The Mate 20 X is Huawei’s attempt at making a gaming phone that’s capable of rivalling that the Nintendo Switch the king of gaming. When the pitch seems familiar, it should; it was Razer’s claim on launching the imaginatively named Razer Telephone 2. Asus subsequently followed suit with its ROG Phone, which featured a remarkably similar control peripheral to that of the Mate 20 X, one which makes it resemble a”1337″ Switch. But if the latter is what you are after then you are going to need to look elsewhere. Apart from its ridiculously large screen and battery, the Mate 20 X does little to justify its claims of being a gaming device, Regardless of the marketing hype.
The peripheral the company made such a huge deal about in the telephone’s launch has since neglected to appear; as far as I could tell, it isn’t available anywhere. I can’t see the Mate 20 X being a rival to the Switch even if it had been part of the bundle. Android’s gaming library isn’t anywhere near grown enough to justify the comparison. But if you merely want a giant pallet with top-end specs afterward the Huawei Mate 20 X is a good phone in its own right, likely to meet 99% of users’ needs — if you can stomach its huge dimensions.
The Mate 20 X is a behemoth of a smartphone, even by phablet criteria. Featuring a 7.2-inch display, half a decade ago it might have been hailed as a tablet, not a phone. The minute had flashbacks to the time I.
Coupled with its 8.1mm thickness, the Mate X 20 is a giant device that takes a while to become accustomed to. Even as a regular tablet user I found that the device somewhat hard to navigate, and unless you have bear paws on your hands, you won’t have the ability to use it comfortably one-handed (even using the assistive software feature).
Thankfully, the Mate 20 X ticks all the ideal boxes design-wise. The phone looks like an Mate 20 Guru. It’s a similar glass and metal design, and coloring. The Mate 20 X seems from the hand for top, exceeding that of Razer Phone 2 and the ROG Phone — which have aesthetics and delivering top-end appeal on a par with all the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
The telephone is pretty decent when it comes to functionality, too. Around the back, you will find a small fingerprint scanner that’s neatly seated beneath the. At the base, you’ll find the standard USB-C charging port and one of two speakers that are double. The only atypical feature is the 3.5mm jack, which sits on its own top and leaves the Mate 20 X one of a select few handsets capable of linking to cabled headphones with no dongle.
Sound quality from the double speakers can’t match until the Razer Phone two, among the best phones concerning sound quality for watching Netflix and gaming. It’s still a cut above most of the phones I test.
Max volume is appropriately loud and the speakers offer you a surprising amount of low-end, which can help make games and movies sound suitably immersive. The only downside is that they’re side-facing, so it is all too easy to accidentally cover them if holding the phone.
If you’re looking for an alternate to the Note, then the Mate 20 X also features support for Huawei’s M-Pen3 stylus — although I can not see many upsetting, as you need to buy it separately and there is no way to dock it with the phone.
Build quality is solid, although I am uncertain the glass back — coupled with its hefty 232g weight — will endure even a moderate fall. There’s a silicon case included in the box, so this is not too big of a deal if you are more happy with the telephone looking even chunkier.
My only significant concern around the Mate 20 X’s design stems from the fact that, despite being marketed as a gaming phone, it doesn’t have some immediately obvious gaming attributes. Contrary to the ROG Phone, there aren’t any additional”Air Trigger” controllers. The game-focused attributes are confined to a custom cooling system as well as the GPU Turbo 2.0 technology that is you’ll find in virtually every new Huawei and Honor Phone nowadays.
I can forgive the lack of ROG Phone-style peripherals, or custom controllers, but for me personally the absence of a variable refresh speed display on any phone being promoted in gamers is a glaring omission. The Razer Phone has been the first handset to feature a refresh rate and stays a perfect showcase of the motives any entertainment-focused phone should have the feature.
Variable refresh speeds are typical on many PC displays. For non-techies, it refers to how many times per second a picture is rendered by a display. A number will mean since there’s less of a delay between when you enact a command content like games will operate more smoothly and feel reactive and it being exhibited on-screen. A lower number means content and cartoons will not be smooth, but less electricity will be consumed by the display.