED External Display, 2316×904 resolution, 120hz adaptive refresh rate
- 50-megapixel f/1.8 main camera with OIS and Dual Pixel AF, 12-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle camera, 12-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto camera with Dual OIS, PDAF, 3x optical zoom
- 4-megapixel f/1.8 under-display selfie camera (inner display)
- 10-megapixel f/2.2 selfie camera (outer display)
- 4G, LTE, 5G
- WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS
- Side-mounted fingerprint scanner, IPX8 Rating, stereo speakers
- 4400mAh battery
- 25w fast charging
- Android 12, One UI 4.0
Huawei Mate Xs 2 Specs
- Snapdragon 888 processor
- 8GB RAM
- 512GB internal storage
- 7.8-inch foldable display, 120hz refresh rate, 2200 x 2480 resolution, 10-bit color
- Triple rear cameras: 50-megapixel f/1.8 main camera with PDAF; 8-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom and OIS; 13-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle camera; LED Flash
- 10.7-megapixel f/2.2 selfie camera
- Dual SIM
- 3G, 4G, LTE
- WiFi 6, Bluetooth
- Side-mounted fingerprint scanner, M-Pen 2s stylus
- 4600mAh battery
- 66w wired charging
- Android 12 with EMUI 12
While Huawei intends to be different from the crowd with the outward folding design of the Mate Xs2, the inward folding design of the Galaxy Z Fold4 is more practical, as it protects the delicate flexible AMOLED screen from the elements. The design of the Galaxy Z Fold4 allows you to use it as a regular phone with its 6.2-inch 120hz AMOLED outer display.
Both phones feature a flexible AMOLED display with a 120hz refresh rate, though the Mate Xs 2’s panel is slightly bigger at 7.8-inches (vs. 7.6-inches on the Galaxy Z Fold4). While the Mate Xs 2 settles for a punch-hole for its selfie shooter, the Galaxy Z Fold4 continues to use an under-display camera to keep the large display seamless.
The Mate Xs 2’s foldable display has a close-to-square aspect ratio, and Samsung took notes of that with the Galaxy Z Fold4, tweaking the foldable phone to be shorter and wider so that it also has a close-to-square aspect ratio as well.
Samsung is finally giving a high-resolution sensor to the main camera of the Galaxy Z Fold4, making it compete toe-to-toe with the Mate Xs 2’s 50-megapixel main camera. The Galaxy Z Fold4 adds OIS to its new main camera, making it better than the Mate Xs 2 on paper.
Both phones are pretty much on even ground with the ultra-wide-angle camera and selfie camera (the Galaxy Z Fold4 has two selfie shooters–the other being the 10-megapixel shooter housed in a punch-hole on the outer display), and both have a telephoto camera. The Mate Xs 2 has an 8-megapixel snapper with 3x optical zoom and OIS, while the Galaxy Z Fold4 uses a higher-resolution 10-megapixel shooter with 3x optical zoom.
Both foldable phones have a good set of camera features that include being able to shoot 4K video at up to 60FPS.
Internals and battery
The Galaxy Z Fold4 goes all-in with its use of a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor that’s paired with up to 12GB LPDDR5X RAM and up to as much as 1TB of internal storage. Those alone make the Galaxy Z Fold4 superior over the Mate Xs 2.
However, Samsung uses the same 4400mAh battery on the Galaxy Z Fold4 and 25w wired and 15w wireless charging support. That means that the Mate Xs 2 is slightly better with its 4600mAh battery and support for fast 66w wired charging.
The Mate Xs 2 is priced at Php 99,999 for the 8GB/512GB variant in the Philippines, while the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 is priced at Php 98,990 for the 256GB model, Php 105,990 for the 512GB model, and Php 119,990 for the 1TB model. The Galaxy Z Fold4’s pricing is pretty competitive, and it seems that Samsung’s confident enough to still be the king in the foldable phone segment.