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Huawei Mate 20 X 5G, analysis and opinion | technology



The implementation of 5G networks will be like an earthquake that removes mobile communications from 2020. Therefore, in the coming months we will live a constant drip of new 5G versions of mobiles already on the market.

One of them Huawei Mate 20 X 5G as we have in our hands, where not only did Huawei choose to integrate a modem other than the Huawei Mate 20 X, as it already presented at the end of last year, but we found some differences in terms of its 4G version.

Having 5G connectivity is not free, and the Mate 20 X 5G has had to make some concessions regarding the model, based on sections such as battery capacity or headphone jack. Will it be worth sacrificing these benefits for the extra speed when sailing? That is what we will try to discover in this Huawei Mate 20 X 5G review.

Huawei Mate 20 X 5G
dimensions174.6 x 85.4 x 8.4 mm
weight233 gr
screenOLED 7.2 inch Full HD + (2,244 x 1,080px) 18.7: 9 aspect ratio with drop type notch
processorHiSilicon Kirin 980
RAM8 GB
Internal storage256 GB
operating System EMUI 9.1 (Android 9.0)
The main chamber40 Mpx aperture f / 1.8, 27 mm
8 Mpx aperture f / 2.4, 80 mm (telephoto) OIS
20 Mpx aperture f / 2.2, 16 mm (wide angle)
Front camera24 Mpx aperture f / 2.0, 26 mm
battery4200 mAh fast charge SuperCharge 40W
connectivity5G, 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, Infrared port, USB type C, A-GPS dual band, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS
price891.65 euros

Huawei Mate 20 X 5G Analysis Index

A new color for 5G but with no changes to its design

In terms of design, Huawei Mate 20 X 5G, we analyze offers get some changes from the original Mate 20 X version. We did not find one with a large, very large mobile.

Its size just doesn't make it a mobile for everyone. With dimensions of 174.6 x 85.4 x 8.15 mm and 232 grams It's not a smartphone – or maybe we should refer to it as a phablet to talk to property – it's easy to use with one hand unless you have very large hands.

Despite its considerable dimensions, it offers a relatively good grip, mainly due to the weak curve drawn by the rear end of the sides along with the fine structure on the back.

It is in the back exactly where we find the biggest difference on the aesthetic level, and that is that Huawei has chosen a unique and Exclusive emerald green to differentiate it from the 4G model which is only available in midnight blue finishes.

This new color suits him really well, and the fine textured glass that looks on the back creates a very attractive drawing when the light falls on it. The back slightly curves on the sides to sharpen the profile and ease the grip.

On the flip side, get news about the 4G variant. The triple chamber enclosure, LED flash and its laser focus and brightness sensors are maintained and form the central square of the characteristic in the Mate 20 area and a fingerprint sensor in the same position that for our taste is too close to the cameras.

The 5G isotype is built into the center of the back to indicate that this model has support for 5G.

When examining the edges, we observe the presence of on / off and volume buttons on the right side. these buttons are placed in the correct position relative to the fingerprint sensor as it does not require effort to use the unlock system if you place your thumb on the buttons.

Despite the fact that the fingerprint sensor and the buttons are proportional, the position of the hand is too high, making it difficult – if not an impossible mission – to access the bottom line of the terminal to enable one-hand use functions

This would have been solved by lowering both the keyboard and the fingerprint sensor slightly while maintaining the same relationship between them, thus avoiding the tendency to touch the lenses of the lower chambers when the sensor is to be used.

Highlight the good work done by Huawei in designing this keyboard, where the power button differs from the volume with a rough structure and a profile colored in red, while the volume is smooth and maintains the emerald green color from the rest of the terminal.

This allows you to tap it yourself without looking at it, something very useful if you are one of those who usually leave the cellphone on the nightstand when you go to sleep. On the opposite side we find only dual SIM tray with 5G.

On the top edge, absence of headphone jack that the original Huawei Mate 20 X hasas well as the audio output of the speaker. The infrared sensor and one of the call cancellation microphones are maintained.

At the bottom we have the perforations for the audio output of the speaker, the USB Type-C port and the calling microphones.

When we turn it around, we find one front very well used, which is at the top with a minimum notch in the form of a drop, giving all the prominent role to a really large screen. Just above is the top speaker, perfectly camouflaged in a lace adjoining the metal chassis.

In any case and despite being a great smartphone, It fits well when holding it, but it is not a mobile device to use with one hand. You can perform certain functions, but it is not something that is comfortable, so its dimensions are already inviting to be used with both hands. This does not make it a mobile for all users.

