Huawei Mate 20 X sets to prove bigger is better, going for the Galaxy Note 9 jugular with a stylus

Huawei Mate 20 X sets to prove bigger is better, going for the Galaxy Note 9 jugular with a stylus
Huawei seems to be taking its role as the world’s main Samsung challenger more seriously than ever, unveiling at a big London event not just the “standard” Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro smartphones, but also a bigger and bolder Mate 20 X with a... stylus as a key selling point.

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.

source: Huawei

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Mate 20 X
  • Display 7.2" 1080 x 2244 pixels
  • Camera 40 MP / 24 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2600 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + Nano Memory (NM)
  • Battery 5000 mAh

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37 Comments

1. JCASS889

Posts: 504; Member since: May 18, 2018

does the stylus stay inside the phone when not in use? or is it something i have to carry around?

7. YeahYeah

Posts: 250; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

you buy the stylus separately and there's no slot for it in the phone...

8. JCASS889

Posts: 504; Member since: May 18, 2018

that is completely stupid, whos gunna carry a pen around when the note 9 has it built in.

23. midan

Posts: 2707; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

No it's smart, most don't want the pen. It's also great to sell pen seperately, because again most don't want it. People doesn't want to pay for things they don't use. It's one reason why Note sales are so low.

31. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I knew your stupid trolling ass only typed that, to go for the Note 9 lol. I own the Max and Note 9, and despite the Note not selling as much, it’s the better phone by a comfortable margin. Once again, you’re nothing but a troll, who offers nothing meaningful to the comments section.

35. midan

Posts: 2707; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

i'm still right and you clearly can't accept that.

39. Ali888

Posts: 88; Member since: Apr 13, 2018

Midan, you're not right

40. midan

Posts: 2707; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

No i'm right. If you buy something and it has something what you don't need or will never use you don't want to pay for it. Fact is that most people doesn't want to use pen with their phone so they don't see Note line as a real option because they wondering how much they pay for that pen feature which they don't need. When they look the price of the device they skip it even when the phone itself is among best Android phone money can buy, they feel like they are paying for things they don't need, because there's no free meal, If the pen is included you pay for it.

36. mootu

Posts: 1500; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

He does have a point even if he is trolling. I'm very interested in the Mate 20 X mainly for it's large screen but i would never need a pen. So he is correct in saying that people don't want to pay for things they don't use or need.

38. Kibzara

Posts: 121; Member since: Feb 24, 2016

looool, could't dissagree more... i have a Note 9. in most cases, i never use an S pen, and dont even notice it's here. but when i need it, i realise it's hidden in lower corner, that doesn't bother me in any way... your statements are so false, you (one that doesn't know a thing about NOTE) just look for any reason to bash everything that is not Apple... grow up, try a Note or any other phone, its a 21st century...

2. panrt321

Posts: 100; Member since: Aug 23, 2018

R.I.P Note 9

6. YeahYeah

Posts: 250; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

No I doubt.

10. bucknassty

Posts: 1325; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

how so???? now i'll just lose the Mpen and it will be a large phone, with nothing special

12. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

:):):):) Are you joking??? How a hot-dog Pen , with battery inside , not embedded but should carry separately.....could compare with non-battery, embedded S-Pen????? Why those OEMs don't pay royalty to Samsung , to use the S-Pen technology is beyond me. I hate the Note to be the only choice. I want competition in this category.

20. Geb1522

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 23, 2015

They don't pay royalty to Samsung, cause it isn't Samsung's technology....Its Wacom, so if anyone collects on this usage its them. With reasoning, Huawei already pays wacom for the tech, hence the usage of the pen.

25. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Let me explain you ignorant. Of course the main technology is Wacom.(BTW Samsung owns part of Wacom) Wacom pens need battery, though. But I'm speaking about the non-battery pen tech, applied to the wacom tech. That's Samsung's innovation. This makes the pen to be embedded. And no need to charge. That's the reason no other OEM makes Note-like devices so far,

30. Geb1522

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 23, 2015

Thanks for clarifying yourself.

34. Farcaster

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 16, 2018

Chinese don't know the meaning of patents/royalty.

29. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2146; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

No timetable for US release. So this is just taking away market share outside the US.

3. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Now its time for apple to support iphone for apple pencil just like their ipad.

18. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

And who TH will carry around a hot-dog pen, separately, to use it on the phone? And charge it like a spade:):) from the iPhone's battery?? Are you guys insane?

4. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2349; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Apple ,makes a bigger iPhone max x.. Hauwie . Hold my beer ...

5. YeahYeah

Posts: 250; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

This is a very nice phone but still can't touch Note Series. Maybe in 2 years time.

27. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

2 years???? I would say- Never!!!! Unless they make non-battery , embedded pen, too.

33. chenski

Posts: 759; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Rip note series =p

9. ReticentHamster

Posts: 153; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

I'm sorry, Samsung, but THIS is how you make a giant phone. Huawei's not afraid to buck the "standard" 6" - 6.5" screen that every phone manufacterer has stuck to. If you're gonna go big, go all out. people will complain about the phone being too big... But people complain about everything. When the first Note came out, it was thought of as a joke, but look what happened. Samsung's been playing it too safe with the Note series ever since the Note5, and I think they've lost ground as a result. They tried too hard to appeal to the mainstream audience. The ones like myself who favor >6.6" screens may be tempted to jump ship and go with Huawei now that they've released what we've always wanted but never got from Sammy.

11. YeahYeah

Posts: 250; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Until Huawei build or make Mate with a stylus in it. Then we can talk. Right now I doubt. Note is still king. Who wants to walk around with a stylus in their pockets.

13. scarface21173

Posts: 657; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Put it behind your ear

17. scarface21173

Posts: 657; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Put it behind your ear and the phone still works without the stylus.

19. Sparkxster

Posts: 1213; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Huawei should have made a slot for the pen but they could always release a case that has a slot for the pen.

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