Huawei Mate 20X
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About the Phone
- It has a large 7.2-inch OLED screen, perfect for watching movies and playing games.
- It comes with a massive 5000mAh battery with fast-charging support.
- It has a triple camera setup that guarantees praiseworthy images.
- The HiSilicon Kirin 980 is one of the best performing processors out there.
- The Dolby Atmos stereo speakers are excellent.
- It is a huge phone – not everyone’s cup of tea.
- It is only splash-resistant (not water-resistant).
- It can support only FHD+ resolution at max.
- There’s no wireless charging support.
- There’s no LED notification light.
On careful consideration of the good and bad qualities of the Mate 20 X, we feel that it packs in more impressive attributes than bad. After all, the phone promises an expansive and immersive viewing experience; the best-in-class processor ensures that you can enjoy a glitch-free gaming experience; the large battery promises to get you through the day on a single charge. And not to forget the wonderful cameras!
As we said, the Huawei Mate 20 X is a beast of a phone. It measures a whopping 7.2-inch in size. The display has FHD+ resolution of 1080×2244 pixels and a pixel density of 381 PPI. The aspect ratio is 18.7:9.
The Mate 20 X runs on Android v9.0 (Pie) OS and is powered by an octa-core (2.6 GHz, Dual core, Cortex A76 + 1.92 GHz, Dual core, Cortex A76 + 1.8 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A55) HiSilicon Kirin 980 processor. It also has a Mali-G76 MP10 GPU for enhanced graphical performance. As for storage, the phone has a massive 6GB RAM with 128GB internal storage capacity. A 5000mAh battery takes care of all the power needs.
Another great aspect about the Mate 20 X is that it sports a triple camera setting on the rear – 40MP + 20MP + 8MP cameras. For selfies, you get a 24MP camera at the front. Other sensors on the phone include Fingerprint Sensor, Barometer, Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity Sensor, and Compass.
The Mate 20 X comes in two colour variants – Midnight Blue and Phantom Silver. In India, the phone is priced at around Rs. 76,990.
As we said a few times before, the Mate 20 X is really big. At 7.2-inches, the phone stands about 17mm taller and 8mm wider than an iPhone XS Max. Also, at 232g, it leans toward the heavier side. However, despite the humongous size, the phone feels comfortable in hand (you’ll have to use two hands though!), owing to the rounded edges and slim body.
Speaking of the design, the Mate 20 X looks a lot like the Mate 20 Pro – the finishing, the square camera module, the red-tinted power button, dewdrop notch display, and the fingerprint sensor on the rear. The glass-back panel has laser-cut diagonals embossed into it to offer texture and grip. The big, square-shaped triple camera module comes with an LED flash. Just below it lies the fingerprint scanner. While the left side of the casing houses a hybrid SIM and nano-memory tray slot, the right side holds the volume and power buttons. Unlike the standard microSD card, the Mate 20 X uses Huawei’s proprietary memory cards.
At the bottom, you get a USB Type-C port and a speaker grille. The top portion holds a 3.5mm jack, an IR blaster, and another speaker grille. The front display features an expansive viewing area with a tiny notch on top and minimalist bezels.
While the Mate 20 X comes with an IP53 rating, it cannot survive a drop into water – it can only stave off splashes. So, it’s best not to dunk your phone into water!
The display is one of the most compelling aspects of the Mate 20 X. The 7.2-inch OLED FHD+ display is just perfect for enjoying games and watching videos/movies. Granted that the screen isn’t at par with the 2K display of the Mate 20 Pro, but it is pretty great for its price bracket. Additionally, the FHD+ resolution ensures that the battery drain isn’t excessive as compared to higher-end displays.
The OLED panel has excellent brightness levels and sharpness – the colours pop out beautifully. Although the screen colours may look too bright just out-of-the-box, you can adjust the colours, saturation, contrast, and brightness levels in the Display Settings. There are two colour modes – Natural and Vivid. Moreover, you also get an Eye Comfort Mode that reduces the blue light emission to minimize the eye strain in dimly-lit settings. Overall, Huawei has done a great job in managing the colour balance. The dewdrop notch houses the selfie camera and an earpiece. It is minimally intrusive and can be hidden from the Settings menu while gaming sessions. Thanks to the adaptive brightness and contrast levels, outdoor legibility of the phone is great.
