Huawei just announced its much-awaited flagships today at an event in London. Like this year’s P20 Pro, the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro are packed with features. From the cameras to the design and the performance, these are definitely among the best smartphones launched this year. Both the phones are equipped with three cameras on the rear, an edge-to-edge screen, big batteries, up to 40W Fast Charging (Huawei Mate 20 Pro) and 15W Fast Wireless Charging.
The design of both the phones is the same. Both have a Glass back with Metal frame with the back glass having a unique vinyl-like pattern which results in better grip and fewer fingerprints. The fingerprint scanner is the most significant design change on the rear if you compare the design of both phones.
The Mate 20 has a fingerprint scanner placed below the camera module, whereas the Huawei Mate 20 Pro has no fingerprint scanner on the rear. No, it is not placed on the front as the fingerprint scanner now sits under the display. So, this is the second phone from the company to launch with an in-screen fingerprint reader. Unlike all the phones launching these days with vertical camera modules, the one on Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro has a square shape and packs three camera lenses along with the LED flash.
On the front, you’ll notice another difference between the two phones. The Huawei Mate 20 has a waterdrop notch that houses only the front camera. But, the Mate 20 Pro has an iPhone-like notch because there are extra sensors for an accurate Face Recognition, even in the dark.
The Mate 20 has a 6.53-inch LCD with a Full-HD+ resolution (2244 x 1080). The aspect ratio is 18.7:9 and the display supports HDR as well. Talking about the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, it has a smaller 6.39-inch display, but unlike the Mate 20, it is a curved OLED panel with Quad-HD+ resolution (1440 x 3120). The aspect ratio is 19.5:9. Both the phones have even bezels on top and bottom, which is a much better design than having a big chin on the bottom.
The processor powering both the phones is the HiSilicon Kirin 980. It is a 7nm processor with the Cortex A76 + A55 cores. There is Mali-G76MP10 GPU and dual Neural Network Processing Units (NPUs). Since it is a 7nm chipset, it simply destroys all the 10nm processors. The performance, on paper, is almost similar to Apple’s 7nm A12 Bionic. There are two NPUs, and there’s a reason for that. One is for tasks like Image Recognition, whereas the other is for tasks like Video Rendering.
Both the phones support micro SD card as well, but Huawei announced the new Nano MicroSD card format for these phones. This means that the nano memory cards, with the same size as nano-SIM cards, can be used to expand the storage up to 256GB. Huawei has partnered with Toshiba to create nano-memory cards.
Like the Huawei P20 Pro, the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro have triple cameras on the rear. The Huawei Mate 20 has a 12MP f/1.8 sensor, an ultra-wide angle 16MP f/2.2 sensor and an 8MP f/2.4 telephoto sensor. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro has an impressive 40MP Quad Bayer sensor with wide-angle lens & f/1.8 aperture, 20MP wide-angle f/2.2 aperture and an 8MP f/2.2 telephoto camera.
The Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro’s cameras can shoot macro photos from mere 2.5cm. There are also a lot of AI features like Scene Detection, Night Mode, AI Cinema Mode, etc.
On the front, both the phones have a 24MP camera for selfies. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro has a 3D Face Scanner embedded under that big notch. The Mate 20 doesn’t have one, and that’s the reason why it has a waterdrop notch.
Both the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro support up to 15W Fast Wireless Charging. The Mate 20 has a big 4,000mAh battery that supports 22.5W Huawei SuperCharge technology.
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro, on the other hand, has a 4,200mAh battery that supports a mind-blowing 40W Fast Charging. There is even Reverse Wireless Charging to charge other phones and accessories that support Wireless Charging. Interestingly, the Huawei Mate 20 has a 3.5mm headphone jack, but the Mate 20 Pro doesn’t. The Mate 20 Pro is IP68 rated, but Mate 20 isn’t.
Both the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro run Android 9.0 Pie with EMUI 9.0 on top. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro has stereo speakers, but the Mate 20 doesn’t.
Finally, talking about the pricing, the Huawei Mate 20 will soon go on sale in UK, France, UAE, and Italy. The price is EUR 799 for the 4GB + 128GB variant and goes up to EUR 849 for the 6GB + 128GB variant. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro starts (6GB + 128GB) at a hefty EUR 1049 price tag in Europe.