In addition, its huge size makes it particularly prone to dropped-out calls, a very common type of accident that, given the smartphone size, tends to come out of the pocket when sitting or leaving the car, for example .

Very good use of the front, but not the resolution

As it did its predecessor, the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G offers excellent use of the front. There is, in fact, no news in this regard.

We found the same thing 7.2 inch OLED display with an 18.7: 9 format that mounts the Mate 20 series and offers one 87.83% screen ratio As for the front.

The lower and upper edges are a bit thicker than the sides, but Huawei did a good job of compressing frame channels throughout the Mate 20 series, and this Mate 20 X 5G, which we analyze, is no exception. It would be difficult to have a device with these dimensions and waste it with large frames around the screen.

One of the things that attracts attention is that a screen of this size is held tight Full HD + resolution of 2,244 x 1,080 pixelswhich, given its excellent size, has a density of 345 dpi. It goes without saying that viewing the content is not bad in any case, but perhaps extending to a resolution of 1,440p or QHD would have been ideal for such a large panel.

Huawei Mate 20 X 5G mounts an OLED display that offers very well-balanced colors that cover the DCI-P3 color space and supports HDR10 content, providing a truly great experience when watching series, movies and other multimedia content .

The screen tends to display slightly cold tones that can be compensated from the terminal settings and adjusted to the user's taste. Within these screen personalization options, we find options to adjust the way the notch appears, be able to hide it behind a black strip that brings uniformity to the screen, or hold it as is.

The viewing angles on the screen are very wide, and it is necessary to take a very extreme view to appreciate a variation in color or contrast. In short, it is a display, other than its resolution, that offers features consistent with its category.

It will also be possible to configure Always on screen function, which is nothing but what Huawei calls what we all know as Always on screen, which to avoid "burning" the screen changes its position on the screen every few minutes.

The automatic brightness adjustment system has offered good behavior at all times, although it is sometimes not as instantaneous as we would have liked, but in general it is an excellent opportunity to keep battery consumption without sacrificing the visual level.

The Kirin 980 is still a heavyweight

The Huawei Mate 20 X 5G that we analyze can be considered without a complex to be a high-end. Not only for the 891.65 euros it costs, but for its premium finish and above all for the good performance of its hardware.

the Mate 20 X 5G mounts the Kirin 980 processor, the most powerful in the Huawei catalog. A CPU formed by eight cores in which a GPU Mali G76 MP10 and a Dual core NPU which is responsible for tasks related to artificial intelligence.

As we have already seen in other Huawei smartphones that mount this same processor, their daily performance meets loosely and without the slightest trace of weakness.

Part of the good performance is given by 8 GB LPDDR4X RAM mounting the Mate 20 X 5G, which we analyze, thus exceeding 6 GB, mounting the version of the Mate 20 X with 4G.

As happened in previous models, the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G has a "high performance" mode that provides extra power in more demanding tasks, such as performing more demanding games or applications, while, if disabled, applies a more conservative energy policy that extends a little more autonomy.

Normal modeHigh performance mode
AnTuTu241763311183
GeekBench (Single core / Multi core)3,244 / 9,6723.297 / 9.815
PCMark Computer Vision50837786
PCMark Work 2.076408835
3d Mark Open GL30854307
3DMark Volcano29604331

On the daily usage level, in addition to quantifying the performance shown by benchmarks, we say we did not notice any difference when we enable or disable this mode, since in its normal state, the Kirin 980 already offers a really good performance .

As expected Huawei Mate 20 X 5G gaming performance has been very fluid. PUBG sets the graphic level high by default, and in no time is valued appreciated, even at times of greater movement and action.

Neither has it shown any signs of execution weakness Asphalt 9 or Fortnite, where the graphics have given the size effortlessly. It should be noted that when the maximum performance of the processor is required or while GPS is being used, the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G is being heated as we analyze.

While this temperature rise does not get annoying, the internal changes that Huawei has been forced to make to integrate the 5G Balong 5000 modem are noted. The sacrifice you have had to make is eliminating the efficient cooling system that included the original Huawei Mate 20 X based on the graph and a steam chamber.

The Huawei Mate 20 X 5G we analyze has doubled the internal storage space compared to the original Mate 20 X version. It has a capacity of 256 GB of internal storage that can be expanded by installing an NMcard format card that Huawei has already used in other models. However, this will lose the ability to use a different SIM card.

Android 9, tax on flakes for EMUI

EMUI is one of the few layers of customization that, despite being ubiquitous in every corner of the terminal, fails to interfere as little as possible in its user experience.

