Huawei Mate 20

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Huawei Mate 20 (L29CA)
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Huawei Mate 20 product details

The Huawei Mate 20 is the standard model in the Mate 20 series for 2018/2019. As its captain, it has a Dewdrop screen at the front, 3 Leica cameras at the back and one of the most powerful chipsets available on the market. So is this the ultimate phablet, you might ask? For us to answer that question positively, we need to dig a little deeper into the matter.

Extra large screen with extra small notch

Huawei has been working hard for a couple of years now and occasionally surprises us positively with a new mobile. So does this Mate 20, because despite its recognizable appearance you can clearly recognize a Huawei in it. Although this year also a lot has changed which makes it clearly new. For example, we noticed the very small notch. Huawei only made a small cutout for the 24 megapixel selfie camera, nothing more and nothing less. Luckily, because we're dropping in at least a screen on it. That still leaves 6.53 inches with a resolution of Full HD+ or 2244 by 1080 pixels. That sounds generous, but the pixel density drops below 400 per inch, which is considerably less than his brother the Mate 20 Pro. This isn't really a problem because at subpixel level, where the pixels are built up, both devices don't differ when it comes to numbers.

Huawei Mate 20 black overview

Impressive camera specs

If we turn the device over, our eye immediately catches the square Leica camera module. It contains no less than 3 different cameras with a fairly advanced flash. In addition to a regular wide-angle lens, the Leica Triple Camera therefore has a second, much wider wide-angle lens plus a telephoto zoom lens for zooming in. This gives you the right lens for the perfect picture in every situation. If you like macro photography, so from very close range, then the Huawei Mate 20 does not disappoint. It can capture objects as small as 2.5 centimeters in focus. The abundance of processing power enables additional functions such as real time video editing. And because you can shoot video at a ratio of 21:9, they look more realistic, according to Huawei. Under the camera module there is a fingerprint scanner on the Mate 20 while on the Mate 20 Pro it is integrated in the screen.

Main Huawei Mate 20 specifications

  • Very large 6.53 inch LCD screen with drop-shaped notch
  • Triple Leica camera with the best lens for every situation
  • Sharp 24 megapixel selfie camera with bright f/2.0 lens
  • 4G support for fast mobile internet
  • Powerful and fast Kirin 980 processor with large 4GB of RAM memory
  • 128GB of storage, expandable via NM memory card
  • Use 2 SIM cards (Dual SIM support, shared with memory slot)

What to do with all that processing power?

Huawei has been making its own chipsets for some time and this Mate 20 also uses them. The Kirin 980 is the first of the company that is based on 7 nanometers and applies to chipsets; the smaller the faster and more energy efficient. So expect a fast phone, without hiccups, without stuttering animations and where everything is immediately open. The amount of processing power comes in handy with the various AI functions, also known as artificial intelligence. Entirely in Huawei-style, the Mate 20 is full of it, from AI camera to AI power. The built-in 4000 mAh battery provides one day of power and the quick charger provides 58% battery within 30 minutes. Sitting without a battery makes this much more difficult. Charging is done via USB-C and in contrast to the more expensive Mate 20 Pro, you can plug in headphones via the 3.5 millimeter audio jack. Huawei releases the Mate 20 with Android 9.0 Pie which is the most recent version at the time of release. On top of that is EMUI 9.0 which you have to love. It looks a bit dated.

Most important Huawei Mate 20 specifications

Dimensions 158.2 x 77.2 x 8.3 mm
Weight 188 grams
Item ID L29CA
Codename Huawei Hima
EAN code 6901443262380, 6901443262373, 6901443262366, 6901443262342, 6901443262335, 6901443261550, 5413729233379, 5412882746764
Fingerprint recognition
Operating system
Android 9.0 (Pie)
Color display 6.53 inch, TFT
Camera 12 MP, 16 MP, 8 MP
Processor 1.8 GHz, 1.92 GHz, 2.6 GHz, HiSilicon Kirin 980, octa core
Secondary camera 24 MP
Dual SIM
Data network
LTE (4G)
Build-in memory
Internal memory 4 GB (Size (RAM)), 128 GB (Storage)
Power supply
Battery 4000 mAh
Fast charging

All Huawei Mate 20 specifications

Alternatives of the Huawei Mate 20

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Huawei Mate 20 (L29CA)
Samsung Galaxy S10+ (G975)
Samsung Galaxy A51 4G (A515)
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (N975)
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 (N970)

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 Current product    
Fingerprint recognition
Android9.0 (Pie)9.0 (Pie)
9.0 (Pie)9.0 (Pie)
Color display6.53 inch, TFT6.4 inch, Curved Dynamic AMOLED Quad HD+, hole-punch display6.5 inch, Infinity-O Display, hole-punch display6.8 inch, Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O Display6.3 inch, Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O Display
Camera12 MP, 16 MP, 8 MP12 MP, 12 MP, 16 MP12 MP, 48 MP, 5 MP, 5 MP12 MP, 12 MP, 16 MP, VGA camera12 MP, 12 MP, 16 MP
Processor1.8 GHz, 1.92 GHz, 2.6 GHz, HiSilicon Kirin 980, octa core1.7 GHz, 2.4 GHz, 2.8 GHz, octa core1.7 GHz, 2.3 GHz, Samsung Exynos 9611, octa coreOcta coreOcta core
Secondary camera24 MP10 MP, 8 MP32 MP10 MP10 MP
Dual SIM
LTE (4G)
Internal memory4 GB (Size (RAM)), 128 GB (Storage)12 GB (Size (RAM)), 8 GB (Size (RAM)), 1 TB (Storage), 128 GB (Storage), 512 GB (Storage)6 GB (Size (RAM)), 128 GB (Storage)12 GB (Size (RAM)), 256 GB (Storage), 512 GB (Storage)8 GB (Size (RAM)), 256 GB (Storage)
Battery4000 mAh4100 mAh4000 mAh4300 mAh3500 mAh
Fast charging

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