If you’re keen on foldable phones but aren’t fully convinced by the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, then there should soon be another of these innovative devices available to buy: the Huawei Mate X3 is apparently now ready for mass production and should show up soon.
That’s according to tipster Wangzai Knows Everything(opens in new tab) (via Notebookcheck(opens in new tab)), and the word is that it will follow the design aesthetic laid down by Samsung quite closely – as well as potentially cost significantly less than its rival.
There may be some compromises along the way, with rumors that the handset will have to make do with 4G rather than 5G. It should come running the latest high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor though.
What we know so far
We don’t actually know much at all about what the Huawei Mate X3 is going to bring with it, though some clues might be offered up by what we’ve previously seen on the Huawei Mate X2, which made its debut in February 2021.
That’s nearly two years ago, so the Mate X3 follow up is somewhat overdue at this point. The Mate X2 came with an 8-inch screen for its main display, and carried the Kirin 9000 processor as well as up to 12GB of RAM and a quad-lens rear camera.
Those are premium-level specs and it looks as though the Mate X3 will continue that trend, apart from, perhaps, the absence of 5G connectivity. Based on the new leak, the phone might appear at some point in the first half of 2023.
More competition please
While we really like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4, we’d also like to see more options for consumers who want to pick up a foldable phone without giving up a lot of screen. their savings.
Sure, there are good alternatives — like the Motorola Razr and Xiaomi Mix Fold — but no one else seems ready to invest as much in the foldable phone future as Samsung right now.
The Huawei Mate X3 will likely go some way to giving Samsung more competition in the foldable phone space, but Huawei needs to improve its international distribution. It’s not easy to get the Mate X2 if you live outside of China.
We hope that the foldable iPhone and Pixel Fold come out sooner rather than later, which will greatly improve the available options. These two high-profile phones are likely to debut in 2023.
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