Huawei Mate 20 X review

GSMArena team, 29 January 2019.

Huge OLED screen, tiny notch

The centerpiece of the Huawei Mate 20 X is that 7.2" AMOLED screen with a tiny waterdrop-like notch. Despite the large diagonal, the display has a resolution of 1,080 x 2,244 pixels or 346ppi. That's far from a top-notch pixel density, but still enough for both a daily driver and a multimedia device.

Huawei Mate 20 X review

In fact, the 1080p screen of the Mate 20 X should be ideal for gaming, which is one of the key selling points of the phablet. It should allow for great app compatibility and top performance with the Kirin 980 powerhouse underneath.

The OLED panel has a Diamond PenTile matrix, like most of the OLEDs these days. If you stare long enough and at the proper content (text mostly), you might be able to tell it's a PenTile from the rough edges, but that's about the only time, really.

The screen of the Mate 20 X has two Color modes - Normal and Vivid. Each of those also has three sub-modes - Default, Warm, and Cold.

The Vivid option represents the DCI-P3 color space, while the Normal one switches to sRGB color space compliance. Huawei hasn't specified this anywhere, so we found that out empirically in our lab.

Anyway, the Mate 20 X comes set on Vivid by default and we suggest leaving it this way. The mode offers 460 nits of (manual) maximum brightness, but it can go as high as 655 nits in bright light if you leave it on Auto.

The minimum brightness we measured is just 1.8 nits.

Display test 100% brightness
Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio
Huawei Mate 20 X 0 459
Huawei Mate 20 X (Max Auto) 0 655
Huawei Mate 20 Pro 0.002 508 254000
Huawei Mate 20 Pro (Max Auto) 0.003 657 219000
Huawei Mate 20 0.347 491 1415
Huawei Mate 20 (Max Auto) 0.554 778 1404
Huawei Mate 20 Lite 0.313 460 1470
Huawei P20 Pro 0 412
Huawei P20 Pro (Max Auto) 0 582
Apple iPhone XS Max 0 653
Samsung Galaxy Note9 0 367
Samsung Galaxy Note9 (Max Auto) 0 658
LG V40 ThinQ 0.002 323 161500
LG V40 ThinQ (Max Auto) 0.008 638 79750
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 0 445
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 (Max Auto) 0 633
Xiaomi Mi Max 3 0.339 496 1462
Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium 0.367 518 1411

The average deltaE we measured for the screen on Vivid is 4.4 with a maximum deviation of 7.8, which is not the best accuracy, but fine enough. You can fix the bluish whites by switching to Warm color temperature, but the overall accuracy won't improve by much.

The color accuracy for the Normal (sRGB) mode is better though with an average deltaE of 2.4 and a maximum deviation of 4.

The sunlight contrast on the Huawei Mate 20 X is excellent, but we expected nothing less from an AMOLED screen.

