HUAWEI Mate Xs – Foldable 5G Phone

HUAWEI Mate Xs will be launching in Singapore from 21 March 2020 onwards at a retail price of S$3,788. The HUAWEI Mate Xs builds on its predecessor Mate X with a more powerful SoC and unique mechanical hinge design. 

“We are thrilled to launch the HUAWEI Mate Xs in Singapore. It is the ultimate product of Huawei’s mission to present an unparalleled user experience with powerful 5G connectivity and cutting edge design,” said Phil Xu, Managing Director of Huawei Consumer Business Group Singapore.

Foldable FullView Display with new and improved hinge design

The HUAWEI Mate Xs comes with a refined version of the Falcon Wing Design. Featuring more than 100 interlocking parts working together in perfect harmony, the Falcon Wing Design minimises the crease on the unfolded screen, delivering a seamless viewing experience. 

The HUAWEI Mate Xs adopts a Double Aerospace-grade Optical Polyimide Design to create a foldable device that maintains the mesmerizing screen performance while offering safe, durable foldable technology. On top of it all is a protective layer made of an aerospace-grade optical polyimide (PI), a material that costs almost three times the price of gold by weight.

One of the advantages of the foldable design is that it packs the smartphone and tablet experiences into one pocketable device. Folded, the HUAWEI Mate Xs is a powerful dual-screen smartphone featuring a 6.6-inch main screen and a 6.38-inch secondary screen. Located on the sidebar is an easy-to-reach button that unclasps the folded display with a simple press. Unfurled, the smartphone becomes a tablet featuring an Immersive 8’’ FullView Display that delivers a viewing experience unrivalled by that of any other smartphone.

Enhancing the multi-tasking experience

Work smarter and play harder with the all new Multi-Window feature that makes full use of the massive display to provide innovative interactions. The feature enables users to effortlessly drag and drop files and images between them, providing them with the duality of convenience and efficiency. 

A leader in 5G connectivity and performance

The HUAWEI Mate Xs comes with a Kirin 990 5G chipset which includes an integrated 5G modem. This is the world’s first chipset to deliver powerful performance and 5G connectivity simultaneously with better efficiency and lower heat output. 

Graphics processing is handled by the 16-core Mali-G76 GPU, the most powerful GPU on Huawei handsets which enhances the quality of images, making them sharper and providing users with a more immersive viewing experience. 

High-definition camera system

The HUAWEI Mate Xs houses a SuperSensing Leica Quad Camera in a vertical array along its sidebar. The camera system features a 40MP SuperSensing Wide camera, 16MP Ultra-Wide camera, 8MP Telephoto camera and 3D Depth Sensing camera. 

The main camera is a 40MP SuperSensing Wide camera, equipped with a large 1/1.7inch RYYB sensor. The RYYB sensor replaces green pixels in the traditional RGGB Bayer array with yellow pixels, allowing more light into the sensor. This generates more vivid photography, capturing more detailed information and ultimately providing a higher image quality. The HUAWEI Mate Xs has an aperture of f/1.8 with a maximum ISO of 204,800.

For stunning landscapes and detailed macro shots, the 16MP Ultra-Wide camera features a 17mm focal length and 2.5cm micro focus capabilities, lending itself to a wide range of photographic scenarios from scenic landscape shots and group photos, to extreme close-ups of small objects.

Availability and Pricing

The HUAWEI Mate Xs in Interstellar Blue will be retailing at S$3,788 islandwide from 21 March 2020 in all Huawei Concept stores, selected* M1 and StarHub shops; consumer electronic stores and official online stores with Lazada and Shopee. Customers are also entitled to a 1-year warranty coverage that comes with a one-time screen replacement at 50% fees waived within the first year from date of purchase. Terms and conditions apply.

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What’s more, customers will receive a free HUAWEI envelope leather case worth S$238 and a pair of HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 worth S$238 with every purchase of the HUAWEI Mate Xs, while stocks last.

The HUAWEI Mate Xs runs on EMUI10.0.1, an Android Open Source Project-based operating system which offers enhanced performance, improved security and better mobile customization.

Customers are welcome to experience the unprecedented HUAWEI Mate Xs at all Huawei Concept Stores, selected telco shops and consumer electronic stores:

Selected telco shops:M1M1, Paragon Shopping Centre,  #B1-28/29 M1, Bugis Junction, #01-81/82M1 Online Store
StarHubStarHub, NEX,  #B1 – 66 / 67 / 68 StarHub Online Store
Selected consumer electronic stores:Best Denki, VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk, #02-07, Singapore 098585Challenger, Bugis, 200 Victoria Street #B1-26 Bugis Junction, Singapore 188021COURTS Megastore, 50 Tampines North Drive 2, Singapore 528766Harvey Norman, Millenia Walk, No. 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-59 to 63, Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596Sprintcass, Terminal 2, Transit Hall

Experience the benefits of UOB Mighty on HUAWEI AppGallery

United Overseas Bank (UOB) is the first bank in Singapore to have its consumer mobile banking app, UOB Mighty, accessible through HUAWEI’s official app store, AppGallery. UOB Mighty is an award-winning mobile banking app that enables customers to access a comprehensive suite of banking transactions from payments to rewards redemption within a single app.

From early April onwards, UOB Mighty will be pre-installed on all HUAWEI Mate Xs sold in Singapore.  With one in four UOB customers already using a HUAWEI phone, having UOB Mighty pre-installed will help simplify their handset upgrade experience.

