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Huawei Mate 20 X Smartphone Review

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Goh Beng Yeow
Goh Beng Yeow, the Founder / Editor at Porta-Fi™, is a recipient of the IT Youth Award in Singapore. Twice nominated for EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, Beng Yeow has previously founded startups such as PDALive.com, Coded Pixels Consultants and was a Tech writer for TODAY, a national daily newspaper under MediaCorp. Since 2017, he has been writing, editing and producing commentaries, interviews, news and reviews on Porta-Fi™. In 2019, Beng Yeow was appointed Advisor to LHDC™, the industry's latest low latency and high-definition Bluetooth audio codec.
Review Ratings
9.5 / 10 Reviewer
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Pros
- Dual symmetrical speakers with excellent Dolby Atmos implementation via Dolby AC-4
- Beautiful OLED screen with high screen-to-body ratio
- Extensive Bluetooth codec support
Cons
- 24-bit/192kHz output without native support for DSD
- Would have preferred the speaker grills to be on the right side of top and bottom.
Summary
With the Mate 20 X, Huawei has created a smartphone that clearly disrupts the industry.

I have for the first time been able to fit a 7-inch digital device into my pockets comfortably, the simplistic and minimalistic design with its slim form factor has won me over. The longer I use the Mate 20 X, the more comfortable I get, something which I would never imagine myself to be when I was first introduced to the device.

Admitably, with the focus being on cameras on the smartphone today, audio playback is hardly a priority for many smartphone manufacturers. It is heartening to see efforts by Huawei on the acoustic audio front, the Mate 20 X scores a full 10 for its “Super-Bass Stereo Speaker System” which puts many portable speakers to shame. More work, however, is required to reduce the noise floor and perhaps include crystal oscillators to achieve the clarity and detail it currently lacks to give the DAPs a run for their money, scoring an 8 in this area, achieving an overall 9 for sound quality.
Design and Build9.5
Usability9.5
Sound Quality9
Value for Money10
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Part 1: Introduction, Design and Build
Part 2: Usability
Part 3: Sound Quality
Part 4: Product Specifications
Part 5: Review Ratings, Summary

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