Photos: Huawei launches Mate Xs foldable smartphone with better screen

Photos: Huawei launches Mate Xs foldable smartphone with better screen
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Huawei unveiled an upgrade to its folding smartphone on Monday, hoping that a faster phone with higher-quality display will encourage consumers to spend as much as $2,700 for the top-of-the-range version. Image Credit: AFP
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The new Mate XS arrives a year after the Chinese tech giant showed off its first folding phone, which had back-to-back screens that opened to create an eight-inch display. That device went on sale in China in November after the company improved the design. Image Credit: AFP
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The Mate Xs has the same size display as its predecessor but comes with an improved gull-wing hinge mechanism and stronger wraparound screen, while boasting faster download speeds and longer battery life than the rival Samsung Galaxy Fold, Huawei';s top salesman Richard Yu told a launch presentation in Barcelona. Image Credit: AFP
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The folding phone will be priced at 2,499 euros ($2,710) for its premium model and goes on sale worldwide next month, said Yu, as Huawei pushed the price frontier for the most expensive smartphones even higher. Image Credit: Reuters
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The launch was streamed from Barcelona, where the Mobile World Congress was due to be held this week before it was cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak. Image Credit: AFP
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Samsung Electronics, the world';s top smartphone maker by volume, narrowly beat its Chinese rival in the folding race last year, but its launch was delayed after testers encountered problems with the screens. Image Credit: Bloomberg
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The South Korean company is persevering with foldable technology and this month showed off a device shaped like a make-up compact that unfolded to look like a traditional smartphone. Image Credit: AFP
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The Mate Xs, like last year';s Mate 30 smartphone, will lack access to a licensed version of Google';s Android operating system after the United States effectively barred its companies from supplying Huawei last year. Image Credit: Reuters
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Huawei is offering users access to its own app store instead, but Yu said it remains committed to the Android ecosystem and to its longer-term partnerships with Google and other US companies. Image Credit: Reuters
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Huawei also launched a speaker developed with French audio specialist Devialet, the first tablet in its Mate range and two new notebooks - a top of the range Matebook X Pro and Matebook D with 14-inch and 15-inch screens. Image Credit: Reuters
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A Huawei employee demonstrates the features of the Huawei Mate XS device. Image Credit: Reuters
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A Huawei employee demonstrates the features of the Huawei Mate Xs device. Image Credit: Reuters