As the second-largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, Huawei has come a long way, pushing technological boundaries, and bringing industry-leading features to the market. While some of the earlier Huawei phones were not so memorable, the recent offerings by Huawei have set a mark. With the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Huawei has come up with an extraordinary device, packed with features. Long battery life. 3D face recognition. In-display fingerprint scanner. Wireless charging, and reverse wireless charging. Brilliant camera. Great processor. The Mate 20 Pro manages to marry its hardware and software into a memorable user experience. That’s why it’s a triumph.
In 2018, the market was crowded with superlative offerings from various smartphone brands. Yet, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro stands tall against the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9, Google’s Pixel 3 and Apple’s iPhone XS.
Kirin 980 chipset
Powering the Mate 20 Pro is Huawei’s Kirin 980 chipset. With the Kirin 980 chipset, Huawei has managed to dovetail its silicon and handsets closely. The Kirin 980 is the first Arm Cortex-A76-based and Android-compatible 7-nanometer SoC for smartphones and brings not one, but two neural processing units for AI tasks. The 980 comes with four big Cortex-A76 high performance cores, with a pair of them clocked in at 2.6GHz and another pair clocked at 1.92GHz. There are four little Cortex-A55 cores operating at up to 1.8 GHz. The 980 is also the world’s first mobile SoC to deploy the Mali-G76 GPU. The Mali-G76 MP10 powers the graphics, while the available RAM is 6GB. The Kirin 980’s power and performance is a strong precursor of what to expect from all the 2019 Android flagships.
At 6.21 inches, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is a sleek device, that comes with a curved display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. On the back, one gets to see a non-slip and anti-fingerprint midnight blue gradient design texture.
When it comes to the design aesthetics, Huawei Mate 20 Pro takes major inspiration from Samsung. At the sides, the front and back panes of glass are curved. The Mate 20 Pro sports an OLED screen, that comes with a 3120 x 1440 panel with a very elongated aspect ratio of 19.5:9.
While the P20 Pro boasted of a main camera, 3x zoom telephoto and monochrome lens, its successor, the Mate 20 Pro kept the former two and threw in a color ultra-wide lens modules as well. Huawei has put all three cameras alongwith the flash LED inside a unique square design layout. The main camera is 40MP, the ultra-wide is 20MP and the telephoto camera is 8MP. All three work together to shoot 10MP images, that can go from 0.6 – 5x hybrid zoom, to top out at 10x with digital zoom. The photos shot on Mate 20 Pro’s camera are exceptional and brilliant. The Mate 20 Pro delivers dynamic photos by leveraging its three focal lengths — wide, normal, and tele. Needless to say, the image quality is absolutely stunning. The enhanced Night Mode is the standout feature on the Mate 20 Pro, delivering flawless night photos with very impressive details.
At 4200 mAh, the Mate 20 Pro comes with the largest battery in a flagship. The massive battery means one can go about streaming videos and playing heavy games, with ease. The battery lasts close to 18-19 hours. If one were to be more judicious and careful with their smartphone use, they could extract almost two days of juice from the Mate 20 Pro’s battery.
In conclusion, with the Mate 20 Pro, Huawei has got one of the most feature packed, uber-premium smartphone of 2018. The Mate 20 Pro cements its technological leadership, and puts in a sharp, positive contrast to recent devices from Apple.