Sunlight contrast ratio

  • Apple iPhone XS
    5.171
  • Apple iPhone X
    5.013
  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro
    4.965
  • OnePlus 5T
    4.789
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
    4.768
  • Asus ROG Phone
    4.765
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
    4.658
  • Samsung Galaxy S9
    4.63
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
    4.615
  • Samsung Galaxy S9+
    4.537
  • Samsung Galaxy Note9
    4.531
  • Apple iPhone XS Max
    4.516
  • Sony Xperia XZ3
    4.502
  • Motorola Moto Z2 Play
    4.459
  • Oppo R11
    4.454
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
    4.439
  • Oppo RX17 Pro
    4.434
  • OnePlus 3
    4.424
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
    4.376
  • Google Pixel 3
    4.35
  • Huawei Mate 20 X
    4.337
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)
    4.324
  • OnePlus 6
    4.321
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
    4.291
  • vivo NEX Dual Display (second display)
    4.289
  • HTC One A9
    4.274
  • LG V40 ThinQ
    4.256
  • Oppo R15 Pro
    4.251
  • Samsung Galaxy Note7
    4.247
  • Samsung Galaxy A3
    4.241
  • Nokia 8
    4.239
  • Google Pixel 2 XL (pre-update)
    4.234
  • OnePlus 3T
    4.232
  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018)
    4.22
  • Google Pixel XL
    4.164
  • ZTE Axon 7
    4.154
  • Samsung Galaxy Note8
    4.148
  • Meizu Pro 7 Plus
    4.147
  • OnePlus 6T
    4.138
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
    4.124
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)
    4.124
  • vivo V11
    4.113
  • vivo NEX Dual Display
    4.108
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro (normal)
    4.096
  • Samsung Galaxy Note5
    4.09
  • Huawei P20 Pro
    4.087
  • Xiaomi Mi 8
    4.086
  • Meizu 15
    4.082
  • Nokia 6 (2018)
    4.052
  • Google Pixel 2 (pre-update)
    4.023
  • LG V30
    4.022
  • Huawei Nexus 6P
    4.019
  • vivo NEX S
    4.012
  • Honor Magic 2
    4.01
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
    3.998
  • OnePlus X
    3.983
  • Vivo Xplay5 Elite
    3.983
  • LG G7 ThinQ (outdoor)
    3.978
  • Oppo R7s
    3.964
  • Apple iPhone 7
    3.964
  • Apple iPhone 8 (True Tone)
    3.957
  • Huawei P9 Plus
    3.956
  • Oppo Find X
    3.954
  • Meizu Pro 6 Plus
    3.935
  • Lenovo Moto Z
    3.931
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
    3.918
  • OnePlus 5
    3.914
  • Samsung Galaxy C5
    3.911
  • Xiaomi Mi 8 SE
    3.901
  • Motorola Moto G6 Plus
    3.865
  • Samsung Galaxy A8
    3.859
  • Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)
    3.842
  • Apple iPhone 6
    3.838
  • Microsoft Lumia 950XL
    3.837
  • Samsung Galaxy A6+ (2018)
    3.834
  • Sony Xperia XZs
    3.818
  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)
    3.817
  • Motorola Moto X (2014)
    3.816
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)
    3.812
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
    3.804
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) outdoor mode
    3.802
  • Xiaomi Redmi Pro
    3.798
  • LG V20 Max auto
    3.798
  • Sony Xperia XZ
    3.795
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
    3.789
  • Apple iPhone 6s
    3.783
  • Meizu Pro 5
    3.781
  • Microsoft Lumia 650
    3.772
  • Xiaomi Mi 6
    3.767
  • Sony Xperia XZ1
    3.765
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)
    3.756
  • Nokia 8 Sirocco
    3.745
  • Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
    3.729
  • Apple iPhone 8 Plus (True Tone)
    3.725
  • Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)
    3.688
  • Huawei P20
    3.683
  • Apple iPhone SE
    3.681
  • Huawei Mate 9
    3.68
  • Samsung Galaxy A7
    3.679
  • Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
    3.675
  • Meizu PRO 6
    3.659
  • BlackBerry Priv
    3.645
  • Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra
    3.597
  • Huawei Honor View 20
    3.597
  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus
    3.588
  • Acer Jade Primo
    3.521
  • Microsoft Lumia 950
    3.512
  • Oppo R7 Plus
    3.499
  • Nokia 7 plus
    3.479
  • nubia Z11
    3.466
  • Huawei P10 Plus
    3.456
  • HTC U Ultra
    3.453
  • Motorola Moto G6
    3.448
  • Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
    3.445
  • Sony Xperia XA2 Plus
    3.445
  • Samsung Galaxy J7
    3.422
  • Motorola Moto G6 Play
    3.419
  • Meizu MX5
    3.416
  • LG V20
    3.402
  • Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018)
