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Huawei's New 7.2-Inch Gaming Phone, The Mate 20 X, Enters The Portable Gaming Market

Huawei is coming out with a new gaming phone that will rival the Nintendo Switch.

We know that most gaming these days is done on phones, but we still don’t really think of cell phones as gaming machines. That might be about to change with the new Huawei Mate 20 X, a 7.2-inch gaming phone that comes with its own gamepad accessory.

The Mate 20 officially launched yesterday at a presentation in London, introducing a whole family of new mobile phones from Huawei. At the entry-level is the Mate 20, then the Mate 20 Pr, then the Porsche-branded Mate 20 RS (so named after the Porsche 911 GT2 RS), and finally we have the top of the line Mate 20 X. It’s the Mate 20 X that’s most impressive, so we’ll leave the lesser phones to be talked about by other tech sites.

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For our purposes--that being gaming--the Mate 20 X is one heckuva machine. It comes with a new Kirin 980 processor, said to be both faster and smaller than the current generation of Snapdragon phone processors, and the aforementioned 7.2-inch screen. That’s bigger than some older-model tablets.

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Also of note is the resolution--especially in comparison to the Switch. The Mate 20 X comes in beautiful 1080p HD graphics, while the Switch only has a 6.2-inch screen and displays at 720p. We don’t need to tell you that bigger is always better.

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On top of the better screen, there’s also better battery life on the Mate 20 X. A 5,000 mAh battery will double the battery life in comparison to the Switch or iPhone XS Max. And it will still be cooler than either of the other two thanks to some cutting-edge cooling technology involving a vapor chamber and a graphene layer.

Neither of those things really help with gaming, but they sure sound cool.

Finally, the Mate 20 X will come with some gaming accessories, namely a gamepad that attaches to the end to turn the phone into a Switch look-alike. Although it's missing the other Joy-Con and instead comes with a stylus.

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One thing that the Switch has over the Mate 20 X is definitely price. The new Huawei phone will cost over $1,000 ($1,040, to be exact) while the Switch just clocks in at $299.99.

The Huawei Mate 20 series launches in the US on October 26th.

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