Huawei Mate 20 X review – A super awesome phone made for large hands



As most rising younger adults would not have the posh of time to recreation these days, it is no marvel the demand of gaming smartphones are persevering with to develop and it is trending proper now. What’s extra fascinating is that these gaming smartphones are evolving into considerably of a hybrid between a super phone and even a “gaming desktop”. The Huawei Mate 20 X is one high-quality instance of this. 

Presently priced at RM3199 with tech specs of the newest Kirin 980 processor, 6GB RAM, a graphene cooling system and far more, would that be sufficient to pack a punch for cellular gaming? Nicely, learn on to seek out out.


DESIGN: You wouldn’t of guessed this can be a gaming smartphone

Wanting on the smartphone, you wouldn’t assume the gadget is made for gaming in any respect. 2018 had a development the place gaming telephones, from low tier to excessive tier, would have some variety design that may intrigue players. Be it a futuristic design and even RGB panels, however not a lot for the Mate 20 X, although.


The primary thought you’d in all probability get whenever you see this gadget is how large the phone is. With a show of seven.2 inches, it will be fairly arduous to overlook that, whereas the again is made from engraved glass to stop the smartphone from slipping via your fingers in addition to to stop smudges. As well as, the physique body can also be constructed with an aluminium body and with a measurement like that, it is nice for individuals with big hands, however not a lot for petite hands – holding the phone requires me to unfold my fingers out which may get fairly tiring.

The highest of the smartphone is adorned with a waterdrop notch. As somebody who has by no means skilled notched telephones, I initially thought that it might be intrusive as I used the phone. And I used to be proper… partially. When enjoying a video on full-display measurement, the notch does get in the best way considerably so when you’ve got OCD, you’d undoubtedly discover the imbalance on the display.


The video does stability itself with two thick black bars on the aspect to counteract the issue however the factor is, if I’ve paid for a bezel-much less smartphone, I’d need the complete bezel-much less expertise. I attempted setting the display measurement to be proper beside the notch however it wouldn’t let me. You’re caught with two thick black bars or the notch intruding your display until you allow the cover notch function within the settings.


Individuals with smaller hands would have some hassle utilizing the fingerprint scanner. A UD fingerprint scanner would of been good for this phone. 


The audio system on the prime and backside of the phone are likely to by chance get coated by my hands whereas gaming, leading to muffled audio

Aside from that, this phone does look stylish. Its slim bezels and design in addition to the fragile look make it look extra like a smartphone anybody normally can take pleasure in as an alternative of simply cellular players. Nevertheless, a phrase of warning – I extremely advocate these of you who’re taken with getting this smartphone to deal with it in a protecting case as it’s straightforward for this smartphone to get scratched or shattered.


Tech specs and options – You will not burn your fingers whereas gaming on this phone

The Huawei Mate 20 X tech specs:



  • Kirin 980 bundled with Mali-G76 GPU
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 128GB inner storage
  • Measures 174.6 x 85.four x eight.2 mm, 232g in weight
  • 7.2 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen 
  • Triple rear digital camera setup: 40 MP (broad) + 20 MP (ultrawide) + eight MP (telephoto) | 24MP (extensive) selfie digital camera
  • Contains a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, facial unlock, twin SIM slot (and a slot for a NANO reminiscence card), graphene cooling system, twin audio system on the highest and backside of the gadget
  • Helps Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, twin-band, Bluetooth, A2DP, aptX HD, NFC, USB Sort-C connectivity
  • 5000mAh battery capability

As you possibly can see from the tech specs, it is fairly just like the Mate 20 Professional besides for a couple of options. For starters, probably the most obtrusive distinction is the dimensions, weight, the M-Pen help in addition to the absence of IP68 water and mud resistance. Then lastly, the Mate 20 X clearly has a a lot bigger battery capability (5000mAh) versus the Mate 20 Professional (4200mAh), which helps wi-fi charging, reverse charging and 40W quick battery charging. 

In fact, the Mate 20 Professional does come outfitted with their very own signature cooling system. The Mate 20 X is “the world’s first liquid multi-dimensional cooling system with Vapor Chamber (VC) and Graphene Film used in smartphones” and it really works extraordinarily properly! Every time I gamed for lengthy durations of time, I didn’t really feel any warmth behind the smartphone in any respect.

The one factor I felt was a bit of warmth was on the prime of the phone, presumably the place the chipset is situated nevertheless it wasn’t sufficient to hassle me. In fact, with the large, bezel-much less display, gaming on it’s fairly immersive. With a lot area in your display, there’s extra room for your buttons through the gameplay and also you don’t end up squinting a lot when looking for enemies and even following your character on display.

The cooling course of

The Mate 20 X solely has a 128GB storage mannequin, in contrast to the Mate 20 Professional that goes as much as 256GB. Some customers won’t discover the 128GB storage sufficient however it will probably nonetheless be expanded as much as 256GB by way of Nano Reminiscence card. Whereas I can perceive that it’s to make sure that it may possibly use the nano SIM slot in order that the smartphone wouldn’t want a number of slots, it’s fairly a turnoff understanding that the one place we will acquire the Nano Reminiscence card is from Huawei themselves which type of looks like they’re forcing us to purchase the smartphone’s equipment. Simply so you recognize, it is RM298 for the 128GB card and that is costly.

Aside from that, the Mate 20 X does not differentiate itself a lot from the Mate 20 Professional when it comes to digital camera tech specs. The digital camera consumer interface stays the identical with the elective extremely broad-angle view, Grasp AI, hybrid zoom and lots of extra. Cellular players might not use it as a lot as gaming, nevertheless it’s nonetheless helpful to have these capabilities round. 

