The Mate X3 features a book-like design that is similar to the Mate X2 and the Galaxy Z Fold series. It comes equipped with a 7.85-inch internal folding screen that boasts a resolution of 2,496 × 2,224 and a refresh rate of 120Hz, as well as a 6.4-inch FHD+ curved smartphone display with a refresh rate of 120Hz. Although the folding screen does not have ultra-thin glass protection, Huawei claims that it has a durable design that can withstand impacts.
The Mate X3 boasts an IPX8 rating, a rare achievement among foldable phones, which only Samsung devices currently possess. Additionally, Huawei offers a wet hand mode that enables the phone to recognize touch inputs with wet hands. The IP rating and slim design are noteworthy achievements.
The device also features a free-stop hinge that can stop at any point between fully open and closed. This feature enables Flex Mode-style functionalities such as using the partially opened device as a stand for the camera app, media player, video calling client, and more. The phone can also function as a smart display when placed on a surface while partially opened.
The Mate X3 has an impressive camera setup, with a 50MP main camera with OIS (RYYB color filter), a 13MP ultrawide camera with macro support, and a 12MP 5X periscope camera. Rear cameras can also be used for selfies, and there are punch hole cutouts on both screens for an 8MP selfie camera.
Other notable features of the Mate X3 include Bluetooth 5.2, dual SIM support, an IR blaster, side fingerprint scanner, and two-way satellite messaging via Beidou satellites.
The Huawei Mate X3 is currently available in China, with a starting price of 12,999 yuan (around $1,904). It is uncertain when it will be available globally, but if it does become available in other markets, it is expected to be more expensive than the Galaxy Z Fold 4. One drawback of the device is that it doesn't have Google integration. Overall, the Mate X3 is a highly innovative foldable phone that boasts a sleek design, impressive features such as an IPX8 rating, and competitive potential in the foldable phone market.
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