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Review of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is this the phone of the Year?


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Back in October in London, UK, Huawei announced the Huawei Mate 20 Series that launched the Huawei Mate 20 Pro flagship smartphone, now with over a month of using for over a month as my daily driver.

From the Huawei Mate 20, Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Huawei Mate 20 X and the Huawei Mate 20 RS.

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro has an OLED screen that has sharp curves with a curved glass design that grips the user’s hand, power Kirin. 980 with the world’s first 7 nm architecture, dual-NPU dual-core processor, new Android 9 Pie operating system covered by EMUI 9.0, and Wireless Reverse Charging yes with the worlds first Wireless Reverse Charging.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro can supply power for wireless charging to other devices. Support for wireless charging.

The camera comes with a 3D Depth Sensing system that allows you to shoot the face clear after blurred. Adjust the lighting pattern. And a variety of bokeh effects. The rear camera comes with 3 built-in Leica cameras, up to 40 megapixels with 3 lenses for wide angle, extra wide-angle lens and zoom lens for capturing images in different angles. It also comes with functions that meet specific shooting and video requirements, such as Master AI or AI Cinema.

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is another smartphone that is attractive in terms of specs and not a little camera. The camera itself is very beautiful Leica 3 cameras to choose from to make your images as sharp as possible, including EMUI 9.0 will have some features to choose from.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro comes with a box of black packaging. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro features a silver-coloured reflective silver finish that reflects the same light as the Mate 20 Series. The bottom of the box identifies the Leica Triple Camera as the back camera. All three of the Mate 20 Series developed with the world’s leading camera brands such as Leica.

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro comes with a neat set of accessories, a SIM tool, a manual, a USB Type-C cable and a 40w charger.

Earbuds with USB Type-C port, USB Type-C lead, USB type C converter to standard 3.5 mm headphone jack and the 40W SuperCharge plug.

Huawei’s SuperCharge Huawei Mate 20 Pro supports up to 40W of power, so it can be recharged from 0-70% in just 30 minutes.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro comes with a 6.39-inch OLED curved display with a resolution of 2K + (3120×1440 pixels), a pixel density of 538 PPI.

At the top, some screen space for 3D Depth Sensing is installed. And the sensors include a 24-megapixel front camera, f / 2.0 wide aperture, Dot Projector, Flood Illuminator, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor and IR Camera. That said. It is applied in conjunction with 3D Face Unlock, which can accurately detect the face of the user by firing the speaker on the face of more than 30,000 users. With the built-in IR camera, it can be unlocked with the face in low light conditions. Or at night as well. The middle part is the speaker. This will be used as an external audio speaker.

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro comes with a slim bezel design that maximizes display space by up to 86.90%.

At the bottom of the screen, there’s no home button embedded fingerprint sensor like Mate 10. Huawei replaces On-Screen Navigation with a Back button to return to the previous page, Home button to return to the Home screen and the Recent apps button.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro, an OLED display, the Always on Display function can be used to display alerts within under the display settings.

The USB Type-C port of the Mate 20 Pro hides the external audio speakers. Stereo sound can drive it.

Next comes the SIM card slot that supports both nanoSIM SIM cards, or a new memory card format designed by Huawei, the Nano-Memory Card (NM Card). The dual SIM cards support 4G LTE networks, simultaneous two SIM cards. It also supports the connectivity on the 4.5G LTE Cat.21 network, enabling downlink speeds of up to 1.4Gbps, the world’s first.

The back of the Mate 20 Pro comes with a mirror glass 3D Glass, which in addition to the machine looks shiny and elegant. The left side of the handset also allows the user to hold a smartphone handsfree. The beautiful mirror of Huawei Mate 20 Pro also comes with IP68 waterproof protection with a waterproof protection depth of 1.5 meters for 30 minutes, but the team does not advise users to bring Huawei Mate 20 Pro to underwater photos. No, you need accessories like a waterproof case, to prevent damage from the pressure of the water.

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro supports wireless charging and, most importantly, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is the world’s first model with Wireless Reverse Charging to charge the battery. The phone or other accessories that supports wireless charging.

The Leica 3-camera system with Dual-Tone LED flash, arranged in a unique rectangular shape

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro’s three built-in rear cameras are divided into 40mm wide-angle lens, f / 1.8 wide angle lens, second camera, ultra wide angle lens, 20-megapixel camera, f / 2.2 wide aperture and camera.

