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Huawei unveiled the Mate 20 series: A massive worthy upgrade to the Mate series

Huawei's new Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro and the Mate 20 X
cjmagowan  —  3 weeks ago ( Oct 25, 2018 )    |    Featured, Mobile, News

Huawei continues to dominate the flagship segment with the introduction of the new Mate 20 series devices. Following the success of the company’s flagship the P20, the Mate 20 is set to take the bar even higher with its tried and tested imaging capabilities and with top-notch performance with its new Kirin 980 chip.

The series comes with a baseline model the Mate 20 with already packs a huge amount of upgrades over last year’s Mate 10, then we have the Mate 20 Pro which as the name success packs even more features that’s exclusive to this premium model. There’s also a surprisingly new Mate 20 X which has the features of Mate 20 with an impressive larger display.

Mate 20

The base or the regular variant among the three with an already large 6.53-inch IPS LCD display, it sport a notch and that’s given the fact that most flagship devices to date seems to need this kind of feature to stay in the trend but making it way less obtrusive from the view, Huawei adopted the dewdrop design which primarily houses its front-facing camera. Nevertheless it’s one of the best displays that Huawei brought to the Mate series with its standard 1080 x 2244 pixels Full-HD+ resolution in 18.5: 9 Aspect ratio. Interest to note for the Mate 20 display is that it supports HDR10 and DCI-P3 and is protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla glass.

Mate 20 Pro

It’s name shouldn’t fool you into thinking that it’s got all the size up as it was meant before, the Pro on the Mate 20 Pro tells something else about the handset and not about it’s already sheer size. In fact, the Mate 20 Pro is a little smaller than the average Mate 20 but just a little tiny fraction of it. By comparison, the Mate 20 Pro is a lot narrower than the Mate 20 with its 6.39-inch display. With that smaller screen though, you’ll get a better AMOLED display panel and a dual edge sides. It also has more pixel to it as it sport QHD+ in 1440 x 3120 pixels.

It comes with a unique 19.5:9 Aspect ratio due to its larger and wider display notch on top that houses an advanced face scanning tech that we’ll talk later. Like the Mate 20, the Pro variant also support HDR10 with DCI-P3 and is secured by a Corning Gorilla Glass layer on top.

Mate 20 X

By far, the more surprising addition the Mate 20 series is the new Mate 20 X with its super large 7.2-inch AMOLED display. One might mistakenly think that it’s a small-sized tablet but it’s not. It is still a mobile smartphone device like the rest of the Mate series. However Instead of going where the Pro is heading, the Mate 20 X follows the regular Mate 20 design along with the dewdrop notch on top, there’s no advance 3D face scanner here that’s why and It sport a regular 1080p+ resolution so there might be some noticeable pixels along the way for its super-sized display.

After all, the Mate 20 X still carries the same display features from the first two Mate 20 devices which includes HDR10 with DCI-P3 support and protection offered by Corning Gorilla Glass layer on top.


Selfie Camera

Both the Mate 20 and the Mate 20 X sport a notch that’s really small that you’ll something forget that it’s there at all. There’s no addition special sensors included on the notch except for the front-facing camera which is a 24 Megapixel sensor with an f/2.0 Aperture wide-angle lens. It supports 1080p video recording with HDR enabled.

The Mate 20 Pro on the other hand also includes the same 24 Megapixel Selfie camera on front along with the rest of its features from the Mate 20. But the wider notch on the Mate 20 Pro has another purpose, it house a 3D camera for its 3D-scanning Face Unlock feature where it reads every facing points and contours to recognize the user or owners facial features similar to how the Face Unlock on the newer iPhone X and later devices.

Huawei’s Triple Camera system

Since the P20 Pro, Huawei finds success to its multiple camera sensors on its mobile devices with its three optical sensors with each of their own special features. Though they are based on the principle of the P20 Pro, the Mate 20 series has removed the native Monochrome sensor in favor of the new Ultrawide angle lens and the module instead of having it oriented vertically on the corner, Huawei decide to have them on the center and fashioned in a square manner. Also, you’ll find that with the Mate 20 series, Huawei continues to collaborated with Leica to provide the best software algorithms and their lenses for one of the best camera phone around in the market.

For the Mate 20, the sensors includes a primary 12 Megapixel sensor with an f/1.8 Aperture, this is accompanied by an 8 Megapixel telephoto lens and has an f/2.4 Aperture. Then the third sensor is an Ultrawide camera with a 16 Megapixel sensor having a f/2.2 Aperture lens.

The Mate 20 Pro and the Mate 20 X comes with Huawei’s premium imaging tech as it got a primary 40 Megapixel sensor with an f/1.7 Aperture and feature Hybrid Autofocus and Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). Their Telephoto sensor is also an 8 Megapixel camera with an f/2.4 Aperture and provides up to 5X optical and also OIS and Hybrid Autofocus. And finally the 16 Megapixel with Ultrawide lens that replaced the long-standing monochrome sensor from the company’s flagships.

