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About Huawei Mate 20 X 5G - Review, Specs + more

If you're looking for a 5G handset in the UK, and you're prepared to overlook some of the drawbacks of the technology that currently exist (such as rather poor national coverage - in other words, i.e. only if you only live in a city should you really be considering getting 5G), then which smartphone is best to buy?

Table of contents

  1. What you need to know:
  2. Huawei 20 X 5G  - Specs
  3. Cameras
  4. How much is the Mate 20 X 5G in the UK?
  5. Our Verdict

So here we have one possible contender for you - Huawei's first 5G-enabled smartphone for the UK (and wider European) market; it is similar to the normal Mate 20 X in pretty much every way, except for the additional 5G boost and a smaller battery (find out more why that is below). You benefit as an early adopter of the new mobile standard, but should you buy one when the price is about £200 more than the non-5G version, quite honestly? Let's find out...

What you need to know:

  • Large, high-contrast OLED display
  • Very good triple camera setup with AI functions
  • Intended for gamers and movie-watchers
  • 5G technology in UK only sporadically available

The 7.2-inch display of the Mate 20 X 5G boasts Full HD +. This is not exactly generous for the size, but quite sufficient. Using the device with just one hand proves to be difficult, but as we mentioned in our review of the 20 X (the non 5G version) - this really is a large unit, and intended to be used for gaming and movies, so it wouldn't work if it were smaller.

If you're looking for a smaller 5G ready phone, then the Samsung Galaxy A90 5G is definitely worthy of your attention, and it's currently available at a similar monthly price.

Huawei 20 X 5G  - Specs

Also, the weight of 230g is quite a lot - something you should keep in mind when buying. The mobile phone convinces thanks to the fast performance of the Kirin 980 chip, which allows intensive gaming experiences. However, this is to the detriment of the relatively small sized battery for this display size with 4200 mAh, and there's quite a good reason for this - it had to make room to accommodate the additional 5G antennae. Huawei could not really make it any bigger, so this was the compromoise.

However, Huawei does bring us fast recharging times: within 30 minutes, the battery is about 70% charged.


"The Mate" as it's popularly known, is equipped with a 40 megapixel main camera, a lens with super macro effect and a wide-angle lens - the usual 3-camera system setup is present here, and it works well. The quality of the photos are convincing, and some reviewers also pointed out that the night-mode was perhaps their favourite feature when it comes to photography.

Don't overlook the new zoom and macro functions. The photos are sharp, rich in contrast and true to colour. In addition, Huawei's artificial intelligence ensures that different subjects are recognised by themselves and special effects are proposed, or adjustments are made (automatically or manually, it's up to you).

There’s 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. It's yet another odd corner-cutting alongside very advanced other features.

How much is the Mate 20 X 5G in the UK?

The UK price for the phone at launch is £999. Quite steep - but 5G models tend to be. Or, if you prefer, you can pay monthly, with the price starting at about £35 a month on a 24 month contract with Virgin Mobile.

Obviously as the 5G version is still relatively new, the price should drop further.

Our Verdict

The unique selling point of the Mate 20 X 5G is already in the name - so check out our review of the regular Mate 20 X if you want to know more about the phone itself, as this is only a breif review.

On the one hand, the 4G version packs a bigger battery and costs half the price in the UK. So while in isolation it’s a great phone, until 5G coverage improves, or its price goes down, it is a tough sell at £799.

The 5G module enables future-orientated,  faster network standards and - assuming you don't drop it! - this phone should still be perfectly usable in 5 year's time...  By that point, 5G should be pretty common up and down Britain and readily available even the smaller provincial towns.


  • What colour is best for the 20X 5G?
  • Is the 20X 5G better than the 4G?

What colour is best for the 20X 5G?

There is in fact only one colour at the moment and that's in green (emerald green it is sometimes called). There are likely to be one or two more colours shortly, so hold tight as we await news from Samsung.

Is the 20X 5G better than the 4G?

The non-5G / regular Mate 20 X is not available in the UK currently on pay monthly. Huawei decided to switch to the 5G version only, but we think that was a wise choice personally, as 5G tech becomes widespread.