This fluidity that EMUI 9.1.1 boasts only strengthens the sense of power that this terminal transmits at all times. So without being appreciated as a fee for the smartphone, the user can enjoy the extras that this layer provides for a more complete user experience.

Its integration with Android 9 is impeccablethat offers features such as gesture controls or resource optimization, but also integrates many of its own features, such as the ability to automatically adjust the resolution to save battery power or integrate HiVision, its own artificial intelligence system, which in this case replaces Google Lens.

It also highlights "Desktop" mode enabled by connect the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G to an external monitor or monitorboth wireless with the feature Wireless projection like using an HDMI cable.

By using this mode, the interface displayed on the screen changes so that you can use your mobile as a Windows-like desktop operating system, with multiple windows, an application bar, Start menu, etc.

Something that could easily relieve Huawei is the excessive presence of its own applications. Something that should not necessarily be bad, but it is possible that the user will never need any of them.

Some of these applications are really useful, such as the gallery, its use of themes to customize the look of the smartphone or the file manager. However, there are others that may not be as useful to the user, but will not be able to uninstall from the terminal, so they continue to take up space in the storage and in the application drawer.

Something that has really convinced us is Biometric unlocking systems integrated into Huawei Mate 20 X 5G that we analyze the fingerprint unlocking system is fast and has shown impeccable behavior during the test period.

Despite being based on a camera-based system, the face lock has shown a good response, even under low light conditions and even in the dark with the only illumination of its huge screen, but in this case, Extreme looked have had some difficulties.

During those days we have used Huawei Mate 20 X 5G as a headphone, the usage rate has been 90% of the face lock and 10% for the fingerprint.

The system really works very smoothly and after a few days you no longer think about unlocking the terminal. You only take it and when you are ready to use it, it is already unlocked.

The Mate 20X 5G is repeated with the cameras on the Mate 20 Pro

If one thing works, why change it? The Mate 20 series premiered on its distinctive square layout, but only the Mate 20 Pro and Mate 20 X models shared the most Premium camera configuration. Now the Huawei Mate adds 20 X 5G to the exclusive list.

In terms of quality Leica's hand is noted in the design of the opticsthat offers a very high level of quality. This is not the first time Huawei is working hand in hand with Leica, and photography enthusiasts hope the alliance will last for many years. Before we get into the analysis of the cameras, let's see what the camera app for the Huawei Mate 20X 5G is.

the Huawei Mate 20X 5G Camera App It's the same as the rest of the Mate series and includes image modes related to the features that allow your cameras. At the bottom, the shutter button is placed in a prominent position, escorted by access to the photo gallery and camera change.

Above, a slider lets you toggle between the different shooting modes while the available settings for these modes are displayed at the top. If the selected mode supports some sort of zoom, or blur, beauty, or effect setting, access to these features is displayed to the right or just above the feature bar.

Highlight the state of the available modes on this slide bar opening, which allows you to select the degree of background blur even after taking the photo; Night mode, to take better quality night photos (something we will check later) or automatic modes portrait. photo and video where artificial intelligence is used to record scenes and configure shooting options.

It also highlights a complete state professional where you have access to all shooting settings, which is the only way to save photos in RAW format.

In the episode morethe Huawei Mate 20X 5G Camera App Save many other creative options, including Super Macro mode or HDR.

In the photographic section, the Huawei Mate 20X 5G has achieved very good results in the tests for which we have exposed it. From this link you can download the original photo files so you can see these results for yourself.

Having three different lenses provides versatility when playing with the different focal points. We are talking about a set formed by one 40 megapixel main sensor with f / 1.8 aperture, one lens 20 megapixel wide angle with aperture f / 2.2 and a 8 megapixel telephoto lens with opening f / 2.4. This set allows you to get a 3x optical zoom, 5x hybrid and digital x10 zoom.

At the optical level, the 40 megapixel main lens is the one that will get the best results, although unless specifically specified in the configuration, it shoots at a 10 megapixel resolution, showing the use of Pixel Binning technologies or pixel grouping to improve light collection.

At the sharpness level, the rest of the focus points are not left, at least in full sun, but the wide-angle lens tends to deform the lines slightly as they approach the edge of the image and are less apparent in the center of the image.

This fisheye effect becomes especially relevant when photographing objects nearby or indoors, where it tends to deform at the corners. When shooting at a certain distance from the object, e.g. In photos of buildings or open landscapes, the effect is diluted and shows a more linear behavior.

In full light, the outcome of a smartphone with these features is expected. We have obtained photos with a realistic color adjustment, except when artificial intelligence is allowed to choose the setting, as in these cases it tends to saturate the blue of the sky and the green of nature, but the results are very clear and offer a good dynamic range. Simply disable the artificial intelligence feature to achieve results that are much more true to reality.

