Huawei – the Chinese tech giant organised a big event in London to formally unveil the much-awaited flagship devices – the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro. The new duo becomes the first one running the Kirin 980 chipset (the first 7nm processor) under the hood that is considered much faster and more efficient than the Snapdragon 845 SoC. Furthermore, the Mate 20 Series sports nano-memory cards, which are smaller than ordinary microSD cards.
Anotherdistinction of the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro is their camera configuration thatenhances smartphone photography experience with an improved triple camera setup; similar to the one seen earlier in Huawei’s own P20 Pro – currentlythe best phone in terms of smartphone photography.
Huawei’s Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro
Let’s have a look into the slaient design and performance features of new ventures by Huawei:
The Mate 20 Pro brings an AMOLED display on the front, measuring 6.39-inches diagonally with a 1440×3120 (QHD+) resolution, 19.5:9 aspect ratio and other premium features like HDR10 support. The Mate 20, on the other hand, has a larger 6.53-inch display with Full HD+ resolution and HDR 10 support.
Both the devices feature notched displays – the Mate 20 with waterdrop notch whereas the Mate 20 Pro brings regular notch like iPhone X. Both phones support up to 820 nits of brightness, which is impressive in their own right.
Huawei claims that both these smartphones are IP68 certified, capable of dust/water resistance up to 2m for 30 minutes. The Mate 20 embeds regular fingerprint scanner for enhanced security whereas the Mate 20 Pro brings front-mounted under-display reader. Huawei has introduced the 3D face scanning technology onboard the Mate 20 Pro while the Mate 20 misses it out.
As mentioned earlier, the Mate 20 series is the first one to run a 7nm Kirin 980 chipset under the hood that promises faster processing power and lower battery consumption. Not to mention that Apple has already used the 7nm processors in its A12 chipsets used in the iPhone XS lineup. However, Huawei says that its chips are better than the American competitor.
As far as storage combinations are concerned, the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro bring 6GB RAM and 128GB native storage. Interestingly, the phones don’t have a microSD slot, but users can still expand their storage using Huawei’s all-new nano storage card that runs exclusively on the Mate 20 duo for now.
The photography department of the Mate 20 series is really noteworthy with triple lens setup on the rear and a 24MP sensor on the front. Although it was rumoured earlier that the Mate 20 Pro would bring the quad camera setup on the rear but that remained a rumor at the end.
We have the similar camera configuration of Mate 20 Pro that is a primary 40MP lens and two additional 20MP and 8MP lenses. However, the Mate 20 features a triple camera setup with a 16, 12 and 8 MP arrangement.
The Mate 20 Pro’s primary 40MP lens has a f/1.8 aperture and combines two pixels into one to add crisp details to its images. It also supports all the high-end features, including OIS, dual pixel AF, 4K@60fps video recording, and scene detection.
Additionally, it pairs with the other two sensors for 5x lossless zoom. Talking about the other two cameras, the 20MP secondary camera is actually an ultra-wide sensor, to take zoomed-out photos with a larger FOV. The tertiary 8MP camera is an ultra-wide type, that does most of the work when taking zoom shots.
Battery size for the Mate 20 is 4,000 mAh, while the Mate 20 Pro features a 4,200 mAh battery instead. Mate 20 Pro features the highest battery capacity in a flagship phone to date and easily beats the likes of iPhone XS, XS Max and Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
They also come with Huawei’s 40W SuperCharge tech as well as 15W fast wireless charging. Other than that they also feature reverse wireless charging, letting them charge other phones wirelessly as well.
The software will be Android 9.0 Pie, running Huawei’s EMUI 9.0 skin on top. It has a host of AI features as well as gesture based navigation and improved protection.
Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro Specs Comparison
|Mate 20||Mate 20 Pro|
|OS||Android 9.0 Pie with EMUI 9.0||Android 9.0 Pie with EMUI 9.0|
|Supported Networks||2G, 3G, 4G LTE||2G, 3G, 4G LTE|
|CPU||Octa-core 2.6 GHz||Octa-core 2.6 GHz|
|Chipset||Hisilicon Kirin 980 (7nm)||Hisilicon Kirin 980 (7nm)|
|Display||6.53-inch AMOLED FHD+ (2160 x 1080) resolution||6.39-inch AMOLED QHD+ (3120 x 1440) resolution|
|Design||Notched display (waterdrop notch), IP68 certification||Notched display (19.5:9 aspect ratio), IP68 certification, 3D Face recognition|
|Fingerprint scanner||Yes, Rear Mounted||Yes, Under Display|
|Internal Storage||128 GB||128 GB|
|Card slot||yes, by up to 256 GB (nano storage card)||yes, by up to 256 GB (nano storage card)|
|Primary Camera||16 MP RGB, f/1.8, OIS, dual-pixel AF + 12 MP telephoto, 5x lossless zoom + 8 MP ultra-wide angle||40 MP RGB, f/1.8, OIS, dual-pixel AF + 20 MP telephoto, 5x lossless zoom + 8 MP ultra-wide angle|
|Secondary Camera||24 MP||24 MP|
|Connectivity||USB Type-C, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, WiFi Direct, hotspot, NFC||USB Type-C, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, WiFi Direct, hotspot, NFC|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery, 40W fast charging, and 15W fast wireless charging||Non-removable Li-Po 4200 mAh battery, 40W fast charging, and 15W fast wireless charging|