Huawei Mate X3 is the company’s latest foldable smartphone succeeding the Huawei Mate X2 released in early 2021. It sports a lightweight and slim design with Powerful camera system, big main display, and impressive hardware that rivals top foldable such as the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and the Google Pixel Fold.
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Huawei Mate X3 Key Specs and Features
- 7.85 inches Foldable OLED Display, 2224 x 2496 pixels (~426 ppi density), ~88.9% screen-to-body ratio
- 6.4 inch OLED Cover Display, 1080 x 2504 pixels
- HarmonyOS 3.1 (China), EMUI 13.1 (Europe), no Google Play Services
- Qualcomm SM8475 Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 4G (4 nm) Octa Core Processor
- 12GB RAM
- 50 MP (wide) + 12 MP (periscope telephoto) + 13 MP (ultrawide) Triple Rear Camera
- 8 MP Front Camera
- Fingerprint Sensor (Side Mounted)
- 256GB, 512GB, 1TB Built-in Storage
- 4G LTE Support
- 66W Fast Charging Capacity
- 4800 mAh Non-removable Li-Po Battery
Huawei Mate X3 has the lightest book-style foldable design that turn to an original flagship phone when folded just like Oppo Find N2. This slim foldable phone, measures just 156.9 x 141.5 x 5.3 mm when unfolded and 156.9 x 72.4 x 11.1 mm when folded. Thanks to the material used the smartphone weighs about 241g.
Furthermore, the Huawei Mate X3 has an engineered hinge system, that allows it to close completely flat with minimal gaps, thus resulting in a practically crease-free inner display. The improved hinge system allows for a near-seamless closure when folded, providing enhanced protection against dust and debris.
Additionally, this Mate X3 has a dual display. While folded there is a 6.4-inch quad-curved external screen and large 7.85-inch internal display. Both display has a punch hole at the top of the display which holds the front facing camera.
The highlight of the Huawei Mate X3 is its camera module located on the rear panel. The circular housing serves as both a design statement and a practical house for the triple rear camera.
Furthermore, the phone has two large speaker grills at the top and bottom sides of the unit; the SIM tray on the left side; the volume rocker and power button that serves as a fingerprint sensor on the right.
There’s a noise-canceling microphone up top together with the IR blaster, while the primary microphone with another secondary mic and Type-C charging port are at the bottom end. Finally, this foldable phone comes in six colors, including Black, White, Violet, Dark Green, and Gold.
Huawei Mate X3 has two display. The external cover display features a 6.4-inch LTPO OLED panel that immediately captures attention. It boost a resolution of 2504 x 1080 pixels, which radiates vibrancy and clarity, rendering content with precision and depth.
The display also has an adaptive refresh rate, ranging from 1Hz to 120Hz, resulting in smooth interactions and animations, contributing to an engaging user experience. Despite its slightly narrower aspect ratio, the external screen seamlessly accommodates webpages and apps, mirroring the functionality of a conventional smartphone, while its exceptional brightness and color accuracy make outdoor usage a breeze.
When unfolded, the display extends to 7.85 inches, this LTPS OLED display reveals a resolution of 2496 x 2224 pixels displaying content with meticulous attention to detail. Additionally, like its exterior counterpart, the display has an adaptive 120Hz refresh rate that elevates the Mate X3’s display into a realm of fluidity, ensuring an effortlessly responsive interface. While not officially certified for HDR content, the screen holds its own, offering a vivid color spectrum and solid brightness.
Though the inner display offers slightly lower increments for refresh rate adjustment—60Hz, 90Hz, and 120Hz—it’s an aspect hardly noticeable to the naked eye. Huawei’s Intelligent Light-Sensitive Display technology further cements the Mate X3’s prowess by optimizing visuals across various lighting conditions, ensuring a consistent and captivating viewing experience.
The Huawei Mate X3 packs a triple rear camera including a 50MP Ultra Vision main camera with f/1.8 aperture, a 13MP ultra-wide angle camera with f/2.2 aperture, and a 12MP periscope telephoto camera with f/3.4 aperture that can do 5x optical zoom.
The primary 50MP camera, utilizing the Sony IMX766 sensor, while featuring a Quad-Bayer arrangement and a RYYB pixel configuration within a 1/1.56″ sensor thus providing decent image quality. It also supports optical image stabilization (OIS), phase-detection autofocus (PDAF), and laser autofocus, which enables it captures moments with clarity and precision, even in challenging conditions.
The periscope telephoto camera is powered by the Sony IMX351 sensor, presenting a 16MP native resolution, though it operates at 12MP for superior image quality. It has a sensor size of 1/3.09″ and 1.0 µm pixels, while utilizing the RYYB configuration, thus delivering exceptional results even at 5x optical zoom. This camera also features a rarefied f/3.4 lens, bringing distant subjects closer while maintaining OIS and PDAF.
Complementing the primary and periscope lenses is a 13MP ultrawide camera, employing the Sony IMX688 sensor and autofocus technology. It operates behind an f/2.2 lens to captures expansive scenes with clarity, to bring valuable perspective to the photography repertoire.
The Huawei Mate X3 extends its prowess to the front, hosting two 8MP selfie cameras—one each on the cover display and the main inner display. While details about the specific hardware are elusive, both cameras perform capably with f/2.4 apertures, catering to daily communication needs.
Furthermore, video recording maxes out at 4k@60fps. There is no 8K @ 24fps here but not really a big deal, the 4k resolution captures detailed video recording.
