Huawei Mate 20 Pro Smartphone Review

Live test: First impressions The Huawei Mate 20 Pro’s spec sheet is littered with flagship level hardware including the new Kirin 980 SoC, the currently fastest LTE modem in a consumer smartphone, reverse wireless charging and a fingerprint sensor underneath its display. This review will be putting all this new hardware and more through its paces to determine whether the Mate 20 Pro’s technical prowess translates into real-world performance.

The Mate series has always been Huawei’s showcase smartphones. Previous Mate devices have been the first to receive the company’s latest innovations except for camera-related hardware, which Huawei has reserved for the P-series.

The lack of cutting-edge hardware let the Mate 10 Pro down, but no criticism could be leveled at its successor. The Mate 20 Pro has a 6.3-inch display with Huawei finally opting for a 1,440p panel rather than the 1,080p panel that they used in the Mate 10 Pro. Likewise, the Mate 20 Pro sports the brand-new HiSilicon Kirin 980 SoC, which Huawei manufacturers on a 7 nm FinFET process and promises will outperform the Apple’s latest A12 Bionic SoC. The fingerprint sensor is also now underneath the display as we have seen with the Vivo NEX Ultimate or the Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition. Previously, Huawei had reserved this technology for its Porsche Edition devices.

The Leica-branded triple rear-facing camera looks like the one in the P20 Pro at first glance, but Huawei has added a wide-angle lens in favor of the monochrome sensor. The camera should also have great macro-performance thanks to its five-times optical zoom. The focus of the Mate 20 Pro’s cameras is undoubtedly the 40 MP rear-facing sensor, which should share all the great qualities of the P20 Pro’s main rear-facing camera. The Mate 20 Pro also flexes its muscles with its currently world-beating Cat. 21 LTE modem, Bluetooth 5.0 support, its NFC chip and its fast MIMO Wi-Fi. Huawei has also included a 4,200-mAh battery, which supports wired or wireless charging and is 200 mAh larger than its predecessor’s.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro (Mate 20 Series)
Processor
HiSilicon Kirin 980, Dual-Core NPU
Graphics adapter
ARM Mali-G76 MP10, GPU Turbo 2.0
Memory
6144 MB

, LPDDR4x

Display
6.3 inch 13:6, 3120 x 1440 pixel 545 PPI, Capacitive touchscreen; ten point multitouch, OLED, HDR, glossy: yes
Storage
128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash, 128 GB

, 112.8 GB free

Weight
189 g ( = 6.67 oz / 0.42 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price

To be announced soon

Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.
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