Everything You Need to Know About Huawei Mate 20 Series and Huawei Watch GT

Huawei has two major events every year – the P series are announced in the spring, and the Mate phablets – in the fall. And in with the way the P20 series shook up the premium market this year, their is no reason not to be excited about the Mate 20 series.

The new Mate 20 and 20 Pro not only houses the world first 7nm chipset (Kirin 980 was announced before Apple iPhone with 7nm chip) – the cutting-edge Kirin 980 chip with a brand new NPU, but it also the iconic Leica camera. Leica has been in partnership with Huawei since Huawei P9. And the maker didn’t stop there. There are some notworthy improvements such as the new selfie camera, 3D Face Unlock, 40W charging, and wireless charging that works both ways – yes, you can charge other devices with Mate 20 phones. Isn’t this surprising?!

Just like predecessor the Mate 10 series, Huawei will be releasing Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro with different screens. The Mate 20 has an IPS LCD with a tiny notch and an unorthodox RGBW matrix. The Mate 20 Pro comes with an OLED screen with a larger cutout that houses the sensors needed for its advanced 3D Face unlock.

Both run on the new Kirin 980 and pack the new Leica Triple Camera, which has lost the monochrome sensor in favor of a 20MP camera with ultra-wide lens. The camera layout has been completely revamped – it’s now a square centered at the back and in my opinion it’s not the best arrangement and somewhat awkward.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Hands-on review

Huawei Mate 20 has a slightly bigger 6.53″ display and its most secure biometric unlocking method is the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. It has a large 4,000 mAh battery that supports 22.5W SuperCharge.

Huawei Mate 20 specs

    • Body: dual-glass with metal frame; IP53-rated for dust and splash resistance
    • Screen: 6.53″ RGBW HDR IPS LCD, 1080 x 2244 px resolution (381ppi); waterdrop notch
    • Chipset: Kirin 980 chipset, octa-core processor (2xA76 @2.6GHz + 2xA76 @1.92GHz +4xA55 @1.8GHz), Mali-G76 MP10 GPU
    • Memory: 4/6GB RAM, 128GB storage (expandable via Nano Memory – hybrid slot)
    • OS: Android 9 Pie with EMUI 9;
    • Camera: 12MP f/1.8 + 8MP f/2.4 telephoto (52mm) + 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide (17mm); 4K video capture, 720@960fps slow-mo, Leica branding
    • Camera features: 3x optical zoom, EIS, Variable Aperture, Portrait Mode, can shoot long-exposure without a tripod
    • Selfie cam: 24MP, f/2.0 Leica lens, Portrait Mode with live bokeh effects
    • Battery: 4,000mAh; Super Charge 22.5W
    • Security: Fingerprint reader (back), 2D Face Unlock
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5 + LE, NFC, USB Type-C
    • Misc: IR blaster, 3.5mm audio jack

Huawei Mate 20 Pro has a 6.39″ HDR OLED screen with a large notch. The space is not wasted though, there are an IR flood illuminator and an IR camera for 3D Face Unlock. And despite having a secure face-recognition option, the Mate 20 Pro has most secure under the display fingerprint scanner.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Hands-on review

The telephoto camera on the Mate 20 Pro has the same 80mm lens in front of its 8MP OIS sensor as the P20 Pro, giving it a longer reach compared to the 52mm lens on the regular Mate 20.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Hands-on review

The Pro has even more cutting-edge technologies – its bigger 4,200mAh battery supports 40W SuperCharge that lets you get a 70% charge in just 30 mins.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro specs

    • Body: dual-glass with metal frame; IP68-rated for dust and water resistance
    • Screen: 6.39″ HDR OLED, 1440 x 3120 px resolution (539ppi); wide notch
    • Chipset: Kirin 980 chipset, octa-core processor (2xA76 @2.6GHz + 2xA76 @1.92GHz +4xA55 @1.8GHz), Mali-G76 MP10 GPU
    • Memory: 6GB RAM, 128GB storage (expandable via Nano Memory – hybrid slot)
    • OS: Android 9 Pie with EMUI 9;
    • Camera: 40MP f/1.8 + 8MP f/2.4 OIS telephoto (80mm) + 20MP f/2.2 ultra-wide (17mm); 4K video capture, 720@960fps slow-mo, Leica branding
    • Camera features: 1/1.7″ 40MP sensor, up to ISO 102,400, 5x optical zoom, OIS + EIS, Variable Aperture, Portrait Mode, can shoot long-exposure without a tripod
    • Selfie cam: 24MP, f/2.0 Leica lens, Portrait Mode with live bokeh effects
    • Battery: 4,200mAh; Super Charge 40W; 15W wireless charging; reverse wireless charging
    • Security: Fingerprint reader (under display), 3D Face Unlock (IR camera and flood illuminator)
    • Connectivity: Dual SIM, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5 + LE, NFC, USB Type-C
    • Misc: IR blaster, stereo speakers

Huawei also gas a new wearable along with the Mate 20 phones – Huawei Watch GT.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Hands-on review

Huawei Watch GT

    • Body: 316L Stainless Steel with ceramic bezel, dual-crown
    • Display: Round 1.39″ AMOLED
    • Chip: Huawei proprietary dual-chip (low and high performance)
    • Sensors: GPS with GALILEO, altimeter, heart-rate with 6 LEDs, steps
    • Battery: 2-weeks of battery life

Pricing

Huawei Mate 20 will be available for €800 for base model with 4GB RAM and €850 for 6GB RAM. Huawei Mate 20 Pro will be available for €1050 and Huawei Watch GT is priced at €200-250. That’s all for now,stay tuned for our complete and detailed review on these awesome flagships

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