Huawei unveils its Nintendo Switch competitor product

Huawei's new gaming phone will be the first direct rival to the successful Nintendo Switch

18Oct

Huawei has unveiled a new gaming phone, the Huawei Mate20 X, a product which will stand in direct competition with the Nintendo Switch.

The Nintendo Switch, which was released in March 2017, has been widely hailed as Nintendo's return to gaming dominance following the breakout success of the Wii several years previously. As of last month, the Nintendo Switch had sold over 20 million units worldwide.

Until Huawei's announcement, the Switch had no real competitors within the gaming space. However, all the information so far released about the Huawei Mate20 X suggest it is a device that has been developed with the specific goal of standing in direct competition with the Switch.


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For starters, the device is larger than the Switch, as it will feature a 7.2-inch screen and a 1080p OLED display compared to the Switch's 6.2-inch display and 720p resolution, Huawei revealed at the launch event in London. Additionally, the Huawei Mate20 X comes with a Kirin 980 processor which has been said to give the phone extra space to hold a 5,000 mAh battery, providing the phone with twice the battery life of the Switch.

Like the Switch, the product also features a gamepad attachment, adding a thumb stick and d-pad.

At the launch event, Huawei announced that the Huawei Mate20 X is "the best portable mobile gaming machine" on the market. However, there was no mention of the types of games or what developers are working on the device. The phone will be available to the public from October 26.

Huawei has a long history of being ultra-competitive with its tech rivals. This year, after Samsung announced its plans to launch the first foldable phone, Huawei voiced this exact goal itself and last month confirmed that its foldable phone will also be its first product to use 5G.

Additionally, last months news from the Chinese tech giant surfaced that Huawei had overtaken Apple to become the second largest smartphone provider in the world.

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