Huawei Mate 20 Pro (Early) Review

On the evening of October 16, at the Huawei Mate 20 series global conference, Huawei brought a number of new products, including the Huawei Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20 RS, Mate 20X, Huawei Watch GT, and Huawei Band 3 Pro. As the most eye-catching product is the Mate 20 Pro, we decided to come in with a quick review of this amazing handset.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Appearance

Compared with the previous Mate series, the manufacturer has added more fashionable attributes to the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. The Mate 20 Pro features an 8-curved 3D glass body with a highly symmetrical design. The smooth arc is gentle and full of tension.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

The most impressive of the Mate 20 series is the ‘bathroom’ shape of three cameras on the back and a fill light. But in fact, this design idea is derived from the Porsche four-point headlights.

The Porsche four-point headlights were born as an exclusive design and were first used in Porsche’s top models. In the design of the Mate 20 series, it is natural for the designer to choose the Porsche 919, a legendary sports car that symbolizes the peak of the sports car industry.

This round-and-neck camera design style is still quite new in all smartphones currently on the market, and it is unprecedented. What’s more important, it raises the recognition rate of the Mate series products.

This year’s comprehensive screen smartphones can be said to be everywhere. At this conference, Huawei brought two comprehensive screens of different forms – the notch screen and the water drop screen (aka beauty tip), giving consumers more choices.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Taking the Mate 20 Pro as an example, the front bangs position has added 3D structured light function, combined with screen fingerprint technology. So the security and experience are further improved. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro also adds some fun on the basis of 3D structured light, such as support for real-time modeling. It allows bringing an AR interactive experience.

In addition, the back of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro fuselage uses the exclusive first yellow etch process. Huawei designers have revealed that the process has reached the micron level. Thus, the 48-layer multilayer optical structure and the micron filter crystal can see special texture under direct light, and it can feel very detailed 3D texture effect when touched by fingers. It is similar to the diamond carving effect on the Huawei P10, but the former feels more delicate.

Huawei also introduced a new external memory card standard, the NANO SD card, on the Mate 20 series. This card is smaller than the previous TF card, and the size is the same as NANO SIM. So it can be in the second card slot. The NANO SD card is used to expand the storage space of the smartphone without inserting a SIM card, thereby further improving the utilization of the phone space.

In the long run, the NANO SD card is of great significance. This is a new standard for Huawei to introduce to the industry, and the company hopes to push this standard to the world through its own strength. We believe that the NANO SD card will be popular in the whole industry in a year or two.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Performance

As you know, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is one of the first models to come with a Kirin 980 chip. The latter uses TSMC’s 7nm manufacturing process mobile processor. It is the first processor to support 2133MHz LPDDR4X memory. It is the world’s first commercial for the Cortex-A76 architecture CPU and Mali-G76 GPU.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

The Kirin 980 brings a significant increase in performance and energy efficiency, with CPU core performance up to 75% and energy efficiency up 58%; GPU performance up 46% compared to the previous generation, and energy efficiency increased by 178%.

What’s more worth mentioning is that the Kirin 980 is equipped with the world’s first dual NPU, which brings powerful image and image recognition capabilities. It can realize 4,500 images per minute and supports AI scenes such as face recognition, object recognition, and object detection. The Kirin 980 is the first in the world to support LTE Cat.21, supporting the industry’s fastest downlink 1.4Gbps rate.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Camera

The Huawei P20 series has been released for more than half a year, but it still holds the top spot in the DXOMark list. Even the iPhone XS Max is still behind the P20 series. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is one of those rare phones that come with a triple-camera. Our protagonist sports a 40MP Quad Bayer sensor, with a f/1.8 wide-angle lens, a 20MP sensor, with a f/2.2 super wide-angle lens, and an 8MP f/2.2 telephoto lens (supporting 3x optical zoom).

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

As you see, on the Mate 20 Pro, Huawei canceled the black and white lens and added a super wide-angle lens. Thanks to the addition of this super wide-angle lens, the Mate 20 Pro has two capabilities: super macro shooting and super wide angle.

The Mate 20 Pro supports 2.5cm macro shooting and also supports 960pfs ultra-slow motion video recording in macro mode.

Here are the Huawei Mate 20 Pro super macro samples:

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Also, the addition of dual NPUs allows the Huawei Mate 20 Pro camera to have a more powerful computing power in AI. For the first time in the industry, it has added the so-called ‘AI Portrait Video’ to make the background black and white, retain the portrait color, and highlight the subject.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Battery

Battery life has always been the strength of the Mate series. On the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Huawei uses a 4200mAh capacity battery with a maximum power of 40W.

At present, most of the wireless charging on the market is still 5W or 10W, and Huawei directly increases the power to 15W, which is 70% faster than other smartphones. Another interesting feature is that Huawei also supports reverse wireless charging, and when necessary, you can wirelessly charge other phones.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Currently, it’s more important that the smartphone supports a fast charging option rather than come in with a large capacity battery. That’s why all major players in this niche offer their own technology for fast charging. The OPPO’s SuperVOOC 50W Super Flash Charger (10V/5A) already appeared on the Find X. So Huawei has had to come in with something like this. Honestly, the company has announced something like that a couple of years ago. Its 40W (5V/8A) charging technology was announced along with the Honor Magic. But till today, we haven’t seen it to come on any smartphone.

Huawei‘s new power adapter manufactured by Yada Electronics Co. Ltd supports the highest output power of 10V/4A. This means that the maximum charging power reaches 40W, which is much faster than the 22W fast charging on the Huawei P20-series smartphones.

Huawei Mate 20 Series Price Tags

For the quick review, we think it’s enough. Now let’s take a look at the Huawei Mate 20 series pricing. The original Mate 20’s 4+128GB version is priced at 799 euros, the 6+128GB version for 849 euros; the Huawei Mate 20 Pro 6+128GB for 1049 euros; the Huawei Mate 20 X 6+128GB version for 899 euros; the Porsche designed Mate 20 RS 8+ 256GB version is priced at €1,695 and the 8+512GB version is priced at €2,095.

According to Huawei’s past practice, the Mate 20 series in China will definitely be cheaper than other overseas versions. In the previous interview, Huawei also emphasized this.

Wrap Up

Starting from P10, Huawei smartphones have already had their own design ideas. From the Aurora color of Huawei P20 in the first half of this year to the current Mate 20 Porsche lights, Huawei has become a smartphone manufacturer with excellent design skills.

Huawei Mate series since Mate 7 relies on business positioning to break the market. These generations of products seem to be seeking breakthroughs, trying to establish the brand image of the ultimate technology, while expanding the target users to all the elites of all walks of life, starting with business, but not only for business.

On the new Mate 20, we have already seen Huawei’s strength as an industry giant. There is no short board, and there are obvious breakthroughs in performance and photo and design. It is a flagship handset with the balance of extreme technology.



Argam Artashyan

Back in 2010, he was dismissed from his position as a lecturer at the university. This made him get another job at his friend’s digital marketing company as a blog writer. After a few years, when he was thinking the article writing is his mission, Google pushed the Panda update and affected the company and websites he was working at. (Un)fortunately and surprisingly, he got an offer to head a large knitting factory. In 2016, he got his Ph.D. and resumed teaching at the University … and writing tech-related articles following his passion.

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