The Mate 20 X 5G had been announced by Huawei some months ago, and we saw the first European launch of the phone on Switzerland’s Sunrise two weeks ago. Today, Huawei officially announced the UK launch of the phone on upcoming networks from EE, O², Three and Vodaphone.

The Mate 20 X is a bigger variant of the Mate 20 Pro which we reviewed late last year. The new 5G variant adds Huawei’s own HiSilicon Balong 5G modem to the system to enable connectivity to the new standard. The Balong 5000 along with the Exynos Model 5100 are the most future-proof 5G modem currently available by vendors in commercial devices by virtue of supporting today’s NSA (Non-standalone) as well as future SA (Standalone) 5G networks. Other differences on the 5G variant is that the battery capacity reduces from 5000mAh down to 4200mAh – possibly due to less internal component space.

The Mate 20 X 5G will be available in the UK in June at a recommended price of £999, which interestingly enough a lot more than the CHF 997 (£755) pricing in Switzerland.

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  • smilingcrow - Thursday, May 16, 2019 - link

    If I approve of this phone the NSA will consider rendition, if I disapprove the Chinese will hack me.
    Jeez, difficult times.
  • HStewart - Thursday, May 16, 2019 - link

    I think this is one of companies that is reason the government is upset with Chinese Government. Which seems also has a lot of dealing with AMD.
  • GreenReaper - Friday, May 17, 2019 - link opposed to Intel, which is (to take just one example) partnering with a Chinese university in Beijing to create a custom CPU in an article which you commented on earlier today?

    Both companies are working in China. They can't ignore the market opportunities there - and they're likely considering the risk that if they don't, they'll simply be hacked and cloned anyway.
  • arashi - Sunday, May 19, 2019 - link

    TL;DR of that Intel marketing peon's comment is always: Intel good, AMD bad
  • jabber - Friday, May 17, 2019 - link

    When you allow all your tech to be made in one country you deserve all you get.

    No one put a gun to your head to make it all there but you know..profits...shareholders...
  • MarcusMo - Friday, May 17, 2019 - link

    And also, competence. For some things the Chinese have unparalleled technical skills. It's not just about low wages anymore.
  • jabber - Friday, May 17, 2019 - link

    Yep they put in the effort they should reap the benefits. The US/West has no leg to stand on.
  • Pyrostemplar - Monday, May 20, 2019 - link

    Actually they have plenty to stand on. After all, if, for example, google services are not allowed in China, why should they be allowed to be used by chinese companies outside to elsewhere?
    Anyway, w/e.
    China has a lot of technical skill, and it is not about low wages anymore. It is also about lax rules (environmental et al) and a business friendly environment (with lots of caveats). A very pliable workforce, for example.
  • webdoctors - Friday, May 17, 2019 - link

    Why would I buy a phone that can't run Android?

    The Google apps/ecosystem is pretty useful for mobile phones, along with the playstore.
  • John Botha - Tuesday, March 23, 2021 - link

    I think this situation Huawei sales can be double

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