This good dynamic area is especially shown by forcing the machines with scenes with a marked backlight, with the easiest being that the most illuminated area appears completely overexposed, while the less illuminated area appears under-exposed.

However Huawei Mate 20X 5G camera brilliantly solved the situation to balance the histogram to get an image where no information is lost and, more importantly, without using HDR.

However, if you prefer to use HDR, there is no problem as it works inappropriately when needed, both in the form of a dedicated recording mode (available in the section more of the camera), e.g. when taking the photo in one of the auto modes with HDR enabled.

The wide variety of cameras allows you to play with zoom and achieve good results until you reach zoom x3, and only acceptable when kept below 5x zoom.

When you try go beyond the 5x hybrid zoom, quality plummets and the photograph becomes a watercolor that lacks details.

Since we talk about distances when taking photos, we can't help but mention that way Super macrowhere the focusing distance is shortened and the wide-angle lens is used to obtain focused photos just a few centimeters from the subject.

Listen to "Episode # 2: Optical Zoom – What is it … with Rubén Andrés Barbero" on Spreaker.

When lighting conditions get complicated, the Huawei Mate 20X 5G is unable to withstand the pulse. The look of the image is really colorful and achieves a good balance of light and shadows while keeping the usual noise in these types of images in check. However, the lack of light severely penalizes sharpness and detail in these types of photos.

The condition is dazzled night, which is not as effective as other models from the Chinese manufacturer, which achieves virtually the same results as any of the automatic modes and is surpassed by the manual mode when seeking greater precision in color and exposure.

If we talk about the front camera, we will find one 24 megapixel sensor with f / 2.0 aperture with a clear tendency to overexposure when using modes of artificial intelligence, which causes the sky and background to be blank. If artificial intelligence is disabled and some exposure correction is applied, better quality results are obtained.

In the video section Huawei Mate 20X 5G allows you to record videos in 4K at 30 fpsand at 1080 at 60 fps. In both, the device uses stabilization using artificial intelligence to soften camera movements.

The Huawei Mate 20X 5G in this test has allowed us to record slow motion videos up to 960 fps. Freezing the time with reasonably good results with shooting mode Slow motion, which allows you to adjust the speed of this type of recording.

Smaller battery capacity in exchange for better fast charging

The battery section is one of the most new features in this new 5G version of the Mate 20 X. We have good and bad news for you.

The bad news is that the battery capacity of the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G is 4200 mAh, while the Mate 20 X model on which it is based mounts a 5,000 mAh battery.

The good news is that this reduction is offset by a quick charge that really makes a difference. It is true that this version does not reach the nearly two days of intensive use that we obtained in our analysis of the Huawei Mate 20 X.

However Huawei has included 40W SuperCharge fast charging system running on the latest flagships of the brand such as Huawei Mate 20 Pro or Huawei P30 Pro.

This means that the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G should not miss your deal with the charger at the end of each day, not even use fairly intensive use of the terminal. But on the other hand, the fast-charging system is really effective at recovering the load.

In our synthetic tests, we achieved an average of uninterrupted use of the screen at 6 hours and 14 minutes with a brightness of 100% and at 12 hours and 49 minutes with a brightness adjustment of 50%.

In the day to day real use with a mixed use of games, social networks, messages, calls, taking some photos and watching some videos or series of Netflix, you don't have to suffer much to arrive with 20% battery at the end of the day.

When it comes to the charger, the experience has been more than satisfying. Our test with SuperCharge quick charger included in Huawei Mate 20 X 5G they provide times of one hour load to reach 100% of their capacity, and with a little less than 15 minutes it manages to regain 50% of its capacity.

the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G integrates a battery optimization system that avoids battery consumption in background apps, as well as several energy-saving modes with which performance profiles and wireless communications change to maximize battery autonomy.

It also offers the option to darken the background of the Adjustment menus, as when mounting an OLED display, it turns off most of the pixels and provides greater energy savings.

5G connection and Dolby Atmos: a dream for multimedia

One of the main arguments for this smartphone (or phablet if we consider its size) is 5G connectivity. This network connection 5G comes from hand on the Balong 5000 modem. This chip is designed to work with the Kirin 980 so that its performance would be optimized to achieve speeds of several Gbps.

In August 2019, however, the reality is a completely different one and if you do not live in one of 15 cities that have 5G Vodafone coverage, the only carrier currently offering 5G connectivity, this feature will be of little use to you.

