Huawei Mate 20 X 5g Review – Connecting The Future

Published on September 7, 2019

Huawei Mate 20 X 5g Review

Huawei Mate 20 X 5g Review - Connecting the future

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With the beginning of 2019, the 5G revolution got momentum as mobile giants are manufacturing and aiming to launch new devices with 5G technology. So far, only a few 5G smartphones have been introduced and the reason is very uncanny. The latest technology that is being used in 5g devices is a bit expensive. Also, 5G coverage is patchy all across the world. However, 5G currently has its niche attraction, so what better device can be than Huawei Mate 20 X to add 5G in the most attractive phone of Huawei?

This is the largest ever Huawei mobile, a giant handset with a 7.2-inch display. Huawei Mate 20 X 5G is similar to the smartphone that was announced back in 2018. The screen has the same 1080p color display. It is an 85 mm broad and 175 mm high honking device.

Another thing you should learn about the Mate 20 X is that it’s still like other Huawei devices in the US trade ban cloud. Well, this ban has not much impact on it. Huawei still runs Android 9 Pie and uses Google key apps, as Huawei Mate 20X was announced before the ban was implemented. The situation is still smooth, however, the purchase of the Huawei Mate 20 X 5 G is at some risk.

Performance & Battery Life

Let’s see the modifications first and they’re very exciting. The Mate 20 X 5G is the first 5G modem we have tested with Huawei’s 500 5G modems. In Mate 20 X 5G it is linked to the company’s Kirin 980 processing device–Huawei has had the same tool on its display devices since October 2018.

According to Huawei’s promotional papers, in addition to the 4G, Balong 5000 supports up to 4.6GBit/sec downloads via Sub-6 5G, and up to 6.5Gbit/s over mmWave. But this is the first thing to worry about in the UK because the existing 5 G networks are not the faster form of mmWave.

However, the early adopters of 5G do not come close to this speed. The Huawei Mate 20 X 5G was tested with a Vodafone on 5G SIM at different places in London. We found speed extremely variable, and it was a patchy coverage.

On Bloomsbury Way, north of the British Museum, we found the highest download speed of 251 Mbps/sec. The download speed at Westminster Pier ranged from 16.1Mbits/sec. The recorded 5G speed on Huawei Mate 20 X 5G was not faster than 4G+. Indeed, on average, the 5G download speed was only 16.3% faster than 4G+.

The good news is that the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G was the fastest of 3 5G devices we have tried. The Xiaomi Mi Mix 5G and the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G are less than10% of the current speed for both.

Sadly, there is some bad battery life news. Huawei had to reduce the battery from 5,000 mAh to 4,200 mAh and certainly have a significant reduction in battery life with additional components required to provide 5G service.

Performance, Camera & Design

The rest of the performance of the Huawei Mate 20 X 5 G, as we mentioned earlier, is quite the same as the non-5G. It implies that you have a large 7.2-in Full HD display, except with a small top-notch edge. The 407cd/m2 brightness is good and contrast is effective since AMOLED technology is used. Color rendering is also exceptional: select Vivid and you get 99.8% DCI-P3 gamut and if you choose normal color format you receive 96.5% RGB coverage.

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro has the same triple-lens system at back. It is branded with Leica and offers an ultra-wide f/2.2 20 MP cam, broad-angle f/1.840 MP, telephoto zoom 3x f/2.4 8 MP lenses. It is important to highlight that while the primary 40-megapixel camera produces an outstanding image quality, it doesn’t provide the optical stabilization of the image and the camera cannot shoot 4K at 60fps.

Finally, the performance, that again resembles to the non-5G Mate 20 X. Since October 2018 it’s as fast as any Huawei phone. Though, other smartphones like iPhones Xs Max, Xs, and XR that are equipped with Snapdragon 855 are faster than Huawei Mate 20 X 5G.


You can currently purchase the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G on either EE or via Vodafone, and other networks have verified that they will carry the device as well. Currently, most 5G phones cannot collect SIM-free and the Mate 20 X 5G is not different.

On Vodafone, for a first-time fee of £29 you receive £68 a month and a total of £1,661 for 24 months. In EE, for a full price of 1,906 pounds, it will cost you 10 pounds in advance and then 79 pounds per month.

Even with the current 5G equipment crop, this is quite expensive. Even the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 5G is better— you can secure a contract that costs you as little as £1,376 over the two years of your contract. It’s probably also the best phone entirety.

Final Words

Huawei Mate 20 X 5G is a perfect smartphone overall. Its display is a bit big but it is fast, well built with a great camera and a good display. The Mate 20 X 5G is as costly as any other 5G phone right now, but the 5G service presently is too patchy to justify the additional costs. This, together with the little low battery life and insecurity over the future of Huawei’s ability to continue providing Google software, is the reason we can’t recommend it.

Together with a little battery life and a little insecurity over Huawei’s potential capacity to offer Google software further, is the reason we cannot recommend it with certainty.

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