Mate 20 Pro

Huawei Mate 20 Pro official full Review

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Huawei has recently presented the new Mate 20 series, which has the task of concluding the previous year of the company with a flourish. Mate 20 Pro and Mate 20 with 3 rear cameras both and a lot of second generation Artificial Intelligence. Here is our preview.

As usual, it is up to Huawei to “close” the commercial year for the mobile world. 2018 was a year full of innovations in the smartphone field for the Chinese brand. The innovation surpassed Apple in second place in the world ranking of producers behind only Samsung. The Chinese are ready to consolidate all this also in 2019 and to do so. The new Mate 20 series is presented ready today in London in a majestic world event.

Five are the main themes on which Huawei has decided to base the new Huawei Mate 20 Pro. And, that takes the reins of the series, next to Mate 20 and Mate 20 Lite, to shape the new generation of smartphones of the Chinese company. Performance, power, photography, security, and graphics interface are therefore the pillars of the new top of the range. And, that is even more powerful than the past.

DESIGN: curved edges and very thin frames for maximum ergonomics

From an aesthetic point of view, the new Huawei Mate 20 Pro takes the good news with the previous generation but modifying some main aspects that make it up with the times especially with regard to ergonomics. The new Mate 20 Pro is what we can call a premium phone where materials such as glass and aluminum stand out, giving the device sturdiness but also a lot of elegance like few other phones.

Curved edges and very thin frames guarantee the new Huawei Mate 20 Pro what actually lacked in this series last year. The display is an important panel for size and quality since we are talking about AMOLED matrix with 6.38-inch diagonal and Quad HD + resolution of 3.120×1.440 pixels in 19.5: 9 format. And, therefore,it is able to extend the body of the smartphone with a better balance in hand. The long sides of the Mate 20 Pro soften becoming more curved than the Mate 10 Pro . And, this makes the device even more ergonomic as well as fascinating.Mate 20 Pro

Inevitable not to meet the notch in the front of the device that is also added to the Mate 20 series. And, above all, it enlarges in size compared to the P20 Pro but allowing the introduction of a new 3D Depth Sensing system able to accurately and safely recognize the face of the owner. And, thus unlock the smartphone.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro is a premium phone where materials such as glass and aluminum stand out, giving strength and elegance.

Many sensors that, in addition to the 24 MPx front camera, guarantee a very effective and instant operation. New face recognition system that can be very useful not only to ensure that nobody accesses the smartphone but also to ensure from indiscreet applications with personal data or individual files.Huawei

Huawei eliminates the classic rear sensor present on the previous generation and inserts in this Mate 20 Pro a futuristic “in-display” sensor that is positioned below the AMOLED panel. The operation is very simple and immediate sense once the impression has been recorded with a guided process. The user will only need to bring his finger closer to the display in the central part. And, it will automatically unlock the new Mate 20 Pro.

Four colors that characterize the new smartphone of Huawei: two with an opaque surface and textured texture in shades Midnight Blue and Emerald Green, two instead of in shades Black and Twilight with the shiny surface able to reflect the light in every position.

PERFORMANCE: an “artificial” double intelligence heart

The new Huawei Mate 20 Pro is the first smartphone to use the powerful Kirin 980 processor. This is a system-on-chip created for mobile devices by the Chinese company with a production process of 7 nm. And, this is an eight-core pulsing heart capable of giving as much power as possible. But, above all, it shows greater intelligence. The new Kirin 980 from Huawei which is already closely observed at Berlin’s IFA 2018. It manages to get more power and efficiency than its predecessor. But that’s not all. Because, it has a dual Neural Processing Unit (NPU). And, this guarantees to process in image recognition to the Mate 20 Pro never seen before.

Next, Huawei places 6GB of RAM that will give the right responsiveness to the phone in everyday operations. But, that’s not all because the datasheet allows you to discover news also connectivity side where the Mate 20 Pro beats the record introducing for the first time the LTE Modem Cat. 21 which in practice will guarantee download speeds of 1.4 Gbps. The new 5G network in short for Huawei seems closer and closer.

HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro HUAWEI Mate 20
OS (at launch) EMUI 9.0 (Android 9.0 Pie)
Processor Kirin 980
2 @ 2.6 GHz + 2 @ 1.92GHz + 4 @ 1.8GHz
Display AMOLED 6.39 “(19.5: 9) 6.53 “LCD (18.5: 9)
Resolution 3.120 x 1.440 2.244 x 1.080
Storage 128 GB + NM Card 128 GB + NM Card
Cameras Rear :
Wide Angle 40 MPx – f / 1.8
Ultra Wide Angle 20 MPx – f / 2.2
Telephoto 8 MPx – f / 2.4
Flash Dual-LED
Video 4K @ 30fpsFront :
Wide Angle 24 MPx – f / 2.0
Rear :
Wide Angle 12MPx – f / 1.8
Ultra Wide Angle 16MPx – f / 2.2
Telephoto 8 MPx – f / 2.4
Flash Dual-LED
Video 4K @ 30fpsFront :
Wide Angle 24 MP f / 2.0
Extra 4G LTE Cat.21 (1.4 Gbps down)
Wi-Fi 802.11ac
Bluetooth 5.0
Dual GPS
In-display sensor ”
Certification ” IP68
4G LTE Cat.16 1.0 Gbps)
Wi-Fi 802.11ac
Bluetooth 5.0
Dual GPS
Rear Fingerprint Sensor
IP53 Certification
Ports USB 3.0 Type-C
Battery 4.200 mAh
Quick Charge Super Charge 40W
Charge QuickCharge Wireless 15W
4,000 mAh
Quick Charge Super Charge 22.5W
dimensions 157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6 mm 158.2 x 77.2 x 8.3 mm
Weight 189gr 188gr

Yes to the expansion of internal memory next to 128GB of internal storage, but without using the popular microSD cards. For Mate 20 Pro, Huawei comes off the classic format to adopt a new owner, known as NM Card, a card, the latter with dimensions equivalent to that of a nano SIM but capable of reaching a reading speed of 90 MB/s.

POWER: 4,200 mAh Battery with ultra fast charging

Huawei Mate 20 Pro is also power and, in addition to the new processor, the company introduces an improved battery compared to the past generation. In this case, we talk about a battery of 4,200 mAh. This battery will ensure greater autonomy in everyday use, therefore, consuming less.

The novelty of Mate 20 Pro is not only the greater amperage of the battery but also the presence of the Super Charge recharge. And, that even manages to do better than what Huawei had already done in the past. Here the users will find themselves able to recharge in just 30 minutes even 70% of the battery. And, it is a real record. And, if this were not enough, for the first time, the Chinese company introduces wireless charging into its smartphone thanks to the ad hoc stand.

The new Super Charge charges the Mate 20 Pro by 70% in just 30 minutes: a record!

Here too Huawei records and puts a 15W wireless recharge making it 160% faster than, for example, iPhone X. And not just because users will be able to charge two wireless smartphones for the first time in the world by placing the two units on the back.

PHOTOGRAPHY: a real ” camera-phone ” with Triple Cam

Huawei Mate 20 Pro replicates how innovative it is with P20 Pro. We speak clearly of the photographic part of the new smartphone of the Chinese company. And, that sees the presence at the rear of the now known Triple Cam designed with Leica. Here instead of the traffic light layout, Huawei decides to propose it to “square” in the center of the body. A choice certainly original but also stylistically elegant and more sophisticated than what is seen on P20 Pro.

Technically, we are talking about a 40MPx wide-angle main sensor with f / 1.8 focal aperture. And, which is flanked by a second 20MPx Ultra wide-angle sensor with an f / 2.2 focal aperture. There is also a third 8MPx sensor that stands as a telephoto lens. And there has a focal aperture of f / 2.4 but with optical image stabilization (OIS). A trial of the highest level that proposed by Huawei for the first time, therefore, places a triple room on the Mate series. And, it does so with knowledge of the facts given the results obtained with the P20 Pro.

The improvements come both from better sensors and from the presence of the Kirin 980 CPU. And, that is with the double Neural Processing Unit manages to ensure even more sophisticated performance with minimal details on the shots. And, above all, introduces a second Artificial Intelligence generation with many more categories of subjects and objects.

