Huawei Mate 20 X – REVIEW

Huawei Mate 20 X

8.7

Design

9.5/10

Screen

8.5/10

Sound

9.0/10

Performance

8.5/10

Software

8.0/10

Pros

  • Autonomy, incredible both in duration and in fast charging
  • Performance and heat management: powerful enough to play and with full control of the operating temperature
  • The multimedia section: the combination of large screen and powerful stereo sound allow you to play and watch videos very satisfactorily

Cons

  • The camera, although very funny and with possibilities, is below what was expected in quality for this level of terminal
  • The biometric identification systems are the second division of Huawei
  • The weight and size makes it only comfortable to use it with two hands in long periods of time
  • On a screen of this magnitude we expected some more effort at the resolution level

Huawei has had a final year to frame. To its standard high-end models must be added the Mate 20 family, which was completed with one of the most amazing smartphones of the year: the Huawei Mate 20 X.

In this terminal the screen of more than 7 inches is the great protagonist. At Xataka we have already tried the largest of Huawei’s phones. How far will your 5000 mAh battery go? We tell you below.

 

A smartphone to enjoy

Huawei has not wanted to risk when it comes to offering a solution of more than 7 inches within its Mate family. It has been safe in benefits and also in design. I did not have many alternatives.

The Huawei Mate 20 X is a larger version of the Mate 20 Pro that we already tested in Engadget but with some modifications internally.

OLED SCREEN: 7.2 inches 19.5: 9
RESOLUTION: 2,244 x 1,080 pixels
PROCESSOR: Kirin 980
MEMORY: 6 GB RAM
STORAGE: 128 GB (expandable via NM Card)
REAR CAMERA: Triple Leica camera: 40 MP f / 1.8 + 20 MP f / 2.2 + 8 MP f / 2.4
FRONT CAMERA: 24 MP f / 2.0
BATTERY :5.000 mAh with fast charge SuperCharge 2
CONNECTIVITY: WiFi 802.11ac, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C
OPERATING SYSTEM: Android 9.0 with EMUI 9
PRICE: 899 dollars

For this “unexpected” terminal Huawei has put the focus on the game, in this case on the side of performance, large screen (no extras such as high refresh rate) and above all, a huge 5000 mAh battery, the real protagonist of this Mate 20 X.

Everything but a small terminal

With more than 7 inches diagonal, the Huawei Mate 20 X can be considered as a phablet today. A few years ago, without the possibility of reducing frames to current levels, that diagonal was closer to the tablet format than to the smartphone.

With a look already known by the Mate family, the grip of the new terminal is comfortable thanks to its soft lines, but as you can imagine, with 7.2 inches and a few frames that integrate, the Huawei Mate 20 X is a huge and impossible phone to handle with one hand.
Its width is not problematic and allows a consistent and secure grip, but you will need the other hand to move through its interface no matter how much software tries to avoid that situation. That help is also necessary because the more than 230 grams of weight that has this Mate 20 X does not end up taking its toll on the hand that holds it.

Just take it one does not have the feeling of excessive weight in hand to be very well distributed the same, but after a few minutes that amount of weight becomes increasingly present.

The distinctive sign of Mate 20 X is retained in the back with an engraved glass finish, which gives it a curious texture and more grip. It is not a slippery terminal nor one that excessively attracts traces or dirt, although they can not be completely avoided.

In this rear area we find the central module with the three cameras and the flash that mark the territory. This module, slightly protruding from the body of the phone, is just above the fingerprint reader, which has fair dimensions but which seem ridiculous in the vastness of the back of the Mate 20 X.

The drawback of the placement so high of this camera module is that it is not at all strange that taking photos in a pious way, by the size of the Huawei Mate 20 X, we end up grabbing the terminal so that we partially cover some of the three cameras of the Mate 20 X.

The rest of the physical elements of the design do not hide secrets. We have two stereo speakers that we will talk about later, the USB-C port and surprise! Headphone port on top. The physical buttons of ignition and volume, as we have customary Huawei, are of high quality, perfect travel and solidity contrasted.

