Huawei Mate 20 X up for review
Date: 28 January 2019
Featuring the four phones; Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20, Mate 20 RS, and Mate 20 X this line of installment definitely made an impact, with the 20 Pro being mainstream flagship, the 20 as value-for-money proposition, the 20 RS as a fancier version of the Pro and then there's the Mate 20 X, which is way harder to sum up as it's a combination of the Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro and a little bit of something extra.
You get the more premium camera setup - with the massive viewfinder and Night Mode - but the lower 1080p display resolution and then there's the huge 7.2" AMOLED panel and a whopping 5,000 mAh battery.
The behemoth of a phone measures 174.6 x 85.4 x 8.2 mm and tips the scales at 232 grams. Many would consider this a tablet, as It's not ideally sized for most people or most pockets. And people might think you silly if you whip out a 7.2 inch device for a call or to take a snap.
Yet regardless of its size Huawei didn't find space or need for its Face ID tech, or Qi wireless charging. It is also missing the extra snappy 40W charging standard (settling for 22.5W instead) and the under display fingerprint scanner as well as the IP68 water and dust protection.
If you can keep up with the weight, though, productivity and gaming are strong sides of the Mate 20 X. It even has a couple of exclusive accessories to boost its performance. For example, the HUAWEI M-Pen.
It’s optional and will only set you back about $50. Unfortunately, the Mate 20 X has no slot for it so there's no convenient way to carry the two as a single package out of the box, like on a Samsung Galaxy Note. If you can manage the extra stress though, the M Pen could be great for some artistic work on the go.
The gaming is also excellent, the battery capacity keeps you going during those extra long gaming sessions. Also the 7.2 inch display gives you access to those extra controls that makes the right kind of difference.
The Mate 20 X might not be a universally desirable devices, but it has a lot going for it and to many it may end up being the best Huawei phone to date. We have to find out if its real life performance can cash the cheques written by its marketing materials first and by the time the full review is complete we'll be sure to do just that.