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In addition, in the areas where this coverage for 5G networks is activated, it does not make the final frequency of 5G emissions currently occupied by DTT, which is only released before 2020. So the speed fluctuations are very high. unique.

In this specific case we have gone to the center of Barcelona, ​​one of the areas with 5G coverage, equipped with a card that is compatible with 5G networks to test the 5G experience.

The speed measurements on these 5G networks reached values ​​of up to 619 Mbps download and off 44.6 increasewith a 11 ms latency, when at the same time. What a progression with a really fast browsing and usage experience. Said and done.

The feel of browsing is similar to that of a computer connected to a fiber optic network where web pages are loaded almost immediately and Installing an app from Google Play is literally a moment.

As a strange fact to say, during the no longer than 30 minutes that the 5G network connection test lasted, a device registered 10.49 GB of data usage. This can help you put into perspective the huge amount of data that 5G networks are capable of managing … and supporting your data rate.

Listen to "Section # 7: 5G – What is …? With Rubén Andrés Barbero" on Spreaker.

The data obtained does not reflect the real performance of the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G page 5G networks still do not meet the speed and latency values ​​of “native” 5G networks, so we will not consider the answer from Huawei Mate 20 X 5G in this regard.

In all cases, the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G maintains a good fan in this regard, including Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac dual band (2.4 and 5 GHz), DLNA support, NFC, infrared port and USB Type C connector.

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Have better connection that a smartphone can aspire to At present, it is not without sacrifice. We have already seen that the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G that we are analyzing needs to change its internal configuration to make room for 5G network hardware. This also affects the FM radio connection and 3.5mm headphone jack.

Models like the Huawei Mate 20 X include this audio jack, but Huawei has failed it on the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G. We suspect that one of the reasons may be the space that this connector occupies inside the terminal.

In terms of sound, the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G, which we have in hand, solves the audio section, including a system of Dolby Atmos surround sound It complements the great visual experience of having a 7.2 inch OLED screen with HDR with a very well emulated surround sound.

To do this, use the call speaker with the main speaker to offer a large size stereo sound and above all focused directly on the user when coming out of the small speaker located directly above the camera.

It doesn't offer the most powerful volume we've tried recently, but it does make up for it with excellent definition and balance of tones, even at maximum volume, avoiding the occurrence of distortions and delivering very good sound quality at its highest levels.

Having no more space does not have strong bass, but under no circumstances offers the typical "canned" sound.

It's a great mobile, but it's not for everyone

the experience of using an advanced smartphone It is always satisfying. You don't have to worry about performance issues, the photographic equipment is usually very solvent and the materials are of good quality.

However, the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G is not a smartphone that you can recommend to anyone. Its distinctive focus is on a very specific user profile, and if you are a user that fits this profile, The choice of Huawei Mate 20 X 5G brings you many pleasures and an invoice of 891.65 euros.

The most obvious character is its size. Yes it is true 7.9 inch display that offers a great experience in the multimedia section, but it is a size within the reach of very few pockets in the strictest sense of the word.

Of course, if you prefer mobile phones with big screens, here you have a candidate like few others. But if you're not comfortable with anything larger than 6.5 inches, the daily use of a terminal that forces you to use it with two hands can be uncomfortable.

While it may seem inconvenient on paper, it is an advantage to change the Huawei Mate 20 X's 5,000 mAh to a 4200 mAh battery with a fast-charging system as efficient as the one that powers the Mate 20 X 5G. The difference in autonomy is not so much appreciated and allows recuperates much as we do with solo 15 minutes of carga.

For example, with the 5G conectividad, and 2019, it will be up to date. If they were to get the job done and read the cobertura in the current case of 5G, or the center of the principals of País, then read 5G to the right to be liberalized, rather than a firm candidacy for a Sacarle el máximo partido a ese typo de reasons.

Huawei Mate 20 X 5G


Huawei Mate 20 X 5G is the primer smartphone 5G of Huawei and España. View equipped with a 7.2 "OLED pantall of 7.2", 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of common memory internally. And, with the triple, a triple room of 40 Mpx, 20 Mpx and 8 Mpx, centers on the front of the 24 Mpx .

A unique and sophisticated version of the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G comes with a precision superior, and the moment you get an analysis of the Mate 20 X version of the 5G with the original 4G estual igualados and the exact solo of the Euro, Now we have the elec tron ​​and otro's basará and detailed como la conectividad 5G, a system of car rápida may be e fficient or twice the general public.

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A Terminos generales, el Huawei Mate 20 X 5G is a gama all the way to our sashes, as well as breath, ya que brilla tanto por dento como por fuera, pero un unpublico muy concreto y limitado y eso puede jugar en su contra.


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