On its position, the power button has a suitable placement, but the volume would have liked it to be located on the left, because above the power button are difficult to manage with one hand.

Our face and the fingerprint reader to identify us

As we have already mentioned, in the back, just below the camera module we find the fingerprint reader. Its size is the usual but given the immensity of the back of the Mate 20 X, it seems smaller than others.

His placement seems somewhat forced, being too high and close to the cameras, which sometimes we end up playing. A couple of centimeters below would have been much better. And if Huawei had copied the reader on the screen as in the Mate 20 Pro model, they would have curled the curl. But here they have opted for the physical element.

About its operation, to say that it is a fast, precise reader that leaves us in the system instantly and in a single pass. It is an element that also works as an “activator” for certain actions such as photo shooting.

The second method of biometric identification of the Mate 20 X is the recognition of faces, although here we do not have implemented the advanced system of the company. The 3D Face ID system that we saw in the Mate 20 Pro with such a good result, here is only a front camera that gives us less security. No infrared camera, RGB sensor or point projection system as in the best terminals on the market.

The facial recognition system of Huawei Mate 20 X admits entering the system without having to slide (we can change it in the options) but it fails too much in low light and very bright environments. In controlled situations it is perfectly “usable” although not particularly fast.

Direct identification also works well enough when we take the terminal from the table and turn it towards our face, although it is only a little faster than if we take the phone from the table and put our finger on the rear fingerprint reader.

High-power stereo sound

With such a screen and size, the Huawei Mate 20 X dispensed with good sound without the need for headphones was expected and even necessary. It is a terminal with which game and multimedia should be enjoyed thanks to the huge screen.

The Huawei Mate 20 X has two dual symmetrical speakers that provide a listening environment with a high dynamic range, powerful and clear. The power is such that, watching a video, without reaching the maximum volume, the stereo speakers of the Mate 20 X are able to fill a habituation of about 30 square meters with ease.

The sound of the speakers has the help of Dolby Atmos, which is always active. We have three possible profiles to customize it: smart (which identifies content automatically), movie and music.

As we have anticipated, the Mate 20 X does not ignore the classic headphone port, located at the top of the design. With the help of Dolby Atmos and in music mode, we have predefined settings but also a graphic equalizer that we can customize ourselves.

Excessive performance to play … or whatever you want

As a good Mate worth his salt, the new Huawei giant does not fool around when it comes to offering theoretical arguments to achieve excellent performance. In this Huawei Mate 20 X we have the combination of the Kirin 980 7 nm processor with DUAL-NPU, 6 GB of RAM and the management of Android 9 with EMUI 9.0.

With that base, the experience at the level of performance has been very satisfactory at all times, showing an amazing fluidity in everything we did, from simple tasks that fly (such as screenshots) to multitasking or the use of two full applications. performance in split screen.

Huawei Mate 20 X storage is responsible for an internal memory of 128 GB that we can expand but using only new Huawei proprietary cards (NM card) that would give us up to 256 GB extra.

Although it does not have a 120 Hz screen or a gamer touch design, the Huawei Mate 20 X wants us to take it into consideration as a phone to play.

On a technical level, we have to talk about Turbo 2.0 GPU technology, which in those compatible titles puts the software section with the hardware to work hand in hand. Too bad that for now the compatibility is quite reduced.

More important for the game with the Mate 20 X is another combination composed of the battery and the cooling.

Final Words

That once was Huawei’s most ambitious, powerful and large terminal has ended up becoming a family that this year consists of three members. Mate Mate 20 Classic and Pro has joined the model we have tried the Xataka: the Huawei Mate 20 X.

Starting with its huge diagonal of 7.2 inches, everything in this Mate 20 X is huge. To stand out the battery, of 5000 mAh and with the best autonomy of the last years with difference. It is the base of this terminal that also stands out for the sound of its speakers and a power that makes it a terminal candidate for gamers. The battery, the wide screen and the cooling proof of hours of play are good arguments.

However, despite the price of 899 dollars, Huawei does not perform as expected with the camera, versatile but with important errors at the level of detail, or with the screen, which we expected a higher resolution.

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