Huawei has been the pioneers in making smartphones as big as a tablet, coining the term phablet. Before this, the Huawei Mate 10 was at 5.9”, which is pretty big in itself. But the Huawei Mate 20 X tops that with a size of 7.2”, so if you’re not a fan of phablets this is definitely a big turn off. Yet even with that said, the Huawei Mate 20 X has enough power and capabilities to justify its size.

Design

The size of the Mate 20 X can be a deterrent alone, and one major issue for those with small hands may have is that the fingerprint scanner requires quite a stretch to reach for it if you’re holding it. Recommended for you to test out the smartphone in your hand and see if you’re comfortable with it first. 

If you can get over the size of the smartphone, the Mate 20 X is actually a sleek, gorgeous phone made out aluminium and glass. The edges of the smartphone are well rounded and it will not slip out of your hands easily even if it is heavy and big.  

It comes in two colours; phantom silver and midnight blue. Images displayed on screen are brilliant with the setting of 16.7 million colours, so you can expect the best when watching videos or gaming on this smartphone. 

Speaking of which, the speakers are on the top and bottom of the phone, which is great for watching videos on but can be cumbersome for gamers who hold their phones horizontally while playing as they may be blocking the speakers unless you flip it the other way so your hands are away from the speakers.

Features

There are plenty of features that makes the Mate 20 X outstanding. Starting with the battery, this smartphone can last more than a day without needing to charge if you do minimal work on it, such as calls and messages. But even if you do more on it, no worries, as charging takes a fraction of a time thanks to the TÜV safety-certified HUAWEI SuperCharge2. So you won’t be spending a lot of time charging it. 

If you’re into taking pictures, the Mate 20 X leica triple camera is AI powered and takes some of the best shots I’ve seen from a smartphone comparable to the ones you can take from a DSLR. Sure, it cannot outright replace a DSLR, but it sure does a good job in taking macro shots just like one. Other options include distant and landscape shots and all of it came out vivid and crisp. 

The Mate 20 X also boasts itself as a gaming smartphone, and for good reason. The smartphone comes with a GPU Turbo 2.0 technology that ensures a smooth gaming session regardless of how big or intense the gaming session can be. So far I’ve played rhythm games such as Cytus and Deemo, fighting game Honkai Impact and battle royale game PUBG. There were no major issues playing these games and it was an enjoyable experience, sans for the speakers issues I mentioned earlier. 

Another great thing about the Mate 20x is that it was never uncomfortable to hold and had no moment of it overheating. This is thanks to the HUAWEI Supercool feature, which is the world’s first liquid multi-dimensional cooling system with Vapour Chamber (VC) and Graphene Film used in smartphones. It’s no understatement that this is a great feature for the phone to have, and it is likely a contributing factor as to why the battery life in this phone lasts long. 

Considering how big the screen is, it would be best to have a pen to make use of it easier. Thankfully, there’s the HUAWEI M-Pen3 to make work on the Mate 20 X a breeze, so no worries there. The Huawei M-Pen is sold separately though at ¥299 (around RM180 and above).

Conclusion

I would give the Huawei Mate 20 X a full five stars based on its features alone if it not were for the fact that it’s still a bulky phablet with some issues with the speaker when gaming. But if you don’t mind the size and are the type to use headphones more, then this smartphone is a five star for you. With a lot of powerful features, you can definitely expect a smooth experience with plenty of useful options ready for you with a tap.

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Huawei Mate 20 X review

The Huawei Mate 20 X proves itself that power can come with size
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Good Stuff 
The leica camera is powerful and can replace a DSLR if necessary
The phone doesn’t overheat easily in your hands
Charging is really fast
Bad Stuff 
The phone is big and bulky at 7.2”, not ideal for small hands
Reaching for the fingerprint scanner can be quite a stretch
If you’re gaming, holding horizontally may block the speakers