Welcome to the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G Review post, here in this post you will find everything about the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G smartphone that you need to know.
Huawei Mate 20 X 5G is a big-screened 5G smartphone with plenty of power and a great triple camera setup. Set up for success? Absolutely, until you consider its price, and the fact the 4G Huawei Mate 20 X costs less and is arguably better. With a 7.2-inch screen, a 40-MP of camera and a Kirin 980 chipset powering the experience along, the two phones share the same core DNA and look virtually identical side-by-side.
Where Huawei Mate 20 X 5G excels is in its inclusion of very fast charging – 40W, the same speed as found on the Huawei P30 Pro. It also features an extra 2GB of RAM as standard, and, of course, 5G data speeds. Meanwhile, the original Huawei Mate 20 X has a much larger battery, a headphone jack, and a much lower price-tag.
Huawei Mate 20 X 5G Review: Specifications
|Model||Mate 20 X 5G|
|Launched in India||No|
|Dimensions (mm)||174.60 x 85.40 x 8.15|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||4200|
Huawei Mate 20 X 5G Review: Price and Availability
- Available now in the UK and throughout Europe
- Not yet in Nepal
This smartphone is available with 256-GB of storage. After launching the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro at an event held in London, Huawei had another surprise up its sleeve — Huawei Mate 20 X. With a 7.2 inch huge screen, Huawei Mate 20 X is the largest in the Mate 20 series of smartphones launched today. Looking at it’s size, it would be wrong to call it a smartphone instead of a standard size tablet.
There’s been no word on a US release, which is not surprising given the current political US/China/Huawei situation. In terms of phones support going forward, Huawei has guaranteed that Huawei Mate 20 X 5G along with all its smartphones currently on the market (other than the Huawei Mate 30 range) will continue to have access to Google Play services.
Huawei Mate 20 X will be cost for €899(around NRs.1,22,550) when it’s released on October 26th.
Huawei Mate 20 X 5G Review: Design and Screen
- Premium design
- Huge 7.2-inch AMOLED screen
- Attractive ‘hyper optical’ glass back
Huawei Mate 20 X 5G is a great-looking smartphone. From the front, there is a lot of screen thanks to the small bezels and the phone is teardrop notch. Its curved body also feels premium in the hand, and Huawei’s hyper optical patterning looks attractive and repels fingerprints, too. As like Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro, the phone’s buffed aluminum frame curves into the phone’s front and rear glass panels. A red accent pops nicely around the power button, and the squircle of a rear camera surround reminds you this is a Huawei Mate 20-series smartphone, even though it is a design feature that looks set to make its way to the Google Pixel 4.
There is also a rear fingerprint scanner below the camera bump, which is a strange inclusion for a phone that costs roughly £1,000 – we really would have expected to see an in-screen scanner here. As with the OnePlus 7 Pro, Huawei Mate 20 X features a triple camera system with ultra-wide, main and telephoto lenses.
Unlike the flagship Huawei Mate 20 Pro and P30 Pro, there is no significant waterproofing on the 20 X 5G, though devices in some regions will get a case to protect the back of the phone in the box, so check with your local retailer to confirm box contents if you decide to pick one up. On-device protection includes a Gorilla Glass screen combined with a pre-fitted screen protector.
USB-C port is at the base of the phone, along with one of the stereo speakers, and volume and power buttons are on the right side. The earpiece doubles up as the second speaker, though this only produces about 20% of the phone’s total sound. Huawei Mate 20 X 5G has 7.2 inches big display, combining a 1080 x 2244 resolution with OLED tech to deliver a very good viewing experience. At 346 pixels-per-inch it isn’t as sharp as its 5G competition, such as the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and OnePlus 7 Pro 5G. That said, for most, it will still deliver a comfortable, crisp viewing experience, similar to that of the iPhone XR.
Viewing angles are strong and max brightness suffices for comfortable outdoor use. The high point of the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G’s screen is video playback though, TV shows and movies look impressive on it, especially HDR10 videos, which play back at up to 60fps beautifully.
Huawei Mate 20 X 5G Review: Battery Life
- 4,200mAh battery
- 40W charger included
- No wireless charging
Huawei Mate 20 X 5G packs the same capacity battery as the Huawei P30 Pro at 4,200mAh, which is a stripped back capacity compared to the original Huawei Mate 20 X, which featured a 5,000mAh battery. Huawei Mate 20 X’s battery was excellent, but Huawei Mate 20 X 5G’s is just sufficient. It makes it through from morning to night with about 5-10% left in the tank with moderate use, and a 90-minute Full HD video played back at full brightness depleted it by about 15%. Heavy users may well need an afternoon top-up though, especially if you are in a 5G area and anticipate a lot of screen-on time.
