MWC 2019: The Mate 20 X Will Be Huawei's First 5G Phone

By Holly Brockwell on at

Remember Huawei's supermassive gaming phone, the Mate 20 X? It's just – somewhat surprisingly – received the honour of being Huawei's first ever 5G phone, as announced at MWC.

No one would have been surprised if we'd seen a 5G version of the upcoming P30, due to be launched on the 26th of March in Paris. But choosing the Mate 20 X does actually seem like a smart choice -- the timing of the phone's release meant it didn't get a lot of attention, and was a huge phone just on the eve of huge phones that can fold.

This way, the Mate 20 X will actually get some love, and people who had ruled it out might reconsider if they want to be on the leading edge of 5G.

None of that means we won't get a 5G P30, of course, but we suspect Huawei has seen that the 20 X doesn't have a big audience, and nor does 5G (yet) and is hoping combining the two will make for a worthwhile punt.

As Slashgear notes, the specs of the phone and Huawei's existing 5G modem means it wouldn't take much at all to add 5G to the phone, and hopefully won't add much to the £799 price tag.

Here are the specs, for reference:

  • 85.4 mm width, 174.6 mm height, 8.15 mm depth
  • 232g
  • Midnight Blue
  • 7.2 inch OLED display (1080 x 2244)
  • Huawei Kirin 980 chipset (2 x 2.6 GHz + 2 x 1.92 GHz + 4 x 1.8 GHz)
  • Android 9 Pie with Huawei EMUI 9.0 overlay
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB storage with nano-memory card expansion up to 256GB
  • Leica triple back camera: 40 MP (wide angle lens, f/1.8) + 20 MP (ultra wide lens, f/2.2) + 8 MP (telephoto, f/2.4), AIS (AI Image stabilisation)
  • 24MP f/2.0 front-facing camera
  • USB-C charging and headphone port (combined), 3.5mm headphone jack
  • 5000 mAh battery
  • £799

The 20X's main drawback is its enormous size, which means it won't appeal to a lot of people. However, if you're after a large gaming phone with 5G, this might just be your perfect match.

Read our full review of the Mate 20 X here.