- Analysis by KJ David
Though a much-larger and more-ambitious (in terms of technical pros and cons) spinoff of the 2018 Mate 20, the Huawei Mate 20 X did not get through our specs-based review unscathed. For instance, even though it touts a spacious 7.2-inch OLED display that outstrips the screen real estates of some of the best large-screen smartphones on the market, the fact that it settles for a 2240 x 1080 FHD+ resolution raises a red flag for us, especially knowing that some of its closest competitors bluster with 1440p QHD/QHD+ definitions. Additionally, it does away with the Mate 20 Pro's in-screen pressure-sensitive fingerprint reader , which was a big difference-maker for that model. Instead, this X version opts for a rear-mounted physical fingerprint sensor.
Nevertheless, this model mimics some of the Pro version's biggest pros, one of which is its auspicious triple-lens rear camera , which threatens those of some of the best photography-driven smartphones of its time. Its tri-lens setup is composed of a premium-class 40-megapixel main cam, an 8-megapixel telephoto cam for tinkering with focus levels, and a 20-megapixel Leica wide-angle cam for landscape shots. This 2018 Huawei phablet might also find itself alongside some of the best selfie smartphones featured here on Phonerated, with a 24-megapixel f/2.0 front-facing camera sitting on its slim display notch -- its lack of a front-firing LED flash sounds like a slight con, though, given its high raw pixel resolution.
This X version's biggest advantage over all Mate 20 variants is that it packs a generous 5000mAh TUV-safety-certified battery , consequently lining up with several of the best big-battery phones around. Its under-the-hood pros and cons also include a flagship-class triple-cluster Kirin 980 7nm processor composed of a 2.6GHz dual-core high-performance cluster, a 1.92GHz dual-core deputy cluster, and a 1.8GHz quad-core cluster for undemanding applications. Also tagging along are a respectable 6GB RAM and a vapor chamber cooling system , the latter dedicated to preventing overheating during heavy gaming marathons by dissipating heat all over the phone's body.
The Mate 20 X can be complemented by Huawei's M-Pen accessory, obviously to enhance user productivity. It also comes preloaded with a wireless projecting feature that lets users project the phone's screen content onto larger compatible screens while still allowing them to send messages or make phone calls.
Just like its mother model, the Mate 20 X comes with 128GB of native memory and supports a maximum of 256GB of external storage. It dons an engraved glass back panel and is coated in either Phantom Silver or Midnight Blue.
With the Android 9.0 Pie overlaid with EMUI 9.0 rounding out its upmarket features, this Mate 20 variant obviously calls out to gamers, multimedia junkies, and mobile photography enthusiasts.
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