Huawei has taken the wraps off of their Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro earlier today, showcasing an impressive suite of cameras with some slick new software additions. There’s really a lot to talk about with this phone, so buckle up.
Huawei didn’t cut any corners with the Mate 20 Pro, and it shows in their choice of hardware. You’ll get a gorgeous 6.39-inch AMOLED display powered by a Kirin 980 CPU and up to 8GB of RAM, up to 256GB of storage, Android 9.0 Pie with EMUI 9.0, and dual-SIM support. The regular Mate 20 steps down to a simpler, but larger 6.5-inch LCD display with a less pronounced screen notch.
Huawei’s releasing the Mate 20 Pro in a few sleek colors, including emerald green, midnight blue, the color shifting twilight option, and the more standard pink, black, and gold. The Mate 20 will be released in black, blue, green, and pink.
You’re going to find a ton of different security options with the Mate 20 Pro, including both an in-display fingerprint scanner and some fancy 3D face unlocking biometrics. Huawei’s sticking with a pretty large notch, but at least they’re trying to justify it. That facial recognition is also going a step beyond what we usually see in Android devices in an attempt to match Apple’s Face ID, so it should be slightly more secure than other implementations.
You can use both kinds of unlock mechanisms at once (plus your old-school passwords and whatever else) although the cheaper Mate 20 does not include the facial recognition stuff, so you’ll have to stick with just fingerprint scanning on that model.
Tons of cameras
The major selling point of the Mate 20 Pro is absolutely going to be the triple-camera system on the rear of the device. Similar to LG’s V40, you’re going to see a wide-angle, ultra wide-angle, and telephoto lens, all of which combine to let you take some seriously impressive photos.
If you’re taking landscape shots, you’ll be able to capture a ton of detail thanks to the ultra wide lens. If you’re up close and personal, the lenses will allow you to snap some macro shots that manage to focus on tiny details. And you’ll still have some actual optical zoom to get a little closer to the action without any nasty digital zoom.
Oh, and that main wide angle lens is a 40-megapixel shooter, so this thing is going to capture an absolute insane amount of detail.
There are a few other nifty little tricks that the Mate 20 Pro will be able to do, including wireless charging and the ability to wirelessly charge other devices. Yep, not only can you drop your phone on a wireless charger to juice up your battery, but if you have another phone or device that’s Qi-compatible, you can simply drop it on the Mate 20 Pro and siphon off some battery that way. I’ll admit I don’t think that’s something I’d use every day, but man it’s cool to think about.
Huawei’s also dabbling in some AR magic with the Mate 20 Pro, utilizing the front-facing cameras to scan an object and create full 3D animated “emojis” of those objects. It works with your face, obviously, but you can do this with other things, too. Also not something that’s going to be used every day, but the Project Tango throwback makes us excited.
Lastly, you’ll also find that the Mate 20 Pro supports a new nanomemory card, which is exclusive to Huawei devices right now. No microSD card support, as Huawei apparently wants to push their own new standard of extremely small expandable memory. I don’t love that at all.
Ready to buy?
The Mate 20 Pro is available today for 1049 euros for the 6GB/128GB configuration. It’s slated for a release in the UK and Australia later this year, although Huawei hasn’t officially announced any pricing. Don’t expect any US information.
The stepped-down regular Mate 20 will only run 799 euros for the 4GB/128GB configuration, which still features the powerful Kirin 980 CPU with triple-cameras. The battery is only 4000mAh instead of the 4200mAh in the Pro, but otherwise this still looks like a pretty stellar device at a much more aggressive price.