The third is a telephoto lens with 8 megapixels, f / 2.4 wide aperture. It also comes with sensors and systems installed in the camera panel, including the Focus Laser System for focusing. Huawei AI Image Stabilization, VARIO-SUMMILUX-H 1: 1.8- 2.4 / 16-80 ASPH that appear above the Leica camera.

The three have the meaning as follows.

  • VARIO – The size of the aperture will vary with the distance of the photograph.
  • SUMMILUX-H – Leica SUMMILUX lens developed for Huawei smartphones.
  • 1.8-2.4 – Aperture or F of each lens, F is the maximum width of F / 1.8 (Wide-Angle lens) and narrowest of F / 2.4 (Telephoto lens)
  • Numbers 16-80 – The distance of the lens can be from 16mm to 80mm (the less the number. The view of the picture is wider. The numbers are much bigger. The view of the image is narrower. This will bring the image closer to the photographer.)
  • ASPH – Aspherical Lens for sharp images.

The Mate 20 Pro comes with a built-in audio player with Dolby Atmos technology to help drive the sound is even louder. The user can adjust the format of the Dolby Atmos audio system is 3 types: Smart, which adjusts the sound according to the content being played, Film adjusts the speech is sharp.  The sound is suitable for watching movies or TV shows and Music to drive all the sound details.

In addition, the user can adjust the equalizer in three formats: Open, Rich and Focused.

The new version of EMUI 9.0 operating system, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is considered to have many features. The Natural Tone function allows you to adjust the colour temperature on the screen according to the ambient lighting conditions. The eyes are more comfortable. You can also customize the colour of your screen.

AR Blaster
clean left side of the Mate 20 Pro
the power button with a light red colour and the volume rocker

The 6.39-inch OLED curved display screen can be used to display vibrant colours. And show content. The 19.5: 9 widescreen aspect ratio, a metallic body with a glossy finish. IP68 waterproof, waterproof 1.5-meter deep for 30 minutes, as well as the external speakers to hide in the USB Type-C port, is the first in the world, the bottom design looks beautiful seamless.

The performance has improved significantly. With the addition of the world’s first 780-MHz chipset, the Kirin 980 is the world’s first, supporting connectivity on the 4.5G LTE Cat.21 network. It’s the first version of the world, with the world’s first Mali-G76 graphics processor (GPU). It also comes with a dual AI processor as the first dual-NPU in the world. The AI processor is one of the mainstays of today’s and tomorrow’s smartphones, and it’s faster than ever before. It also comes with a large 4200mAh battery and supports Huawei SuperCharge 40W that can charge from 0-70% in just 30 minutes, and also comes with Wireless Reverse Charging to divide the battery of Huawei Mate 20 Pro to smartphones. Or other accessories Through wireless charging as well.

The camera developed with Leica also has a new overhaul. Set up a new camera with. The 40mm Wide-Angle Wide Angle Lens, 20-megapixel Ultra Wide Angle Camera, and 8-megapixel Telephoto Zoom lens for shooting in various situations. In addition, Huawei has developed the superior AI Master AI technology with the ability to detect up to 1,500 scenes from 25 categories. Beauty within a single shutter

Huawei also added new shooting modes to the Mate 20 Pro, which is a portrait mode (Portrait) that can adjust the bokeh effect. Super Macro shooting function that can focus close to 2.5 centimetres or Underwater mode for underwater shooting for clarity. Other shooting modes It is still as full as the Night Mode for night shots to be sharp without the need for a tripod, clear-back mode, blurred through the Aperture Aperture, shooting mode. Monochrome, professional mode (Pro Mode) as well as the Light Painting mode to keep the colours of the night light. Or simply keep the waterfall flowing. No need to set up a camera in any way.

In addition to still photography, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro also focuses on video. It comes with AI Cinema for real-time video effects such as Background Blur for blur-free video or AI Colour for shooting black-and-white backdrops, AI Colour can record more impressive events.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro also features 3D Face Unlock security thanks to the 3D Depth Sensing function that can detect the face of the user through the light, with over 30,000 onto your face, including a fingerprint scanner embedded under the screen. Users can place their finger to unlock more conveniently than ever.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro is also the first smartphone. The world is running the latest version of Google from Android 9 Pie and is also the first smartphone of Huawei that comes with the operating system EMUI 9 with various features. For everyday use. And comes with a new PC Mode that can be used without any plug. Just connect to a Miracast-enabled television, which is a little more than just a business user.

