The new Huawei Mate 20 Pro is tech-filled with a minimal yet innovative design. Its display even falls off the edge, giving you an (almost) bezel-less screen, as compared to the more recent Samsung and Apple iPhone models. Here are some key features we’d like to highlight. 

Specifications

Processor HiSilicon Kirin 980
Memory (RAM) 6 GB
Memory (ROM) 128 GB
Storage 512GB / 128GB
Nano Memory Card Storage Up to 256GB
Rear Camera
  • Leica Triple camera
  • 40 MP Wide Angle Lens
  • 20 MP Ultra Wide Angle Lens
  • 8 MP Telephoto
  • Supports autofocus and AIS
Front Camera
  • Support 3D Depth Sensing Camera.
  • 24 MP
Screen size 6.39 inches
Resolution
  • 2K+ 3120 x 1440, 538 PPI
  • OLED screen
  • 16.7 million colours
Connectivity
  • Type-C, USB 3.1 GEN1
  • Type-C earjack
  • Bluetooth 5.0
Battery
  • 4,200 mAh battery
  • Wire Charging: Max 40W Huawei SuperCharge
  • Wireless charging: 15W Huawei Quick Charge
Size H: 157.8mm, W: 72.3mm, D: 8.6mm
Weight 189 g
User Interface EMUI 9.0
Operating System Android 9

Camera: Three times the charm

left: Image captured via the Auto Mode. right: Image captured via the Aperture Mode.

Image captured via Night Mode.

Unlike the Mate 10 Pro, 20 Pro is given an upgrade: three Leica lenses with three times the optical zoom. The main camera has 40 megapixels of a wide-angle lens, which will automatically switch to the 20-megapixel Ultra-Wide Angle Lens when taking a landscape shot. Its third lens is an eight-megapixel telephoto lens with three times optical zoom and OIS, while the front camera comes with a 24-megapixel lens.

20 MP Ultra Wide Angle Lens

Thanks to Huawei’s Master A.I., it can detect the object that you are snapping. After which it will select the appropriate lens to do the job. Master A.I also detects and focuses on the object you are trying to snap while applying special effects to enhance colours and sharpness. Of course, you can always manually switch the lenses around when needed.

Battery: Is it a Powerhouse?

The Mate 20 Pro comes with a battery power of 4200 mAh; the highest in the market compared to phones like Samsung Galaxy Note 9, which is only at 4000 mAh. However, its battery consumption isn’t anything to shout about. Even with minimal usage such as browsing social media apps and streaming songs on Spotify, the battery barely lasted a whole day.

One of the phone’s unique feature is its ability to wirelessly charge another phone. Place both phones back-to-back and just wait for your phone to juice up. However, do take note that this only works with phones that have Qi support.

In-screen sensor: Yay or Nay?

Passcodes and facial recognition aside, the Mate 20 Pro has an innovative in-display fingerprint scanner as well. Just place your finger or thumb where you’re prompted to (roughly about a third of the way up the screen) and you’re good. However, the scanner might have trouble scanning your fingerprint when the screen gets greasy. Moreover, the unlock system can also be irksome when it denies your access more frequently than expected.

Design: Clean look and easy to hold

The device is covered in glass from front to back, while its curving sides are protected with solid aluminium frames. This gives the phone a smart and sleek look, boasting a screen size of 6.3 inches.

The Downside

Like most newly-released phones, the audio jack is no longer available. Instead, it uses the new USB Type-C as the primary port for charging and also to connect your earphones. Although this wouldn’t be a problem if you are a wireless headphone user, the phone does come with a USB C-to-audio jack adapter in case you’d like to use your favourite 3.5mm jack headphones.

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Buy from RM 2,999.00

Need to capture the finest details of your surroundings? Or the lovely hues of the evening sky? Packed with the latest in technology, you'll fall head over heels with the sleek Huawei Mate 20 Pro just as much as you fell for photography.

What’s Good
  • Three Leica lenses with 3x optical zoom
  • 40 megapixels of Wide-angle Leica lens
  • 20 megapixels of Ultra-Wide Angle Leica lens for landscape shot
  • Eight-megapixel telephoto Leica lens with 3x optical zoom and OIS
  • Front camera: 24-megapixel lens
  • Battery power of 4200 mAh
  • Wirelessly-charge with another phone with Qi
What’s Bad
  • Trouble scanning your fingerprint when screen is greasy
  • No audio jack for earphones

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