Hardware and Software
Underneath its sleek exterior, the Huawei Mate X3 houses a powerhouse of hardware and software, designed to elevate your smartphone experience to new heights. At its core, the Mate X3 is fueled by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset, albeit the 4G variant. Despite not sporting the 5G modem, the Mate X3 is no slouch when it comes to power. This chipset, is accompanied by an Adreno 730 GPU, which delivers exceptional graphics performance, ensuring smooth visuals and seamless multitasking.
Furthermore, the device’s combination of 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and up to 1TB UFS 4.0 internal storage sets the stage for effortless multitasking and ample space for your apps, media, and files.
Backing up this processing prowess is a generous 4800 mAh battery, engineered to keep you connected throughout your day. Meanwhile, the device supports 66W Huawei SuperCharge fast charging. It offers an impressive 50W wireless charging capability and 7.5W reverse wireless charging, allowing you to share your device’s energy with other compatible gadgets.
The Huawei Mate X3 comes with EMUI 13.1 on board, running on top of HarmonyOS 3.1, offering extensive selection of home-grown apps. However, there’s no Google Play Store.
For connectivity, this Huawei phone comes with Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, and NFC. It also sports a USB Type-C Port (USB 3.1) for fast charging and wired communications.
Huawei Mate X3 Price and Availability
Huawei Mate X3 price starts at $ 2,199.00 / € 2,199.00 / £ 2,499.00 at leading online stores. The Huawei Mate X3 price in Nigeria starts at around ₦1,170,000.
Huawei Mate X3 Specs
Here are a few specs of the Huawei Mate X3:
- Platform: HarmonyOS 3.1 (China), EMUI 13.1 (Europe), no Google Play Services
- Processor: Qualcomm SM8475 Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 4G (4 nm) Octa Core Processor (3.19 GHz Cortex-X2 and 2.75 GHz tri-core Cortex-A710 and 2.0 GHz quad-core Cortex-A510)
- GPU: Adreno 730
- Memory: 12GB RAM
- Colours: Black, White, Violet, Dark Green, Gold
- Dimension: Unfolded: 156.9 x 141.5 x 5.3 mm, Folded: 156.9 x 72.4 x 11.1 mm
- Weight: 239 g or 241 g
- SIM Type: Nano SIM
- SIM Count: Dual SIM
- Display: 7.85 inches Foldable OLED Display, 2224 x 2496 pixels (~426 ppi density), 120Hz, ~88.9% screen-to-body ratio; 6.4 inch OLED Cover Display, 1080 x 2504 pixels
- Screen Protection: Yes, Kunlun Glass for Cover Display and Plastic for the Main Display
- Foldable Display: Yes
- Rear Camera: 50 MP (wide), f/1.8, PDAF, Laser AF, OIS + 12 MP (periscope telephoto), f/3.4, PDAF, OIS, 5x Optical Zoom + 13 MP (ultrawide), f/2.2, Autofocus Triple Camera
- Rear Camera Features: LED Flash, Panorama, HDR, 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60fps, gyro-EIS
- Front Camera: 8 MP (wide), f/2.4 Camera; 8 MP (wide), f/2.4 Cover Camera, HDR, Panaroma, 4K@30fps, 1080p@30fps
- Built-in Storage: 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
- Memory Card Support: Yes, NM (Nano Memory), up to 256GB (Hybrid SIM slot)
- Bundled Cloud Storage: –
- 2G GSM: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
- 2G CDMA 1X: CDMA 800
- 3G WCDMA: HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
- 3G CDMA EVDO: CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
- 4G LTE: LTE Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41
- 5G: No
Internet & Connectivity
- GPRS: Yes
- EDGE: Yes
- 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: Yes
- HSPA+: Yes
- CDMA EVDO: Yes
- 4G LTE: Yes
- 5G: No
- WLAN: Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, Wi-Fi 6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct
- Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
- Bluetooth: Yes Bluetooth 5.2, A2DP, LE
- NFC: Yes, Yes; NFC-SIM, HCE
- Infrared Blaster: Yes
- USB Port: Yes USB Type-C 3.1, DisplayPort 1.2, OTG
- SMS/MMS: Yes
- Instant Messaging: Yes
- Push Emails: Yes
- Email Protocol: –
- Music Player: Yes
- Video Player: Yes
- FM Radio: –
- Loudspeaker: Yes, with stereo speakers
- 3.5mm Jack: –
- Navigation: Yes, GPS (L1+L5), GLONASS (B1I+B1c+B2a), BDS (B1I+B1c+B2a), GALILEO (E1+E5a), QZSS (L1+L5), NavIC
- Maps: Yes
Sensors & Control
- Digital Compass: Yes
- Accelerometer: Yes
- Proximity Sensor: Yes
- Light Sensor: Yes
- Barometer: Yes
- SpO2: –
- Pedometer: –
- Heart Rate Monitor: –
- Gyroscope: Yes
- Fingerprint Scanner: Yes, (side mounted)
- Iris Scanner: –
- Face Unlock: –
- Stylus Pen: Yes, Stylus support on both Main Display and Cover Display
- Intelligent Digital Assistant: Yes
- Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: –
- Voice Control: Yes
- Video Streaming: Yes
- Active Noise Cancellation: –
- Wireless Charging: –
- Built-in Mobile Payment: –
- Water Resistant: Yes, IPX8 water resistant (survives in up to 1.5m of fresh water for up to 30 minutes)
- Dust Resistant: Yes, IPX8
- Image Editor: Yes
- Video Editor: Yes
- Document Viewer: –
- Document Editor: –
- Battery: 4800 mAh Non-removable Li-Po Battery
- Talktime: –
- Standby Time: –
- Fast Charging: 66W Fast Charging Capacity