Emerald Green

Huawei Mate 20 Pro is priced at £899, available in 4 colours: Black, Midnight Blue, Emerald Green and Twilight available from Amazon UK, Carphone Warehouse, EE, 02, Three , Vodafone UK and Huawei.

Camera Samples

Normal Mode
Night Mode on
Night mode with 5 times zoom
Super wide mode on

Normal Mode
Night Mode on

Slow-Mo flames

Battery Life

The battery life on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is amazing with over 7hrs 30mins plus of on-screen time that with watching Youtube video, social media, emails playing a lot of games and taking family photos and videos this lasted me nearly two days before i had to recharge the battery in no time with the included 40w supercharger.

Highlights of Huawei Mate 20 Pro

– The machine is made of metal materials. 3D Glass Curved Edge Glass with Unibody Molding Process
Hyper Optical Patterns that prevent slipping. And fingerprint protection (Emerald Green and Midnight Blue only)
IP68 water and dust resistant to water up to 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes
OLED curved display with resolution of 2K + pixels (3120×1440 pixels) size 6.39 inch
– 2.1 mm thin bezel
– Graphics Processing Unit (MGA-G76) is the world’s first graphics processing unit.
Turbo GPU technology accelerates the processing of graphics processors.
– Supports two applications simultaneously via a Split-Screen function.
– App function Twin for 2 applications.
– Processor with Octa-Core Kirin 980 chipset with 7nm architecture is the world’s first.
AI Artificial Intelligence Unit (AI) with Dual-NPU Chipset Unit
– Powered by Android 9.0 Pie with EMUI 9.0 latest version.
Internal memory for 128GB storage with support for external memory expansion Nano-Memory Card up to 256GB.
– 6GB of RAM
The 3D Depth Sensing system consists of a 24-megapixel front-facing camera with a wide aperture of f / 2.0, Dot Projector, Flood Illuminator, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor and IR Camera.
Triple camera with 40 + 20 + 8 megapixels, maximum aperture of f / 1.8, LED flash with Master AI technology for scene analysis. And the objects inside the frame. To customize the beautiful automatic.
– AIS image stabilization (AI Image Stabilization)
– The focal length of the camera is 16-270 mm.
– Supports portrait mode, blurred after Portrait mode and features bokeh effect. And features light to the model.
– Underwater Mode
– Super Macro shooting mode can focus close to 2.5 centimetres
– Super Slow-Mo video mode at 960FPS
– AI Cinema mode for real-time video capture
– Supports simultaneous use of 2 SIM cards (Dual SIM)
– Supports Internet connection via 4G LTE, 3G, WiFi, EDGE and GPRS.
– Supports connectivity on the 4.5G LTE network. Cat.21 is the world’s first model.
– Supports 4G LTE simultaneous standby with two SIM cards.
– Dual-Frequency GPS for more accurate location detection.
– Speaker Stereo Speaker
– Infrared sensor for use with Remote Control applications.
– 3D Face Unlock
– In-Screen Fingerprint Scanner with Dynamic Pressure Sensing Technology
– Works on the new version of Android 9 Pie with EMUI 9.0.
– 4200 mAh Li-Ion battery with Huawei SuperCharge 40W
– 15W Wireless Charge Charge
– Wireless Reverse Charging technology for wireless charging for other compatible devices.


The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is a brilliant phone and an even better camera. It takes the sort of images you wouldn’t have dreamed to have been able to take just a year or so ago on a phone and has a lovely balance between actual optics and processing power.

While Huawei is pushing AI as much as possible when it comes to its camera technology, it really should be the lenses it is shouting about here as they really do deserve recognition for how good they are.

Let’s hope that Huawei’s partnership with Leica continues as while this may not be a phone to ditch your DSLR for, the camera tech on show here is compelling enough to maybe leave the big camera at home once in a while.

Chris Hare
Chris Hare
A True Tech Geek at Heart, I Started my life of being a Tech Geek at the age of 5 with the BBC Micro. Went on through most of Nintendo stuff and now a Xbox and PlayStation fan. I also leaked the information about the leaked Hotmail passwords story from October 2009 that went World Wide. I Started writing tech articles at the beginning of 2011, most of my articles are about Android phones and Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and other gaming news. When Chris has free time its with the family.

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