Huawei Mate 20 Pro: This Should Have Been The New iPhones

Huawei Mate 20 Pro is finally announced, and the hardware it packs is the most impressive by far. If you have not seen the unveiling through the live stream from London, let me give you a brief summary of the hardware specification of this beastly device from Huawei.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Spec:

  • CPU: HiSilicon Kirin 980 (7 nm) Octa-core (2×2.6 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2×1.92 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55)
  • GPU: Mali-G76 MP10
  • OS: Android 9.0 (Pie)
  • Display: 6.39 inches AMOLED, 1440 x 3120 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~538 ppi density)
  • Memory: 128 GB, 6 GB RAM
  • SIM: Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • Main Camera: 40 MP, f/1.8, 27mm (wide), 1/1.7″, PDAF/Laser AF, 20 MP, f/2.2, 16mm (ultra-wide), 1/2.7″, PDAF/Laser AF, 8 MP, f/2.4, 80mm (telephoto), 1/4″, 5x optical zoom, OIS, PDAF/Laser AF
  • Features: Leica optics, dual-LED dual-tone flash, panorama, HDR
  • Video: 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS), 720p@960fps
  • Front Camera: 24 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide)
  • Video: 1080p@30fps
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
  • Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, aptX HD, LE
  • GPS: Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
  • NFC: Yes
  • Infrared port: Yes
  • USB: 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector; USB Host
  • Sensors: Face ID, fingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 4200 mAh battery
  • Misc: IP68 waterproof rated, reverse wireless charging, uses a nano-memory card
  • Colors: Emerald Green, Midnight Blue, Twilight, Pink Gold, BlackNano Memory card

Those hardware details that you saw above are just rainbow to the eye. And while we have nothing against Huawei for having this type of smartphone, a lot of us would wish that the most expensive smartphone to date would have this kind of impressive hardware. Yes, we are talking about the latest iPhone series.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro: The Dream Phone

It’s unfortunate that Huawei Mate 20 Pro might not be able to sell in the U.S. because of some security issues that the government has implemented. We don’t know the entire details about it, but surely, they have a good reason for it.

So what we will do is talk about what the U.S. users are going to miss for now. We will just discuss the best ones so this article won’t take that much time to read.

The Camera

The cameras at the Huawei Mate 20 Pro are probably the main highlights here. The main rear cameras sport a 40 megapixel wide, 20 MP ultra-wide, and the 8 MP telephoto. These cameras work together along with Huawei’s AI technology to produce the highest DxOMark presently.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Camera System
Image from Pocketnow

Huawei claims that they have the better camera system compared to Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and iPhone XS Max. I could believe them but that’s just because of the camera system that they placed at the back of the phone is just pretty impressive. But ultimately, it will boil down to consumer’s review. So whether the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is as good as they say it will depend on the final user experience reports.

The Display

I could only say good things about the display. The screen is a 6.39 inches AMOLED that curve on the side of the phone. Yes, it is just like the Samsung flagships style of display. The difference is that there is a notch up top.

Curved Amoled display
Images from GadgetMatch

The Pro version has a wide notch to house more sensors while the lower Huawei Mate 20 version only has a teardrop notch. The teardrop only houses a single camera that also uses the Face Detection feature. But you will forgive Huawei for the Pro’s bigger notch because they placed better sensors similar to Apple’s Face ID to make it work.

In-Display Fingerprint sensor

Overall, you will love the display. It’s like the best of Samsung’s screen, and Apple’s signature notch rolled into this phone. And the addition of the in-display fingerprint sensor makes this smartphone a lot more awesome than the rest of the flagships released so far.

Performance

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is powered by HiSilicon Kirin 980 which is a 7nm processor. That means 20% more speed and 40% better power efficiency.

When you use this phone, expect a buttery smooth experience, and an ultra-responsive user interface. You will enjoy this more with camera performance and that gameplay that you so crave for upon hearing the power that this phone can offer.

Battery

This feature has a great 4200 mAh battery. It is not at all impressive, but that’s at least better than most flagships released to date like the iPhone series. And since the Kirin 980 is significantly better at power efficiency, you can expect the 4000 mAh to last even longer than iPhone XS Max’s measly 3174 mAh.

Reverse Wireless Charging

Then there is the new feature called reverse wireless charging. This means you can wirelessly charge other smartphones with their wireless capable feature. Yes, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro can act as a Qi wireless charger as well. All you need to do is activate the feature in the Settings area.

Reported Issues:

After the release of Huawei Mate 20 Pro, there have been some reports of issues with regards to the AMOLED display. These pictures are from some new Huawei users from some Facebook pages.

  • Green tint that is visible on certain screen color.FB_IMG_15418046310183115 (1)
  • Stain or burn marks on the side of the screen mostly on the intersecting part of AMOLED and the frame.burn marks on the side of the AMOLED

Personal POV

Personally, the features that the Huawei Mate 20 Pro have been the requests of many iPhone users. It is disappointing that Apple is charging that much money for a phone that only boasts 1 or 2 new features. That is if the technology is actually new.

For as long as I can remember, users have been asking for a fingerprint scanner at the logo of the Apple placed at the back. And then for the past two years or so, the requests turned to putting the fingerprint scanner under the display since the technology is already available.

Sadly enough, it never happened. I don’t see anything wrong with Face ID. In fact, I think it is great. But the fingerprint security is a much better choice for most people. Plus the fact that the iPhones would have been literally awesome with this technology, who’s to say that I am wrong?

Another thing is the battery capacity. iPhones are known to have the worst battery life in the flagship category. And the fact that they seem shameless about this is a real concern. They seem to think that Apple users are that dumb and gullible.

I don’t know about you guys, and I do not question your financial capability. But as a smart consumer, do you think Apple’s way of business justifies your money? When most of their so-called smartphone technology is behind for a few years, and yet you are so willing to still pay for it. Something is definitely wrong with your mindset. That’s like giving in to a spoiled brat even if it is not giving you any benefit at all.

Anyway, whether you are an Apple fan, Android user, or somewhere in between, what do you guys think of Huawei Mate 20 Pro? Is this your next smartphone? Tell us what you guys think. We would be delighted to hear from you. Thank you for reading this far.

Rene Manguerra

I am a Content Writer currently working freelance. I do product reviews preferably tech-niche but I can do most niches all the same. If you want to reach out, do business, or say something, just visit my About page for the contact info.

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