Huawei Mate X3 review: a first-class foldable with a sky-high price

The Huawei Mate X3 has the best foldable hardware and cameras around – though its price and software are less appealing

A photo captured on the Huawei Mate X3
(Image: © Basil Kronfli)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Huawei's Mate X3 showcases the highest-quality foldable hardware you can buy. Its lightweight and slim design makes it feel comfortable to use when closed, its secure hinge makes opening and closing it a satisfying, reassuring experience, and the added water resistance helps it compete directly with the Galaxy Z Fold-series. The phone's price, lack of 5G, and hamstrung software experience all work against it – and will stop most even considering picking one up – but as a technology showcase, the Mate X3 is a marvel that schools the foldable competition – not least of all with its cameras.


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    Powerful camera system

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    Lighter than an iPhone 14 Pro Max

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    Secure hinge and IPX8 water resistance

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    Two fantastic and usable screens


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    Lacks Google Mobile Services

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    No 5G mobile data speeds

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    Very expensive

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    Occasionally aggressive photo processing

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The Huawei Mate X3 is the most impressive foldable we’ve tested to date. Not only does it combine a full, phone-sized cover screen with a big main display, but it’s also thin, light, and IPX8 water and dust resistant.

Launching alongside the mighty P60 Pro, Huawei’s flagship camera phone, the two-in-one folding Mate X3 also promises a best-in-class camera experience, thanks to its periscope camera, which is usually reserved for thick, traditional flagship mobiles like the Google Pixel 7 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra.

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.