Huawei is preparing a big big event in London for unveiling the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro smartphones and rumored Huawei Mate 20X gaming handset next week. But today a leak spoiled the surprise of what is going to happen at London event.
Some new official looking press renders were leaked too, alongwith UK pricing. For the version with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage, which is the base model, it will be available for £899. There will be other variants with 8 GB RAM and 256 or 512 GB storage.
That’s a £100 more compared to the Huawei P20 Pro’s price, and a £130 from the predecessor Mate 10 Pro. So it seems like Huawei doesn’t want to ignore one of the most prevailing trends of the past year in the world – price increases for flagships.
You do get quite a lot what you pay for though. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro will be powered by the HiSilicone Kirin 980 chipset, and it will have a 6.39-inch touchscreen with a notch and an under-display fingerprint sensor integrated into its bottom half area. The resolution is 1440×3120, same as LG’s G7 ThinQ and V40 ThinQ.
The notch houses a 24 MP selfie camera and an IR laser for face unlocking that’s more secure than other locking methods normally used. On the back you get three cameras in a 40 MP + 20 MP + 8 MP setup. The main 40 MP camera sensor has f/1.8 aperture and combines four pixels into one for better quality. The 20 MP camera is a telephoto one with f/2.4 aperture, and the 8 MP sensor is ultra wide-angle.
Together, these cameras will enable to achieve 5x optical zoom, as well as ultra macro shots – from a distance of just 2.5cm. Two NPUs will be analyzing image content and optimizing settings accordingly, including for low-light pictures.
Odd enough, Huawei will introduce its own Nano Memory Card format with the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, which won’t support microSD. The Nano cards will be offered in capacities up to 256 GB and are the size of a nano SIM. They should be as fast as microSD cards, but obviously smaller.
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro comes with a 4,200 mAh battery that is coupled by a 40W charger, hence it should go from zero to 70% in just 30 minutes. Additionally, the phone supports wireless charging. What’s more surprising, it can act as the wireless charger for Huawei’s Freebuds 2, also launching at the same event. This reverse wireless charging tech could theoretically be used even to pump some juice into another smartphone that supports wireless charging, but it’s unlikely to be very fast.
IP68 water and dust resistance is certified for the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, which will weigh 189g and be 8.6mm thick. Connectivity-wise, you’ll get dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and LTE. The handset will ship with Android 9 Pie with EMUI 9.0. Four colors will be offered: Twilight, black, blue, and green.