The Mate 20 X is Huawei’s effort at making a gaming phone that is capable of rivalling that the Nintendo Switch the undisputed king of gaming.
If the pitch sounds familiar, it should; it was Razer’s claim on launching the imaginatively named Razer Phone 2. Asus subsequently followed suit with its ROG Phone, which comprised an incredibly similar controller peripheral to that of those Mate 20 X, one that makes it look like a”1337″ Switch. But if the latter is what you are after then you’ll need to look elsewhere. The Mate 20 X does little to justify its lofty claims of being a gaming device, apart from battery and its large screen.
The peripheral the firm made such a huge deal about in the phone’s launch has since failed to appear; as far as I can tell, it is not available anywhere. I can’t see the Mate 20 X being a rival into the Change, though it had been part of this package. The gaming library of android isn’t anywhere near developed enough to justify the comparison.
But if you merely want a giant pallet with top-end specs afterward the Huawei Mate 20 X is a solid phone in its own right, probably to meet 99% of users’ needs – if you can stomach its enormous dimensions.
The Mate 20 X is a behemoth of a smartphone, even by phablet standards. With a 7.2-inch screen, half a decade ago it might have been classed as a tablet computer, not a phone. The moment I picked it up I had flashbacks to the time I reviewed the Asus Fonepad.
Coupled with its 8.1millimeter thickness, the Mate X 20 is a giant apparatus that requires some time to get accustomed to. Even as a normal tablet user I found the device somewhat hard to navigate, and unless you have bear paws for hands, you won’t be able to use it one-handed (even using the assistive software attribute ).
Happily, the Mate 20 X ticks all the right boxes design-wise. The phone looks like an Mate 20 Guru. It’s a similar metal and glass design, and near-identical blue colouring. The Mate 20 X feels premium in the hand, surpassing that of Razer Phone two and the chunky ROG Phone – that have stereotypical aesthetics and delivering allure on a par with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
The phone is pretty decent when it comes to functionality, too. Round the back, you will discover a small fingerprint scanner that seated beneath the top tri-camera. At the base, you will find the now charging interface and one of two speakers. The only atypical attribute is the 3.5mm jack, which sits on its top and leaves the Mate 20 X one of a select few handsets capable of linking to cabled headphones without a dongle.
Audio quality from the double speakers can not match until the Razer Phone 2, among the greatest phones in terms of sound quality for watching Netflix and gaming. It’s still a cut above the majority of the phones I test.
Max volume is appropriately loud and the speakers offer a surprising number of low-end, which can help make games and movies seem suitably immersive. The downside is they’re side-facing, so it’s too easy to cover them when holding the phone .
If you’re searching for an alternate to the Note, then the Mate 20 X also features support for Huawei’s M-Pen3 stylus – although I can’t see many bothering, as you have to buy it separately and there’s no way to dock it with the telephone.
Build quality is solid, but I’m not convinced the glass coupled with its hefty 232g weight – will survive even a moderate fall. Fortunately, there’s a silicon instance therefore this isn’t too big of a deal if you’re happier with the phone looking chunkier.
My only serious concern around the Mate 20 X’s design originates from the fact that, despite being marketed as a gaming phone, it doesn’t have some immediately obvious gaming features. Contrary to the ROG Phone, there aren’t any extra”Air Trigger” controllers. The game-focused features are confined to some customized cooling system and the GPU Turbo 2.0 technology that is you’ll find in virtually every new Huawei and Honor Phone nowadays.
I can forgive the absence of ROG Phone-style peripherals, or custom controllers, but for me personally the lack of a factor refresh rate display on any phone being promoted at gamers is a glaring omission. The initial Razer Phone was the first handset to feature a refresh rate and remains a showcase of the motives any telephone that is entertainment-focused should have the attribute.
Factor refresh speeds are typical on many PC screens. To get non-techies, it describes how many times per second a picture is rendered by a display. A greater number will mean it being exhibited on-screen and feel more reactive, as there’s less of a delay between when you enact a command and content like games will operate. A lower number means content and animations will not be smooth, but less power will be consumed by the screen.