This year, Huawei already launched two phones in Mate 20 series, the original and the Pro version, and the announcement of the Mate 20 X turned out to be quite a big surprise to everyone. However, 20 X is a bit different from its counterparts, because this device was mostly intended for gaming and productivity audiences. While the specs of the device are crafted specifically for a better gaming experience, the Mate 20 X is much more a niche device comparing to the other two handsets it came with. Huawei Mate 20 X makers don’t see the phones like Razer Phone 2 or ASUS Rog as their competition, but they are also looking to go up against Nintendo Switch with their phone.
The projected price for the Mate 20 X is €899, which is around $1,040, £790 and AU$1460. That puts this phone straight in between the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro. The release date of the phone is set for October 26th, which means you will be able to buy it pretty soon.
The Huawei Mate 20 X boasts a huge 7.2″ OLED HDR display, which is ideal for the games who rely on the precision, clarity and the survey of the battleground, it has a full HD Plus resolution (2244×1080) with an 87,83% screen to body ratio, making it bigger and sharper than the Nintendo Switch. Like the Mate 20, the 20 X also supports the dewdrop notch, ensuring that only small amount of the screen is covered by the part containing the front-facing camera. The more screen space means that this phone can display more information, like more items on your inbox or more text on the screen at a time, which will save you the healthy amount of scrolls.
Given the size of the screen, it’s not surprising to say that The Huawei Mate 20 X is one big phone. And we mean big, like too big to be used one-handed. It seems impressive but not very practical. On the right side of the phone are power, lock and volume keys, set a bit higher on the side, which might prove inconvenient for people with smaller hands. On the top edge, there’s a headphone jack, which is surprisingly absent on the more premium Mate 20 Pro. The speakers are set on the top and bottom, providing a solid stereo sound.
Despite the size, Mate 20 X is much lighter to hold than we were expecting, which is a good news for everyone who plays longer gaming hours. The device is IPS 3 rated, which means it’s resistant to dust and water, although nowhere near as premium phones. So try not to drop this phone in the bath, but it will survive getting caught in the rain.
Concerning the battery, this phone packs a huge one, with 5000 mAh. They even claim this battery is able to provide up to 23 hours of video playback, which is 9 hours more than iPhone XS Max. This daring claim will be up to test very soon.
Under the hood of The Huawei Mate 20 X lies plenty of power, with Huawei’s new Kirin 980 chipset followed by 6 gigabytes of RAM. This will ensure that you can play any game you load, and you’ll have a smooth performance with just a bit of lag. Huawei took additional steps to improve the gaming performance of its new device by putting the Super Cool system. Try to guess what it’s for. Anyway, is features a vapor chamber and graphene film cooling technology, which Huawei claims that offers up to 20 times better cooling compared to copper. If you want to push the game a pedal further, you can buy an additional clip-on controller and this hefty piece of accessory adds a joystick and d-pad to the handset, improving the precision and control.
In the heart of the Huawei Mate 20 X live the latest version of Google software, Android 9 Pie, but it’s overcoated in Huawei’s EMUI interface. This changes the layout of the interface, making it less slick, but giving it a greater level of customization and control over the look and function.
Overall, this is a great phone for anyone looking for long gaming hours or binge-watching Netflix on the move. The huge amount of screen area will emphasize your content in the best way, but for many people, it would be too big for comfort. This is a specialized product, not aiming for the wider audience like it’s Mate 20 counterparts, but those who are looking for huge battery and display, won’t find a better device to suit their needs than the Mate 20 X.