The Huawei digital camera consumer interface, nonetheless the identical


Efficiency – Clean as butta’

When gaming on this phone, I had no qualms in any respect as every little thing was usually fairly clean and the system was capable of play video games on the very best settings comparable to video games like PUBG Cellular. Nevertheless, within the benchmarking exams, it does decelerate a bit of in video games resembling Asphalt 9. Regardless of that, the phone stored the FPS secure so the decelerate in these kinds of video games are barely noticeable. You’ll be able to take a look at how the phone carried out within the benchmarking under.


The benchmark rating from AnTuTu (left) and 3DMark (proper)


Gamebench outcome from PUBG Cellular

The Mate 20 X’s efficiency with PUBG Cellular pumping out 40 fps


Gamebench outcomes for Asphalt 9

Efficiency of the gadget on Asphalt 9 exhibits a barely decrease fps which is at 30 fps nevertheless it wasn’t noticeable

One of many fundamental options of this gadget is the whopping 5000mAh battery which may final you about two days which is truthfully, greater than sufficient and excellent for any gamer. The battery solely went down by 7% as I gamed for an hour on Cellular Legends at max settings which is a reasonably spectacular feat. Recharging can also be a stroll in a park, as it could absolutely recharge in lower than one and a half hours simply. My colleagues truly examined grinding the phablet’s battery, so you possibly can take a examine it right here. 


Sporting a triple rear digital camera setup with 40MP extensive-angle digital camera, a 20MP extremely extensive-angle digital camera and a 8MP telephoto lens, you possibly can anticipate the photographs to look nice. The selfie digital camera has about 24MP which helps a large-angle lens which is fairly good for them wefies with teams. And let me inform you, each the rear and selfie cameras does a reasonably good job as you’ll be able to see from my footage under.


The selfie digital camera is ideal for wefies and that is the way it performs in low mild


Portrait mode does have some limitations as you’ll be able to see from Pikachu’s ears, guess the AI continues to be studying

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A comparability of how the traditional digital camera and night time mode in low mild


The 3x zoom telephoto is gorgeous with barely any grain or noise


Comparability of a traditional image (prime) and one other from Night time Mode (backside). Night time Mode makes use of an AI Stabilization which explains the “silky” wanting impact on the water fountain


One other comparability between a traditional image (prime) and Night time Mode (backside). Personally, Night time Mode photographs look a bit vibrant for me, however the two footage in each photographs caught all the small print and hues completely


The digital camera truly marked this photograph with stage efficiency and fireworks once I aimed toward it to take a photograph. Truthfully, not my favorite photograph as the colors look washed out.


A shut up shot on this flower actually exhibits the small print


No overexposure seen on this beautiful sundown shot. The color contrasts are good as properly!


Comparability between a traditional shot (backside) and a super large angle shot (prime). You’ll be able to actually see extra with the extensive angle shot and what makes it higher is that there isn’t any compromise intimately or high quality


A beautiful panorama shot. Despite the fact that I had shaky hands, the photograph got here out with none distortion


You possibly can actually see how demonic this dinosaur appears because of the detailing on its face that was captured with the Super Macro shot


A collection of photographs utilizing all 4 zoom choices on the digital camera. Prime being the extensive angle digital camera, second photograph on 1x, third photograph is 3x and the final photograph is 5x. I completely adore that there isn’t a compomise to element or high quality regardless of the totally different zooms which makes this digital camera extraordinarily useful for any photograph alternative state of affairs


Conclusion – I really like this phone and I want I’ve greater hands for it

I’ve by no means been a lot of a cellular gamer till I acquired my hands on this smartphone. Coming from a desktop and console gaming background, I can not fairly get as immersed as I would like however nevertheless, the bezel-much less 7.2 inch show undoubtedly helps with that and provides rather more wiggle room for me to customise the HUD of my video games. The battery life can also be good for lengthy gaming periods and the graphene cooling system means I don’t need to burn my fingers once I recreation. Additionally, the design is ideal for somebody like me who loves wanting trendy however nonetheless video games in her free time (cue #gamergrillthingz).

The twin audio system provides a encompass sound really feel which is good for video games comparable to PUBG Cellular (espcially utilizing audio cues versus taking a look at the display), however I am not a fan of the positioning of the speaker grills on the prime and backside of the phone, as my small hands are likely to by accident cowl them which leads to the audio being muffled whereas gaming. I additionally assume the Night time Mode in all probability wants a couple of extra tweaks with future repair patches however it’s nonetheless nice.

Those that like to observe films or stream them will in all probability benefit from the Mate 20 X, particularly if they’re wanting for a strong greater than 7-inch show system. It additionally comes with EMUI Desktop which helps you to flip the phone right into a PC-like desktop expertise whereas it’s also possible to wi-fi challenge it utilizing a Miracast dongle or Miracast succesful monitor or show.

If in case you have the finances (RM3199), I extremely advocate this smartphone. However there are different rivals on this class, such because the Samsung Galaxy Notice 9 ranging from RM3699 for its comparable gaming capabilities (and no notch) or the ASUS ROG phone which is a devoted gaming smartphone for RM3499. Nevertheless, in the event you’re on a decent finances, the Pocophone F1 is one other one to lookout for too, because it additionally has a cooling system and may recreation nearly as good because of the Snapdragon 845 chipset for RM1299. Then there’s additionally the HONOR Play on the similar price ticket with GPU Turbo. 

General, this can be a nice phone and is definitely the primary Huawei smartphone that I’ve fallen in love with (additionally the rationale why I am hooked on cellular gaming, particularly, Cellular Legends). However what do you assume? Tell us within the feedback under and skim extra critiques on!


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