Huawei Mate 20X
Huawei Mate 20X, a stretching palm, is as giant as it is now, but X is more than a big screen.
AVERAGE PRICE: 46 000 rubs.
Here is a phone that takes the brilliant Mate 20 Pro well and expands it, with a giant screen that is bigger than any other phone model right now.
Huawei believes that this is exactly what gamers and multimedia addicts need, but additional digital stylus hints at plans to challenge the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
But with a few stripped-down specifications, is it worth expanding your horizons with the flagship phablet?
DISPLAY AND SOUND: DO NOT FOLLOW A Tear
The screen is truly a 7.2-inch star show you can’t miss. The panel is very massive, with ultra-thin frames on all four sides, it makes a fantastic first impression.
This is an OLED panel that means impeccable contrast, deep, ink-black color, and vivid colors, although Huawei was not as restrained as Samsung with its latest phones – things look a bit oversaturated and not quite realistic out of the box. However, a little You can fix it.
It plays well with HDR, so it gets brighter when you submit compatible video. Visibility on the street is also nothing to worry about. Since OLED uses energy only for the pixels it illuminates, there is also a constantly on display mode to display time, date, and any incoming notifications at a glance.
Huawei used a tear-shaped notch to fit a selfie camera that is far from as intrusive as the iPhone-style wedge featured on the Mate 20 Pro. It’s nice to see some individual style, and not just copy what Apple does. This rarely gets in the way, and you can always hide it with black bars in the settings menu.
2244 × 1080 resolution is slightly better than Full HD, due to the stretched aspect ratio of 18.7: 9, but far from the best of many, including Samsung Galaxy Note 9 from Samsung and Mate 20 Pro from Huawei.
Of course, you cannot notice individual pixels without a magnifying glass. If you do not need the best, this is a great screen.
DESIGN: GENTLY GIANT
There is no doubt that the Huawei Mate 20X is a large kit.
Yes, you really need large pockets to fit one of them, and no, I’m not just glad to see you. It even makes the Galaxy Note 9 look small, which is a real achievement, but still surprisingly usable.
Basically, these are thin front panels and a slightly curved rear window that sits in your hands as comfortable as a smartphone plate that you can count on. This, of course, is a hefty thing, but you should not have pain in your wrist, just carry it with you.
It occupies the same micro-etched surface as the smaller Mate phones, which should prevent it from slipping out of your gloves. This does a pretty decent job, but it’s still glass (and a lot of it), so you want not to imagine it on the pavement.
At the back, beneath this distinctive square array of camera, is a fingerprint sensor. Unfortunately, there are no fashionable pants on the touch screen, and the sensor can be quite tight to reach anyone who lacks giant hands.
At each end of the phone, you will find many pleasant moments, including suitable stereo speakers, an IR blaster and even a headphone jack – something you won’t find in a better Mate 20 Pro.
On the other hand, here you get only IP53 water resistance, which is far from being as good as all the current best smartphones.
However, with thin bezels and a jagged display, it looks like a flagship phone.
CAMERA: THREE WAYS TO USE
The Leica brand name is the full sale of the fact that this smartphone can be taken seriously. Or three, in fact: the square matrix at the back contains three separate lenses and a flash, which make the Huawei Mate 20X as flexible as they are.
The main camera has a massive 40-megapixel sensor, but by default snapshots of a 10-megapixel camera using smart pixel binning technology. The second 20-megapixel wide-angle lens allows you to fit much more into each photo, and the third 8-megapixel telephoto acts as 3x optical zoom. Think of it as a camera bag full of lenses; only you can put it in your pocket.
In bright sunlight, you can take 40-megapixel shots and shoot an impressive amount of detail, while 10-megapixel supersampling provides indoor shooting and more complex scenes.
A dedicated night mode is available for the darkest settings, combining several shots and truly impressive results. You lose a bit of sharpness and need a steady hand, but the question now is whether the Mate has the edge of the Google Pixel 3 XL.
Mate conveniently outperforms the Galaxy Note 9 when it comes to scaling, and its wide-angle shot outperforms the LG G7 ThinQ with optical image stabilization to help reduce camera shake.
Huawei’s image processing is more aggressive than Samsung, Apple, or Google, which could cause some photos to look unnaturally sharp. The results are still impressive and largely come down to personal preferences as to which one is the best overall.
This cannot be said about the front perch, which can have 24 megapixels, but it cannot capture a candid selfie, as well as the Pixel 3 XL and two 8-megapixel cameras.
If Road Runner needed a smartphone to outwit Wile E Coyote, he would use the Huawei Mate 20X – this thing works very fast.
