The Huawei Mate20 Pro had just been introduced and there’s a lot of excitement a lot it.
It’s an interesting upgrade from the Huawei P20 Pro which I currently own, and I must admit that part of me is wishing I could trade my current phone for the new Mate20 Pro.
If you are wondering why I am only talking about the Mate20 Pro and not the Mate20 (the cheaper version), well, I prefer to talk about the higher end models because lets face it, it’s the one we all want, or at least the one I want.
As a new Huawei user, and also a Huawei fan (sort of) now, I am just keen to see what Huawei would to after they did almost everything right with the Huawei P20 Pro.
KEY SPECIFICATIONS OF THE HUAWEI MATE20 PRO
First off, the specifications. I won’t list all, but these are the specifications that matter most to me.
- Size: 157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6 mm
- Screen technology: AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
- Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 980
- ROM Memory: 128GB/256GB (supports microSD, up to 256GB)
- RAM Memory: 6GB (for 128GB model), 8GB (for 256GB model)
- Rear Camera: Dual Leica camera 40MP (wide) + 20MP (ultrawide) + 8MP (telephoto) with PDAF and Laser AF
- Front camera: 24MP with HDR
- Battery: 4,200 mAh
- Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass (Splash and dust proof)
Note the rear camera and how you get three different lenses including the telephoto lens! This lens wasn’t available in the P20 Pro. This is why I think the Mate20 Pro is going to be a real steal.
Other interesting things about the Huawei Mate20 Pro is it’s ability to charge other phones. Technically it can act as a wireless charger to other smartphones that supports wireless charging. I don’t know why I would want to help charge another persons’ phone, but I bet this function would come in handy for many.
Also worth mentioning is the in-screen finger-print scanner. I personally love this feature. It makes the phone look better, allowing it to provide bigger screen to body ratio.
Last but not least, I do like the colour options for the Mate20 Pro. However, more importantly is how the design differs a bit from the P20 Pro. The screen and rear is slightly curved to allow comfort when holding the phone, so it’s really pleasing to the palm.
In case you were wondering, I went to a nearby Huawei outlet and fiddled withe the Mate20 Pro feel.
HUAWEI MATE20 PRO CAMERA REVIEW & COMPARISON
As usual, since I do not have the device myself, I am left to watching reviews of the phone online.
Hopefully one day I could test the phone myself but until then, here’s what others are saying about the camera.
First of, the Huawei Mate20 Pro has three cameras, all placed in a square box at the back of the phone.
Some had commented that it looked ugly, but I like it. I’ve always liked symmetry in my life, and the neatly placed square camera set-up for the Mate20 Pro looks perfect.
But you aren’t reading this for my opinion on the looks. You want to know if the camera is good or not.
Well, for that, I’ve check out the video by PhoneArena which compared the Huawei Mate20 Pro with the iPhone XS and the Samsung Galaxy Note9.
The results can be seen below.
You can also watch the full video below if you want more information.
Another Youtuber known as Ben’s gadget reviews also compared all three phones. His review also includes the zoom test, maxing out the 10X zoom.
As usual, the full video can be seen below.
Now, my favourite phone comparison reviewer is Mrwhosetheboss and it is really too bad that he didn’t pit the Mate20 Pro with the iPhone XS, as the previous two reviewers did.
He was however the only one who did a macro test shot and this can be seen in the image below.
Also, his video also compared the Mate20 Pro with the Samsung Galaxy Note9 in slow-motion, which the Samsung Galaxy Note9 aced.
The full video of his comparison can be seen below.
Technically, if you are lazy to watch all the videos, I would personally say that the Huawei Mate20 Pro produces better images, but lacks video capabilities compared to the Samsung Note9. This of course, is still a matter of preference.
HUAWEI MATE20 PRO DURABILITY
So far, there’s no durability test done for the HUawei Mate20 Pro, so watch this space if you want to know about how durable the phone is. Else, you could opt to LIKE my PhoneSentral page on Facebook because I will update the page once I’ve update this post.
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PROBLEMS WITH THE HUAWEI MATE20 PRO
Except for the price, there’s no real problems with the Mate20 Pro. However, I’ll be digging deep to find if there’s any, so hang in there.
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PRICE AND WHERE TO BUY THE HUAWEI MATE20 PRO
The Huawei Mate20 Pro is available at RM3,599 with freebies and perks like the Huawei VIP card etc.
You can either buy it from authorized Huawei retailers, or save a bit by purchasing it online.
To me, the real question is if one had the amount of cash to buy the Mate20 Pro. At RM3,599 it is definitely not cheap. It is however a very complete phone especially if you want the amazing camera.
However, if budget is an issue, I do recommend last years version, the Huawei Mate10 Pro. Yes, it’s not the latest, but it’s still a pretty decent phone and it only cost around RM2,359, which is far less than what you’d be paying for the Mate20 Pro.