Huawei’s new Mate 20 Pro is the latest offering from the Chinese smartphone maker. It’s flagship phones can’t go without mentioning for the unique features they often bring and power they offer that puts them on top alongside phones from major smartphone makers. We’ve seen the previous Mate 10 Pro take one of the top positions in some aspect in the past like in DXOmark results, offering impressive night mode when taking photos and one of the companies to highlight AI usage in their phones.
The Mate 20 Pro brings a few key features on board like in-display fingerprint scanner and reverse wireless charging that we shall talk about later.
On the front it features a huge 6.4 inch OLED display with curved edges which are reminiscent of Samsung design. It also features a notch up top that houses the depth sponsor for face unlocking and the 24 megapixel camera. The chin at the bottom is barely noticeable.
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is probably the first phone from a major smartphone maker to feature a fingerprint sensor place under the display. No doubt this technology is at it’s infancy but promising especially when major brands are starting to embrace it. It’s clearly not as fast as the physical sensor that normally place at the back but definitely usable.
On the back, the Mate 20 Pro brings a unique camera design that features three cameras and a flash light all arranged in a cool square form. The three camera sensor provide different configurations for different purposes. One is a standard 40 mega-pixel camera with f/1.8 aperture, the second a Telephoto 8 mega-pixel lens with f/2.4 aperture intended for taking distant images with enhanced physical zoom. The third is an ultra-wide 20 mega-pixel camera with f/2.2 aperture for fitting many subjects in a single shot.
All these camera sensors are aided by AI for scene recognition and automatically switching to the right camera sensors when taking a particular photo.
Underneath the Mate 20 Pro is Huawei’s own processor the HiSilicon Kirin 980 a 7 nano meter Octa-core chip. It’s currently the most powerful Huawei offers and definitely competes favorably with the best other chip manufactures like Qualcomm Snapdragon offer. It comes with a Mali-G76 MP10 GPU.
The phone features two storage variants, one a 128GB storage with 6GB RAM and another a 256GB storage with 8GB RAM. All of this is used by Android 9.0 Pie underneath Huawei’s EMUI skin the phone ships with.
The outstanding feature this phone delivers however is the reverse wireless charging functionality. First off, the phone has a huge 4200mAh battery built into it. Battery usage is also efficiently managed by Huawei’s AI for longer usage. Huawei then made it possible for the phone to be used as a portable wireless power bank to charge other phones that support wireless.
This is definitely the first of it’s kind we’ve seen in a smartphone and we hope other manufactures pick a leaf.
Also to add, the phone is IP68 certified water and dust resistant. It comes with USB type-C and like many other major flagship phones released this year, it comes without a headphone jack.
In conclusion, let me just put it out there that this is one of the best phones on the market right now. It evidently packs a lot and delivers more on addition to it’s beautify design. If you need one of the most powerful phones with cut edge features like in-display fingerprint sensor on a sharp display, a massive battery that will last you almost two days and great cameras, you need the Mate 20 Pro. Huawei is currently also known for optimizing their software for faster performance compared to other Android phones. You should expect to have one of the fastest Android phones.
The Huawei Mate 10 Pro goes for about 880 EUR approximately 998 US Dollars.