Also like P30 Pro, Huawei Mate 20 X 5G supports fast charging, up to 40W, and this powers the phone up incredibly quickly given its capacity, charging from 0-100% in roughly one hour. The phone also has a dark mode to eke a bit more juice out of it, as well as software features to monitor battery usage so you can track down rogue apps.
Huawei Mate 20 X 5G Review: Camera
- Triple rear camera
- 24MP selfie camera
- 4K video at 30fps
Huawei Mate 20 X 5G features the same triple-lens Leica setup as found on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and performs more or less the same, though has been updated since it launched, bringing its low light capabilities up to speed with Huawei P30 series. The 40-MP main camera features an f/1.8 aperture, and is complemented by a 20-MP ultra-wide lens (f/2.2) and an 8-MP (f/2.4) telephoto lens. This triple setup means Huawei Mate 20 X has a versatile camera system, comparable to that of the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 ranges. It’s capable of capturing crisp macro shots, wide-angle group shots or zoomed-in portraits.
Huawei Mate 20 X 5G’s camera has different modes: photo, video, night, portrait, panorama and more. indistinct modes like Light Painting, AR Lens, Monochrome, etc. are tucked away in the ‘More’ tab as well, and there is even an option to download additional shooting modes. As for image quality, in well-lit scenes, the camera can take excellent photos, rivaling the best out there in terms of detail, especially when you override the standard megapixel-count and unleash the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G’s full 40MP shooting capabilities.
Go beyond the phone’s 3x optical zoom though, and photos lose a fair bit of detail, especially compared to the optical zoom of Huawei P30 Pro and Oppo Reno 10X Zoom (Review). The on-board AI is able to detect around 1,500 objects in any given scene and can add pop to your images. That is not always a good thing though; images can end up looking too zingy, especially in green-heavy scenes, so if you want to play it safe or like flatter, natural photos, toggle AI scene recognition off.
One highlight on Huawei Mate 20 X 5G is low light shooting. Even when you do not fire up night mode, the phone sees in the dark, much like Huawei P30 Pro, performing significantly better than the original did when it launched. That said, the main benefit is experienced through the main camera, with the telephoto and ultra-wide cameras falling behind at night. With its 24MP (f/2.0) selfie camera, you can grab some good looking shots with a range of portrait modes and filters. While there’s no autofocus, thanks to HDR capabilities it copes admirably even with backlit scenes – just make sure you’re an arm’s length away when taking a selfie.
Videos can be recorded at up to 60fps in 1080p, and 30fps at up to 4K. Results look good, with autofocus working like charm even in low light. There are a few filters to make videos look more interesting, including a Sin City-esque AI color mode, though even without the gimmicks, across resolutions it’s a competent performer in all but the lowest light.
Huawei Mate 20 X 5G Review: Interface and Reliability
- Runs Android 9 with EMUI 9
- Features Google Play Store support
- Customizable and stable
Huawei Mate 20 X 5G runs Android 9, and is in a great position from a future-proofing point of view. This smartphone has access to a lot of apps available in the Google Play Store, and Huawei has guaranteed support for Huawei Mate 20 series in the future.
Huawei’s skin, EMUI 9, won’t be for everyone. Like iPhones, Huawei doesn’t load up an apps tray on the Mate 20 X 5G by default, but you can enable it in the settings if you want to keep your home screens app-free. The nuts and bolts of the interface consists of a variable number of home screens, a Google Assistant screen to the left, and a notifications bar that can be pulled down from the top.
The whole experience is very smooth and stable, with no judders or slowdowns given the ample power under the hood, and if you don’t like Huawei’s look and feel, you can swap out themes or install a custom launcher. There are also a lot of handy customization in the settings, from gesture inputs through to a dark theme to truly take advantage of that AMOLED display’s battery saving capabilities when showcasing blacks.
Huawei Mate 20 X 5G Review: Verdict
Huawei Mate 20 X 5G is a strange smartphone. In a bubble, it is excellent for admirer who want the biggest 5G phone around. Its gorgeous design marries with a massive, engulfing screen that plays back HDR10 videos like a mesmerizing slab of pure joy. This smartphone’s camera is also fantastic, and with plenty of storage and a stable UI, we’re not left wanting for much – though we do wish the battery was a bit better, even if it does charge quickly.
So while both Huawei 4G and 5G Mate 20 X are very good smartphones, until 5G coverage improves, the choice is obvious.