    3.397
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera
    3.393
  • LG G7 ThinQ
    3.39
  • Huawei P10
    3.379
  • Honor Play
    3.349
  • Nokia 5
    3.261
  • Nokia 6 (Chinese version)
    3.244
  • Xiaomi Mi 5
    3.24
  • Nokia 6 (Global version)
    3.238
  • Samsung Galaxy J2
    3.235
  • Oppo Realme 2 Pro
    3.235
  • Huawei Mate 9 Pro
    3.206
  • Huawei P9
    3.195
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
    3.19
  • ZTE Nubia Z17
    3.159
  • Oppo R11s
    3.153
  • Lenovo Vibe Shot
    3.113
  • Honor 8X
    3.113
  • HTC U11 Life
    3.108
  • Motorola Moto X Force
    3.105
  • LG Nexus 5X
    3.092
  • HTC U11
    3.089
  • Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite
    3.087
  • HTC U12+
    3.085
  • Xiaomi Redmi S2 (Y2)
    3.077
  • Huawei Mate S
    3.073
  • Oppo F9
    3.069
  • Huawei P Smart 2019
    3.069
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
    3.065
  • Xiaomi Mi Max 3
    3.061
  • Xiaomi Pocophone F1
    3.059
  • Huawei Mate 20
    3.052
  • Huawei Mate 20 Lite
    3.051
  • Motorola One (P30 Play)
    3.026
  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus
    3.023
  • Asus Zenfone 4 ZE554KL
    3.019
  • Sony Xperia XA1
    3.012
  • Motorola Moto X4
    3.012
  • Oppo Realme 2
    3.006
  • Sony Xperia L1
    2.994
  • Sony Xperia X
    2.989
  • LG Q6
    2.987
  • Huawei P10 Lite
    2.974
  • Samsung Galaxy Note
    2.97
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
    2.966
  • Huawei P20 Lite
    2.952
  • Xiaomi Redmi 5
    2.951
  • Huawei Mate 8
    2.949
  • Sony Xperia XA2
    2.938
  • Oppo Realme 1
    2.932
  • Razer Phone 2
    2.932
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4
    2.92
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3S
    2.913
  • Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
    2.913
  • Sony Xperia XA Ultra
    2.906
  • LG G5
    2.905
  • Huawei Honor View 10
    2.896
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime
    2.893
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 7
    2.893
  • Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus
    2.884
  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium (sRGB)
    2.877
  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium
    2.877
  • Sony Xperia Z5
    2.876
  • Nokia 3
    2.871
  • Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium
    2.867
  • Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite
    2.862
  • Microsoft Lumia 550
    2.851
  • Nokia 3.1
    2.837
  • Realme U1
    2.815
  • Lenovo Moto M
    2.813
  • Nokia 7.1
    2.804
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro
    2.803
  • Sony Xperia Z5 compact
    2.784
  • Honor 10 (Vivid)
    2.757
  • Nokia 2
    2.752
  • Meizu MX6
    2.751
  • LG V10
    2.744
  • Huawei Mate 10 (normal)
    2.742
  • Huawei Honor 7X
    2.734
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625)
    2.714
  • Meizu M5
    2.71
  • Xiaomi Mi A2
    2.696
  • Sony Xperia M5
    2.69
  • Xiaomi Mi A1
    2.689
  • Huawei P9 Lite
    2.679
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime
    2.679
  • vivo V7+
    2.671
  • Vivo V3Max
    2.659
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix
    2.658
  • Huawei Mate 10 Lite
    2.654
  • Huawei P Smart
    2.563
  • Xiaomi Mi Max 2
    2.561
  • HTC U11+
    2.556
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A (Y1)
    2.556
  • Lenovo Moto G4
    2.544
  • Lenovo K6 Note
    2.544
  • Oppo F1
    2.528
  • Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
    2.525
  • Huawei Honor 7 Lite / Honor 5c
    2.506
  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
    2.503
  • Huawei Honor 10 Lite
    2.497
  • Huawei Honor 7
    2.406
  • Vivo V7
    2.404
  • Sony Xperia E5
    2.386
  • ZUK Z1 by Lenovo
    2.382
  • HTC 10
    2.378
  • Oppo F3
    2.376
  • vivo V5 Plus
    2.371
  • Meizu m1 note
    2.362
  • Huawei nova plus
    2.329
  • Razer Phone
    2.328
  • HTC One E9+
    2.305
  • Alcatel One Touch Hero
    2.272
  • Apple iPhone 4S
    2.269
  • Sony Xperia L2
    2.266
  • Lenovo Vibe K4 Note
    2.254
  • Sony Xperia C5 Ultra
    2.253
  • HTC U11+ (EU)
    2.253
  • LG Aka
    2.145
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (X20)
    2.145
  • Archos 50 Diamond
    2.134
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note
    2.119
  • Xiaomi Mi 4S
    2.095
  • Acer Liquid X2
    2.084
  • Huawei P8lite
    2.078
  • vivo V5
    2.059
  • Moto G 3rd gen max manual
    2.026
  • Xiaomi Mi 3
    2.001
  • Xiaomi Mi Max
    1.996

