Noobie takes a look at the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and shows why this smartphone is giving Apple a run for its money.
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Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review: Huawei’s New Premium Phone
The Features of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Iconic Design: Aesthetics Meet Innovation
- Frame the World: An iconic square combining Leica Triple Camera and one flash.
- Natural Masterpiece: A forged masterpiece of 3D glass with smooth curves and seams that dissolve into the design.
- Capture the Light: Light reflects beautifully off the back’s midnight blue and emerald green, making the unique Hyper Optical Patterns glitter.
- Balance in Art: A slim design makes the phone a pleasure to look at as well as touch.
- The World is Your Playground: The IP68-rated water and dust resistance means no worry of taking spills, splashes, and dunks.
What is IP68? An IP (or Ingress Protection) rating defines a gadgets resistance to moisture, dirt, and dust. The first following number indicates resistance to solid objects (6 being the highest) and the second number determines its resistance to liquid (with 8 as the highest score).
Performance: The Most Powerful and Intelligent, Ever
- World’s 1st 7nm Mobile AI Chipset: The industry-leading 7nm process technology of Kirin 980 generates a direct performance upgrade of speed improvement and power efficiency.
- Ultimate Speed: Huawei Mate 20 Pro is the World’s first 1.4 Gbps3 LTE Cat.21 smartphone which supports up to 1733 Mbps3 Wi-Fi download speeds.
- Precise GPS: By leveraging L1&L5 dual frequency simultaneously, Huawei Mate 20 Pro allows you to always find your destination with great accuracy, even in city centers surrounded by skyscrapers or highway interchanges.
Power: Longer, Safer, Faster
- Massive Capacity: A larger 4,200 mAh4 battery with smarter AI power management fuels your daily work and entertainment needs.
- Power to Trust: In 30 minutes, you can refuel the battery up to 70%.
- Cut the Cord: Wireless Quick Charge
- Wireless Reverse Charge: Huawei Mate 20 Pro’s amazing battery and Wireless Reverse Charge can save some devices that are out of power.
Leica Triple Camera: Unleash Your Creativity
- New Leica Triple Camera: The new Leica Triple Camera powered by AI reveals life’s drama, texture, color, and beauty in every photograph to take your breath away.
- Broaden Your Horizons: With the Leica Ultra Wide Angle Lens, capture an imposingly wide perspective even from the confines of tight spaces.
- Get Closer: The Leica Ultra Wide Angle Lens takes extreme close-up shots from 2.5 cm.
- AI-Painting Photography: Recognizing more than 1,500 scenarios and 25 categories, the upgraded AI-powered photography now can segment different objects and scenes in one photo. Colors, brightness, and contrast are adjusted automatically and precisely, just like fine-painting a photo, with perfect balance.
- Capture the Night: Powered by advanced AI Image Stabilization, the Night mode will shoot blur-free and focused handheld photos in low-light.
AI Cinematography: Shoot Like a Director
- Create the Mood with Colors: Now you can adjust with a range of filters like Fresh, Vintage, Background Blur, and Suspense in real time.
- Director’s Cut: The AI video editor can identify faces and create separate video highlights for each person, saving you the time and effort in editing the video for your beloved ones to share the best moments.
- AI Cinema Mode: To make phone videos like film Huawei Mate 20 Pro offers the classic 21: 9 movie ratio plus real-time HDR to create immersive videos with superior quality.
Biometric Technology: Unlock Life’s Possibilities
- 3D Face Unlock: Thanks to the 3D Depth Sensing Camera projecting over 30,000 points, HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro recognizes you easily to unlock your phone swiftly.
- Bring Your Toy to Life: Scan a toy with the 3D Depth Sensing Camera to create an AI live model. Not only can you take photos, but also record it moving and dancing on your desk.
- Show Your Fun Side: Express your emotions accurately with amusing 3D Live Emojis.
- In-screen Fingerprint: With the ergonomic design and Dynamic Pressure Sensing technology, you just need to raise your finger and touch the screen, your phone will get unlocked securely and instantly.
EMUI: Enable a Quality Life
- Embrace the Real Life: Discover the details of nature and reflect these in the new EMUI 9.0.
