A larger version of the Huawei Mate 20, the Mate 20 X has some interesting additions, not least of all in this new edition support for 5G, which promises mobile data speeds 20 times that of 4G.

Last week Huawei confirmed that the Mate 20 X 5G would go on sale in the UK in June at £999. However, its recent problems following its addition to the US trade blocklist mean that may not happen as planned.

We're hearing that Vodafone has cancelled an upcoming 5G event following the news, and it has removed all Huawei handsets from its 5G website. EE has also neglected to offer the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G among the 5G phones currently available to pre-order ahead of its network switch-on on 30 May.

Originally Huawei intended that customers would be able to pre-order Mate 20 X 5G in Emerald Green in late May, and that it would then go on sale in June via EE, O2, Three, Vodafone, Sky Mobile, Mobile Phones Direct and other selected retailers.

At £999 the 5G variant is £200 more expensive than the standard (non-5G) Mate 20 X, which we've reviewed here.

Powered by the same 7nm Kirin 980 chip as its current flagships, Mate 20 X 5G uses the Balong 5000 chipset to enable the next-generation mobile connectivity. It also supports previous-gen networks - everything from 2G up to 5G - and Huawei claims switching between these networks is possible with lower latency and reduced power consumption. 

It has a lower-capacity 4,200mAh battery than the 5,000mAh pack inside the regular Mate 20 X, but supports 40W SuperCharge for faster charging and has an AI-powered optimisation mode for regulating power consumption in the background.

The 5G Mate 20 X also features an advanced cooling solution with a vapour chamber and graphene heat pipes, known as SuperCool. This will help keep things cool when streaming 4K video and intensive games.

Other specifications are largely similar to that of the standard Mate 20 X, which is a larger version of the Mate 20 with a 7.2in FullView (2244x1080) IPS display and the addition of a headphone jack, but the loss of wireless charging and waterproofing. It has the same core hardware and triple-lens (40Mp + 20Mp + 8Mp) rear camera.

Learn more about 5G and see Best 5G phones coming in 2019