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Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review: Genuine Flagship Phone

Compared with the previous years, 2018 is a year of mobile technologies blowout. Many black technologies and new features have debuted, which also gives our consumers more and better experience. Among those features, we can mention the wireless charging, the on-screen fingerprint recognition, the 3D structured light, the 2K screens, etc. Thus, all these features have come to enhance the mobile experience. The Huawei Mat 20 Pro comes with almost all of these specs. So it can be called the ‘flagship of the year’.

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro Appearance

There are various options, but we are reviewing the sapphire blue variant of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. This handset still inherits the consistent business style of the Mate series. At the same time, it also adds a very fashionable and comfortable element to the details. The shape of the octa-curved body is quite good, and it is great in terms of ergonomics.

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The design of the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro incorporates a lot of scientific and streamlined design concepts. The probably the most unique design element is the arrangement of the rear three cameras, which is officially called the ‘matrix multi-focal imaging system’. It is inspired by the lights of the Porsche series sports car. At the same time, the camera is partially centered.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

The entire Mate 20 series has been designed with a lot of design inspiration from the Porsche sports car, while also adding a new process. The super-optical structure pattern is added to the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro. The visually delicate texture enhances the overall look and feel. It is more comfortable in the hand, like the feathers of birds.

This texture is fabricated by a micron-scale yellow etching process. The multilayer optical structure and micro-filter crystal are added to the back of the fuselage to form a unique texture. No fingerprints will be left on the surface. And no need to worry about sweat. The back panel also incorporates a micron-scale glare texture that creates a very unique fuselage texture.

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The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro adopts the dual SIM card slot design, supporting dual-card dual standby dual 4G. Moreover, the NM memory card can also be inserted into for storage space expansion.

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At the bottom, the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro combines the speaker with the Type-C interface. The sound is transmitted from the bottom interface. It is more powerful. The dual speaker configuration has a stronger three-dimensionality in games and movies. However, if the power is plugged in, the bottom speaker will be blocked and the sound will be lower.

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On the front side, the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro still uses a special-shaped screen. The 6.39-inch OLED display has a resolution of 3120×1440 (2K resolution). It supports the DCI-P3 color gamut and has a pixel density of 538PPI. The display is very delicate. The feel and value of the hyperbolic screen have improved a lot.

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Nowadays, the full-screen has become the standard for smartphones, and there is a new way to unlock in the full-screen era. The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro combines the most advanced 3D structured light with screen fingerprint technology. We have to say the dual biometric effect is excellent.

This Huawei smartphone uses a self-developed 3D structured light technology. In principle, it can accurately model facial information by projecting tens of lattices onto the face and then collecting facial data of the user. In terms of unlocking errors, the 3D structured light technology can reach one in a million. After certification by Tell Labs, it has achieved five-star security and passed financial security approval. Moreover, mobile payment can also use face unlocking.

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In the actual experience, the 3D structure of the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro has a very fast light input and unlock speed. Under the dual-core NPU buck of the Kirin 980 processor, the processing speed of the face unlocking is very fast, and the unlocking is completed when the screen is almost illuminated.

In addition to the face unlocking, Huawei’s self-developed 3D structured light technology can also be used in many scenes. For example, using the expression of a human face to create an emoji or a 3D simulation image function that can model a small doll, the built 3D model can be ‘moved up’, and this function has been demonstrated at the press conference.

Also, the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro also supports on-screen fingerprint technology, which should be a feature that consumers are eager for. Since the front side is completely occupied by the display, there is no opportunity to put the traditional fingerprint recognition module there. So the on-screen fingerprint technology that appeared this year has solved this problem.

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The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro’s on-screen fingerprint is very ergonomically designed. The module is located on the area where the thumb will ‘land’ when holding the phone. It can be easily unlocked by both right and left hands. At the same time, the process of unlocking is optimized. The smartphone can sense the presence of the finger. When the finger approaches the screen, the fingerprint recognition area on it will automatically light up to achieve quick unlocking.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Performance

Every year, Huawei’s Mate series launch Kirin’s latest flagship processor. This year is no exception. The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro is the first to come with the Kirin 980 processor released at IFA, which is the world’s first 7nm process mobile processing chip.

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The Kirin 980 processor should be one of the most powerful mobile chips at present. It is the first to be based on the 7nm process node, which can integrate 6.9 billion transistors in the chip. This brings lower performance while lowering power consumption and heat.

At the same time, the Kirin 980 processor uses 2 x A76 super-large cores, 2 x A76 big cores, and 4 x A55 small cores. Due to them, the performance is increased by 75% and the energy efficiency is increased by 58%. This three-speed core design optimizes the scheduling of the handset processor, the power consumption, and heat of the handset.

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In the AI aspect, the Kirin 980 processor also has better performance. The world’s first dual-core NPU processing chip has improved the AI performance by 226% and can identify more AI usage scenarios. The stronger AI processing performance also brings better experience in actual use.

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The Kirin 980 processor also inherits Huawei’s style of work and has great advantages in terms of security and communication. The first is the built-in inSE security chip to achieve hardware-level security protection. It can intelligently identify pseudo base stations. Also, it supports Cat. 21, dual-card dual-4G dual-VoLTE. Thus, you can call while surfing the Internet.

One of the most important functions of smartphones is entertainment. The popularity of mobile games has made more and more people use their phones to play games. The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro relies on powerful hardware and software performance. So it’s logical to see an outstanding gaming experience.     We tested it with two of relatively more popular games, Honor of Kings and PUBG. In the former game, the whole process is stabilized at a very high frame rate, and the actual gaming experience is great. Through the GameBench test, you can see that the whole gaming process is at 61fps.

