Huawei's Mate 20 X 5G Smartphone Launches in the UK Next Month

By Shabana Arif on at

Huawei has announced the launch of its first commercial 5G handset after the initial reveal at MWC earlier this year. The Huawei Mate 20 X 5G will be available from June and has an RRP of £999. Yikes.

The phone is a 5G version of the Huawei Mate 20 X that we reviewed back in February, joining the regular Mate 20 and the Mate 20 Pro that rolled out last year. EE has confirmed that it will be offering the handset on its 5G network that will go live in 16 cities over the course of 2019, starting with London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham, and Manchester. Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool, Leeds, Hull, Sheffield, Nottingham, Leicester, Coventry, and Bristol will follow.

Earlier this week at the OnePlus livestream event, EE revealed that the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G will be making its UK debut exclusively on EE. The service provider has also stated that it will be "bringing the previously unveiled Huawei 5G CPE Pro 5G home router and the Huawei Mate X 5G folding smartphone to the UK."

"Powered by Kirin 980 and the world’s first 7nm 5G multi-mode chipset Balong 5000, the latest Huawei smartphone introduces consumers to 5G with a premium experience comprising high-speed connectivity, flagship performance, large display, reliable battery life and more," reads the press release.

"The 7.2-inch 1 smartphone harnesses a wide spectrum of patented technologies to support standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) 5G networking modes, as well as multiple generations of network technology, allowing consumers to experience high speed connectivity regardless of their mobile network operators’ infrastructure maturity."

The Mate 20 X without 5G comes in at around £799 so you're paying an extra £200 for the feature, but if you want a huge gaming phone, this might be the one for you.