Huawei Mate 20 X 5G review

A great camera phone, but is £999 / $1159 tag too high an asking price given the competition?

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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Huawei Mate 20 X 5G is a lot of fun to use. It’s got a huge screen which makes for a sensational viewfinder; its camera is very capable and when you can find 5G coverage, its mobile internet speeds fly, unless it’s peak time, in which case, they glide. That said, it’s essentially a phone that launched in 2018, the original Mate 20 X, with a few tweaks and a much higher price. When the price drastically drops, it’ll be a lot easier to recommend, but right now, it’s outgunned by more affordable 4G options.


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    Versatile stills and video camera phone

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    Fast mobile internet when 5G is available

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    Huge, gorgeous HDR10 display


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    Will be too big for most

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    UK price is too high

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    5G coverage is patchy (as of Sept 2019)

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Huawei’s Mate 20 X 5G is a variation of the original Mate 20 X, announced almost a full year ago. It features the same processor, camera, screen and general design, with a few modifications.

In some ways, it’s better; it has fast 5G, just like the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, with availability on EE, Three UK and Vodafone in the UK, though, naturally, this being Huawei, it won’t be easy to find in the US. 

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.