How does it examine to the Galaxy Z Fold 4?

Huawei might not have the ability to work with Google, thus hindering a few of its gadgets, however the Chinese language firm continues to roll out smartphones, and nice trying ones at that.

We’ve lined off the Huawei P60 Professional in a separate preliminary overview, however right here we’re trying 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 below are our first impressions.


Huawei Mate X3

Huawei Mate X3

The Huawei Mate X3 is a wonderful trying gadget. It is pretty and slender for a foldable, supremely premium and it delivers enormous – 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 beautiful. It’s superbly 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 Professional 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 quite than flat, which provides consolation whenever you’re holding it, whereas the rear is completed in plain black, or a vegan leather-based inexperienced, the latter of which is totally beautiful. Leather-based is not a brand new materials for Huawei, it is used it a number of occasions prior to now, and we like it. It not solely provides grip – which is good whenever you’re spending this a lot cash on a tool – however it feels pretty 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 an excellent total end. There’s an IPX8 water and dirt resistance, which suggests it is protected in opposition to water however it is best to avoid mud and sand the place doable as it is not mud resistant such as you’ll discover on the P60 Professional, for instance.

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The Mate X3 has an enormous inner major show when unfolded – greater than the Galaxy Z Fold 4 – with a punch gap digicam 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 might be probably the most placing issues about this design although. They’re pretty and slim, very similar to the remainder of the gadget, permitting for an all-screen expertise. You actually do really feel such as you’ve bought as a lot display screen as doable throughout the footprint. The entrance cowl show can also be a quad curved display screen, just like the Huawei P60 Professional, so the sides slope off on the sides, in addition to the highest and backside of the gadget, and it seems to be 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 outstanding, and an actual stand out characteristic of the again, however that is the brand new norm for flagship smartphones today. The Oppo Discover X6 Professional and the Xiaomi 13 Extremely each go for giant round rear housings and we love them for his or her boldness.

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By way of buttons and ports, you may discover a fingerprint sensor on the appropriate 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 accountable for the beautiful slender construct of the Mate X3, although the gadget’s construction has additionally been reconstructed from aluminium and ultra-light carbon fibre with a view to obtain its light-weight.

Beautiful shows

  • 6.4-inch exterior show, 2504 x 1080 pixels, 426ppi
  • 7.85-inch major 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 influence the keyboard at occasions, with the underside proper nook not responding in addition to we want, although we’ve 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 screen, 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 pretty and vibrant with loads of ‘pop’ because of the OLED panels. We have to spend somewhat extra time with the Mate X3 with a view to provide a last opinion on the shows, however to this point, 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 provided with what the corporate is looking an Clever Gentle-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 will 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 screen construction that’s claimed to be 4 occasions extra influence resistant than the Mate X2. Naturally we could not actually check both of those claims throughout our temporary period of time with the Mate X3, although given foldables do not presently have the perfect monitor document by way of 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 quite than the 5G variant. That is all the way down to the US commerce ban, so it means you aren’t getting 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’ve 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 one in every of its best strengths. There’s 66W Huawei SuperCharge quick charging on board, together with 50W wi-fi charging and seven.5W reverse wi-fi charging. As with the efficiency, the battery is not one thing we have been capable of check out throughout our hands-on, although the capability is promising.

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It is also value mentioning that the Mate X3 is provided 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, similar to charging or steady gaming. As with the battery and efficiency, that is one thing we’ll be sure you check throughout a full overview.


  • Triple rear digicam
    • 50MP major 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 outstanding digicam housing we talked about. The housing has been designed to duplicate the portholes of area 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 characteristic of the gadget.

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There is a 50-megapixel Extremely Imaginative and prescient major digicam, which is a RYYB sensor that’s claimed to absorb 40 per cent extra gentle than the Mate X2. The principle 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 gadgets undertake XMAGE as they’ve Hasselblad and Leica prior to now stays to be seen for now, however Huawei gadgets do have a repute for providing glorious pictures.

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We weren’t capable of check the Mate X3’s digicam throughout out arms on time with it, although we’ve excessive hopes for it. The Huawei P60 Professional is excellent so we would hope to see comparable outcomes from the Mate X3, given it too is a flagship gadget.

Software program

The Huawei Mate X3 runs on Android with EMUI excessive, although due to the US commerce ban, there isn’t a entry to the Google Play Retailer or Google’s suite of apps, like Google Maps, Gmail or Google Residence, for instance. As a substitute, the corporate has its personal AppGallery, which has a lot of widespread apps inside it, like Snapchat, Instagram, Telegram and Twitter. You might battle to search out banking apps nonetheless, and if you need apps like WhatsApp or Fb, you need to obtain them by way of a hyperlink quite than by the AppGallery retailer. You would additionally use WhatsApp Internet in fact so there are methods round it, however they’re somewhat 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 superb expertise. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 for instance, has nice multi-tasking assist, and the Mate X3 is providing comparable in its personal means.

There is a newly optimised good multi-window, that gives two modes: Vertical Cut up-Display mode and Horizontal Cut up-Display mode. The Mate X3 will have the ability to establish whether or not an app is extra appropriate for Horizontal Cut up-Display or Vertical Cut up-Display mode, and you may as well change between the 2 modes with the press of a button, saving your choice or steadily used mixtures as a Customised Cut up-Display Combo, which may then be saved to your Residence Display for fast entry.

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

First impressions

The Huawei Mate X3 is a wonderful trying gadget. It is pretty and slender for a foldable, supremely premium and it delivers enormous – 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 aspect, we like 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 wonderful design?