Huawei launched the latest generation of its flagship Huawei Mate Series at an event in London on Tuesday. The Chinese telecommunications giant presented the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Huawei Mate 20 and Huawei Mate 20 X, all of which have some similarities in terms of their designs, features, and specifications. The biggest attraction of the three smartphones is their triple configuration of the rear camera, a trend started by Huawei himself. Also noteworthy is the new 40W Huawei SuperCharge technology, as well as fast wireless charging and wireless reverse charging. Here are our first impressions of Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Huawei Mate 20 and Huawei Mate 20 X.
Looking at a little more on the design aspect, Huawei has used the curved glass front and rear of these new smartphones. Both Huawei Mate 20 Pro and Mate 20 will be launched in the same color options – Black, Emerald Green, Midnight Blue, Gradient Finish Pink Gold, and Twilight colors. Price of Huawei P20 Pro ₹ 64,999. All of them have a contoured Finish feature that tells the company a hyper-optical pattern, which is easy to hold in hand and less prone to fingerprint. On the other hand, Mate 20X only comes in two color variations; Midnight Blue and Phantom Silver, both with similar back-end glass finish. All three phones look great and are definitely attractive.
We felt smartphone less slippery than some other glass-backed devices actually used. However, it is being said that, the three of them still seem to attract some fingerprints in the time we spent with them. You would still like to use a case to prevent the phone from appearing to look otherwise good for any phone.
The SIM card tray is placed at the different location, power buttons and volume rockers on the right. While Mate 20 and Mate 20X have 3.5mm headphone jacks, Mate 20 Pro lack 3.5mm jack, users need to use USB Type-C ports – available on all three phones.
All three smartphones have a notch on display to keep their front camera and earpieces. Mate 20X and Mate 20 have ‘Dewdrop’ display, while Mate 20 Pro have 3D faces recognition to identify the face. The in-display fingerprint sensor is also claimed in Top-End Mate 20 Pro, with the other two settling for the traditional fingerprint sensor at the rear panel.
The display of all three smartphones was bright, with good contrast, viewing angles, and colorful shine, though in our opinion a little bit on the overseas side. While Mate 20 has a 6.53-inch full-HD + IPS display, thanks to the company’s RGBW technology, it has an impressive 820 nights claim. The other two smartphones have OLED displays which do not have any visible flaws. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro has a 6.3 9-inch 2k + panel, and Mate 20 X has a 7.2-inch Full-HD + display. All three phones also support HDR 10 as well.
All the three new MET 20 smartphones run on EMUI 9.0 i.e. based on Android 9.0 Pie. It includes features like HiVision visual search, AI-based photos and video enhancements, 3D modeling, 3D live emoji etc. An addition wireless projecting mode is also being presented.
Compared to the vertical strip on P20 Pro, the triple camera module on the three new phones has a square shape. According to the company, it is inspired by the headlights of sports cars. The setup used for Mate 20 Pro and Mate 20X is same: a 40-megapixel wide-angle camera, a 20-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with lenses built by ‘Leica’ and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera. Mate 20 has the same type of camera, but more basic with 12 megapixels, 16 megapixels, and 8-megapixel sensors, respectively. This combination seems quite useful, which provides users with wide-angle shots, optical zoom, and Bokeh effects.
The camera app on the board – which we felt, was quite easy to use – apart from Smart scene and Face recognition features, also offers features such as pro mode, night mode, aperture mode, and portrait mode. All three smartphones also have a 24-megapixel front camera with F / 2.0 aperture, although Mate 20 Pro has additional 3D sensing capabilities.
Huawei ‘Fullview’ is also claiming gesture-based navigation, which has been implemented by other manufacturers also, and Google has baked itself in the latest version of Android. Another highlight of the smartphone is that they all support Huawei’s newly unveiled nano-memory card, which is a proprietary storage card standard that takes only as much space as a nano-SIM. Huwai says that it is 45 percent smaller than the microSD card. The Nano-Memory Card will be available in up to 256 GB capacity Unfortunately, all three phones still have hybrid slots, which means that you can use either the second SIM or Nano memory card, but both are not at the same time.
All three new Mate 20 smartphone companies use the new Oct-Core Hi-Helix Kirin 980 SOC, which are manufactured using the 7 nm fabrication process. It has two Cortex-A76 cores at 2.6 GHz, clocking at two Cortex-A76 cores 1.92GHz, and four Cortex-A 55 cores are clocked at 1.8GHz. All three models also support Huawei’s GPU Turbo V 2.0 feature for game acceleration. The Mate 20 Pro comes in two options: one with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage, and another with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage. Mate 20 comes with 4 GB RAM and 6 GB RAM options; With both 128 GB storage. Finally, Mate comes in a configuration with 20 x 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage. All three smartphones are a bigger battery, in which the MET 20 is playing 4,000 mAh units, the Mate 20 Pro is getting 4,200 mAH unit, and the MET 20X is coming in at 5000 MAH.
All three phones come with 40W fast charging adapters and cables bundles in their box. Mate 20, users should be able to charge 25% in 10 minutes and reach 80 percent in 30 minutes. There is also a wireless Quick Charge feature of Huawei, which can take advantage of the 15W charging pad to give a 12 percent charge in 10W minutes and 30 percent for 30 minutes. The most interesting new charging option is wireless reverse charging, though it is specific to Huawei Mate 20 Pro. This allows users to charge other compatible smartphones or accessories using Matte 20 Pro, just by touching them back. The process has been quick and uninterrupted in our brief experience.
Overall, we think that Huawei has surely made an impact with these new phones. All three models look very good, and in the short time their camera quality and the display looked very good,. Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro were easy to grip and operate with one hand, with only minor difficulties in their curved glass fronts. Compared comparatively big 20X was definitely on the large side, usually requires two hands to work and griping requires to be weird – although it could be an acceptable trade-off because the smartphone Is kept as a gaming and entertainment device. In terms of performance, all three phones used to be rather snappy. We had trouble in our UI or multitasking, and even camera apps. We also played about 10 minutes of Asphalt 9 legends on Mate 20 Pro, and did not feel any lags or heating issue on the glass body.
The price of Huawei Mate 20 is starting at EUR 799 (about 67,900) for a 4 GB RAM / 128 GB storage variant, 849 Euro (approximately 72,100) for 6 GB RAM / 128 GB storage. Rs.). On the other hand, the price of Huawei Mate 20 Pro is set at 1,049 Euro (about Rs 89,100) for the only 6 GB / 128GB Variant. Both of these phones are already available in European markets. Huawei Mate 20X is priced at EUR 899 (about Rs 76,400) with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB of storage and will go on sale from October 26. For now, the announcement of the price of these phones and the availability of availability in India has not been announced.