Huawei Mate 20X Review

Huawei wanted the Mate 20X to be a gaming phone and a fierce competitor for the Nintendo Switch. Although it is still lagging, it is very suitable for games with its large screen and stereo sound that fills the entire room, as well as its processor capable of running the most powerful games smoothly. Its competing camera makes it a great phone for everyday use, but it has to get used to its big size first.

Perhaps it is easy to forget that the Mate 20 series includes 4 different devices, the main phone is Mate 20 Pro, the lowest-priced phone Mate 20, the Porsche luxury version Mate 20 RS, and finally the phone Mate 20X. While all of us are impressed enough, the Mate 20X remains the most striking one due to its huge screen and a large battery. It seems that the company wanted to be a gaming phone – to some extent – the big screen and stereo speakers will provide you with an experience like no other, especially since the phone works with the latest processing chip from Huawei, but the low screen refresh rate and some other small details prevented it And between it considered an optimal gaming phone.

Contents of the box

  • Mate 20X
  • Fast charger
  • User’s Manual
  • Protection cover
  • SIM mounting tools

The Mate 20X is huge on all scales, and even other phones that companies call “Plus or Pro” to express their size seem small compared to this phone. With a 7.2-inch display, you won’t be able to control the phone comfortably even if you’re familiar with the phablet category. Fortunately, the phone has a similar manufacturing quality to the Galaxy Note 9 or any other flagship phone.

We can say that the Mate 20X is an enlarged version of his wonderful brother Mate 20 Pro. On the back, you will find the same combination of triple cameras with a fingerprint reader at the bottom, and on the bottom of the phone, you will find a USB-C charging port and a speaker. The company has retained the traditional 3.5mm headphone port, making it one of the few devices that still retains this popular port for users.

The company made some sacrifices in order to reduce the price of the phone slightly compared with his brother the Pro, the edges of the screen here are not curved, and do not have the same pixel density, and the fingerprint reader is not integrated with the screen, where the company had to leave it in the back under the cameras. Also, the Mate 20X does not support charging other devices wirelessly.

The phone is very heavy with a weight of 232 grams. With this weight, you will not be able to use it for a long time while you lie in bed, but fortunately, the phone will not slip from your hand easily because of the improved texture of the back glass that Huawei used in its flagship phones for 2018.

The screen

Although the Mate 20X is marketed as a gaming phone, its screen lacks the most important and demanding features in the gaming world: the variable refresh rate as the Asus ROG phone has a 90fps refresh rate and a Razer phone 2 that ensures you 120 Frames per hour.

For non-specialists, the term refresh rate (or frame rate) is the number of frames (images) the screen can display per second, and the higher the frame rate, the smoother the display, and the smoother the gameplay, and the lesser the response time of the commands. On the other hand, the screen’s power consumption is increasing.

Gaming monitors provide a variable refresh rate to enable you to lower the refresh rate while your phone is using normal tasks for energy saving.

But even though the Mate 20X is capable of displaying 60 frames per second like all other regular phones, the large 7.2-inch AMOLED display with FHD + resolution of 1080 x 2244 can give you a great experience. There is plenty of room for your fingers, giving you more The racetracks look very wide on a screen of this size.

The screen spans almost the entire front end, with only a small drop in the shape of a drop with the front camera inside, and the lower bezels are minimized. The company removed the built-in fingerprint reader that we saw in the Mate 20 Pro and returned it to the back of the device to reduce its price slightly, a reasonable sacrifice.

Chipset Kirin 980

The Mate 20X is powered by the latest Huawei Kirin 980 chip. This chip is built with 7nm nm technology compared to the older Kirin 970, which is manufactured with 10nm technology, the first time that it uses a 7nm chip in Android-phone, this chip holds more and more power in it and is more energy-saving than 10 nm.

The Kirin 980 uses eight cores, two of which are designed for high-performance 2.6 GH and two for high-performance 1.92 GH, as well as 4 energy-efficient 1.8 GH cores.

The chip also uses a decimal-core Mali-G76 GPU that is supposed to deliver immense performance while saving more power than the Mali-G72 GPU on the older Kirin 970 chipset.

The performance

The Kirin 980 processor has shown impressive performance on test platforms, demonstrating its ability to handle massive games and cumbersome tasks. The processor scored 9764 points on the multi-core Geekbench platform and scored 206 276 points on the Antutu platform, which is a really big number. These figures indicate the potential of the processor and the great difference between it and the previous processor Kirin 970, as we show his superiority over the processor Snapdragon 845 and approaching the performance of iPhone XS.


Huawei renewed the competition when it launched its flagship phones with two rear cameras, but it ignited the smartphone market when it launched the phone P20 Pro three cameras, and it is great to see them again in a phone that is intended for games.

Triple cameras used system designed in the Mate phone 20X in collaboration with Leica, which is close to the camera phone Mate system 20 Pro, the main Valhassas accurately 40 megapixels and lens aperture , f / 1.8 , as well as first sensitive secondary precision 20 – megapixel lens with close f / 2.2 you can round Up to 5-fold without any loss of accuracy, the second wide-angle 8-megapixel f / 2.4 aperture .

These are not just numbers on paper, they also ensure you have picture quality that is identical to the Mate 20 Pro, which is good. The phone uses the main camera sensor by default with the application of pixel aggregation technology that combines visual data per 4 pixels to form a single pixel, thus obtaining a 10-megapixel image, thus improving the image quality at the expense of total resolution.

This technique works great, the daytime pictures look rich in detail and full of vitality, and the colors are true without any signs of over-saturation. The secondary sensor plays an important role in capturing distant images such as images of cities, buildings, bridges, and architectural monuments.

Portrait mode is also great and the bokeh effect works perfectly and can be compared with most other flagship phones. The overall performance of the camera in low light conditions is very good and the night images are also excellent, maintaining a large number of details and colors while keeping the image free of noise.

The 24-megapixel front camera is more than enough to take detailed, selfies with friends or video calls. The front camera supports 4K video recording, but not as good as the videos on the front camera of the Pixel 3 or Note 9.

Overall, the Mate 20 X has a camera similar to any other flagship phone on the market and is far better than any other gaming phone.


The Mate 20X comes with Huawei’s EMUI 9 interface, which completely overwhelms the Android 9 (Pie ) operating system, which contains a lot of unimportant and pre-installed programs, as well as a second application for almost any application in the phone, such as music player, video and even applications contact names. and therefore will be a busy destination a little bit. If we add the absence of the list of applications (which were not already present in all versions of EMUI) shall be the user interface is far from the interface raw Alandroed favored by many users. but if owned by a Huawei phone previously There is no problem.

The EMUI 9 has eliminated the three tactile buttons we used to use at the bottom of the screen and replaced them with a range of interactive gestures. Most smartphone companies have made the move because tactile gestures are more interactive.

Considering that the Mate 20X was marketed as a gaming phone, it is expected that you will find some applications that allow you to see the status of the processor, graphics processor, and screen refresh rate such as ROG Phone and Razer Phone 2, but unfortunately, you will not find any of them.

The battery

With a 5000mAh battery, the phone itself feels like a huge battery. This huge battery will be enough for a whole day comfortably, no matter how heavy or heavy you are. After playing for 10 hours on this monster, 20% of the battery is left.

Does the phone take a full day to recharge up to 100%? Of course not, with the fast charger (not the fastest) that comes with the phone you can recharge the phone from zero to 100% in an hour and 50 minutes only, and you will get 80% in the first hour.


You can get a blue version of the Mate 20X for 800 euros.