Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Huawei Mate 20 Pro (L29C)
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128 GB

Pro and cons Huawei Mate 20 Pro

  • Clear and sharper screen
  • Triple Leica Camera with always the right lens
  • Unlock by face or finger on screen
  • Can charge and give away power wirelessly
  • Takes only hard-to-get NM memory card
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Huawei Mate 20 Pro

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro product details

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is the company's most comprehensive model in the Mate 20 series from 2018/2019. The model is equipped with a brighter screen, higher resolution Triple Camera from Leica, more accurate face recognition and larger battery that even allows you to charge other phones wirelessly. All this has its price, of course, and here's where we're going to find out if it's justified.

Giving away wireless power

If you look at the Mate 20 Series, you'll immediately notice the bigger notch of the Mate 20 Pro. This extra space is needed for Huawei's own 3D Face Unlock. 30 thousand points invisibly and rapidly map your face and give you access. If you don't feel like poking around, you can use the fingerprint scanner, which is integrated into the screen in a very modern way. You can't use the whole screen for this, but have to put it in a specially designated circle. This is quite high and because you can't feel it when you touch it, it can be a bit awkward. Another unique feature of this Mate 20 Pro is the lack of a headphone input, which makes it the only Mate 20 model that is water resistant (IP68 certified). It is also the only one in the series that can be charged wirelessly. Huawei even has a separately available 15 watt charger in the range that makes it quick to charge. And to top it all off, thanks to its large battery, you can even give away power. Add another smartphone that supports wireless charging, like a recent iPhone, and the Mate 20 Pro will charge it.

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Triple Leica camera; one lens for every situation

Huawei has been working with Leica for some time now and that results in striking cameras. This is also the case with this Mate 20 Pro where Huawei uses 3 cameras in a square. It is a 40, 20 and 8 megapixel camera sensor but what makes it interesting is the lens. It concerns a wide-angle lens, an extra wide wide-angle lens and a telephoto zoom lens. With the first one you shoot everyday photos, the extra wide wide-angle lens is ideal for capturing landscapes and macro shots while using the telephoto zoom lens to zoom in. The software recognizes up to 2,000 different scenarios from 25 categories with matching settings such as color balance, contrast and brightness, increasing the chance of a perfect picture. The Mate 20 Pro is also able to put itself in the spotlight when it comes to video. For example, in AI Portrait Color you can film in black and white with still one color of your choice. AI Cinema Mode enables real-time HDR video with a 21:9 ratio and Director's Cut gives you a video editor at your fingertips.

Main Huawei Mate 20 Pro specifications

  • Big, bright and sharp 6.39 inch OLED screen with 3D glass
  • Triple Leica Camera consisting of 40, 20 and 8 megapixels with regular, wide-angle and telephoto zoom lens
  • Powerful Kirin 980 processor with extended 6 GB of RAM memory
  • Water and dust resistant housing (IP68 rating)
  • Fingerprint scanner built into screen or unlocking via precise facial recognition
  • The World's First Cat.21 phone with 4G speeds up to 1.4 Gbit/s
  • 128GB of storage, expandable with Huawei's own NM memory cards
  • High 24 megapixel selfie camera with f/2.0 lens
  • Dual SIM support (2nd SIM slot shared with memory slot)
  • Wireless charging with the ability to charge other phones wirelessly

Quick performance, quick loading

In order to guarantee the necessary processing power, Huawei uses an entirely new type of processor; the Kirin 980. This chipset is fried at 7 nanometers and is, thanks to its Dual NPU, extremely suitable for artificial intelligence (AI). Besides being fast, this chip is also very economical. Although you may wonder if it needs to be economical with a 4200 mAh battery. This is immense for smartphone concepts. On paper, you have to pass the two days. If that doesn't work, you can quickly top up your battery thanks to Huawei's SuperCharge technology. A power nap of 30 minutes is enough for a 70% full battery. For this you need the 40 watt Huawei SuperCharger charger with the corresponding USB-C cable. Huawei is releasing the Mate 20 Pro with Android 9.0 Pie which is neat; it is the latest Android version at the time of release. On top of that, EMUI version 9.0 runs completely with all its peculiarities, sloppy translations and drawing-like icons. You have to be a fan of it but luckily Android gives you enough choice for an alternative launcher. Also a bit awkward is that the Mate 20 Pro doesn't swallow normal microSD memory cards. You have to rely on Huawei's own new NM memory cards. These are hard to come by and probably more expensive.


Most important Huawei Mate 20 Pro specifications

Dimensions 157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6 mm
Weight 189 grams
Item ID L29C
Codename Huawei Laya
EAN code 6901443265688, 6901443265671, 6901443262441, 6901443262434, 6901443262427, 6901443262410, 6901443262403, 6901443262397
Controls
Fingerprint recognition
Operating system
Android 9.0 (Pie)
Display
Color display 6.39 inch, OLED
Hardware
Camera 20.0 MP, 40.0 MP, 8.0 MP
Dirt and waterproof housing
Processor 1.8 GHz, 1.92 GHz, 2.6 GHz, HiSilicon Kirin 980, octa core
Secondary camera 24.0 MP
Telephony
Dual SIM
Data network
LTE (4G)
Build-in memory
Internal memory 6 GB (Size (RAM)), 128 GB (Storage)
Power supply
Battery 4200 mAh
Fast charging
Wireless charging
Connections
Audio jack plug

All Huawei Mate 20 Pro specifications


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Fingerprint recognition
Android9.0 (Pie)9.0 (Pie)9.0 (Pie)9.0 (Pie)9.0 (Pie)
Color display6.39 inch, OLED6.1 inch, Curved Dynamic AMOLED Quad HD+, hole-punch display6.4 inch, Curved Dynamic AMOLED Quad HD+, hole-punch display6.8 inch, Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O Display6.3 inch, Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O Display
Camera20.0 MP, 40.0 MP, 8.0 MP12.0 MP, 12.0 MP, 16.0 MP12.0 MP, 12.0 MP, 16.0 MP12 MP, 12 MP, 16.0 MP, VGA camera12 MP, 12 MP, 16.0 MP
Dirt and waterproof housing
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, 2.4 GHz, 2.8 GHz, octa coreOcta coreOcta core
Secondary camera24.0 MP10.0 MP10.0 MP, 8.0 MP10.0 MP10.0 MP
Dual SIM
LTE (4G)
Internal memory6 GB (Size (RAM)), 128 GB (Storage)8 GB (Size (RAM)), 128 GB (Storage), 512 GB (Storage)12 GB (Size (RAM)), 8 GB (Size (RAM)), 1 TB (Storage), 128 GB (Storage), 512 GB (Storage)12 GB (Size (RAM)), 256 GB (Storage), 512 GB (Storage)8 GB (Size (RAM)), 256 GB (Storage)
Battery4200 mAh3400 mAh4100 mAh4300 mAh3500 mAh
Fast charging
Wireless charging
Audio jack plug

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