Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review
Huawei is a Chinese smartphone brand and entered the smartphone market with its first phone “HUAWEI C300” in 2004. The latest smartphone the “HUAWEI MATE 20 PRO” was launched in October 2018. The review and its specifications are:
The Huawei Mate 20 pro comes with 6.39 inches AMOLED capacitive display with 19.5: 9 screen to body ratio. The resolution of the screen is 1440 x 3120 pixels with 538 PPI(pixels per inch). By default, Huawei’s Smart display Active feature reduces the screen resolution to 1080p in the settings to maintain the battery life. You can change it whenever you want to watch high-quality videos which give a fantastic experience. The screen covers the entire portion with minimalistic bezels and it enhances a 3D curved glass along its edges. The display looks absolutely fantastic even in bright daylight.
The new feature in this Huawei Mate 20 pro is the in-display fingerprint scanner. It got updated far better than the one in the Huawei Porsche design mate RS. It’s situated in a perfect position but the functioning is bit a question. It sometimes doesn’t work reliably. The Face ID got updated with the secured 3D unlocking system which is more faster and secure than the fingerprint scanner.
The Huawei Mate 20 pro comes with the latest Huawei’s Hisilicon Kirin 980(7 nm) SoC with the dual NPU(Neural processing unit). This is the world’s first 7 nm chipset. It had got some best artificial intelligence features in its phone similar to the Google pixel 3 and pixel 3 xl. It is an octa-core processor with two cores of 2.6 GHz Cortex-A76, two cores of 1.92 GHz Cortex-A76 and four cores of 1.8 GHz Cortex A55. The Gaming processor is the latest Mali-G76 MP10 GPU for high-end gaming performance. The operating system is the latest Android 9.0 pie with the Huawei’s user interface, the EMUI 9.0(Emotion user interface).
Much like the iPhone XS and Pixel 3 XL, Huawei also introduced the Gesture control system without the navigation keys anymore. It takes little time to get over with the functionality but after some time, it will be quite easy to navigate.
The Huawei Mate 20 pro comes in two storage variants: 6 GB RAM with 128 GB storage and 8 GB RAM with 256 GB storage. The hybrid sim slot can be used as a memory slot for expandable memory up to 256 GB.
Huawei has always got the best of it in the camera collaborating with Leica. The camera in the Huawei mate 20 pro is the Leica triple lens camera. On the rear side, there are three cameras: the primary lens is the 40 MP f/1.8 aperture wide angle lens, the secondary lens is the 20 MP f/2.2 ultrawide angle lens, the tertiary lens is the 8 MP, a f/2.4 telephoto lens with 5x optical zoom.
All the cameras support features like the PDAF(phase detection autofocus), Artificial Image Stabilization(AIS). We can take 2160p 4k videos at 30 fps(frames per second) with gyro EIS(Electronic Image Stabilisation). The ultra slow motion videos can be taken at 960fps( 0.25 seconds recorded in 960 fps is nearly equal to 8 seconds in the normal video).
Huawei had included a large variety of features into its camera with artificial intelligence features.The AI cinema mode allows us to take videos that look cinematic. The AIS when used with night mode, captures fantastic pictures even under dim light. It helps in taking stunning photos under any lighting conditions. The Master AI feature detects more than 25 different categories like the food, flowers, close-up, beaches, mountains, sunset, snow, greenery, etc. and optimises the camera according to it for the best scene. It balances the colours, contrast levels, saturation levels, according to the scene. The AI colour detects persons in the video and makes the background black and white. With the background blur feature, we can add bokeh effect to the video.
The front facing camera is a 24 MP f/2.0 aperture Leica optics featured camera. It had additional features like the 3D portrait lighting which recognizes the face and creates studio-quality lightning effects.
The Huawei Mate 20 pro comes with the glass body on both front and the back sides with an aluminium frame surrounding the sides. Both the sides comes with corning gorilla glass 5 protection. The headphone jack is not available in this phone, but a USB- C to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter is available in the box. The phone is IP68 water, splash and dust resistant. The rear side is pretty simple with just the camera and the brand name. To the right side of the phone are the power button and the volume rocker. To the bottom are the sim card tray and the USB-C port.
The Huawei Mate 20 pro comes in four colour variants: The emerald green, midnight blue, black, twilight. This twilight variant comes with a gradient effect where you can observe slightly different colours based on your angle of view.
The Huawei Mate 20 pro comes with 4200 mah capacity battery. We can easily manage a two-day battery life with normal usage and a day and a half with heavy usage. This phone supports superfast charging system where it can go from 0 to 70% in 30 minutes. For the first time, Huawei phones support wireless charging. Another new feature introduced by Huawei is the reverse charging as it acts as a wireless charger. If you place another phone on the back of this phone, the other phone starts getting charged. But this feature only works with smartphones that support wireless charging only.
Huawei Mate 20 pro had got some exceptionally best specifications. The Leica triple lens camera, power-packed Kirin 980 processor, interactive software, exceptional battery life, fantastic display, it had got everything, a flagship smartphone needs. There is nothing we can say this phone needs to improve. It has got everything a flagship smartphone needs, in fact, better than that. Based on the factors, we can say that Huawei Mate 20 pro is the best smartphone released this year. It is worth every penny you pay for it. The other alternatives obviously are the iPhone XS and the XS Max, Samsung Galaxy Note 9. The Google pixel 3 XL also have the same features and pricing except for the big notch.
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