Huawei Mate 20: Pros And Cons

By Amit Chowdhry ● Updated July 17, 2019

Huawei recently launched the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro devices. The base Mate 20 and the Mate 20 Pro were built with revamped Leica cameras, which raises the bar on camera technologies. Here is a breakdown of the specifications and the pros and cons of the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro.

Huawei Mate 20 Pros

Huawei Mate 20 Pro #1: Speedy Chipset

The new Huawei devices have the Kirin 980 chipset built-in. This is the first 7nm chip for Android devices and it is the first to have the new ARM Cortex-A76 cores. The Kirin 980 chipset has 6.9 billion transistors, which is 60% more than the predecessor thus providing a 75% boost in performance and 58% improvement in power efficiency.

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro #2: Excellent Display

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro has a 6.39” curved OLED display with a 1,440p resolution and HDR support. The front-facing camera is 24-megapixels (f/2.0) and it has a 3D face scanner so your selfies will look extremely sharp. The selfie camera and the facial recognition sensor is built into the notch at the front of the device. 

The base Huawei Mate 20 has a 6.53-inch flat LCD display with a 1080p resolution. Despite the base model having an LCD screen, the larger sized display really makes the colors pop.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro #3: Sophisticated Camera

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro has a triple-lens camera. The main shooter is a 40-megapixel Quad Bayer sensor with a f/1.8 wide-angle lens. And the camera also has a 20-megapixel sensor with a f/2.2 ultra-wide lens camera and an 8-megapixel 80mm f/2.2 telephoto lens.

And the base Huawei Mate 20 also has a triple camera with ultra-wide, wide, and telephoto lenses. But they are at different resolutions than the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. For example, the Mate 20’s main camera is 12-megapixels (f/1.8 lens). And the other sensors at 16-megapixel (f/2.2 ultra-wide lens) and an 8-megapixel 52mm (f/2.4) telephoto.

Video taken with Mate 20 utilizes the AI Cinema Mode to adjust the color tint, saturation, and brightness. And the camera supports selective desaturation so the subject in the foreground can be kept in color while the background is made black and white. The artificial intelligence features built into the device is able to detect similar videos and creates 10-second highlights from those multiple files.

Both the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro have a 2.5cm / 1-inch macro mode. This makes it fun to take photos of smaller subjects such as a flower or an insect.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro #4: Powerful Battery

And the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is the first device to feature the company’s SuperCharge technology. The device sends 40W of power to provide 70% of battery life to the built-in 4,200 mAh battery in only half an hour. And TUV Rheinland certified this battery technology is safe.

Plus it also supports 15W Wireless Quick Charge so you can go from 0-30% battery in half an hour. And the Huawei Mate 20 has a Wireless Reverse Charging feature where you can use the smartphone device to provide a charge to some of your other devices.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro #5: Crystal Clear Sound

Even though there isn’t a grill at the bottom, the Huawei Mate 20 still has stereo speaker sound. The sound is outputted from a hole where the USB-C port is used.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro #6: IP68 Rating

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro has an IP68 rating. This means that it can handle 1.5 meters underwater for up to thirty minutes.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro #7: High-End Connectivity

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro has high-end connectivity features including dual-band GPS and dual VoLTE.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro #8: Multiple Options For Security

Aside from the facial recognition system, the Huawei Mate 20 also supports a fingerprint sensor. The fingerprint sensor is built into the back of the device below the triple-lens.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro #8: 3.5mm Input

Just in case you still prefer to use headphones with a 3.5mm cable, the Huawei Mate 20 devices supports it.

Huawei Mate 20 Cons

Huawei Mate 20 Con #1: Base Model Does Not Have Wireless Charging

If you buy the non-Pro version of the Huawei Mate 20, then you will not have wireless charging support.

Huawei Mate 20 Con #2: Limited Variant Options

The Mate 20 retails for €800 4GB RAM / 128GB storage and €850 for 6GB RAM / 128GB storage. And the Huawei Mate 20 Pro retails for €1,050 for the 6GB RAM / 128GB storage options. It would be nicer if there were more storage options at lower prices available.

Note: More information may be added to the website as additional details are provided about the device so keep checking back! 

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