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 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.
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