The Huawei Mate 20 X 5G is fast not only because of the network to which its connected, but also because of the components inside working together in harmony. Its the first Huawei phone to be sold with the Balong 5000 5G modem, which works in conjunction with the Kirin 980 processor and supported by 8GB of RAM. Its a flagship specification 5G smartphone, which has considerable innovation inside.
For example, Huawei has used graphene and special vapor chambers to ensure the phone doesnt overheat. I never noticed the phone getting hot at all, despite a high ambient temperature. If anything, the Huawei P30 Pro I also carried got hotter without any 5G activity at all. Huawei has been testing the phone internally and externally for many months, and it really shows. The Mate 20 X 5G feels like a final product, with none of the network-related glitches Ive had on some other 5G phones.
Android 9.0 Pie with EMUI 9.1 was installed on the phone I tested, and it ran as smoothly and speedily as it does on the Huawei P30 Pro. Huawei is in the midst of a battle to do business with U.S. firms including Google, and there are question marks over how it will deliver updates in the future. But the company is confident it will at least deliver Android Q, and the Mate 20 X 5G is listed on the firms explanatory website as one of the phones that will receive the next version of Android.
The Mate 20 X 5Gs screen dominates like the male lead character in an E.L. James novel. The 7.2-inch OLED panel is gigantic in a good way, immersing you in photos and video just as youd expect; but the benefits come elsewhere too. The viewfinder screen when using the camera makes it easier to frame your shots, for example, and even poorly-optimized mobile websites are far easier to read and navigate than they are on smaller screens. Huawei has given us some colorful and bright screens recently, and the Mate 20 X 5G continues that trend.