Battery life

The Huawei Mate 20 X is powered by a very large 5,000 mAh battery. The Mate 20 X supports the company's proprietary SuperCharge at 5V and 4.5A. The required cable and charger are bundled with the X and they can fill 47% of a depleted battery in half an hour and reach 100% in about 100 mins.

There is no wireless charging support on the Mate 20 X. That, and the 40W Super Charge support, are reserved for the Mate 20 Pro.

In our testing, the Mate 20 X lasted about 18 hours looping videos and north of 15 hours running our web browsing script. The 3G voice call test returned a 29h talk time.

The overall Endurance rating ended up 108 hours - the best among the three Mate 20 devices we've tested. While the standalone tests are in line with the rest of the gang, the larger battery helped for a better standby endurance and thus the higher battery rating.

Huawei Mate 20 X review

Our battery tests were automated thanks to SmartViser, using its viSer App. The endurance rating above denotes how long a single battery charge will last you if you use the Huawei Mate 20 X for an hour each of telephony, web browsing, and video playback daily. We've established this usage pattern so that our battery results are comparable across devices in the most common day-to-day tasks. The battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you're interested in the nitty-gritty. You can check out our complete battery test table, where you can see how all of the smartphones we've tested will compare under your own typical use.

Speakers

The Mate 20 X has stereo speakers, but not the one-real-one-pseudo type we've seen on many P and Mate phones lately. No, Huawei has opted for the real deal on the Mate 20 X - true identically large speakers - one at the top and another one at the bottom. And the earpiece is just that - an earpiece.

Huawei Mate 20 X review

The maker has improved its speaker game. Both speakers sound equally loud, with deep bass and overall rich output. In fact, we played a music track on all three Mates, the P20 Pro, the iPhone XS, and iPhone X, and the Mate 20 X sounded much better than all of rest.

And after all this praise it shouldn't be a surprise that the Mate 20 X speakers scored an Excellent mark in our loudspeaker test.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
Xiaomi Mi Max 67.1 66.2 68.1 Average
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 67.9 71.6 73.7 Good
Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium 68.1 73.2 73.7 Good
Huawei Mate 20 Lite 67.8 70.0 84.2 Very Good
Xiaomi Mi Max 3 68.5 71.6 83.6 Very Good
Huawei Mate 20 74.3 70.2 82.6 Very Good
Oppo Find X 70.7 75.2 81.2 Very Good
Huawei Mate 20 Pro 70.3 73.4 83.8 Very Good
Huawei Mate 10 Pro 70.1 73.8 84.2 Excellent
Apple iPhone XS Max 70.5 74.0 84.7 Excellent
Sony Xperia XZ3 71.0 75.4 82.9 Excellent
Huawei P20 Pro 71.8 69.2 91.0 Excellent
Huawei Mate 20 X 71.4 73.5 91.1 Excellent
Asus ROG Phone 79.0 77.5 84.9 Excellent
Razer Phone 2 78.2 78.8 86.9 Excellent
Huawei Mate 10 90.6 73.7 84.0 Excellent

Audio quality

Huawei Mate 20 X did well with an active external amplifier, outputting the test tracks with perfect accuracy and high volume.

It also handled headphones perfectly with a well-contained hike in stereo crosstalk the only notable change. Loudness remained well above average too, adding up to a very solid overall performance.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
Huawei Mate 20 X +0.02, -0.03-91.590.20.0340.0092-91.8
Huawei Mate 20 X (headphones)+0.04, -0.04-93.293.30.00380.056-69.3
vivo NEX Dual Display Edition+0.03, -0.20-94.094.00.00100.0066-88.1
vivo NEX Dual Display Edition (headphones)+0.48, -0.05-92.792.70.00770.373-54.9
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3+0.02, -0.02-93.293.20.00140.072-90.6
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 (headphones)+0.09, -0.07-92.792.60.00330.151-60.9
Huawei Mate 20 +0.02, -0.16-92.192.00.00170.013-85.6
Huawei Mate 20 (headphones)+0.07, -0.07-92.192.40.00210.106-66.5
Samsung Galaxy Note9+0.01, -0.03-93.793.70.00170.0074-94.1
Samsung Galaxy Note9 (headphones)+0.03, -0.02-93.693.50.00330.046-93.2

Huawei
Huawei Mate 20 X frequency response

You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.

Reader comments

  • moose

This phone is huge... and I just bought one to replace my very old samsung galaxy mega 6.4. I can't believe that the Mate 20X has even a bigger screen than my old Mega (very few phones can say that). From my experience with a samsung mega 6.4" phab...

  • Anonymous

Watching India big screen phone

  • Anonymous

Huawei please help us, we want a black Mate 20 X. In future let black be part of the colors.