Huawei Mate X3: New flagship foldable smartphone released with features to take on Galaxy Z Fold4 and Galaxy Z Fold5
Huawei has introduced the Mate X3, one of several new products that the company has showcased today in China. Arguably, the most exciting of the lot is the Mate X3, which weighs 239 g and measures 5.3 mm thick when unfolded. Huawei's hinge technology allows the Mate X3 to close without much of a gap either. As a result, the Mate X3 is 11.08 mm when closed, 4.72 mm thinner than the Galaxy Z Fold4. For reference, the Galaxy Z Fold5 is expected to be 13.4 mm thick when closed.
Incidentally, the Mate X3 measures 156.9 x 141.5 mm, or 156.9 x 72.4 mm when folded. According to Huawei, the handset weighs as little as 239 g, although some models weigh 242.5 g. In comparison, the Galaxy Z Fold4 weighs 263 g. Moreover, the Mate X3 is IPX8 certified and supports the same two-way satellite messages like the Watch Ultimate via the BeiDou satellite network. Furthermore, the Mate X3 relies on the 4G version of the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, as well as 12 GB of RAM and up to 512 GB of storage.
By default, the handset has a 4,800 mAh battery, but Huawei offers a 5,060 mAh silicon-carbon battery under the Mate X3 Collector's Edition. Also, the Mate X3 supports 66 W wired and 50 W wireless charging. The Mate X3 has a 7.85-inch AMOLED foldable display too that resolves at 2,496 x 2,224 pixels and 120 Hz. By contrast, the device's AMOLED cover display measures 6.4-inches and operates at 2,504 x 1,080 pixels with a 1-120 Hz variable refresh rate.
Elsewhere, the Mate X3 has 50 MP primary, 13 MP ultra-wide-angle and 12 MP periscope rear-facing cameras with 5x optical zoom. For some reason, only the latter is optically stabilised. The device also has a pair of 8 MP front-facing cameras, one for each display. The Mate X3 starts at CNY 12,999 (~US$1,889) with 256 GB of storage. However, there are 512 GB and 1 TB editions that sell for CNY 13,999 (~US$2,034) and CNY 15,999 (~US$2,325), respectively.