This is largely due to the 7-nm processor Huawei Kirin 980, which is a more advanced architecture than the competitor Snapdragon 845. Of course, the Snapdragon 855 is just around the corner, but now it is a performance record.
It takes first place in synthetic tests and, more importantly, performs almost everything that you can accurately use. There is no delay when moving between screens, applications open in an instant, and there is no need to wait until your images are processed when scrolling through the gallery.
When it comes to games, things are not so clear, according to Huawei, for which the Huawei Mate 20X was created. PUBG Mobile really works better than on a Snapdragon-based phone, but this is largely due to the Turbo GPU software settings made with the help of the game developers.
In applications that support it, you will get a smoother frame rate, since the phone’s resources are used more efficiently. This means pretty much a constant frame rate, even if you set the details to full, so there’s no excuse for skipping this chicken dinner.
Other games are not so optimized, which means that the Google Pixel 3 or Galaxy Note 9 may have an advantage, but for the most part, the Mate 20 X still plays very well. Is it worth it to thank Huawei’s graphene steam cooling system? It’s impossible to say, although after an hour of play it was barely felt warm to the touch.
Built-in 128 GB storage is more than enough for all your applications, games, photos and music, but if you want to add something else, you are tied to Huawei’s proprietary Nano Memory format, which means twice the price than you for an equivalent card microSD
OS AND SOFTWARE: EMUI
Like the rest of the Mate 20 models, the X comes with Android 9.0 Pie and liberal EMUI support. Huawei’s customizable shell is not as intrusive as before, but it still borrows a lot from iOS, and not from the Google operating system.
This means that the application box is not out of the box, just a few home screens filled with applications. You can make an exchange if at least you prefer the way Android works.
Being able to keep track of all the changes in 9.0 Pie can be a good thing. The split view is still tied to a long press on the Recent button, which is much easier to use than the new, more flexible Google on-screen menu.
You still get a lot of pre-installed apps that pretty much mimic Google’s own apps, and since they don’t take advantage of the larger screen, it makes no sense to use them if you’re already connected to Gmail, Google Play, and Like.
Huawei did not have a stylus so we could try it in this review with a phone, so now the Galaxy Note 9 is still a de facto phone for pen lovers.
When you first set up your phone, you get a disappointing amount of bloat, but you can at least skip downloads – they are not waiting for you on your desktop, as you would in the past.
Minor improvements, that is, are still different enough to annoy the Android faithful, but not so much that it becomes a reason to avoid the phone.
Huawei Mate 20X BATTERY LIFE
The benefit of becoming big? Loads more space under the screen to charge the battery.
The Mate 20 X does just that, with a whopping 5,000 mAh of juice for you to keep working. This is a big leap from the already impressive 4200mAh Mate 20 Pro, and a big improvement over the Galaxy S9 Plus and iPhone XS Max.
Playing a looped video lasted an incredible 22 hours and hours on the Battlegrounds Mobile from Playerunknown only 10% left dents in the remaining total amount. Huawei believes that it will last three hours longer than its closest competitors when it comes to games, and based on this result, we can believe it.
For daily use, you will comfortably spend a whole day talking, texting, scrolling in social networks and playing multimedia, and expect that next morning, you will have up to 40-50% of the charge. In fact, there is no other phone from the main manufacturer that will last as long as this one.
When it’s finally time to recharge, you will need to connect, as there is no wireless charging, as in the Mate 20 Pro. A built-in 40W supercharger should get you back to 70% in about 30 minutes, so there is no excuse for not having enough juice.
HUAWEI MATE 20X VERDICT
The Mate 20 X is a monster of the phone, and not only because of its huge size.
The latest Huawei processor is very fast, the rear camera with three lenses is one of the best and most versatile that you can find on your phone right now, and even better than the Mate 20 Pro, due to the availability of space for the headphone jack.
However, the more, the better, and Huawei has given up a few features that leading fans may mourn. There is no fingerprint scan on the screen, no wireless charging, no curved glass, and now there is not enough price difference.
When you can buy the Mate 20 Pro for X-799, you really have to ask yourself if it’s worth about an inch of the screen or so.
MATERIAL SPEAKS …
Review of Huawei Mate 20 X
Absolutely giant screen and some winning features, but for most, it is redundant, and not as round as the Mate 20 Pro
- Huge AMOLED screen looks fantastic
- Superb camera with three lenses and the best
- All the performance you need
- The colossal size makes it impractical for many
- Skips some top technology
- Proprietary Extensible Storage
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