Huawei Mate X2 vs Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus – Review, specifications and prices

The new Huawei Mate X2 device has a 4 camera setup with a main lens of 50 MP, Huawei HiSilicon KIRIN 9000 processor chipset and a battery of 4500 mAh. On other side, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus also has interesting features. The comparison for both models with new specs are detailed next.

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Specifications

Feature Huawei Mate X2 Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus
Phones specifications
Screen Display 6.45 in (inches) 6.7 in (inches)
Processor Huawei HiSilicon KIRIN 9000 Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Operating System EMUI 11 with HMS EMUI 11 with HMS
Resolution 1160 x 2700 pixels 1080 x 2400 pixels
RAM 8 GB (gigabytes) 8 GB (gigabytes)
Storage 256 GB (gigabytes),512 GB (gigabytes) 128 GB (gigabytes),256 GB (gigabytes)
Camera 50/16/12/8 MP 64/12/12 MP
Front Camera 16 MP 10 MP
Battery 4500 mAh 4800 mAh

Processor and Operating System

The Huawei Mate X2 runs on Huawei HiSilicon KIRIN 9000 chipset and the processor has a total of 8 cores composed by 1 core of 3.13 GHz ARM Cortex-A77, 3 cores of 2.54 GHz ARM Cortex-A77 and 4 cores of 2.05 GHz ARM Cortex-A55. It has a maximum CPU frequency of 3130 MHz (megahertz). Some other special features include 64 bit architecture and Dual-core NPU. Running on EMUI 11 with HMS operating system.

The Huawei HiSilicon KIRIN 9000 is a less powerful chipset processor than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888.

Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, the second processor has a total of 8 cores composed by 1 core of 2.84 GHz Kryo 680, 3 cores of 2.42 GHz Kryo 680 and 4 cores of 1.8 GHz Kryo. It has a maximum CPU frequency of 2800 MHz (megahertz). Some other special features include 64 bit architecture. And it’s running on EMUI 11 with HMS OS system.

Graphics Processor (GPU)

The Huawei Mate X2 is carrying a ARM Mali-G78,24 cores gpu in the interior and the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus has the Adreno 660 graphics processor.

Battery

The Huawei Mate X2 battery capacity is 4500 mAh which is a 6.6% (percent) less powerful than the 4800 mAh offered by the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus. Some features include Fast charging, Non-removable and 55W fast charger in the box.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus battery include Wireless charging, Fast charging, Non-removable, Qi/PMA wireless charging – 15 W, Wireless reverse charging – 9 W, Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 and USB Power Delivery 3.0.

Screen

The smartphone is using a OLED display with 1160 x 2700 pixels and a screen size of 6.45 in (inches).

Meanwhile the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus is featuring a Dynamic AMOLED display with 1080 x 2400 pixels and a screen size of 6.7 in (inches).

As we can see here, the Huawei Mate X2 is a 3.8% smaller than Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus screen.
The main display features of both phones are detailed next:

Huawei Mate X2 Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus
240 Hz touch sampling rate 120Hz refresh rate (adaptive)
90 Hz refresh rate 1300 cd/m² peak brightness
Capacitive Always-On Display
Multi-touch Capacitive
Unfolded – 120 Hz touch sampling rate Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Unfolded – 8 in; 2200×2480 pixels HDR10+
Unfolded – 90 Hz refresh rate Infinity-O Display
Multi-touch
Scratch resistant

RAM Memory and storage

On the memory hardware side, the Huawei Mate X2 is carrying a ram memory of 8 GB (gigabytes) with some features like 2133 MHz (megahertz), LPDDR4X and Double channel.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus is coming with a 8 GB (gigabytes) and it has some features like 2750 MHz (megahertz), LPDDR5 and Double channel.
In the basic edition, both phones have the same ram capacity of 8 gigabytes.

How much built-in storage space you can get for apps and saving photos, files and video? The Huawei Mate X2 comes with or 256 GB (gigabytes) or 512 GB (gigabytes). In the basic edition, the Huawei Mate X2 gives a 100% more storage memory capacity than Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus.

