Huawei’s Mate 20X is built for gamers

Huawei's latest gaming flagship phone, the Mate 20X, will debut on October 16 alongside the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro.


On October 16, Huawei will be unveiling its latest Mate 20 series. The Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, and the Mate 20X will be packing in the company’s latest Kirin 980 SoC. This new processor features 2 Neural Processing Units, which boosts its AI’s capabilities for dramatically better speeds and power.

To those unaware, the Mate 20X is expected to be the company’s newest gaming-centric flagship smartphone for 2018. They first teased about it via a Twitter post a few days ago:

Huawei Mate 20X teaser

The tweet hinted that the Mate20X will implement a special cooling solution as it runs the latest triple A titles at maximum settings. The video also showed “Longer Gaming” which makes us think that it will come with a massive battery for long playing sessions.

SoC Battle: Pocophone < Mate 20X < iPhone XS Max

The latest Kirin 980 features a 7nm FinFET chipset that is found in Apple’s latest A12 Bionic processor. It also has the same number of transistors at 6.9 billion. However, leaked Antutu screenshots online showed that while it easily bests the Snapdragon 845 found on the Pocophone, it still lags behind the iPhone XS’s A12 bionic:

Mate 20X versus Iphone XS Max

Huawei officials claim though that when GPU Turbo Technology support is enabled, the GPU scores of the Kirin 980 will dramatically go up. This is because the scores shown above is said to be from an engineering sample and not from an actual unit. Antutu claims aside, the scores reveal that it’s a pretty powerful phone. And if Huawei is able to slap some decent cooling system on it and get it powered by a mammoth battery then they’ll hit a home run with the gamer crowd.

Stay tuned here for updates on Huawei’s unveiling of their new Mate 20 series on October 16.

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