Our clearest look at the Huawei Mate 20 Pro confirms my biggest fear

Posted:  September 25, 2018   By:    21 comments   

I was a little apprehensive about Huawei‘s next big device. Every single leak I saw, I prayed and hoped that it wouldn’t be what it looks like it would, but as the evidence continues to pile up, it’s becoming clear that there’s no point in my resistance. Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro will almost certainly have a square camera module.

The latest set of leaks come courtesy of Roland Quandt which he claims are “official Huawei press renders”, and from the looks of things, he could be right. So, since there’s no reason to fight it anymore, let’s dive in.

First up, the design we see being showcased here pretty much corroborates all the previous leaks we’ve seen so far of the device — many of which also come from Roland.

In front, you’ve got a tall screen with minimal bezels and a considerable notch at the top — a notch that looks even bigger than the one on the P20 Pro. Around the sides, you’ll see a sleek metal frame between the two slabs of what looks like curved glass, ala-Samsung, with what looks like a really smooth and rounded finish.

Flip over to the back, and you’re greeted by the Mate 20 Pro’s most tragic distinct design feature: The square camera module. Love it or hate it, the future where you’ll have to live with it if you want a Mate 20 Pro is becoming inevitable. Thankfully, the side profile seems to indicate that the bump isn’t too big which is good news for you anti-bump people.

Just because it’s a square, don’t think you’re getting four cameras at the back. There are actually only three, while the fourth slot is occupied by a gigantic flash module. No credible information has been leaked on the specifications of these modules so I won’t delve further into it. There is Leica branding sitting just above the module, if that matters to you.

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Another feature — or lack thereof — that’s worth pointing out is that there’s no indication that you’ll find a fingerprint scanner on the body of the handset. That means this phone will likely feature an in-display fingerprint scanner, like the Mate RS, or some kind of facial unlocking feature, or both. My money’s on both.

But, if you’ve been following the leaks so far, you should already have a rough idea about that by now. For you, the biggest new thing here is probably the handset’s three new colours. If these leaks are true, then the Mate 20 Pro looks set to come in at least a Twilight-like colourway (looks more like the Nova 3‘s gradient colour, if ya ask me), a Blue and a Black.

What’s even more interesting is that the pictures seem to depict a different kind of textured look for each colour variant. The Twilight seems to have an S-shape wavy brushed texture, the Blue a uniformed set of stripes, while the Black is your plain Jane glossy. Whether this is actually the case or if it’s just an unavoidable drawback of the low-res images, remains to be seen.

Besides that, there aren’t too many details about the Mate 20 Pro. We know that it will probably have some kind of wireless charging pad built-in so you can charge Huawei’s AirPods knock-off inspired wireless headphones. We know that it will be powered by their brand new 7nm Kirin 980 processor. And, we know that it could come with a crazy fast charger, but beyond that is still a grey fog.

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Oh, of course, let’s not forget their perplexing (potentially) new “microSD” card that looks like a SIM card called the NM card. More proprietary accessories are a good thing right? Right?

OK, maybe I’m being a little hard on the Mate 20 Pro, especially considering the fact that these are just renders and phones rarely look the same in renders as they do in real life. I remember being horrified of the Mate 10’s leaked 3D render at one point, but I ended up being quite charmed by the handset’s racing stripe when it officially launched.

With that in mind, I’ll save my judgement until the launch. Besides, even if it does look exactly like these renders, there is one good thing about the design: It’s unmistakable at a glance. And that’s pretty rare these days. After all, the most some manufacturers go to differentiate their new models from their old ones, are to launch the new handset in a different colour.

What do you guys think of what we’ve seen so far about the Mate 20 Pro? Let me know in the comments below. Oh, and if you’re thirsting for more Mate 20 Pro, the good news is that the big Mate 20 series launch isn’t far away. Everything will be revealed on the 16th of October so make sure you keep your browsers locked to SoyaCincau.com for all the juicy details.


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21 Comments for Our clearest look at the Huawei Mate 20 Pro confirms my biggest fear


It looks good. Hopefully, the camera will be better than the Google Pixel 2 or HTC U12+.
Huawei tends to oversaturate and oversharpen their images. Same as what Apple does to their new iPhones.


What is wrong with the square module actually?


