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About Huawei Mate 20 X - Review, Specs + more

Enter the Huawei Mate 20 X! Here we test another device from the somewhat confusing product-range of Huawei - the rapidly growing Chinese manufacturer. Just to clarify, here is the full line-up currently - all of these are available on pay monthly contracts in the UK via

The biggest smartphone of the entire range is what we have here - the Mate 20 X and it is worth noting how large is really is. Aimed at gamers and multimedia enthusiasts, so  really it should be held with both hands. Much of the monster smartphone is similar to the popular Huawei Mate 20 Pro, except for a few considered  changes. And to make matters more confusing, there is also the same model but in 5G - appropriately called the Mate 20 X 5G, available now as well.

So the Huawei Mate 20 X reveals itself in our test as a top-of-the-range phone-come-tablet (phablet?), although it is now available as a 5G model - so which should you buy?  Or should you get the Lite version? Let's find out...

If there was a smartphone leaderboard, then the Huawei Mate 20 X would break many records: with its dimensions of 17.5 x 8.5 centimeters, it is the largest Huawei phone and with a screen diagonal reading of 7.2 inches also has the largest display in terms of surface area. Saying that, 232 grams is not the heaviest weight we've ever measured, but it isn't exactly light.... Although thicker than the Mate 20 Pro, the phone is at least not as heavy as that model.

The Mate 20 X is large for a reason, for it accommodates a 5,000 mAh monster battery. That is going to last for hours and hours, even days of constant use. Of course, all these supersize dimensions have a purpose: the Huawei Mate 20 X is aimed primarily at gamers and also at those who watch videos on their smartphone and want to have the largest possible display, without getting a full tablet.

In both these cases, the Chinese manufacturer assumes that the gigantic smartphone is held with both hands nearly all the time.  It doesn't really work in one hand, as this reviewer found out, but if you hold it in both hands, the fit is quite comfortable.

Build quality

It's pretty well known and accepted now that Huawei builds excellent smartphones; the manufacturer has already impressively demonstrated with their latest models, the one that stands out for us is the Honor 20.  

Since the Huawei Mate 20 X is in many ways a mixture of the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, there is nothing wrong with the build quality. This gamer focused phone has the usual highly-prized glass case with a ribbed back, in which sits the characteristic camera square.

Perks of the Mate 20 X:

  • As powerful as the Mate 20 Pro, but cheaper
  • Best in class camera performance
  • A battery that goes on and on

Also, the fingerprint sensor is located on the back - unlike the Mate 20 Pro where it's in the display. The frameless display design with rounded edges has also been omitted.

In the UK you can get the Mate 20 X only in the midnight blue colour. It's a shame that Huawei doesn't bring out some more choices here, although the midnight blue is pretty special.

Verdict on the Mate 20 X

Despite the similarities, there are substantial differences in the pricing of the big(ger) three, mainly down to camera fidelity and the screen technology. The regular Mate 20 is the cheapest at £699, then the Mate 20 X at £799, and finally the Mate 20 Pro at £899.

So, with a price of £799 in the UK, what is the Mate 20 X’s main rival? There’s really not too much competition any more, chiefly because big phones are all the rage. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is the best comparison, though.

Mate 20 X contract offers

The price of the Huawei Mate 20 X on contract starts at £15 a month, with £50 upfront. This is through EE network, although there are over 500 deals available at the time of writing on this phone.


Huawei Mate 20 X: Specifications

  • Case
  • Dimensions: 174.6 x 85.4 x 8.2 mm
  • Weight: 232 g
  • Operating System
  • Platform: Android
  • Operating System: Android 9.0 Pie
  • Display
  • Resolution: 1080 x 2244
  • Performance
  • Memory Card:
  • Processor: 2.6 Ghz
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • Autonomy
  • Battery Capacity: 5000
  • Camera
  • Front Camera: 24 MP
  • Back Camera: 40 MP
  • Connection
  • Connection Type: 4G
  • GPS:
  • SIM Capacity: 2
  • Network
  • WIFI:
  • WIFI Hotspot:
  • Bluetooth:
  • USB: