Back in May, both EE and Vodafone pulled Huawei’s phones from their 5G network launch. EE had planned to offer the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G as part of its 5G launch of the UK’s first 5G network, but decided to “pause” this because of “uncertainty” regarding Google having the ability to provide future versions of its Android system to Huawei.
A knee-jerk reaction, and the 5G device soon became available on O2 and Sky Mobile networks, who have yet to launch their 5G networks.
The 5G phone is available to pre-order on four 5G plans ranging from £59 per month with £50 upfront to £74 per month with £10 upfront cost. EE are still sticking to data limits with their 5G data plans.
The Huawei Mate 20 X 5G is essentially a 5G-enabled version of the Mate 20 X that the Chinese company launched in October.
Aside from its whopping 7.2-inch display, it’s packing Huawei’s Kirin 980 processor, a huge 4,200mAh battery and a triple camera array on the back, consisting of standard zoom, telephoto zoom and super wide angle.
Powered by the same 7nm Kirin 980 chip as its current flagships, Mate 20 X 5G uses the Balong 5000 chipset to enable the next-generation mobile connectivity. It also supports previous-gen networks – everything from 2G up to 5G – and Huawei claims switching between these networks is possible with lower latency and reduced power consumption.
It has a lower-capacity 4,200mAh battery than the 5,000mAh pack inside the regular Mate 20 X, but supports 40W SuperCharge for faster charging and has an AI-powered optimisation mode for regulating power consumption in the background.
The 5G Mate 20 X also features an advanced cooling solution with a vapour chamber and graphene heat pipes, known as SuperCool. This will help keep things cool when streaming 4K video and intensive games.
Other specifications are largely similar to that of the standard Mate 20 X, which is a larger version of the Mate 20 with a 7.2in FullView (2244×1080) IPS display and the addition of a headphone jack, but the loss of wireless charging and waterproofing. It has the same core hardware and triple-lens (40Mp + 20Mp + 8Mp) rear camera.
Huawei Mate 20 X 5G Specs
|DISPLAY||Screen Size: 7.2 inches
Screen Colour: 16.7 million colours
Colour Gamut: Wide Colour Gamut(DCI-P3)
Screen Type: OLED
Resolution: FHD+ 1080 x 2244
|PROCESSOR||CPU Model: Huawei Kirin 980 + Balong 5000
CPU Frequency: 2 x Cortex-A76 Based 2.6 GHz + 2 x Cortex-A76 Based 1.92 GHz + 4 x Cortex-A55 1.8 GHz
|OPERATING SYSTEM||EMUI 9.1 (Based on Android 9)|
|MEMORY||8 GB RAM + 256 GB ROM
NM card: support up to 256 GB
Leica Triple Camera:
40 MP (Wide Angle Lens, f/1.8 aperture) + 20 MP (Ultra Wide Angle Lens, f/2.2 aperture) + 8 MP (Telephoto, f/2.4 aperture), supports autofocus (laser focus, phase focus, contrast focus), supports AIS (Huawei AI Image Stabilisation).Front Camera:
24 MP, f/2.0 aperture, supports fixed focal length.
*The photo pixels may vary depending on the shooting mode.
|BATTERY||4200 mAh (Typical Value)|
|CHARGING||HUAWEI SuperCharge (Max 40 W)|
|NETWORK:||Primary SIM card:
5G NR: N77 / N78 / N79
4G LTE TDD: B34 / B38 / B39 / B40 / B41
4G LTE FDD: B1 / B2 / B3 / B4 / B5 / B6 / B7 / B8 / B9 / B12 / B17 / B18 / B19 / B20 / B26 / B28 / B32
3G WCDMA: B1 / B2 / B4 / B5 / B6 (Japan) / B8 / B19 (Japan);
2G GSM: B2 / B3 / B5 / B8 (850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz)Secondary SIM card:
4G LTE TDD: B34 / B38 / B39 / B40 / B41
4G LTE FDD: B1 / B2 / B3 / B4 / B5 / B6 / B7 / B8 / B9 / B12 / B17 / B18 / B19 / B20 / B26 / B28
2G GSM: B2 / B3 / B5 / B8 (850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz)
|CONNECTIVITY||WLAN: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz
Bluetooth: BT 5.0, BLE, SBC, AAC, LDAC and HWA Audio are supported.
Type-C, USB 3.1 GEN1
PC Data Synchronisation
|LOCATION||Support GPS (L1 + L5 dual band) / AGPS / Glonass / BeiDou / Galileo (E1 + E5a dual band) / QZSS (L1 + L5 dual band)|
|NFC||Read Write mode / Peer to Peer mode / Card Emulation mode (payment by *SIM card, or HCE) is supported.
*SIM card only support SIM 1 slot.
Ambient Light Sensor
Fingerprint Sensor, Hall sensor, laser sensor, Barometer, Infrared sensor, Colour temprature sensor
|AUDIO||Audio File Format: *.mp3, *.mp4, *.3gp, *.ogg, *.amr, *.aac, *.flac, *.wav, *.midi
Audio Codec: MP3, MIDI, AMR-NB, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-WB, PCM, OGG, FLAC, LDAC, HWA, AC-3, eAC-3, AC-4
|VIDEO||Video File Format: *.3gp, *.mp4
Video Codec: Supports 4K, H.264, H.263, MPEG-4, MPEG-2, Xvid, VP8, VP9