Buying it now will mean you have one of the most cutting-edge, futuristic smartphones available today, and this will ensure it stays fresh and capable for many years to come. Huawei has plenty of software and hardware enhancements inside that keep the software running smoothly, along with making the best out of the battery’s capacity.
Yes, you’ll spend a fortune to get one, but provided you can live with the lack of Google apps now, the Mate Xs will serve you very well for years to come. During this time, Huawei is promising improvements to the App Gallery, so it could become more usable for international audiences in the coming months.
Should you buy it?
No, but not for the reasons you may think. Not having Google apps is a pain, particularly if you’re deep inside Google’s ecosystem right now, but for many people, it may only need a little adjustment to deal with on a daily basis. Instead, it’s other aspects of the Mate Xs that make it hard to recommend. The audio is a disappointment, and the unreliable software isn’t what I’ve come to expect from Huawei, making it fall short of what one would expect after paying the extremely high price.