The Mate 20 X uses Huawei’s latest Kirin 980 SoC manufactured through the 7nm technology. By now, we all know how powerful the Kirin 980 SoC is – it can handle both routine and power-hungry tasks like it’s nobody’s business! The phone scored a whopping 2,76,206 points in AnTuTu and 9,764 in Geekbench 4’s multi-core test. Going by these results, it’s safe to say that the Kirin 980 easily surpasses the Snapdragon 845 (although it is no match for the iPhone XS).
Performing routine tasks is as smooth as butter on the Mate 20 X. Of late, Huawei has been vigorously pushing its smartphones as ‘entertainment and gaming’ beasts, and the Mate 20 X doesn’t disappoint. The phone makes gaming an otherworldly experience. Even while playing graphics-intensive games like PUBG, Asphalt, Tekken, etc., you will never for a second feel any sluggishness or frame rate drops. As for streaming videos, the phone is extremely fast and smooth. Although the Mate 20 X incorporates a graphene film cooling system that prevents heat from spreading out (apparently this is much more effective than the conventional copper cooling systems), the phone does get slightly warm during gaming and video streaming sessions. And of course, the audio quality is fantastic!
The phone runs on Huawei’s custom EMUI 9 based on Android Pie. The latest EMUI is loaded with a host of nifty features, particularly the shortcut gestures and navigation options. You also get unique features like the Digital Balance – Huawei’s revamped version of Google’s Digital Wellbeing that allows you to set individual app time limits and daily screen time limits. However, EMUI is, after all, EMUI – there are minor bloatware issues. Plus, if you are a stock Android lover, you’ll need time to adapt to EMUI.
Another praiseworthy feature of the Mate 20 X is its cameras. It flaunts a square-shaped triple camera Leica setup as seen in the Mate 20 Pro. Naturally, the performance of the two phones is also similar (camera-wise).
At the rear, you get a 40MP primary shooter (f/1.8 aperture), an 8MP secondary telephoto lens (f/2.4 with OIS), and a 20MP ultra-wide lens (f/2.2 aperture). It allows up to 3x optical zoom and 5x hybrid zoom. You also get an array of other features like Portrait mode, Light Painting, Monochrome, HDR, etc. With a single swipe, you can switch between the three rear shooters. To allow for an enhanced dynamic range, the 40MP primary sensor uses pixel binning to combine four physical pixels into one big 2µm pixel. As a result, you get lovely and detailed 10MP shots.
Typically, the rear camera delivers excellent results in favourable light settings. The images depict accurate colour reproduction, white balance, and contrast. They look sharp and vivid. A feature that needs mention is Huawei’s dual NPU-powered Master AI mode that can detect as high as 1500 objects in a scene. It offers a range of pre-selected shooting modes. However, you do need to use it sparingly if you don’t want unnaturally enhanced and artificial looking photos. Sometimes, the camera tends to overexpose shots in low-light conditions. Other than this minor issue, even low-light shots pack in a lot of detail.
Moving on to the 24MP selfie camera (f/2.0 aperture), it is not as great as the rear camera setup. The tendency here is to wash out images. You can correct it to some extent by turning off the AI HDR mode. While the selfie cam can take some fantastic insta-worthy shots in well-lit environments, the image quality falters in low-light settings.
As for video recording, you can record 1080p videos at 60fps. Thanks to image stabilization, the videos come out looking stable and vibrant. The Auto Focus mode comes in handy in dimly-lit conditions.
The Mate 20 X gets a huge 5000 mAh battery, thereby making it an excellent option for power-hungry users who put battery life above everything else. Thanks to the power-efficient Kirin 980 chip built on 7nm technology and the many, many battery optimization options, the phone delivers excellent battery life. In battery settings, you get a Power Saving mode. Even after prolonged gaming, web surfing, and video streaming sessions, there’ll be enough charge left for you to survive the day. And in case your phone gets discharged, Huawei’s 22.5W with SuperCharge technology will ensure that the phone gets charged up fast.
Connectivity options include – Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC, Mobile Hotspot, Bluetooth v5.0, USB-C port, dual-SIM, FM Radio, GPS with A-GPS and Glonass, and 2G/3G/4G support.
By now, you know that we couldn’t sing enough praises for the Huawei Mate 20 X. The large viewing space is perfect for playing games, watching videos, and reading documents and ebooks. The powerful processor, massive battery, and great cameras make it an excellent flagship device. To conclude, if you are a gaming lover and enthusiastic media consumer, the Huawei Mate 20 X is your perfect match!