How does it evaluate to the Galaxy Z Fold 4?

Huawei could not be capable to work with Google, thus hindering a few of its units, however the Chinese language firm continues to roll out smartphones, and nice wanting ones at that.

We’ve lined off the Huawei P60 Pro in a separate initial review, however right here we’re wanting on the Mate X3 folding telephone. What’s it like and must you take into account shopping for one with its whopping price ticket? Listed here are our first impressions.


Huawei Mate X3

The Huawei Mate X3 is a superb wanting system. It is beautiful and slender for a foldable, supremely premium and it delivers large – and nice – screens inside its footprint. It comes with some compromises although, like no entry to Google Play Retailer.

Design and construct

  • 156.9 x 72.4 x 11.08mm (folded), 156.9 x 141.5 x 5.3mm (folded), 239g
  • IPX8
  • Black and Inexperienced vegan leather-based

The Huawei Mate X3 is gorgeous. It’s fantastically slim – measuring simply 11.08mm when folded and 5.3mm when unfolded – so it is a delight to carry. It is gentle too – for a foldable anyway. Weighing 239g, it is available in at only a gram over the Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max which though appears weighty at first, you get used to it. It is also lighter and slimmer than the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, which sits extra in the direction of the 270g mark.

The body’s edges are rounded somewhat than flat, which provides consolation if you’re holding it, whereas the rear is completed in plain black, or a vegan leather-based inexperienced, the latter of which is completely attractive. Leather-based is not a brand new materials for Huawei, it is used it a number of occasions prior to now, and we adore it. It not solely provides grip – which is sweet if you’re spending this a lot cash on a tool – but it surely feels beautiful within the hand too, with a clean and silky end.

Just like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, the Huawei Mate X3 has a book-style folding design, although when closed, the redesigned hinge means there’s zero hole, making for a terrific total end. There’s an IPX8 water and dust resistance, which suggests it is protected towards water however you must avoid mud and sand the place potential as it isn’t mud resistant such as you’ll discover on the P60 Professional, for instance.

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The Mate X3 has an enormous inside foremost show when unfolded – greater than the Galaxy Z Fold 4 – with a punch hole camera within the high proper nook, and a big cowl show on the entrance with a centralised punch gap digicam. It’s the bezels surrounding the shows which are one of the crucial putting issues about this design although. They’re beautiful and slim, very similar to the remainder of the system, permitting for an all-screen expertise. You actually do really feel such as you’ve received as a lot display as potential throughout the footprint. The entrance cowl show can also be a quad curved display, just like the Huawei P60 Professional, so the sides slope off on the sides, in addition to the highest and backside of the system, and it appears to be like fabulous.

On the rear, the Mate X3 has a big round digicam housing, which we choose to the P60 Professional’s housing. It’s extra distinguished, and an actual stand out function of the again, however that is the brand new norm for flagship smartphones lately. The Oppo Find X6 Pro and the Xiaomi 13 Ultra each go for giant round rear housings and we love them for his or her boldness.

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When it comes to buttons and ports, you may discover a fingerprint sensor on the fitting edge, together with the facility button and quantity rocker, whereas a USB-C port is current on the backside. Huawei has claimed it is the slimmest USB-C port thus far, which is partly liable for the stunning slender construct of the Mate X3, although the system’s construction has additionally been reconstructed from aluminium and ultra-light carbon fibre with a view to obtain its light-weight.

Gorgeous shows

  • 6.4-inch exterior show, 2504 x 1080 pixels, 426ppi
  • 7.85-inch foremost show, 2496 x 2224 pixels, 426ppi
  • Each OLED

The Huawei Mate X3 has a 6.4-inch OLED cowl show, which as we talked about above, is curved on all 4 edges. We discovered with the Huawei P60 Professional that this did impression the keyboard at occasions, with the underside proper nook not responding in addition to we want, although we have not spent sufficient time with the Mate X3 as but to find out if the identical applies right here too.

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Open the Mate X3 up and you will find an enormous 7.85-inch display, which too is OLED. Each have a pixel density of 426ppi, and there is loads of element throughout each. Textual content is obvious and crisp, whereas colors are beautiful and vibrant with loads of ‘pop’ due to the OLED panels. We have to spend just a little extra time with the Mate X3 with a view to provide a last opinion on the shows, however thus far, we have not discovered something regarding. There is a adaptive refresh charge between 1Hz and 120Hz on the outside show. whereas the principle show has as much as 120Hz.

Huawei has stated the Mate X3 is supplied with what the corporate is looking an Clever Mild-Delicate Show, designed to ship a constant viewing expertise throughout totally different environments. The outside show can also be protected by the corporate’s Kulun Glass exterior – which is Huawei’s equal of Corning Gorilla Glass that you’re going to discover on the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 – and it is claimed to be ten occasions extra drop resistant than the Mate X2.

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On the inside show, there is a new composite display construction that’s claimed to be 4 occasions extra impression resistant than the Mate X2. Naturally we could not actually take a look at both of those claims throughout our transient period of time with the Mate X3, although given foldables do not at the moment have one of the best observe file when it comes to sturdiness, we’ll take something we will get on this entrance.

