A recent report revealed that Huawei surpassed Apple to become the #2 largest smartphone maker in Q2 2018, thanks to the 54.2 Million total shipments. Huawei started 2018 with a bang by launching the P20, and P20 Pro and the P20 Pro simply blew the competition with its impressive cameras.
The ‘P’ series phones from Huawei are launched at the beginning of the year while the ‘Mate’ series phones are launched by the end of the year. 2017’s Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro were impressive smartphones, featuring the Kirin 970 processor and great cameras. This year, we are getting the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, and recently, the Firmware files of the Mate 20 revealed some of the major specifications.
As expected, the Kirin 980 will debut with the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, and it is reported that is is a 7nm chipset, which means a much better performance and power efficiency than the 10nm chipsets like Snapdragon 845, Kirin 970, etc. So, it is pretty much confirmed that regarding the performance, the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro will be the Android phones with best benchmarks this year (Since the Snapdragon 855 will debut with 2019’s devices).
There are even rumors that the chipset has the Cortex-A77 cores, which are yet to be announced by ARM. A Keynote is happening at the IFA 2018 where Huawei is expected to announce the Kirin 980 chipset. It is rumored that this processor will be 20% better regarding the performance and 40% more power efficient than the Kirin 970 (which is a 10nm chipset).
Keeping aside the rumors, some other details obtained from the Firmware Files revealed that the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro would support Wireless Charging. Also, there is a huge 4,200mAh battery inside the Mate 20, and we can expect a slightly bigger number for the Mate 20 Pro. Some details hint at a 6.3-inch display on the Mate 20 while 6.9-inch OLED panel on the Mate 20 Pro. Talking about storage, the firmware files obtained are of the variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB ROM, but there are probably more variants as well.
Finally, talking about the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, it will feature an in-display fingerprint scanner. There will also be the Mate 20 Lite but expect it to be a mid-range phone with probably the Kirin 710. As for the software, the firmware files revealed that the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro have Android P firmware with EMUI 9.0 on top. This means the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro will be one of the few phones launching this year with Android P out of the box.