Huawei Mate 20 Pro is a phablet smartphone that stands tall at 157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6 mm.
It is made out of glass and aluminum. With corning gorilla glass on the front and back and aluminum frames all round. This gives it a premium look and feel. It has good grip, thanks to the tape texture on the back of it.
It isn’t one of those phones that slide out of your hands or pocket. Huawei Mate 20 Pro is IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 2m for 30 mins) that means you don’t have to worry much when accidentally your phone drops in liquid for the stipulated criteria of time and depth above.
The back of this phone has an interesting look, new actually and it probably is the first thing you will notice about it. It has a black square tile that houses three cameras (we shall discuss them later on in this review) and the led flash in a 4 dots of a dice fashion.
This is something new especially in the Mate line and I’m guessing it is the direction Huawei is looking to take with its future smartphones. It does looks uniquely good I have to say. The front on the other side has a notch that houses the IR lens for face recognition Face ID, proximity sensor and the selfie camera. As always Huawei branding is on the bottom back of the Mate 20 Pro.
Notice there is no fingerprint scanner on the back or front of this phone, well that is because it is embedded beneath the display. Lift your phone up and you see a fingerprint animation where you pressure place your finger to unlock your phone. Not the fastest way to unlock your phone though, heads up.
Display and camera
What do we know about it? It has an AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 6.39 inches, 100.2 cm2 (~87.9% screen-to-body ratio). That’s pretty much it. With 1440 x 3120 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~538 ppi density) resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass protection. It is a very descent display with great color presentation. AMOLED panels are best known for their impressive reputation and that is what we get here.
I believe this is yet another selling point of this smartphone. One by one, the primary camera has three lenses. The first a wide 40 MP, f/1.8, 27mm, the second a 20 MP, f/2.2, 16mm ultrawide one and the other an 8 MP, f/2.4, 80mm telephoto lens. That’s it, one is a wide lens, the other ultawide and the last a telephoto lens.
The selfie camera up front is a 24 MP, f/2.0, 26mm wide lens with 1080p@30fps video recording capability. All four are super impressive at their designated tasks. Is ay an 8.5 out of 10 for camera performance on this phone.
Platform and memory
This beast runs on Android Pie (9.0). Goodbye Nougat. It has Huawei’s own HiSilicon Kirin 980 (7 nm) chipset, an Octa-core (2×2.6 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2×1.92 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55) CPU and a Mali-G76 MP10 GPU. Memory is a 256 GB, 8 GB RAM or 128 GB, 6 GB RAM and can be further expanded using NM card, up to 256GB (uses SIM 2), not the SD card we are familiar with.
You see it packs a non-removable Li-Po 4200 mAh battery. Reverse wireless charging is a new feature here where you can use your Huawei Mate 20 Pro to charge phones that support wireless charging. Anyway Fast battery charging 40W (70% in 30 min) and Qi wireless fast charging 15W are on deck.
Buy it in Emerald Green, Midnight Blue, Twilight, Pink Gold or Black