Huawei has released its latest foldable smartphone, the Mate X3, to compete with the top foldable devices on the market. Despite the U.S. ban and the inability to use 5G components and Google Mobile Services in the global market, the company keeps releasing flagships and innovative phones. One of the main rivals of the new Mate X3 is the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4. If you are a Chinese customer, you will have a hard time choosing between these two devices if you do not know their specifications very well. In this comparison, we will analyze the specifications and features of both foldable smartphones to help you make an informed decision.
Huawei Mate X3 vs Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4
|Huawei Mate X3||Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4|
|THICKNESS||11.8 mm when folded, 5.3 mm when unfolded||15.8 mm when folded, 6.3 mm when unfolded|
|DISPLAY||Main display: 7.85 inches, 2224 x 2496p (Quad HD+), Foldable OLED|
External display: 6.4 inches Full HD+ (1080 x 2580p), OLED
|7.6 inches, 1812 x 2176p (Quad HD+), Foldable Dynamic AMOLED 2X|
External display: 6.2 inches, AMOLED, 904 x 2316 pixels (HD+)
|PROCESSOR||Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, octa-core 3 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, octa-core 3.19 GHz|
|MEMORY||256 GB – 512 GB – 1 TB – nano memory card slot||12 GB RAM, 256 GB – 12 GB RAM, 512 GB – 12 GB RAM, 1 TB|
|SOFTWARE||HarmonyOS or EMUI||Android 12L, One UI|
|CONNECTIVITY||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS|
|CAMERA||Triple 50 + 8 + 13 MP f/1.8, f/3.4, and f/2.2|
8 MP f/2.4 front camera
|Triple 50 + 10 + 12 MP, f/1.8, f/2.4 and f/2.2|
4 MP f/1.8 selfie camera and 10 MP f/2.2 selfie camera
Fast charging 66W and 50W fast wireless charging
|4400 mAh, Fast Charging 25W, fast wireless charging 15W|
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||Foldable display, secondary external display, IPX8 certification, reverse charging 5W||Foldable display, secondary external display, 5G, reverse wireless charging, S Pen support, IPX8 certification|
The Huawei Mate X3 and Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 both feature a foldable design with an internal display that transforms into a tablet and a smaller external display for traditional smartphone use. The Mate X3 has a thickness of 11.8 mm when folded and 5.3 mm when unfolded, while the Z Fold4 measures 15.8 mm when folded and 6.3 mm when unfolded. Both devices boast impressive build quality, as well as the added advantage of being waterproof with an IPX8 certification. The most interesting one in terms of design is the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 because it is more compact and minimalistic.
The Mate X3 features a 7.85-inch main display with a 2224 x 2496p (Quad HD+) resolution, using foldable OLED technology. The external display is a 6.4-inch Full HD+ (1080 x 2580p) OLED screen. On the other hand, the Galaxy Z Fold4 comes with a 7.6-inch foldable Dynamic AMOLED 2X main display with an 1812 x 2176p (Quad HD+) resolution, and a 6.2-inch HD+ external display. With the Huawei Mate X3, you actually get wider displays, which is great for gaming, multimedia, and productivity, but they make the phone bigger in dimensions. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 is more compact and supports the S Pen, another great added value for productivity.
Specs & Software
Both devices are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, but due to the U.S. ban, the Huawei Mate X3 does not support 5G connectivity. While the Mate X3 comes with varying internal storage options (256 GB, 512 GB, and 1 TB), it also includes a nano memory card slot. The Galaxy Z Fold4 offers three configurations with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB, 512 GB, or 1 TB of internal storage. The level is the same, but the Samsung flagship wins the hardware comparison because of its 5G connectivity. The Huawei Mate X3 will run on either HarmonyOS or EMUI (it will lack Google Mobile Services in the global market), whereas the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 is based on Android 12L with One UI (Google Mobile Services are included).
The Mate X3 sports a triple camera setup with 50 MP, 8 MP, and 13 MP sensors, and an 8 MP front-facing camera. The Galaxy Z Fold4 features a triple camera setup with 50 MP, 10 MP, and 12 MP sensors, along with a 4 MP and a 10 MP selfie camera. The rear cameras of the Huawei foldable phones are definitely more interesting because they include a periscope sensor.
The Huawei Mate X3 is equipped with a 4800 mAh battery that supports 66W fast charging and 50W fast wireless charging. In contrast, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 has a slightly smaller 4400 mAh battery with 25W fast charging and 15W fast wireless charging capabilities. With the Huawei flagship, you can actually get a longer battery life, as well as faster charging speeds.
The Huawei Mate X3 carries a starting price tag of about $559 or €539 in the Chinese market: despite the absence of 5G connectivity, it is very expensive. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 has a starting price of $659 or €609 globally and it is actually more affordable even in China. Which one would you pick?
Huawei Mate X3 vs Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4: PRO and CONS
Huawei Mate X3
- Bigger battery
- Faster charging
- Periscope camera
- Wider displays
- No 5G
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4
- S Pen support
- Wider availability
- Android 12L
- Two selfie cameras
- Slower charging
- Smaller battery