Huawei announced on October 31 that its Mate Xs 2 foldable smartphone, launched in April, will support Beidou satellite communication. When implemented, the model will be the first foldable smartphone in the world to support this handy feature. The manufacturer has promised to reveal all the details at a conference for developers on November 5.
In addition to emergency communication features, the Huawei Mate Xs 2 also offers a reliable everyday experience and mature ecology. Thanks to hardware innovation, the Mate Xs 2 has three innovative design features: ultra-thin, ultra-slim, and ultra-reliable. The net weight of the entire device is about 250 grams, which is even lighter than the iPhone 14 Pro Max after sticking the film. The device’s dual-rotor hinge mechanism and reinforced screen provide almost invisible wrinkling and improved durability.
According to IDC data, Huawei held the first place in the foldable smartphone market in China in the third quarter of 2022 with a 44.9 percent share. Previously, the Mate Xs 2 was Huawei’s first smartphone to support triple-band Wi-Fi. In addition, the Huawei Mate Xs 2 has four simultaneous networks, including cellular, 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi, 5 GHz low-frequency Wi-Fi and 5 GHz high-frequency Wi-Fi, which enables fast downloads.
The third-generation Beidou navigation satellite system provides full global coverage for timing and navigation, and is an alternative to Russia’s GLONASS, Europe’s Galileo positioning system, and America’s GPS. Its most outstanding feature is short message communication. If the phone’s owner experiences an emergency with no signal, he or she can send a text message to the emergency center via the Beidou terminal.
However, professional satellite phones are not only expensive, but often heavy and bulky. Only with long antennas can they realize two-way communication with satellites in areas without signal coverage from the ground base station. The Huawei Mate 50 series, recently launched, is the world’s first smartphone to support Beidou satellite communications. When the user is in the desert or other emergency scenarios without network coverage, the Huawei Mate 50 series can send text and location information, stay in touch with the outside world, and support the creation of trajectory maps.
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