Huawei Boasts the Mate 20 X to Be a Better Portable Gaming Machine Than the Nintendo Switch

Huawei announced the new Mate 20 series during an event yesterday. Of the three smartphones revealed, we're most interested in the 20 X since Huawei is positioning the device firmly as gaming-focused (which our colleagues from the mobile section already suggested in a previous report).

Furthermore, during the presentation, Huawei directly put the Huawei Mate 20 X against the Nintendo Switch and called its smartphone a 'better portable gaming machine' than Nintendo's latest hybrid handheld/home console system.

In the following slides, they compared the 7.2 inches 1080p OLED screen of the Mate 20 X against the 6.2 inches 720p LCD screen of the Nintendo Switch. They also mentioned that gaming on their smartphone will be possible for up to 6.67 hours compared to the Nintendo Switch only allowing 3.03 hours. Lastly, Huawei demonstrated an add-on Gamepad (available separately for purchase) to provide physical analog stick and D-PAD controls.

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There's no denying that this 'phablet' device is impressive from a technical standpoint and superior, in terms of hardware, to the Nintendo Switch. As you can read from the official specifications below, it has a better CPU, better screen, far longer battery life, not to mention the world's first liquid cooling system packed with graphene film for smartphones which should help with overheating during longer game sessions.

At the same time, there are also two other factors to consider. One is price - the Huawei Mate 20 X will cost 899 euro, over thrice the price of a Nintendo Switch console. Moreover, despite the constant growth of the Android game library, there is still nothing there that can be remotely compared to the premium game experiences on Nintendo Switch such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Xenoblade Chronicles 2,

Ultimately, software is more important than hardware for any gaming machine.

Space to Explore

Loose yourself in our state-of-the-art 7.2 inch OLED screen. Designed for a truly immersive experience, ambitious gamers and entertainment bingers can dive into their own world.

Visionary Screen, Easy Grip

Substance meets style with the precision-crafted HUAWEI Mate 20 X. The ergonomics of the expansive screen allow for an easy grip and comfort one-handed operation.


World’s 1st 7nm Mobile AI Chipset

The industry-leading 7nm process technology of Kirin 980 generates direct performance upgrade of speed improvement and power efficiency. By adopting the advanced and flexible CPU and GPU multi-core architecture, task and operation speed of the device have been greatly increased. One of the DUAL-NPU offers vast AI computing and the other focuses on specific tasks to create massive efficiencies and a drastically improved user experience.


Unleash the Joy of Gaming

Powered by GPU Turbo 2.0 technology, hardware and software work hand-in-hand to accelerate speed and power for a breakthrough gaming experience. The HUAWEI Mate 20 X supports faster, smoother, more stable gaming even in complex, graphically intensive games.


Hearing is Believing

The HUAWEI Mate 20 X’s stereophonic sound system transports you inside your games and movies. With dual symmetrical speakers at both ends of the device, plus a super high dynamic range up to 40 DB, every sound from bass to treble is rendered with astounding clarity, richness and depth for a fully immersive audio experience.Huawei-mate20-x-dual-speaker-stereo-sound

Stay Cool

Gamers won’t be outplayed by overheating. The HUAWEI Mate 20 X features HUAWEI Supercool, the world’s first liquid multi-dimensional cooling system with Vapour Chamber (VC) and Graphene Film used in smartphones. It conducts heat away fast, keeping your device cool for smooth gaming and epic entertainment.

Power You Up

The industry-leading 5000 mAh battery and AI-driven resource allocation deliver a staggering level of power that can handle intense gaming and long working hours. TÜV safety-certified HUAWEI SuperCharge offers high-speed charging so you can power-up quickly for your next game.




7.2 inches


16.7 million colours

Colour gamut:





FHD+ 2244 x 1080


HUAWEI Kirin 980
2 x Cortex A76 2.6 GHz + 2 x Cortex A76 1.92 GHz + 4 x Cortex A55 1.8 GHz


Android 9


6 GB RAM + 128 GB ROM

NM card: support up to 256 GB

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