Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 vs Huawei Mate X2

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 vs Huawei Mate X2

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  • They actually follow a similar design language. Huawei got inspired by Samsung in that regard, as the Mate X2 is considerably different from its predecessor. It opens up like a book, and it does offer really compelling hardware overall. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is essentially a refinement of the Z Fold 2 recipe, and that’s not a bad thing, not at all. Let’s kick off the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 vs Huawei Mate X2 comparison, shall we
    Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 vs Huawei Mate X2: Design
    Both devices are made out of metal and glass. They feature a frame made out of metal, and a glass backplate. Both devices also come with two displays, and both open up like a book. The Huawei Mate X2 is taller, wider, and thicker than the Z Fold 3. That goes for both its folded and unfolded states. It is also heavier than the Z Fold 3, though truth be said they’re both quite heavy, and the difference is not that big in that regard.

  • In this article, we’ll compare two rather compelling foldables, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 vs Huawei Mate X2. These are the best foldables Samsung and Huawei have to offer, respectively. Truth be said, the Mate X2’s availability is nowhere near the availability of the Z Fold 3, and the Huawei ban issued by the US has a lot to do with that. Either way, comparing these two devices certainly is worth it.

Also, the Huawei Mate X2 does have larger displays than its competitor, so that directly affects its size and weight. Both devices are quite difficult to use with one hand, even when they’re folded. The Z Fold 3 is somewhat easier to use in such a state, though, as it’s narrower and slightly lighter. Still, your pinky finger will complain, as you will feel fatigue soon, if you end up holding either device with one hand.

The Huawei Mate X2 has a pill-shaped display cutout on its second display, but not on its main one. That does differ from the Z Fold 3, which has a single camera hole on its secondary display, and an under-display camera on its main one. We’ll talk more about that in the next section, though. The two devices have different-looking camera islands on the back, but they’re placed in the same spot.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 vs Huawei Mate X2: Display
As mentioned in the intro, both devices have two displays, and one of those two panels is foldable on both phones. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 includes a 7.6-inch 2208 x 1768 Dynamic AMOLED 2X display. That is a foldable display, which is flat, and which offers a 120Hz refresh rate. There is a UTG layer on top of that display, and it does support HDR10+ content. That panel can hit 1,200 nits of peak brightness. A secondary panel on the device is a 6.2-inch 2268 x 832 Dynamic AMOLED 2X display which also offers a 120Hz refresh rate. That panel is protected by the Gorilla Glass Victus, and it’s flat. Both the main and secondary displays have display camera holes, one on each.

The Huawei Mate X2, on the other hand, has an 8-inch 2480 x 2200 foldable OLED display. That is a 90Hz panel, and it’s flat. A 6.45-inch display is also included here, as the phone’s secondary panel. We’re looking at a 2700 x 1160 resolution here. That display also offers a 90Hz refresh rate, by the way. The main display on the phone does not have a display camera hole, while the secondary one has a pill-shaped one.

The Huawei Mate X2’s panel feels a bit more plasticky under the fingers than the Z Fold 3’s. It’s more similar to the original Galaxy Fold and Z Fold 2, than it is to the Z Fold 3. The Galaxy Z Fold 3’s displays also do get a bit brighter, and they do look better on paper. Both sets of displays are good, though, far from it, and sharp enough. They’re vivid, and have good viewing angles.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 vs Huawei Mate X2: Performance
You’d expect excellent performance on both of these phones, considering they’re flagship-grade, and cost a pretty penny, right? Well, yes, and that’s exactly what you’d get. We’re at a point where all major OEMs release flagships which offer beastly performance. They use high-end hardware, and do well when it comes to optimizations with the software. Well, both of these companies did that, even though the software is vastly different. One important thing to note, on the software side of things, is that the Mate X2 does not support Google services. That is due to the US ban, so if you’re a Google user, the Mate X2 is not the phone you should consider. When it comes to the UI look in general, the two phones are considerably different, but both do feel very much like Android, and will feel familiar if you’ve used an Android phone or tablet before.

The Galaxy Z Fold 3 combines the Snapdragon 888 SoC with 8GB or 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM. You can get the phone in 256GB or 512GB storage models, and we’re looking at UFS 3.1 flash storage here. The Mate X2, on the other hand, is fueled by the Kirin 9000 5G, Huawei’s very own flagship processor. That chip is combined with 8GB of RAM and 256GB or 512GB of storage. We still don’t know if it’s UFS 3.0 or 3.1 storage, but regardless, the phone is extremely fast. Gaming should be no problem for either device. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 vs Huawei Mate X2: Battery
The Galaxy Z Fold 3 includes a 4,400mAh battery. The Z Fold 3, on the other hand, comes with a 4,500mAh battery pack. Is that enough to keep the phones going long enough? Well, the battery life could be better on both phones. It will depend on how much you use the main display, though. If you rely on the outer display more, you will drain less battery juice. To be honest, though, most of you will probably rely on that main display more.

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