Huawei Launches the Much Awaited Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro

Huawei, the second largest smartphone manufacturer in the world held a big event in London today to launch its much-awaited flagships, Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro.

ProPakistani is at the event and is covering everything as it’s announced.

The Mate 20/Mate 20 Pro is the first phone to run the Kirin 980 chipset, the first 7nm processor, faster and more efficient than the Snapdragon 845. It will also be the first smartphone duo to have nano-memory cards – which are smaller than ordinary microSD cards.

That’s not all, the company is also pushing smartphone photography with an improved triple camera set up on the Mate 20 Pro similar to the one seen earlier in Huawei’s own P20 Pro – currently the best phone in terms of smartphone photography.

There’s a lot to cover, so without further ado, let’s talk in detail about what makes the Mate 20 duo special.

Display

A notched display, which was popularized by the iPhone X, is being maintained by Huawei for its latest Mate 20 Pro. While the Mate 20 uses a more immersive waterdrop notch instead.

Mate 20 Pro’s AMOLED display measures 6.39-inches diagonally, with a 1440×3120 (QHD+) resolution and sports other premium features like HDR10 support. The display has a 19.5:9 aspect ratio.

The Mate 20, on the other hand, has a larger 6.53-inch display with Full HD+ resolution and HDR 10 support.

Both phones support up to 820 nits of brightness, which is impressive in their own right.

Design Features

The chin on the bottom has been reduced, with Samsung-style curved edges to complete the package. Other than that, the phones are IP68 certified (dust/water resistance up to 2m for 30 mins).

Mate 20 makes do with a regular fingerprint reader while the Mate 20 Pro comes with an in-display fingerprint scanner.

The Mate 20 Pro also features dual invisible stereo speakers, with no grilles at the bottom. 3D face scanning tech is also onboard the Mate 20 Pro, while the Mate 20 misses out on it.

Hardware & Storage

As mentioned earlier, the Mate 20 phones will be the first to run a 7nm Kirin 980 chipset. It has been manufactured using a more sophisticated and efficient 7nm architecture, that promises faster processing power and lower battery consumption. It’s a significant upgrade over the previous Kirin 970, as seen in the image below.

Huawei is the second company to use 7nm processors in its smartphones. The first one was Apple, whose A12 chipsets – used in the iPhone XS lineup – had a similar manufacturing process. However, Huawei says that its chips are better than the American competitor.

RAM comes in 6GB while storage options are limited to 128 GB. The phones don’t have a microSD slot, but you can still expand your storage using Huawei’s all-new nano storage card, which runs exclusively on the Mate 20 duo for now.

Camera & Software

If you have been keeping up with Mate 20 pre-launch reports, you might know that the phone was expected to come with four rear cameras. It was clarified today, when the company officially unveiled the device, that the Mate 20 Pro has a triple camera arrangement instead. The set up is similar to P20 Pro’s, consisting of a primary 40MP lens and two additional 20MP and 8MP lenses.

Mate 20 also uses 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, [email protected] 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.

Of course, the AI features – that were introduced by the Mate 10 duo – are still present, and have also been improved for the latest flagship.

This time, Mate 20 will use two neural processing networks to shoot images, and still, use scene detection algorithms to figure out color settings for your images.

At the front, both cameras have a single 24 MP sensor, no dual cameras here.

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.

Battery, Price, & Availability

Battery size for the Mate 20 is 4,000 mAhwhile 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.

 

 

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Specifications

  • CPU: Octa-core 2.6 GHz
  • Chipset: Hisilicon Kirin 980 (7nm)
  • OS: Android 9.0 Pie with EMUI 9.0
  • Supported Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE;
  • Design:
    • Notched display (19.5:9 aspect ratio)
    • IP68 certification
    • 3D Face recognition
  • Display:
    • 6.39-inch AMOLED QHD+ (3120 x 1440) resolution
  • Memory:
    • RAM: 6GB
    • Internal: 128 GB
    • Card slot: yes, by up to 256 GB (nano storage card)
  • Camera:
    • Primary (Triple):
      • 40 MP RGB, f/1.8, OIS, dual-pixel AF
      • 20 MP telephoto, 5x lossless zoom
      • 8 MP ultra-wide angle
    • Secondary: 24 MP
  • Fingerprint scanner (under-display)
  • Connectivity: USB Type-C, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, WiFi Direct, hotspot, NFC
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 4200 mAh battery, 40W fast charging, and 15W fast wireless charging

Huawei Mate 20 Specifications

  • CPU: Octa-core 2.6 GHz
  • Chipset: Hisilicon Kirin 980 (7nm)
  • OS: Android 9.0 Pie with EMUI 9.0
  • Supported Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE;
  • Design:
    • Notched display (waterdrop notch)
    • IP68 certification
  • Display:
    • 6.53-inch AMOLED FHD+ (2160 x 1080) resolution
  • Memory:
    • RAM: 6 GB
    • Internal: 128 GB
    • Card slot: yes, by up to 256 GB (nano storage card)
  • Camera:
    • Primary (Triple):
      • 16 MP RGB, f/1.8, OIS, dual-pixel AF
      • 12 MP telephoto, 5x lossless zoom
      • 8 MP ultra-wide angle
    • Secondary: 24 MP
  • Fingerprint scanner (regular)
  • Connectivity: 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

This is a developing story, more details will be added as they are announced.


  • umer baig

    pakistan kab aye ga aur prize kya ho ge?

  • hahah

    awesome this phone is done for me can’t wait for the pro to release in Pakistan

  • Geekpk

    “World’s first 7nm SoC” :D

    • Incognito

      Technically it is the first 7nm chipset to be announced but Apple’s A12 Bionic reached the market much before its debut.

  • Incognito

    Like the Article says, a “developing story”…there was another surprise entry at the event, the Huawei Mate 20 X with its 7.2-inch OLED display and 5000 mAh battery.

  • Tech Boy

    Propakistani was at the event? please clarify? rofl

    • Haamiz Ahmed

      What specifically do you want a clarification for? ProPaksitani was at the event, there’s nothing more to it.

  • Price More than 150K

  • Ahtysham Afzal

    Future belongs to expensive phones, next iPhone is going to be more than $2000.

  • Ahtysham Afzal

    Future belongs to expensive phones, next iPhone is going to be more than $2000.