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In the game that stimulates the battlefield, the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro can turn on HDR high-definition picture quality and ultra-high frame rate. But the game process is also quite stable, and there is no stuck in the whole process. In the GameBench, the game is stable at 40 frames.

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This stable game performance can be reached due to the excellent performance of the Mali G76 GPU on the Kirin 980 processor. The performance of the deca-core Mali G76 GPU is 46% higher than that of the Kirin 970, and the energy consumption ratio is up by 178%.

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At the same time, the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro supports GPU Turbo 2.0 technology, which can greatly enhance the performance. The GPU Turbo 2.0 adapts to more games than the first generation, improving the mobile gaming experience. At the same time, the network delay is a key issue affecting the mobile game experience. The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro can optimize the connection of the shorter network by connecting the high network to ensure the stability. At last, AI is also obtained in the touchscreen experience, which can achieve a low-latency touch response.

The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro runs on EMUI 9.0 based on Android 9 system, which has a great improvement in terms of experience. The new generation of AI smart engine makes the system fluency significantly improved. Huawei has invested a lot of resources in the improvement of smartphone systems and has made great upgrades to Android underlying fragmentation and memory scheduling. This time, the EMUI 9 is the most comfortable and best EMUI we have ever used.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

In the negative screen, the EMUI 9 has added more reminders, such as express reminders, flight train reminders, etc. At the same time, there are many common functions that can be added to the negative screen. It is very convenient to find when you want to use it.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Camera

The Huawei P20 series smartphones released at the beginning of this year gave us a very big surprise in taking pictures. The leading level of photography in the industry has not been comparable to other phones.

Also Read: Huawei P20 Pro vs OPPO R15 vs VIVO X21 vs Honor 10: Comparing Gradient Phones

The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro continues to expand its lead. In terms of configuration, it uses a 40MP wide-angle camera and a 20MP ultra-wide-angle camera with a combination of an 8MP telephoto camera. The camera effect brought by this triple-camera has never been seen before on smartphones.

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The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro replaces the previously used black and white camera with a 16mm Leica super wide-angle lens for ultra-wide-angle photos. When the shooting scene is relatively large, or when multiple people are being shot, the super wide-angle mode comes in handy, and more content can be recorded. The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro has also corrected the distortion of the super wide-angle by software algorithms.

Normal shooting mode

Huawei Mate 20 ProSuper wide-angle mode

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The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro also supports super macro shooting, with a closest distance of 2. cm, and can shoot a lot of details in close proximity.

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At the same time, the 8MP telephoto lens takes up the task of zooming. The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro can achieve 3x lossless zoom, 5x hybrid zoom, and 10x digital zoom. With the addition of a super wide-angle camera, on this generation of the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro, three cameras can be combined to achieve a wide range of focal lengths of 16mm-270mm.

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Huawei’s ‘Night Black Technology’ that we have seen before also comes to the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro. First, we should recall the smart HDR function. Now it is possible to synthesize 10 different exposure photos to achieve the best photo effects. At the same time, the Super Night Scene function is also adopted on the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro. It can capture more details of dark parts through long exposure. So the night shot effect is excellent.

Open Super Night

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Not turned on Super Night

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The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro can achieve more powerful AI camera functions under the support of the Kirin 980 NPU. A new generation of AI camera algorithms can identify more shooting scenes and target adjustments. According to the introduction given by Huawei, the new generation of AI can not only recognize specific scenes but also read the contents.

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For example, the smartphone can recognize the food you have taken and give the calories contained in the food. This is quite useful for those who are dieting and have to calculate how much calories they need per day.

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In addition to the top performance of the camera, the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro also adds AI to the video shooting. Now it can intelligently analyze the picture level, size ratio, contrast, scene, balance, etc. and then provide users with shooting tips. Thus, now it’s easier to shoot big movies. You can shoot the same 21:9 ratio video as the movie screen, making it even more atmospheric.

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At last, the AI performance brought by the dual-core NPU can intelligently identify the subject and the background. When the video is taken, the subject is colored, and the background is black and white, which can highlight the subject of the shooting. However, in the specific use, there will still be a small problem in the background. Occasionally, the objects around the subject are not separated well in some cases.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Battery

The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro sports a built-in 4200mAh battery, which has a smaller capacity increase over the previous generation. However, in the actual endurance test, after three hours of use, the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro still has a 57% of power. Thus, it can last up for one day on a single charge.

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In terms of charging, the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro supports a 40W wired fast charging and a 15W wireless fast charging. The performance of wired fast charging is quite eye-catching, as it takes about an hour or so to fill the entire battery.

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This is great but we’d like to focus on a new feature. The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro supports wireless reverse charging. In the setting, the reverse charging function can be turned on to ‘share’ the phone’s power with any other phone that supports Qi charging. This function is very convenient when charging the phone in an emergency or when the device such as a headset is not powered.

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The Final Words

The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro can be said to be the flagship of this year. It sports almost all of the features we want the flagship phone to have. Our protagonist comes with this year’s popular in-screen fingerprint recognition and 3D structured light dual-protection, a 2K full-screen with better display effect, a 40W wired fast charge + a 15W wireless fast charge, a great triple-camera supporting AI, a more atmospheric and stylish design, the world’s first 7nm chip, etc. So it’s too difficult to find even a small shortcoming. This is a genuine top-end model.

Note: We are reviewing the UD variant, but there is also a regular version with no screen fingerprint recognition.

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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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