Mr Aaron Chiew, Head of Digital and Mobile, Group Retail, UOB, said, “At UOB our focus is always to make it simpler, safer and smarter for our customers to bank and to pay on the go. Our partnership with Huawei enables our customers to be the first in Singapore to use the innovative features of HUAWEI Mate Xs while also enjoying the richness of UOB Mighty’s features such as AI-driven personalised insights and exclusive Mighty deals.” 

With the launch of Huawei Mobile Services since October 2019, Huawei has been committed to creating the best user experience by increasing the selection of quality apps on the HUAWEI AppGallery.

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Huawei P9 Hands On – Change the way you see the world #OO

Huawei P9 – Reinvent Smartphone Photography #OO

Pricing & Design

Huawei P9 is the latest flagship phone introduced early this year, along with P9 Lite & P9 Plus. Huawei is commonly known to be introducing flagship-standard phone at a much affordable price. P9 is no exception with its retail price of $768 during their first launch. It is one of the most affordable flagship when you consider the fact that it is the easiest entry to get yourself into the Leica bandwagon.

At 6.95mm, Huawei P9 is the slimmest flagship phone introduced this year so far. Consider it an achievement as Huawei managed to squeeze in a 3000mAh battery and managed to avoid the dreaded camera bump at the back of the phone.

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On the back of the P9, an additional fingerprint sensor was added, a great improvement from last year omission from Huawei P8 where fingerprint sensor are becoming mainstream on flagship devices.

5.2 inches display are vibrant and sharp despite only having the resolution of Full HD 1920×1080. At screen PPI of 423 pixels/inch, it is almost impossible to distinguish each pixel from a usual viewing length and angle.

Performance
Huawei is one of the only few companies that produce their own chipset for their devices, P9 is using brand new octa-core Kirin 955 CPU, an slight upgrade from previous Huawei Mate 8.

Daily usage proven to be smooth & responsive despite the fact that benchmarking are considerably lower than other flagship running on Snapdragon processor.

Huawei’s own power manager are able to identify the power-hunger application and shut it off when needed, along with Android 6.0 Marshmallow’s Doze function. Users of Huawei P9 are able to get a decent amount of screen on time without reaching for the charger in the midday. Huawei P9 will be available with 32GB/3GB RAM & 64GB/4GB RAM version. With the help of Huawei’s Power Manager, I did not experience any occasion where application are forced close due to lack of memory. I am able to run multiple app at once without any lag.

Leica-certified Camera

Duo camera phone has been here for years, from 3D camera to purely creating bokeh effect, no one seems to have an idea what to do with the second rear camera. Unlike others phones where the second rear camera are often an assistance to create effects, Huawei P9’s second camera can actually work on its own. The co-development with Leica results in one of the most interesting duo camera set up so far – a pure monochrome camera.

Leica users should be familiar with their monochrome camera series that only shoot in B&W. Huawei P9 works exactly like that without a color filter array on the sensor, hence the sensor is able to take in as much lights as possible.

With the duo camera setup, P9 is said to be able to capture 270% more light than typical smartphone these days despite the fact that the F stop is at F2.2 for both 12 megapixels sensor.

Focusing is assisted by laser focus to provide fast focusing. Duo-LED flashlight are also here for your night shooting need, though I would not recommend using any flashlight for shooting on phone but the overall quality remains acceptable.

Monochrome camera

Only one word to describe the monochrome camera performance – Stunning. Details are kept to their best – as opposed to taking a color photo and covert it to B&W. Check out the monochrome photo sample below!

RGB camera

The usual camera benefits from the help of monochrome camera & laser focusing. Color turns out to be accurate and night time shot does not suffer from shutter lag.

Wide Aperture Mode

Huawei P9 make use of the duo camera set up to produce a realistic bokeh – RGB camera taking the usual shot while monochrome calculate the focal distance. With P9’s top tier processor & camera application, you are able to view the bokeh effect live while shooting photos without any lag. Noted that the effect can be best achieve within 2 meter distance.
 

Pro & Other Modes

The overall UI are different from usual Huawei phone we’ve seen so far. With the collaboration with Leica, the camera UI has been revamped with the standard Leica interfaces.

 

While the amount of different mode seems to be overkill, there are a good reason to it.

Pro mode is available for both RGB & monochrome camera. Photographers will appreciate the whole range of customizable setting similar to a standard DSLR.

Swiping left & right on the camera app will brings you to various mode (HDR,Night mode & time-lapse, to name a few)

I particularly love the light-painting mode. In light-painting mode, there are four different choices given – Trail lights, Light graffiti, Silky water & Star track. What sets P9 light-painting mode apart from pro mode is that P9 took the photo in right exposure first, and you are freely to add in any lighting effect for almost an unlimited time period without risking the photo being over-exposed.


(Trail lights)


(Light graffiti)


(Silky Water)

Conclusion

With the expectation of camera innovation raised so high this year. Huawei P9 has proven to be a worthy contender for this camera race for 2016. Along with the affordable price, slim design & Leica-certified camera, it is hard not to recommend Huawei P9 to everyone this year.

Bonus

Do you know that Huawei is the first to introducing a warranty scheme that last more than one year?

You are able to get up to two year of prestige warranty for your Huawei P9, along with one year of free screen protect (changing of screen within one year due to screen crack). Huawei also provided a Google app called HiCare (installed on P9) that can provide you with more tips & contacting services to ensure you that Huawei is always there for you when you required assistance.