- Make Shopping Smart: Long press on the image you want and e-commerce links from the top platforms pop up.
- An Encyclopedia in Your Pocket: HiVision gives you information about goods, landmarks, and famous paintings.
- Wireless Projecting: HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro allows you to project presentations, gaming or video immediately to a larger screen, maximizing the fun of sharing.
Accessories: Match the Unique You
- Discover the Aquatic Beauty: With the customized Snorkeling Case and easy-to-use underwater camera mode, you can take your HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro into water up to 5 meters deep for shooting the colorful aqua life or dramatic portraits.
- Designed For You: A range of high-quality cases are specially designed for different situations and requirements to make HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro the best mate for you.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro Specifications
- Dimensions: Width – 72.3 mm; Height -157.8 mm; Depth – 8.6 mm
- Weight: Approx. 189 grams
- Color: Black, Emerald Green, Twilight
- Display Size: 6.39 inches
- Display: Color: 16.7 million colors
- Color gamut: DCI-P3
- Display Type: OLED
- Resolution: 2K + 3,120 x 1,440, 538 PPI
- Chipset: Kirin 980
- Cores: 2 x Cortex-A76 Based 2.6 GHz + 2 x Cortex-A76 Based 1.92 GHz + 4 x Cortex-A55 1.8 GHz (Octa-core)
- Operating System: Android 9
- Memory: 6 GB RAM + 128 GB ROM
- NM card: support up to 256 GB *NM card sold separately.
- Network: LYA-L29:
- Primary SIM card: 2G, 3G, 4G, LTE
- Secondary SIM card: 2G, 3G, 4G, LTE
- LYA-L09:2G, 3G, 4G, LTE
- Location Tracking: GPS (L1 + L5 dual band) / AGPS / Glonass / BeiDou / Galileo (E1 + E5a dual band) / QZSS (L1 + L5 dual band)
- Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (wave2), 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz
- Bluetooth 5.0, BLE, SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC, and HWA Audio
- USB: Type-C, USB 3.1 GEN1*
- Audio: Type-C ear jack
- Sensors: gravity sensor, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, gyroscope, compass, in-screen fingerprint sensor, hall sensor, laser sensor, barometer, infrared sensor, color temperature sensor
- Back Camera: Leica Triple camera consisting of 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).
- Front Camera: Support 3D Depth Sensing Camera.24 MP, f/2.0 aperture
- Audio File Format: mp3, mp4, 3gp, ogg,amr, aac, flac, wav, midi
- Video File Format: 3gp, mp4
- EMUI: EMUI 9.0
- Battery: 4200 mAh
- Wire Charging: MAX 40 W HUAWEI SuperCharge
- Wireless Charging: 15 W HUAWEI Wireless Quick Charge
- NFC: Read Write mode / Peer to Peer mode / Card Emulation mode (payment by *SIM card, or HCE) is supported.
- Splash, Water, and Dust Resistant: IP68
- In the Box: Handset x1, Type-C Earphones x1, Charger x1, Type-C Cable x1, Eject tool x1, Quick Start Guide x1, Protective case x1 (not for WEU and NEU), Warranty card x1, Type-C to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter ×1
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro with 128GB storage and 6GB of RAM will set you back $836, while the 256GB with the 8GB of RAM costs $950.48.
Huawei crammed so many prime components and innovative features in this slim beauty that it makes chalking up $800 plus a worthy investment. If you’re looking to move away from the iPhone and into an Android one, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro should be a mighty solid contender to be your next smartphone.
Can’t get enough of this beast? Check Unbox Therapy unboxing Huawei Mate 20 Pro and hear their first impression in this video:
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro combines power, speed, and innovation in a 2.8 inch-long by 3 inch-wide and 1/3rd of an inch thick beauty. Its use of AI to filter and edit photos from a three Leica camera setup and to perform image recognition in searches position this phone as the best lifestyle smartphone in the market today.
Do you think it’s worth buying the Huawei Mate 20 Pro at its hefty price tag? What other features do you want to see that’ll make spending that much worth it? Give us your answers in the comments section below.
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