Tayla Ansell falls for HUAWEI’s new Mate 20 Pro smartphone
Huawei launches the Mate 20 Series
On October 16, Huawei unveiled its latest flagship devices, the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series.
Powered by the Kirin 980, Huawei’s highest performing system on chip (SoC) to date, the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series offers improved performance and efficiency and greater on-device AI processing.
With five models to choose from, the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series has something for everyone, from the standard HUAWEI Mate 20 and budget-friendly Mate 20 Lite to the high-end Mate 20 Pro, supersized, gaming-focused Mate 20 X and the PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS for lovers of luxury.
Hands on with the Mate 20 Pro
Following the launch, Business Infogot its hands on a Mate 20 Pro to review. My usual phone is a Huawei P20 Lite, a good mid-range phone with slightly reduced specs for affordability, so it goes without saying that the Mate 20 Pro was a big jump up in terms of performance and features. Suffice to say, this feature-packed phone gives you everything you need, as well as a few things you might not have thought of.
The Mate 20 Pro features 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, expandable with Huawei’s new Nano Memory Card, which replaces the traditional microSD card. A dual SIM slot can house two SIM cards or one SIM card and a Nano Memory Card.
Meeting the business need for all-day performance, the device boasts a large 4200mAh battery and supports 40W HUAWEI SuperCharge, which provides up to 70% capacity in just 30 minutes. Coming from someone who relies on a back-up powerbank, the marked improvement in battery life and incredibly fast charging are huge pluses for the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro.
The phone also supports 15W HUAWEI Wireless Quick charge for rapid wireless charging and an industry-first Wireless Reverse Charge function. This uses the Mate 20 Pro’s battery to wirelessly charge other devices, enabling you to give your friends and colleagues a power boost when their smartphones are running low.
The Mate 20 Pro offers two forms of biometric authentication – facial and fingerprint recognition. 3D Face Unlock authenticates users within 0.6s using a 3D Depth Sensing Camera System located at the front of the device. In addition to their use for authentication, these sensors help the phone take better portraits and enable you to create fun, animated 3D Qmojis that imitate your facial expressions.
The fingerprint sensor is now embedded in the screen itself, rather on the back on the device. The in-screen scanner takes a bit longer to set up but works well thereafter.
Return of the notch
Love it or hate it, the notch design makes a return to the Mate 20 Pro. The notch is larger on the Pro model than the standard Mate 20 to accommodate the 3D depth sensor in the front-facing camera, but with its 6.39-inch curved OLED display, 3,120 x 1,440 resolution and high screen-to-body ratio, the screen is so stunning and expansive that the notch does little to detract from it.
Optimised by AI
What’s impressed me most about the phone so far is the camera: it’s almost impossible to take a bad photo with the Mate 20 Pro. Photos are optimised by AI, which recognises scenes and objects and automatically adjusts the colours, brightness and contrast to help you get the best shot.
Its Matrix Camera System includes a 40MP main camera, 20MP ultra wide-angle camera and an 8MP telephoto camera, supporting a wide range of focal lengths for professional results. Panoramic shots are made easy with the wider perspective offered by the 16mm Leica Ultra Wide Angle Lens. The lens also supports macro distance, producing crisp images of objects as close as 2.5cm from the lens.
A 3D scanning feature was demonstrated on stage at the launch event, but this wasn’t yet available at the time of writing. The Mate 20 Pro was shown to capture a 3D image of a toy panda, render a 3D model and then bring the toy to life by animating it in augmented reality.