{Hardware} and specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, 4G
  • 12GB RAM, 512GB storage, NM SD card as much as 256GB
  • 4800mAh battery, 66W quick charging, 50W wi-fi charging

Underneath the hood, the Huawei Mate X3 runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset, although it is the 4G variant somewhat than the 5G variant. That is right down to the US trade ban, so it means you do not get 5G capabilities within the UK or Europe, which can put some folks off.

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There’s 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage for the Mate X3, which is similar because the Huawei P60 Professional, and definitely within the flagship territory vary. We’re anticipating good efficiency from the Mate X3, although we have not spent sufficient time with it as but with a view to make that judgement.

On the subject of the battery capability, the Mate X3 has a 4800mAh capability – bigger than the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, which is an efficient factor because the Z Fold 4’s battery is not certainly one of its best strengths. There’s 66W Huawei SuperCharge quick charging on board, together with 50W wireless charging and seven.5W reverse wireless charging. As with the efficiency, the battery is not one thing we had been in a position to check out throughout our hands-on, although the capability is promising.

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It is also price mentioning that the Mate X3 is supplied with what Huawei calls a “cross-hinge graphene cooling system”, which has been designed for better warmth dissipation. There is a thermally-conductive graphene layer on board that has been launched to maintain the telephone cool when there’s excessive demand, corresponding to charging or steady gaming. As with the battery and efficiency, that is one thing we’ll make sure you take a look at throughout a full evaluation.


  • Triple rear digicam
    • 50MP foremost digicam, f/1.8 aperture
    • 13MP extremely vast, f/2.2 aperture
    • 12MP periscope telephoto, f/3.4 aperture, OIS
  • 8MP f/2.4 entrance digicam (folded), 8MP f/2.4 aperture (unfolded)

The Huawei Mate X3 has a triple rear digicam on board, with the three lenses used throughout the distinguished digicam housing we talked about. The housing has been designed to duplicate the portholes of house stations and Huawei says it has been crafted by a customized diamond blade, stated to take 12 hours. The consequence is a superb distinction between the satin and polished finishes of the housing, additional cementing its place as a function of the system.

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There is a 50-megapixel Extremely Imaginative and prescient foremost digicam, which is a RYYB sensor that’s claimed to absorb 40 per cent extra gentle than the Mate X2. The primary sensor is joined by a 13-megapixel ultra-wide sensor and a 12-megapixel periscope telephoto digicam that helps 5x optical zoom and 50x digital zoom.

The Mate X3’s digicam additionally has Huawei’s XMAGE branding, which the corporate has beforehand indicated that it hopes to make a recognisable model in pictures, like Leica and Hasselblad. Whether or not we’ll see different units undertake XMAGE as they’ve Hasselblad and Leica prior to now stays to be seen for now, however Huawei units do have a fame for providing glorious pictures.

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We weren’t in a position to take a look at the Mate X3’s digicam throughout out palms on time with it, although now we have excessive hopes for it. The Huawei P60 Professional is great so we would hope to see comparable outcomes from the Mate X3, given it too is a flagship system.

Software program

The Huawei Mate X3 runs on Android with EMUI excessive, although due to the US commerce ban, there isn’t any entry to the Google Play Retailer or Google’s suite of apps, like Google Maps, Gmail or Google House, for instance. As an alternative, the corporate has its personal AppGallery, which has plenty of frequent apps inside it, like Snapchat, Instagram, Telegram and Twitter. Chances are you’ll battle to search out banking apps nonetheless, and if you need apps like WhatsApp or Fb, you must obtain them through a hyperlink somewhat than by means of the AppGallery retailer. You can additionally use WhatsApp Web in fact so there are methods round it, however they’re just a little faffy.

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It is not nearly apps with regards to foldables although: it is also about how the software program works with the {hardware} with a view to ship a very good expertise. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 for instance, has nice multi-tasking help, and the Mate X3 is providing comparable in its personal manner.

There is a newly optimised good multi-window, that gives two modes: Vertical Break up-Display mode and Horizontal Break up-Display mode. The Mate X3 will be capable to establish whether or not an app is extra appropriate for Horizontal Break up-Display or Vertical Break up-Display mode, and it’s also possible to change between the 2 modes with the press of a button, saving your desire or often used mixtures as a Customised Break up-Display Combo, which may then be saved to your House Display for fast entry.

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Elsewhere, the software program is straightforward to make use of and navigate, and whereas we’d at all times take pure Android over the bloatware, it would not take lengthy to get used to. The digicam app is very straightforward to make use of, as it’s on the Huawei P60 Professional with a degree and shoot method at first however with loads of non-compulsory settings must you want to take issues additional.

First impressions

The Huawei Mate X3 is a superb wanting system. It is beautiful and slender for a foldable, supremely premium and it delivers large – and nice – screens inside its footprint.

We nonetheless must spend a while with it to find out the way it performs, in addition to what the digicam and battery efficiency is like, however from a design factor, we adore it.

The issue in fact – which is similar for the Huawei P60 Professional too – is that with out 5G and entry to Google’s apps and the Play Retailer, there are some compromises. Are they ones you are keen to make for the sake of a superb design?

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