Hands on: Huawei Mate 20 X 5G review

A whopping 7.2-inch OLED screen is the standout feature on this 5G version of the Huawei Mate 20 X

Huawei Mate 20 X 5G review
(Image: © Jamie Carter/Digital Camera World)

Early Verdict

A niche device for power-users after the biggest phone they can get, this suped-up 5G version of the Mate 20 X boasts a similar Leica triple lens system, but it’s an outrageous and immersive 7.2-inch OLED screen that really impresses.


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    Expansive 7.2-inch OLED

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    Leica triple lens

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    New Balong 5000 chipset

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    Can host two 5G SIM cards


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    No headphones jack

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    Only comes in ‘emerald green’

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    No significant camera upgrade

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It’s easy to forget the Sino-American trade war when there’s 5G around. Though technically already on sale in some markets, Huawei used IFA 2019 to put the Mate 20 X 5G – the Chinese brand’s first 5G phone – in the hands of journalists and bloggers, DigitalCameraWorld included. It's selling for £999, which is about US$1,222 (though Huawei devices are not officially on sale in the US). 

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Jamie Carter
Astrophotography expert

Jamie has been writing about all aspects of technology for over 14 years, producing content for sites like TechRadar, T3, Forbes, Mashable, MSN, South China Morning Post, and BBC Wildlife, BBC Focus and BBC Sky At Night magazines. 

As the editor for www.WhenIsTheNextEclipse.com, he has a wealth of enthusiasm and expertise for all things astrophotography, from capturing the Perseid Meteor Shower, lunar eclipses and ring of fire eclipses, photographing the moon and blood moon and more.

He also brings a great deal of knowledge on action cameras, 360 cameras, AI cameras, camera backpacks, telescopes, gimbals, tripods and all manner of photography equipment.