Huawei Mate X3: everything you need to know

Man holding the Huawei Mate X3 foldable phone
(Image credit: Huawei)

Huawei has been making waves in the foldable market for years, and the reveal of the new Mate X3 – alongside the conventional candybar P60 series – has certainly set tongues wagging, with packed spec sheets for both.

While the Huawei P60 and its Pro and Art variants look to offer a more traditional smartphone experience, the Mate X3 feels like it could be the next exciting leap for folding phones. That's thanks to a considerable drop in weight from devices like the Galaxy Z Fold 4, and the fact it offers an impressive spec sheet that's worth a look for all tech enthusiasts.

The phone was initially restricted to China, but has since become available to pre-order in the UK and Europe. Below, then, we've sourced everything worth knowing about the Huawei Mate X3; including its price, weight credentials, screen refresh rate, and much more.

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Shipping for the Huawei Mate X3 began in China on April 13, before the phone became available for pre-order in the UK and Europe on May 9.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? Huawei's latest folding phone
  • When is it out? Announced March 23 (China), on sale April 13. Announced May 9 (UK), on sale May 26. 
  • How much does it cost? From CNY¥12,999 / £1,999.99 / €2,199

Huawei Mate X3: release date and price

Huawei Mate X3

The Huawei Mate X3 is water resistant (Image credit: Huawei)

The Huawei Mate X3 was revealed on March 23, 2023 for the Chinese market, and began shipping in that region on April 13 from CNY¥12,999. 

That price refers to the 256GB version of the phone, while the 512GB version will set you back CNY¥13,999, and the larger 1TB version costs a whopping CNY¥15,999.

The Mate X3 goes on sale in Europe from May 22, and in the UK from May 26, in one storage configuration: 12 GB RAM/512 GB. That version will cost you £1,999 / €2,199. Incidentally, if you’re in the UK and order the phone via Huawei before June 5, the company will also throw in a free Huawei Watch GT 3.

Prior Huawei devices have taken a little under half a year to emerge in other territories beyond the company's homeland, so it's refreshing to see Huawei bring the Mate X3 to the UK and Europe so soon after the phone's initial China launch. 

It's also worth noting that the Mate X3 won’t land in the US, and there’s a high chance that it won't make it to Australia, either.

Huawei Mate X3: design and display

Huawei Mate X3 water splash press image

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Since the Huawei Mate X3 is a folding phone, it offers not just one, but two displays -- and both are impressive in their own right.

Each OLED panel offers a 120Hz refresh rate, with a 6.4-inch cover screen with a 2504x1080 resolution (and a 20.9:9 aspect ratio). Pop the phone open, and you're greeted with a 7.85-inch display with a 2496x2224 resolution and a 'so-close-to-square' aspect ratio of 8:7.1.

The "cover" display sports reinforced Kunlun Glass to help protect against breaks and scratches, too – returning from the Mate 50 Pro (and also found on the P60 lineup).

Huawei Mate X3 Colors

The Huawei Mate X3 will arrive in five colors: black, violet, white, gold and dark green (Image credit: Huawei)

Huawei is dubbing these displays as 'X-True' – the brand's not-entirely-catchy moniker for tough glass with impact resistance, as well as certified color accuracy and color projection. All-in-all, it's a nice way of saying that you're getting an accurate but tough set of screens, and we're all for it.

The company promises that the outer display's Kunlun Glass protection makes it up to ten times more drop resistant than the equivalent cover screen on the previous Mate X2, while the main folding display is now four times more impact resistant than before.

As for the rest of the design, the Huawei Mate X3 is now water-resistant – with the IPX8 certification that means the Galaxy Z Fold 4 finally has a noteworthy competitor in this department. That continuing theme of durability persists through to the phone's hinge too. It's intended to be more flexible, and allow for a flatter open display, but it also lets the phone be propped open laptop-style, for video calls and selfies.

There are five colorways to choose from in China, with basic black, white and gold options, as well as fetching violet or dark green finishes. The black, gold and dark green options come rendered in vegan leather, while the other variants of the X3 sport a glass back. Those in the UK and Europe are limited to the black and dark green versions of the phone, mind. 

Huawei Mate X3: camera and battery

We've already mentioned that hinge that makes it easier to take photos on a flat surface or enjoy video calls, but that's still reliant on impressive cameras. From the spec sheet, it certainly looks like the Huawei Mate X3 is ready to hold its own in that regard.

There are 8MP selfie cameras on each of its displays, meaning you'll be able to easily chat with loved ones whether it's open or closed.

Naturally, the back snapper is impressively powerful, with a 50MP f/1.8 main camera, offering plenty to work with. There's also a 13MP ultrawide with an f/2.2 aperture and a 12MP telephoto that uses periscope lenses to reach 5x optical zoom in this relatively slim chassis.

The usual accoutrements are included, too, with 4K video recording available at 30 or 60fps.

Perhaps most notable about the camera setup is that its rectangular in its layout, rising from the chassis on a circular bump.

Huawei Mate X3 gold leather press image

(Image credit: Huawei)

The Huawei Mate X3 comes packing a 4,800mAh lithium-polymer battery, which is a fraction smaller than the P60 & P60 Pro's 4,815mAh cell.

While we've not gone hands-on to test how long it'll last, we do know that it supports 66W fast charging through a wired connection or up to 50W wirelessly.

Once the battery hits 1%, Low-Battery Emergency Mode can eke out 12 minutes of call time, or three hours of standby – something you'll never want to use, but it's good to have it there.

There's reverse charging, too, with 7.5W wireless power output to charge other devices.

Huawei Mate X3: specs and features

While there are a trio of P60 devices, outside of storage options, the Huawei Mate X3 comes in just one flavor; including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset.

It's the same silicon found in the P60, with the 4nm chip paired with 12GB of RAM. Sadly, that means that there's no 5G connectivity here, which may be a deal-breaker for those looking for the fastest connection.

That chip suggests similar power to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 or the Realme GT 3, neither of which is any slouch.

Here's the full spec breakdown across models:

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Huawei Mate X3 specs
Row 0 - Cell 1
Dimensions (folded):156.9 x 72.4 x 11.8mm
Dimensions (unfolded):156.9 x 141.5 x 5.3mm
Weight:239 grams
Main display:7.85-inch 120Hz 8:7.1 2504x1080 OLED
Cover display:6.4-inch 120Hz 20.9:9 1080x2504 OLED
Chipset:Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 4G
Storage:256GB / 512GB / 1TB. Expandable via NM up to 256GB
OS:HarmonyOS 3.1 (China), EMUI 13.1 (Global)
Primary camera:50MP, f/1.8 w/ OIS
Ultrawide camera:13MP, f/2.2
Telephoto camera:12MP, f/3.4 5x optical periscope zoom w/ OIS
Front cameras:Two 8MP, f/2.4 (one on each display)
Charging:65W (wired), 50W (wireless)
Colors:Black, white, gold, violet, dark green

The HarmonyOS 3.1 release come preloaded on Chinese versions of the Huawei Mate X3, but the international version offers EMUI.

That means that – regardless of which version you buy – you'll be missing the Google Play Store and associated Google services.

The China variant maintains the Mate 50's BDS Satellite connectivity for messaging and calls, primarily intended for emergency situations. It's not currently an option internationally, however.

Lloyd Coombes
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Lloyd Coombes is a freelance tech and fitness writer for TechRadar. He's an expert in all things Apple as well as Computer and Gaming tech, with previous works published on TopTenReviews,, and Live Science. You'll find him regularly testing the latest MacBook or iPhone, but he spends most of his time writing about video games at Dexerto.