300,000 5G Mate 20’s sold in first five days

Huawei is selling the high end 5G Mate 20 in China for RMB 6199 (US$880.) That’s only about $30 more than the 4G version. Who would want to buy a phone likely to be obsolete in a year or two to save $30?

The first delivery isn’t until August 16. Over 1 million will be sold by the end of August in China alone. The Mate 20 is a high end, 7.2″ phone that produces extraordinary pictures. (Specs below)

Huawei is using its own Kirin 980 + Balong 5000 chips for 5G and is also producing some of the radio frequency components. That brings down the difference in the bill of materials cost. I would guess Huawei only spends about $30 more in parts for the 5G.

This isn’t the cheapest 5G phone in China. Oppo is priced at RMB 4,000 yuan (US$580.) ZTE’s Axon10 Pro 5G version is priced at RMB 4,999 and is already delivering.

The only thing likely to hold back sales of the Mate 20 are the rumours that the P30 will have a breakthrough camera with a super-large sensor.

The European prices are much higher. Huawei is pricing in between the Samsung and the cheaper Xiaomi. The price declines in China should get to Europe soon as all phones seem to be in good supply.

HUAWEI Mate 20 X (5G)



85.4 mm


174.6 mm


8.38 mm


Approx. 233 g (including the battery)

HUAWEI Mate 20 X (5G)

*Product size, product weight, and related specifications are theoretical values only. Actual measurements between individual products may vary. All specifications are subject to the actual product.COLOUR

  • Emerald Green


Screen Size: 
7.2 inches
*Screen measured diagonally as a full rectangle without accounting for the rounded corners. 

Screen Colour: 
16.7 million colours

Colour Gamut: 
Wide Colour Gamut(DCI-P3)

Screen Type: OLED



*Your device has been tested in a controlled environment and certified to be splash, water, and dust resistant in specific situations (meets requirements of classification IP53 as described by the international standard IEC 60529). Water and dust-proofing are not permanent, and resistance may decrease as a result of normal wear over time. Do not charge the phone when it is wet or in moist environments. Refer to the manual for cleaning and drying instructions.Submersion in liquid and the resulting damage is not covered by the warranty.PROCESSOR

CPU Model: 
Huawei Kirin 980 + Balong 5000

CPU Frequency: 
2 x Cortex-A76 Based 2.6 GHz + 2 x Cortex-A76 Based 1.92 GHz + 4 x Cortex-A55 1.8 GHzOPERATING SYSTEM

EMUI 9.1 (Based on Android 9)MEMORY

8 GB RAM + 256 GB ROM
NM card: support up to 256 GB 

*Due to limitations in CPU processing power, memory used by the operating system and pre-installed applications, the actual space available to users may be less than the stated memory capacity. Actual memory space may change due to application updates, user operations, and other related factors.

*NM card sold separately.CAMERA

Rear Camera:
Leica Triple Camera:
40 MP (Wide Angle Lens, f/1.8 aperture) + 20 MP (Ultra Wide Angle Lens, f/2.2 aperture) + 8 MP (Telephoto, f/2.4 aperture), supports autofocus (laser focus, phase focus, contrast focus), supports AIS (Huawei AI Image Stabilization).
*The photo pixels may vary depending on the shooting mode.

Front Camera:
24 MP, f/2.0 aperture, supports fixed focal length.
*The photo pixels may vary depending on the shooting mode.BATTERY

4200 mAh (Typical Value)
*The Battery Rated Capacity is 4100 mAh.
*This capacity is the nominal battery capacity. The actual battery capacity for each individual phone may be slightly above or below the nominal battery capacity.
*Non-removable battery. Removing the battery may cause damage to the device. To replace or repair the battery, please visit an authorized HUAWEI Service Centre.CHARGING

HUAWEI SuperCharge (Max 40 W)


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