To maximize its superb imaging hardware, Huawei developed its own camera app that uses AI capabilities. It can detect up to 1500 scenarios in 25 different categories for an ultimate imaging experience. With its AI equipped camera, depth and details are the way to get keeping images and videos more lifelike and stunning.  Create beautiful and highly detailed videos from 720p and up to 4K in resolution and of course its super slow-mo works fantastically at 960fps.

The Power that you need

With Huawei, AI is the way to go and to make sure that their hardware is capable of that, they developed their own chipset to cater such need. With the Mate 20 series, Huawei now uses its latest Kirin 980 chipset based on Cortex-A76 with 8-core Processor and a first in the world with dual Neural Processing Unit that is based on 7nm process so it’s not just powerful but super efficient.

A true upgrade for every application needs. Huawei claimed that the new Kirin 980 is 75 percent more capable than its previous generation chipset with 46 percent performance boost in its GPU thanks to the latest Mali-G76 GPU on the Kirin 980. It also comes with the world’s fastest Cat.21 LTE modem onboard so wireless connectivity is at its best. The dual NPU on the Kirin 980 is able is responsible for all the handsets AI functions including AI imaging algorithms that allows the handset to capture up to 4500 images in a minute with 120 percent performance in object recognition speed.

With great CPU at its heart, the Mate 20 comes with few memory configurations to suit your needs. The regular Mate 20 comes with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM while the Mate 20 X is available only with 6GB. The Mate 20 Pro starts with 6GB and up to 8GB of RAM. The trio all ships with 128GB of internal storage with the exception of the Mate 20 X having a 256GB variant that is exclusive with its 8GB RAM option.

In addition with what’s in for users, Huawei also supports storage expansion of up to 256GB more on the Mate 20 series but there’s a catch. Huawei has implemented the new Nano memory cards – a type of storage cards with a design similar to the Nano SIM that we have today, they’re light and even smaller than our regular microSD cards and it uses the handsets SIM 2 slot to accommodate the card.

The rest of the Features

Fingerprint scanner on the Mate 20 and the Mate 20 X is located at the back, they are mounted just below the camera module where you could just easily slipped you index finger to unlock the device. The mate 20 Pro on the other hand has a special fingerprint reader embedded within the display that finally making its in-display fingerprint sensor available for its mass-market device. It’s actually an improved fingerprint reader from the Mate RS that was launched together with the P20 series earlier this year and promises a more sensitive, faster unlocks and even more secured.

The Mate 20 X supports Huawei’s new M-Pen, a touch pressure sensitive tip with 4096 high level pressure sensitivity that works as a native stylus for the handset. With the M Pen activated, it automatically launched Memo app directly from the Mate 20 X locked screen to start writing. The new M Pen from Huawei can be bought separately.

The battery on the Mate 20’s do varies, the regular Mate 20 comes with a 4000 mAh embedded battery and supports fast charging that goes from zero to fifty in just 30 minutes. The Mate 20 Pro has a higher battery capacity than the Mate 20 at 4200 mAh and supports Huawei Super Charge technology with its 40W charger that charges it up to 70 percent in half an hour. The Mate 20 Pro is also the only device in the series to include fast Qi Wireless charging capabilities rated at 15W with a unique reverse charging feature that can wireless charge other devices and with Huawei’s upcoming true wireless ear buds.

The Mate 20 X has the largest battery capacity among the three which is rated at 5000 mAh, something that’s truly on the side of tablets but in size that still makes it a smartphone. It comes with a fast 15W charger but lacks Qi Wireless charging of the Mate 20 Pro and does not support reverse charging despite its huge battery. But with its super large battery it includes a new Huawei SuperCool, it uses Liquid multi-dimensional cooling system with Vapour Chamber (VC) and Graphene Film technology to dispersed heat. This new technology is the world’s first on smarthphone in the market.

The new Mate 20 series boots the latest EMUI 9.0 OS Huawei’s heavily skinned version of Android 9.0 Pie. It’s got the latest features from Android 9.0 including Adaptive battery, Adaptive Brightness, Google’s new Digital Wellbeing and everything that’s improved on Android Pie. In addition to that, Huawei also added its own apps to the mix which are also highly optimized to take advantage to the new hardware that they sit on.

The Mate 20 will be available in these color options: Midnight Blue, Black and the ever delightful Twilight color variant. The Mate 20 X will only be available in Midnight Blue, Phantom Silver while the Mate 20 Pro will be the version of the series to include more color options from Emerald Green, Midnight Blue, Twilight, Pink Gold and Black.