The max storage capacity offered by the Huawei Mate X2 is 512 gigabytes ,which is a 100% more than the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus with 256 gigabytes.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus gets you or 128 GB (gigabytes) or 256 GB (gigabytes) of internal storage.

Rear Camera

The Huawei Mate X2 rear camera setup is composed by 4 lenses of 50/16/12/8 MP , the flash type is Dual LED , a focal length (35 , of 17 mm (#3) , a pixel size of 1.22 µm (micrometers) and aperture lens of f/1.9 f/2.2 f/2.4 f/4.4 respectively.

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Meanwhile the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus rear camera comes with 3 lenses of 64/12/12 MP , the flash type is LED , a focal length 35 mm:26 mm , carrying sensor like Sony IMX563 (#2) , a pixel size of 0.8 µm (micrometers) and aperture lens of f/2.0 f/1.8 f/2.2 respectively.

Huawei Mate X2 Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus
1080p @ 960 fps 1080p @ 240 fps
10x optical zoom (#2) 2160p @ 60 fps
2.5 cm macro shooting (#3) 3x hybrid optical zoom (#3)
6-element lens (#3) 720p @ 960 fps
AIS (#2) Angle of view – 120° (#2)
AIS (#3) Angle of view – 76° (#3)
Aperture size – f/2.2 (#3) Aperture size – f/2.0 (#3)
Aperture size – f/2.4 (#4) Aperture size – f/2.2 (#2)
Aperture size – f/4.4 (#2) Autofocus
Autofocus Continuous shooting
Continuous shooting Digital zoom
Contrast detection autofocus (CDAF) Dual OIS
Digital image stabilization Exposure compensation
Digital zoom Face detection
Exposure compensation Focal length (35 mm equivalent) – 13 mm (#2)
Face detection Focal length (35 mm equivalent) – 28 mm (#3)
Focal length (35 mm equivalent) – 17 mm (#3) Geotagging
Fourth rear camera – 12 MP (telephoto) HDR
Geotagging HDR10+ video recording
HDR ISO settings
ISO settings Object tracking AF
Leica camera OIS (#3)
Macro mode Optical image stabilization
OIS (#2) Optical zoom
OIS (#3) Panorama
OIS (#4) Phase detection autofocus (PDAF)
Optical image stabilization Phase detection with Dual Pixel
Optical zoom Pixel size – 0.8 µm (#3)
Panorama Pixel size – 1.4 µm (#2)
Phase detection autofocus (PDAF) Scene mode
RYYB sensor Secondary rear camera – 12 MP (ultra-wide-angle)
Scene mode Self-timer
Secondary rear camera – 8 MP (periscope telephoto) Sensor version – Sony IMX563 (#2)
Self-timer Sensor size – 1/1.76″ (#3)
Third rear camera – 16 MP (ultra-wide angle) Sensor size – 1/2.55″ (#2)
Touch focus Third rear camera – 64 MP (telephoto)
White balance settings Touch focus
White balance settings

Front Camera – Selfie

The Huawei Mate X2 comes with a 16 MP in the front.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus has a 10 MP as a main front-camera.

Some other front camera features are detailed next:

Huawei Mate X2 Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus
16 MP 10 MP
Aperture:f/2.2 Aperture:f/2.2
Face unlock Autofocus
HDR HDR
Panorama Phase detection autofocus (PDAF)
Wide angle lens Phase detection with Dual Pixel
Pixel size:1.22 µm /0.001220 mm
Sensor type:CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor)

Data network and speed connectivity/bandwidth

The mobile networks technologies improve the communication between devices, connectivity speed and files download/upload bandwidth depending of the place.

Huawei Mate X2 Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus
5G NSA 5G NSA
5G SA 5G SA
Built-in 5G modem Built-in 5G modem
EDGE EDGE
GPRS GPRS
HSPA+ HSPA+(5.76/ 42 Mbit/s)
LTE Cat 21 LTE Cat 20
TD- UMTS(384 kbit/s)
TD-SCDMA
UMTS(384 kbit/s)

Price

The Huawei Mate X2 price is $2500 and the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus price tag is $1100

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