What makes the new Huawei Mate 20 Pro a true camera phone is also the implementation of a new way of recording video. Yes, because Huawei poses a Cinema mode capable of offering recordings in a 21: 9 format.

EMUI 9 with Android 9.0 Pie: simplification on the agenda

If Huawei Mate 20 Pro changes under the hood and in design, certainly the change cannot but also concern the usability of the smartphone. Usability that goes through the graphical interface, the EMUI 9.0, with which users will find themselves measuring every day and based on the new Android 9.0 Pie released a few months ago by Google. The watchword is streamlined. And, Huawei with this new version eliminates the little-used elements to the detriment of new features. Certainly, that are  more useful in everyday life.

On an aesthetic level, the developers have taken care of the elements of the interface adding a series of new sound effects. And, tactile feedback able to improve usability, removed from the previous version almost 100 user-selectable options among the various menus. With software that has always been a weak point of the Huawei smartphones, ready now to strongly change the cards on the table.

The password is streamlined and Huawei with the new EMUI 9.0 has eliminated over 100 options selectable from the menus of the previous interface.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro also extends the possibility for users to connect it to a monitor and make it become a real PC. Here no longer need any kind of physical connection, as in the past. Because everything happens directly wirelessly. And in a few steps, you can continue doing what you were doing on the screen of the Mate 20 Pro.

HUAWEI MATE 20: the brother ”minor” with the drip notch

Next, to the most important Mate 20, Pro is also positioned the new Mate 20 that Huawei. That decides to offer its public with a slightly different look. And that is especially in the front. And, that also decides with specific techniques of less impact.

Huawei Mate 20 sees its main feature in the display that there is not an enlarged notch as for the Pro version. But, rather the company reduces it by proposing that form “drop” that other producers have decided to adopt. The display, therefore, results from 6.53 inches with a classic LCD matrix but in 18.7: 9 formats and in Full HD + resolution of 2.244×1.080 pixels.

In this case, the dimensions are slightly larger than those of the Mate 20 Pro. This is, due to, the less elongated form factor and the lack of curvature along the sides of the phone. The product, however, is aesthetically beautiful to see especially for the grandeur of the completely borderless front panel. And, it is therefore capable of expanding the surface for the final user usability.

At the technical level, Huawei decides to please the users with this Mate 20. And, puts inside the same processor of the Pro version, therefore, the Kirin 980 but with 4GB of RAM and a 128GB internal storage. As for connectivity, Mate 20 has an LTE modem Cat. 16 with 1 Gbps for download and 150 Mbps for uploading then Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi Dual-Band as a Dual Band also the GPS for the best accuracy in the location.

Photographically, Huawei Mate 20 offers a triad of cameras in the same square position as the Mate 20 Pro. On paper, we see the presence of a first 12 MPx wide-angle sensor with a focal aperture of f / 1.8 then a second ultra wide angle sensor but 16 MPx with a focal aperture of f / 2.2. Finally, the third 8 MPx Sensor which is instead a telephoto function with a focal aperture of f / 2.4. A sector, therefore, that does not reach that of the older brother in the numbers. But, that certainly cannot do his good figure during the need to take photographs.

To close the datasheet of the new Huawei Mate 20 then we think the numbers on the battery that results from 4,000 mAh with Super Charge charging. And, therefore, no problem for users who do not lose too much time in charging their device. What was then seen with the Mate 20 Pro regarding the new graphical interface also applies to the Mate 20 version. Here is the new EMUI 9.0 that is based precisely on Android 9.0 Pie. And, that sees the lightening of the graphics. Besides, that becomes minimal with more simplicity in use.

HUAWEI MATE SERIES: availability and prices

Huawei has now found the right way to be liked by users. And, after the success of the P20 series is ready to replicate with the Mate 20 series. The winning team does not change. And, the new Mate 20 Pro, king of the series, pulls out the triple camera ensuring true camera-phone performance. Thanks to a meticulous and innovative Artificial Intelligence and a processor created around the smartphone.

Selling  price of the new Huawei Mate 20 Pro will be 1,099 Euros. For those who buy it during the promotional launch period, that is, from October 17th to 29th, the new Huawei Watch GT (list price of 199) and the Huawei Wireless Charger for wireless charging. Selling price of Huawei Mate 20 instead will be 799 €.

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