At the Huawei event, held in London, the Chinese brand, launched the Huawei Mate 20 and it runs on EMUI 9.0 on top of the latest Android operating system. The phone comes with a tiny, v-shaped notched design, which is popularly known as water-drop notch feature.
The Mate 20 X is the largest screen display in the Mate 20 series, and also the biggest in the gaming aspect. However, the Mate 20 comes with a large screen display than the Mate 20 Pro. And it sports a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor scanner.
Huawei Mate 20 Specs
*. Display: 6.53″, LCD, 18.7:9, FHD+ 2244 x 1080, 381 PPI
*. Software: EMUI 9 on top Android 9 Pie
*. Processor: Kirin 980 with 2 x Cortex A76 2.6 GHz
*. Colors: Midnight Blue, Black and Twilight
*. Dimension: 77.2 mm x 158.2 mm x 8.3 mm
*. Weight: 188g
*. OS: EMUI 9.0 based on Android 9.0 Pie
*. RAM: 4GB / 6GB
*. Storage: 128GB, with expandable via NM card up to 256GB
– Back camera: 12MP (wide-angle) + 16MP (ultra-wide lens) + 8MP (Telephoto)
– Front camera: 24-megapixels front
*. Connectivity: WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth v5.0, 4G LTE, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, and a USB Type-C, USB 3.1, Type-C earjack
*. Sensor: Gravity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Gyroscope, Compass, Fingerprint Sensor, Hall sensor, laser sensor, Barometer, Infrared sensor, colour temprature sensor
*. Water resistance: IP53
*. Battery: 4000mAh
Design and Display
The Mate 20 arrives with an impressive massive screen display, of 6.5-inch, LCD, RGBW display, DCI-P3 HDR with 18.7:9 aspect ratio, and display is flawless with the screen resolution of 2244 x 1080 pixels. The company is touting a maximum brightness of 820 nits.
Coming with the 18.7:9 aspect ratio, it boasts of pure slimmer bezels surrounding the screen display. It is surprising to find that the bezels are quite smaller like the notch, and it boasts of 88.07 percent screen-to-body. Huawei proclaims that the Mate 20 arrives with a 2.6mm side bezel, and 8.9mm width for the screen notch.
The notch at the top, which the company is calling “Dewdrop display” houses only the selfie camera, it is one of the smallest! And the Mate 20 is shiny in its glass + aluminum frame combination.
Packs a triple camera sensor at the back, based on top of the fingerprint sensor scanner for easy unlocking. Available in Emerald Green, Midnight Blue, Twilight, Pink Gold, Black color options. The company is adapting its gradient color combination that changes in direct sunlight, or when twisted to the other side.
Camera and Connectivity
Huawei is sticking to its P20 Pro aesthetic signature unique debut, triple lens camera at the back. For the competition aspect, only Samsung’s Galaxy A9 (2019) and LG V40 ThinQ were able to fight for that case -the superfluous of camera lens!
The Galaxy A9 (2019) is the first Smartphone to sports a quad-camera at the back, while the V40 ThinQ comes with triple rear camera and dual front-facing camera sensor. Huawei’s Mate 20 series features a special set of the three cameras -like a square shape.
On the Mate 20 back camera, its got the primary 16-megapixel f/2.2 (ultra wide angle sensor), 12-megapixel f/1.8 (wide angle sensor) , and a 8-megapixel f/2.4 (telephoto lens) and supports a LED flash and Super HDR. The cameras are bumped with various AI-enhancements.
Features includes: 2.5cm / 1in macro mode, AI Image Stabilization etc. The network and connectivity includes: WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth v5.0, 4G LTE, GPS/ A-GPS, 3.5mm audio jack and a USB Type-C port.
Performance and Battery
The Mate 20 is the world first mobile phone to use the 7nm dual AI chipset with HiSilicon Kirin 980 processor. And it is also the first to use ARM’s new Cortex-A76 cores. Providing a 60% significant upgrade, 58% improved power efficient and 75% faster performance than its predecessor.
The new chipset is made up of 6.9 billion transistors. The Kirin 980 CPU is coupled with the two A76 as the big cores, two more A76 as medium cores and, four small A55 cores. And it comes in two variants, 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage, expandable via Huawei’s new NM card, up to 256GB.
It runs on EMUI 9.0 out of the box, based on Android 9.0 Pie and ensure optimizations to ensure a smooth performance. Mate 20 is fueled by a large 4000mAh battery capacity, via a USB-C and support 40W Huawei SuperCharge technology, but ditches the wireless charging tech. Huawei says its formidable 4,000 mAh battery can manage 11.21 hours of “super heavy” use.
Mate 20 has a starting price of €799 for the 4GB RAM / 128GB storage version while the Mate 20 goes at €850 for the 6GB / 128GB storage model. That is around N340k and N358k, in Nigeria currency. This is Flagship Phone!