Although smartphones used to be pretty simple affairs with little more than a low-res rear camera, they’ve since become increasingly robust in their optical capabilities. In fact, between their higher quality image sensors, multiple built-in lens formats, and improved low-light settings, these days, they’re on-par with many DSLRs and other traditional bodied camera designs.
Just take Huawei’s newly announced Mate X2, for instance. Much like its predecessor, the Mate X, it features a hinged format in order to maximize its available touchscreen interface — eight inches and 2480 x 2200 resolution when deployed. However, this time it employs an inward-facing fold with a secondary display (6.45 inches and 2700 x 1160 resolution) on the exterior for use when stored. What’s more, the rear of the phone comes with a combination of four different cameras — including a 50MP wide-angle, a 16MP ultra-wide, as well as a 12MP telephoto and an 8MP SuperZoom with respective 3x and 10x optical zoom settings — each developed by Leica. Add to that an in-house Kirin 9000 chipset with 8GB of RAM, a 4,400mAh battery, and up to 512GB of storage, and it’s easy to see why smartphones are becoming the preferred choice for shutterbugs. It’s available now in China from $2,785.