Huawei has announced the Mate 20 X at an event in London. The gaming phone arrives with a 7.21-inch OLED display, Huawei’s largest smartphone screen ever, and an optional stylus, making it a rare device in the Chinese OEM’s catalog.
The Mate 20 X features a Kirin 980 chipset, triple rear camera, and dual speakers, while it’s running on Android Pie (with Huawei’s EMUI 9.0 skin). The waterdrop notch-bearing screen is even bigger than the 7.12-inch display on the Honor 8X Max (from Huawei sub-brand Honor) and is primed for media viewing and gaming. It’s coming with FHD+ resolution (2244 x 1080) and HDR.
The large display should also befit Huawei’s new stylus, though this will be sold separately. We’re still waiting on more details regarding what this will offer, but it didn’t look Samsung S Pen-standard in Huawei’s presentation.
Keeping the Mate 20 X going during all that gaming is a 5000mAh battery and a new, graphene-based cooling system — a first for the smartphone industry. This is said to provide superior cooling during long play sessions, which you might be in for thanks to the gamepad attachment Huawei is releasing with for the 20 X.
This will feature an analog stick and D-pad and will clip the left-hand side of the unit to offer better handling. Huawei consumer business group CEO Richard Yu noted on stage that the Mate 20 X has a larger display and double the battery life of a Nintendo Switch.
The Mate 20 X release date in Europe is set for October 26 and it will cost 899 euros (~$1040) for 6GB RAM and 128GB ROM. It’s coming in Midnight Blue and Phantom Silver colors, though it’s not yet clear if it will be available in any other memory configurations.