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Review: Huawei Mate 20 X

Sometimes, bigger is better. That holds true for the Huawei Mate 20 X, which comes with a colossal 7.2-inch AMOLED display. The display also offers a resolution of 1080-by-2244 and a density of 346-pixels-per-inch. Originally intended to be launched in select markets, the Huawei Mate 20 X was launched exclusively online in the UAE this month.

The Mate 20 X is aimed at users who want a device with a display big enough to watch video content or for gaming sessions on the go. On the front of the device, you get the huge screen along with a tiny “tear drop” notch. You also get a 24MP wide angel selfie camera that comes with an f/2.0 aperture. The front camera also features HDR capabilities and can do videos at a resolution software 1080p at 30fps.

On the left edge, you get a dual SIM slot, while on the right edge, you get the volume rockers and a power button. Up top, you get a 3.5mm audio jack along with an IR blaster and the microphone and on the bottom you get the USB-C port, a speaker grille and microphones. On the back, you’ll find a small fingerprint scanner that’s neatly seated below the triple camera setup.

The triple camera setup includes a 40MP 27mm wide sensor with f/1.8 aperture, a 20MP 16mm ultra wide sensor with f/2.2 aperture and an 8MP telephoto sensor with f/2.4 aperture. The camera features 5X optical zoom and comes with Optical Image Stabilization.

The design and build quality of the Mate 20 X is solid. You get front and back glass with an alluminium frame going around the device. The display is also protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. The phone also comes with IP53 dust and splash protection.

Under the hood, you get Huawei’s HiSilicon Kirin 980, which is a 7nm processor. The graphics is handled by a Mali-G76 MP10 GPU. You also get 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage space, which can be further expanded to up to 256GB using the microSD card slot in the SIM slot.

The Mate 20 X is powered by Android 9.0 Pie along with Huawei’s EMUI 9 running on top of it. The phone is available in Midnight Blue colour. Huawei positions the phone as a gaming device and hence it comes with a custom cooling system and the GPU Turbo 2.0 technology. The 7.2-inch panel’s FHD+, 2244-by-1080 resolution helps when playing games – images and text look sharp, while solid blacks look pleasingly deep. The display is also bright enough to play mobile HDR content.

The overall performance of the Mate 20 X is very good. The combo of Kirin 980 and 6GB of RAM helps you blitz through pretty much any game or app on the phone, without any issue. Even when playing games such as PUBG, Asphalt or Banner Saga 2, I did not come across any performance lags or stutters.

The camera on the Mate 20 X has been built in partnership with Leica and it performs brilliantly. The triple camera module includes a 40MP main sensor, along with a 20MP ultra-wide and a 8MP telephoto lens. We ended up with some brilliant shots. Under good lighting conditions, images looked crisp and clear. The bokeh mode works really well, and so do the Macro shots. Low-light performance is also very good.

The Mate 20 X also comes with a colossal battery rated at 5000mAh. On a single charge, the battery lasted 2 whole days. If you are on the market for a phone with a big-sized screen that can beautifully handle playback of video content and regular gaming sessions on the go, the Huawei Mate 20 X is THE phone to buy.

Price: AED 2499

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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