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Huawei Mate 20 Pro: The Best Huawei Phone Yet?

03 November 2018 | Reymart Jan Sarigumba

Last March, Huawei released the P20 Pro – a premium device that was packed with a massive battery, swift face unlock, and triple cameras (the first in the world). Up till now, it remains as one of the best in the market, toppling many newer premium devices. Now, within the same year, the Chinese tech giant released another flagship lineup – the Huawei Mate 20 series. Its top flagship unit, the Mate 20 Pro, boasts impressive specifications that seem to be leaps and bounds better than the P20 Pro.

See how the Huawei Mate 20 Pro compares spec-by-spec with the P20 Pro.

Specs Huawei Mate 20 Pro Huawei P20 Pro
Display 6.39-inch (1440 x 3120p) 6.1-inch (1080 x 2240p)
Processor 2x2.6GHz & 2x1.92GHz & 4 x 1.8GHz, octa-core 4x2.4GHz & 4x1.8GHz, octa-core
Operating System Android 9.0 (Pie) Android 8.1 (Oreo)
RAM and Storage 256GB + 8GB | 128GB + 6GB 256GB + 8GB | 128GB + 6GB
Primary Camera 40MP + 20MP + 8MP (wide + ultra-wide + telephoto) 40MP+20MP+8MP (wide + wide (monochrome) + 8MP (telephoto))
Front Camera 24MP 24MP
Battery 4200mAh 4000mAh
Chipset HiSilicon Kirin 980 (7 nm) Hisilicon Kirin 970 (10 nm)
Headphone Jack No (with a USB Type-C to 3.5 mm headphone adapter) No (with a USB Type-C to 3.5 mm headphone adapter)
Sensors accelerometer, barometer, compass, Face ID, fingerprint scanner (under display), gyro, proximity accelerometer, compass, color spectrum, Fingerprint (front-mounted), gyro, proximity
Colors Black, Emerald Green, Midnight Blue, Pink Gold, Twilight Black, Midnight Blue, Pink Gold, Twilight

On paper, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro gets the upper hand in all departments, as it is packed with a bigger and more vibrant display, a more advanced chip, a much-improved triple camera array, and a larger battery capacity. Let's break them down further.

Much like the Huawei P20 Pro, the Mate 20 Pro has a notch that is nestled on top of its 6.39-inch display. Not only does it have a larger screen size but it also has a better resolution at quad HD - a step up from the P20 Pro's 1080p resolution. What's more, it has an under-display fingerprint scanner that allows you to easily unlock your device, unlike today's fingerprint sensors that are typically mounted on the back.

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is definitely faster than the P20 Pro, as it houses the latest Kirin 980 chip that harnesses a 7nm manufacturing process (first in the world!). Since it's smaller than the P20 Pro's 10nm manufacturing process, it produces less thermal output and more efficiency, resulting in more speed with less power consumption!

It looks like Huawei has more tricks up its sleeve. The Mate 20 Pro may have the same number of sensors and megapixel values as the P20 Pro, but its 20MP lens is an ultra-wide camera instead of a monochrome sensor. With that, you can expect better close-ups and wider shots! Even without a dedicated monochrome lens, it can still capture decent black-and-white shots.

In the battery department, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro tops P20 Pro's 4,000mAh battery, as it offers 4,200mAh. However, given its higher-resolution display, it can suck up more power than the P20 Pro. With normal use, its battery can last for a day and a half just like the P20 Pro. What's more, the Mate 20 Pro comes with wireless charging, which you can't find on the P20 Pro.

No doubt, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro topples the P20 Pro in all aspects, as it is packed with an impressive design and top-notch specifications. Now, the question is - could it top the latest flagships from Apple and Samsung? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Huawei Mate 20 Price and Release Date

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro retails for RM3,599 and is now available on Huawei Malaysia official website! Check it out now to learn more details on how you can buy one.

Images courtesy of Huawei

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