Huawei Mate 20 X sets to prove bigger is better, going for the Galaxy Note 9 jugular with a stylus
The Huawei Mate 20 X delivers “eXtra” screen real estate, at a whopping 7.2 inches, packing a massive 5,000 mAh battery as well that manages to dwarf the 4,200 and 4,000 mAh cells of the Mate 20 Pro and Samsung Galaxy Note 9 respectively.
Obviously, the Mate 20 X, Mate 20, and Mate 20 Pro all share a state-of-the-art Kirin 980 SoC with unrivaled raw power and energy efficiency (at least as far as the Android ecosystem is concerned), as well as triple rear-facing cameras with a total megapixel count of 68.
That crazy large 7.2-inch display of the Mate 20 X doesn’t exactly sound like a screamer, sporting the same 2244 x 1080 resolution as the regular Mate 20 version instead of the superior 3120 x 1440 pixel count of the Mate 20 Pro.
On the bright side, this bad boy also follows the non-Pro Mate 20’s suit when it comes to the smaller, prettier “waterdrop” notch, although that means the 3D facial recognition tricks are absent here too. The same goes for the in-display fingerprint recognition method, ditched in favor of a conventional rear-mounted biometric sensor.
Meanwhile, the S Pen-rivaling M Pen (sold separately) is actually not entirely new, but rather borrowed from the iPad Pro-challenging MediaPad M5 Pro. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, with 4096 pressure levels offered by this very promising stylus for stellar precision, improved productivity, and especially superior creativity.
Gaming and multimedia consumption seem to be treated as similarly important focus areas by the Mate 20 X, with built-in GPU Turbo 2.0 functionality for a “crystal clear gaming experience”, SuperCool Vapor Chamber and graphene cooling technology, as well as a premium Dolby-Atmos Super-Bass Stereo Speaker System designed to “make some noise.”
Color options will include Midnight Blue and Phantom Silver, with an engraved glass back panel designed to produce “unique textures glittering in the light” and a non-slip finish aiming to help you more easily maneuver this no doubt unwieldy powerhouse.
October 26 is when sales are expected to kick off in select European markets at a price of around $899 for a 6GB RAM/128GB storage configuration.