The Mate 20 Pro is the most appealing device that Huawei has delivered so far. And by a margin. The moment you hold the Mate 20 Pro in hands, you know it’s every bit as premium as the best in business. Or perhaps even more. it resembles a lot with Samsung Galaxy S9+ thanks to dual curved display and symmetrical design but there are many things that reaffirm its originality. For instance, the Mate 20 Pro is more compact than the S9+ despite housing a bigger 6.39-inch display, the contrasting red tinge on the power button, and the Porsche Spyder’s Matrix headlights inspired rounded-square camera module adds character to the design. Huawei has added a well-equipped notch on top and extremely slim chin (thanks to foldable OLED) at the bottom.
The handset boasts of a 6.39-inch curved OLED screen sourced from BOE that can deliver 2K+ resolution. The quality is impressive, to say the least. In fact, the blacks are even deeper than what we get on Samsung AMOLED phones, and that’s saying something. As for color calibration, users can choose between sRGB (Normal) and DCI-P3 (Vivid) color gamuts. I usually go for Normal profile on Huawei phones but preferred the well-calibrated DCI-P3 or vivid mode on the Mate 20 Pro. To conserve battery, Huawei has added smart resolution in Mate 20 Pro that automatically toggles between 2K and FHD+ resolution.
The Mate 20 Pro screen is also studded with an in-display finger scanner which, as per Huawei claims, is 30% quicker than Synaptic sensor that we see in Vivo and Oppo phones. Well, in day to day scenario the Mate 20 Pro’s Dynamic Pressure Sensor indeed felt snappier than any other UD sensor that we have tested so far. It is just milliseconds slower than regular capacitive sensors.
The Mate 20 Pro runs on EMUI 9 based on latest Android 9.0 Pie. If you already have some experience with EMUI, then you must know all apps are allied on the home screen by default. The interface has tons of features and aggressive RAM management. Well, the EMUI 9 has been refined and optimized to take advantage of the high-end hardware.
There are on-screen navigation buttons which can be swapped with gestures control which frankly aren’t the easiest and hamper overall experience especially while using certain apps. Huawei’s regular knock features – knock to take screenshot or knock-and-slide to split the screen, all made it to Mate 20 Pro as well.
The Mate 20 Pro is one of the best performing smartphones in the market today. Credit for the exquisite performance of this beautiful beast goes to Kirin 980 SoC. It is, in fact, the world’s first 7nm Mobile chipset. It is packed with new ARM Cortex-A76 cores, four ARM Cortex -A53 cores, the new Mali-G76 MP10 GPU, and dual NPUs. The Chipset is accompanied by 6GB LPDD4X memory and 128GB UFS 2.1 storage.
The phone boasts of a triple-rear camera system featuring a 40MP sensor (f/1.8 aperture), a 20MP sensor (Ultra Wide Angle 16mm lens, f/2.2 aperture), and an 8MP sensor (80mm 3x Telephoto lens, f/2.4 aperture). The tri-lens array is optically stabilized, supports PDAF, contrast detection, and laser autofocus systems.
The Mate 20 Pro comes fitted with a 4,200mAh battery that won’t require you running to power outlet again and again through your day. Huawei has bundled the Mate 20 Pro with a 40W SuperCharger, which can tank up almost 70 percent battery in mere 30 minutes. During our testing, the Mate 20 Pro took about one hour and ten minutes to go from zero to hundred percent.read more →