At an event held in London, Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei unveiled three devices in the Mate 20 lineup. The devices are dubbed as Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro and Mate 20X. The Mate 20 & 20 Pro are successors to last years Mate 10 while the Mate 20X is aimed at gamers. Let’s find out what each device offers out of the box.
Display & Design:
Beginning with the Mate 20, the device sports a 6.55-inch FHD+ display with water drop notch and thin bezels. There is a rear mounted fingerprint scanner just below the camera setup.
The Mate 20 Pro boasts of a 6.39-inch QHD+ display with OLED panel on the top. It has curved edges and a wider notch to accommodate the front camera and a 3D face unlock system similar to Apple’s Face ID. The device offers in-display fingerprint scanner.
Design-wise, the Mate 20 & Mate 20 Pro feature a textured rear panel. The triple rear camera module is arranged in square shape instead of a straight line. There is a 3.5mm headphone jack on the Mate 20, but it is not available on the Pro model. Both the devices ship in four attractive color variants i.e. Emerald Green, Midnight Blue, Black, and Pink Gold. Huawei has also introduced a Twilight Gradient color option.
In the camera department, both the Mate 20 & Mate 20 Pro come with a Leica-powered triple rear camera setup as seen on P20 Pro. The module on the Mate 20 consists of a 16MP primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture, a 12MP ultra-wide angle sensor and a 8MP telephoto lens.
On the other hand, the camera setup on Mate 20 Pro consists of a 40MP primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture, a 20MP ultra-wide sensor with f/2.4 and a 8MP telephoto lens. Upfront, a 24MP sensor is fitted for selfies and advanced face unlocking.
Hardware, Battery & OS:
Under the hood, both the devices are equipped with the same Kirin 980 processor. It is the first Android chipset based on 7nm architecture and is said to be power efficient and offer increased performance. The Mate 20 comes in two RAM configurations of 4GB & 6GB. The Pro model packs 6GB RAM onboard. Both the devices offer 128GB internal memory and come with Huawei’s proprietary ‘Nano Memory Card’ which is similar to the size of a Nano SIM. It enables storage expansion up to 256GB.
Coming to the battery, the Mate 20 draws its power from a 4,000mAh battery unit. The Mate 20 Pro packs a 4,200mAh battery. Both the devices feature 40W fast charging that claims to fill up 70 percent battery in 30 minutes. The Pro variant can be charged wirelessly as well. Huawei has also included a reverse wireless charging feature that is capable of charging other devices using the Mate 20.
On the software front, both the devices run on the latest Android 9.0 Pie based on EMUI 8 out of the box.
Alongside the launch of flagship devices, Huawei also announced the Mate 20X in its Mate 20 product lineup. The device is aimed at gaming enthusiasts. The smartphone rocks a large 7.2-inch OLED display. It is backed by massive 5,000 mAh battery unit. Keeping in mind this is a gaming device, Huawei has fitted a dedicated vapor chamber cooling system to maintain the performance levels. The company claims, the Mate 20X is a better portable gaming machine than the Nintendo Switch.
Continuing its partnership with Porsche, Huawei also launched the Porsche Edition Mate 20 RS phone. It retains the same technical specifications as the Mate 20 series phones. The device will be available in 8GB RAM+ 256GB/512GB storage variants. It will ship in Red and Blue color options.
Pricing & Availability:
The Huawei Mate 20 starts at $799 (Rs 67,844) for the base variant and goes up to $849 (Rs 72,090) for the 6GB/128GB model. The Mate 20 Pro carries a price tag of $1,049 (Rs 89,072). The gaming phone i.e. Mate 20X is priced at $899 (Rs 76,335). The base storage variant of Porsche Design Mate 20 RS retails at $ 1,695 (Rs 1,43,926) while the higher storage variant of 512GB will set you back $ 2,095 (Rs 1,77,890).
It’s worth noting that Huawei has not announced the official prices for the Indian market or what devices it plans to bring to the market.