    Nothing is wrong with it, other than personal preference. To my eyes, the camera shape look like Samsung’s square-single-camera design, but bigger size in this mate 20 pro. The real problem is, at a glance it does look like the phone have a one big lens instead of three with flash in a same module. I don’t like it too.


    nothing is wrong, it is click baited article, u fall for it, kakaka


Just like the rest of the world, when Apple comes up with something different it is classed as revolutionary / forward thinking / game changer. The same standards do not apply to the Android manufacturers. Biased write up much?


I would rather hate the notch than the square camera


iPhone x’s second son, hopefully can surpass your papa


    oh ya pls don’t cheat, your fans already that stupid and naive, pity them stop doing this

    swan's fan

    swan, apple dual sim, copycat or innovative?

    by the way, new iphone xs and xs max suffer from LTE and wifi signal issue, y this happen?


      Dual Sim may not , but 1 eSim + 1 conventional SIM may be?

GG Huawei

Mate 30 pro will hav 4 lens? Then 10 yr later half of the back will be lens?

Why pixel with a single lens can top the chart while rest need to keep increasing the lens… craps


    lol… u dont really know, do you?

    the sensor use by pixel 2 is the same as other oem used in their phone, samsung, xiaomi, asus and etc.

    the diff

    1)full support camera 2 api as default, well,they created the os.

    2)google hdr+ (ai) allogarithm

    3)ai.. ai.. ai.. neural network

    4)now fully enhance with pixel visual core, almost like npu in huawei.

    so, what make it diff, 3 software enhancement, 1 hardware.



      It’s fair buyers look at physical stuffs, just like RAM, the more the merrier , regardless of how well the OS is written.

      The same applies to camera I guess, the more the merrier.

      So forget about optimising , just throw in more, otherwise the curses prevail.


        huawei get really good on dual/tripple (flagship) camera due to image fusion, their own hiai api.

        camera 2 api only half support, which i believe need to pay google some sort of licensing to get full camera 2 api. besides leica tuning, they also works with arcsoft, software company for imaging.

        they know they cant beat google, if they depend on google alone on software allogarithm and [email protected] network api, they make their own.

        thats the only way if they want to compete. even new kirin 710 use schedutil governor, compare to famous interactive governor in android,which i think kirin 980 will use the same.


          I doubt that Leica does much than their optics and physics, looking how it needed or still needs Panasonic’s expertise in DSP/LSI technology in their DigiLux camera line-ups.

          With the advancement of DSP , it’s now blur the line between large scale processing vs new machine learning or AI.

          Gone are the days where excellent optic design is required to deliver prestige images as CA and other forms of distortion can be easily corrected in software and post processing.

          To me, Leica’s brandname is more for marketing purposes rather than anything else for such a tiny glass in phones. Also, it’s mutually beneficial, especially to Leica, to maintain its relevance in consumer space. Many have already opt for their own glasses like Sony G on majority of their products.

          Android’s API is for all, Huawei or Samsung API are product specific or even model specific. It’s up to the developer to decide and balance between the effort and gains for a narrower group of users. We cannot blame Google for that.


          maybe u r rite bout camera2 api, it just make me suspicious due to 4 level of support under camera2 api, from legacy to level 3, cuz even android is open source, some of them are under some licensing agreement on low level hardware support.

          maybe diff hardware implementation such as isp and dsp, which isnt suitable for full support using camera2 api. huawei support camera2 api, but not full support. nevertheless, they used their own cuz all of abilities of camera2 api, is there in huawei camera, even without full support of camera2 api.

          i dont know how deep leica involve in co fine tuning the optic, hardware and software level, but huawei has its own rnd centre at leica hq.


          i think for the sake of pure marketing, no need to waste money to set up a new rnd centre, just pay leica and just mentioned they test it in leica rnd centre, rather than develop new centre for the sake of using leica name.


The brand itself is the BIGGEST fear , every other fear is part of the package.




i fear huawei make fake report again, over commit on everything.

swan's fan

dont talk only, try out huawei tripple camera if u got chance. the best camera i ever try that take clear picture in low light condition. at least for me, this is innovative.

just sold my iphone xs max after using for 5days. its fast, smooth and you can feel the premium while u holding it. But, i get bored at 3rd day. other than fast and smooth, its really nothing new to play around.

got me a xiaomi 8 EE, its not so fast, have some bug. But, i enjoy to play in display fingerprint. At least there are something different to play around. 3D dot matrix work the same way as iphone xs, mimoji also similar to animoji.

awaiting for OP6T, hopefully it come with IP68 and wireless charge.


I think that square cameras are different and i like it how it looks… Good for huawei innovation