Huawei Presents Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro: Attractive, Powerful and Versatile
Huawei Mate 20 series are new weapons to win the war of the 'all screen' and renewed commitment to the triple camera
It’s been a fantastic year for Huawei, which since launching the P20 Pro has become a benchmark in the mobile photography segment. The evident growth in market share and revenues are adding an important qualitative advance of all its high-end smartphones, which are already starting to match the best phones in the sector.
Today, Huawei comes with a reinforced and renewed bet with a Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro that wants to go further both in this section and in other equally relevant categories.
The new Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, presented in the city of London, represent another step in that upward trajectory. Both are attractive, integrate improved components and promise to make even better pictures than their predecessor, the P20 Pro.
Mate 20 Pro – the absolute star
The largest of the two models, baptized as Mate 20 Pro, is the real star of the presentation. The front presents an aesthetic very similar to the Galaxy S9, but behind it defines its own identity with the disposition of the cameras and the striking twilight finish. In this model, in addition, the bicolor finish is much more attractive and successful thanks to a more aggressive gradient that, in the lower region, reaches a much darker tone.
Everything is going more in this new model that launches 7 nm processor (the promising Kirin 980) and also introduces unusual technologies – the fingerprint reader integrated under the screen joins to a wireless charging system that it can be used in reverse and to serve as an external battery of other devices.
There are more surprises in a device that seems willing to fight with the best of the year and has ballots to put things to their entire competition.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro datasheet
The new Huawei Mate 20 Pro boasts a specification sheet which of course represents a significant jump from the previous generation, and these developments are headed by the Kirin 980, the new processor that makes use of a lithographic process of 7 nm.
The phone consists of eight cores: 2 Cortex-A76 at 2.6 GHz for super demanding tasks, 2 Cortex-A76 at 1.92 GHz to maintain high performance in a sustained manner, and finally 4 Cortex-A55 at 1.8 GHz for tasks in which maximum efficiency is sought.
The new Mali G76 GPU improves performance in games, while for Huawei one of the stars is the new Dual-NPU, the dual co-processor oriented to artificial intelligence tasks and that will show its powers for example when recognizing scenes when taking pictures with this mobile.
The OLED screen of the Mate 20 Pro reaches 6.39 inches and offers a fantastic resolution of 3,120 x 1,440 pixels. The triple camera system on the back is another of the differentiating elements of a smartphone that inherits it from the P20 Pro.
Google has shown with the Pixel 3 that a sensor can be enough to be a prodigy in the field of mobile photography, but the bet by Huawei on artificial intelligence in photography should add integers to join those three sensors.
There are other striking features, such as a battery of 4,200 mAh that promises peace of mind for users at least throughout the day. More interesting than the capacity is the Super Charge 2.0 fast charging system and that wireless charging support that works both ways: we can load the Mate 20 Pro using this technology, but the Mate 20 Pro can recharge other wireless devices transforming into a charging surface on its own.
Even more interesting is the fingerprint reader integrated into the screen, which joins facial recognition with 3D Face ID technology from Huawei that follows the path of Apple with Face ID and other manufacturers such as Oppo or Xiaomi that have also integrated this type of advanced facial recognition system.
Design of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro
The design of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro proves to be very careful, and the firm has made use of some trends from other manufacturers. The first and most noticeable is the presence of an elongated notch on top, and that can be hidden by software.
In doing so, the terminal looks a lot like the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 on the front, especially for that diagonal screen and the fact of using a slightly curved screen that embraces those sides to make those frames disappear.
The frames of the top and bottom are minimal if we do not hide the notch, although logically the upper one gains in thickness when hiding the notch. The percentage of frontal used in this model reaches 86.90% according to Huawei.
On the left side, we find the power button and the volume controls, while in the lower part we will have the USB-C connector for loading and transferring data. The glass dominates the entire design, especially in the back where we find the hallmark of the device.
It is about that triple camera that, contrary to what other devices have done, adopts a curious disposition in which the cameras are not aligned, but form a square in which the fourth vertex is the flash.
The new Huawei devices can be found in five different colors – Emerald Green, Midnight Blue, Pink Gold, Twilight and Black.
The triple camera
When the Huawei P20 Pro was launched, many of us were impressed with the quality of the shots of this device, which gave the better night photography and the use of a 5x optical zoom within reach of very few.
That inheritance now reaches a Mate 20 Pro that goes a little further and makes a curious change: it replaces the monochrome sensor of 20 MP and aperture f/1.6 by a secondary sensor of 20 MP type wide angle that has an aperture f/2.2.
It will be interesting to see how far this new combination can go, but it is that helping in that aspect there is another key component: the new double NPU, that coprocessor that provides the capacity of artificial intelligence when taking pictures with these phones. It is at the moment soon to be able to say how far the device can go. On the front, we also have a promising sensor, which in this case has a resolution of 24 MP and an aperture f/2.0.
Although the cameras are clearly one of the focuses of attention of this device, in Huawei they have done as always, a surprising display of technological innovations that have incorporated a really ambitious device.
The fingerprint reader integrated into the screen. As if that were not enough, facial recognition is also part of Huawei’s biometric commitment.
The improvements reach many other sections such as the battery, which has a fast charging system that is fantastic on paper: the 40 W (10V/4A). Huawei claims to charge 70% of the battery in 30 minutes. Even more striking is the reverse wireless charging function, which allows the Mate 20 Pro to be used as if it were an external wireless battery.
It is the development of a new proprietary memory card format that they have called NM Card (Nano Memory Card). Huawei has revealed how the size is 45% lower than the MicroSD, and that allows them in the tray where we insert the NanoSIM can insert either a second NanoSIM or an NM Card to expand storage capacity.
Lastly, Huawei has gone a little further and have created a dongle that connects to the TV, and from there all can use the desk mode of Mate 20 Pro wirelessly.
Huawei Mate 20 – the economical alternative
Next, to the Mate 20 Pro is a cheaper version that shares a surname but does not use the name “Pro.” Its design is less attractive and squarer than that of its older brother, but it shares a great majority of the internal technical characteristics.
Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro share the presence in the engine room of the same processor HiSilicon Kirin 980, octa core at 2.6 GHz with CPU organized in three clusters to maximize efficiency.
The first differences between the two brothers start on the memories: there are 4 GB of RAM LPDDR4X and 128 GB of internal memory for Huawei Mate 20, while Mate 20 Pro counts respectively 6 and 128 GB of RAM and internal memory.
The screen has a size of 6.53 inches and is accompanied by a tiny notch that hides the front camera. It has a Full HD + resolution and makes use of IPS technology, instead of OLED.
The device boasts a 12-megapixel f/1.8 main sensor with EIS (electronic stabilization), an 8-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom and a 16-megapixel f/2.2 wide-angle sensor with EIS that allows close-up macros up to 2.5 centimeters. For the selfie, there is a 24-megapixel camera f/2.0 which is the merit of unlocking with 3D recognition of the face.
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro will cost 1,049 euros and can be purchased at all regular distributors from next week. Its younger brother, Mate 20, will hit stores for 799 euros.