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Huawei Mate 20: What’s the big deal?

Posted:  October 16, 2018   By:    32 comments   

UPDATE: Huawei Malaysia has revealed the official local pricing for the Mate 20 series. Click here to read more.

Samsung has shown their hand. Apple has shown their hand. Google has shown their hand. Now, it’s time for Huawei to show the world what they’re capable of with the company’s biggest flagship launch of the year. This is the Mate 20 series, and while it goes without saying that these are the most capable smartphones Huawei has produced yet, I think the bigger achievement here is that we aren’t looking at a simple “tock” update.

It’s a whole new smartphone. Well, three whole new smartphone, actually.

Huawei Mate 20

Let’s start with the base device — Huawei’s Mate 20. Up front, the Mate 20 features a large 6.53-inch 18.7:9 Full HD+ RGBW LCD display that pushes a resolution of 2244×1080 pixels with a peak brightness of 800 nits. While this large display is surrounded by really slim bezels, the phone does have a notch at the top, albeit a really tiny one that looks like the water drop notches on OPPO’s more recent devices.

Inside, Mate 20 is powered by Huawei’s brand new flagship processor, the octa-core 7nm Kirin 980 with two “brains“.  Huawei says that this SoC is 20% faster than its predecessor and is up to 40% more power efficient.

Additionally, it also comes with a new Mali GPU that boasts an increase in performance of up to 75% while being 58% more power efficient. Keeping everything running is a large 4,000 mAh battery with support for Huawei’s SuperCharge fast-charging technology via USB Type-C.

Mate 20 will also come with 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, though the most interesting part of this phone comes in the form of its expandable storage. Instead of opting for the regular microSD card slot, Huawei has actually developed their own special NM (nano memory) cards that are 35% smaller than a microSD card, but offer no real performance improvements. Why they did such a thing is perplexing, but they do say that they will open this design up to third party manufacturers as well.

Encasing all of those internal components is a brand new glass and metal body that’s refreshingly unlike its predecessor. In fact, Huawei’s even given the glass special treatment they call the “Hyper Optical Multi-Pattern. What this means is that they’ve imbued the back of the phone with a set of really fine lines so users can get a better grip it. Yes, I’m not the biggest fan of the way it looks in photos, but I have to give Huawei credit for giving us meaningful design changes in a world full of similar incremental updates.

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Speaking of, the phone’s most identifiable feature has to be its square camera module that sits right above the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. Its a polarising design choice for me, but a bold one nonetheless. Huawei says that it was designed to look like the headlamps on Porsche’s 919 Hybrid prototype race car, draw from that what you will.

In the module though, lives Huawei’s new triple camera setup. On the Mate 20, you’re getting a main 12MP wide-angled camera (27mm) with an f/1.8 aperture lens, a 16MP ultra wide angled camera (17mm) with an f/2.2 aperture lens and a third 8MP sensor with an f/2.4 aperture 2X telephoto lens (52mm).

Other features on the Mate 20 include an earpiece-plus-bottom-firing stereo speaker setup and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Unfortunately, there is no IP68/IP67 water resistance so you will have to be careful when you’re around liquids.

Mate 20 will retail for EUR799 (around RM3,837) for the 4GB + 128GB variant, while the high-spec 6GB + 128GB model will retail for EUR849 (around RM4,077). It will be available in Europe from today onward.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Moving up one rung from the standard device, you’ll find the Mate 20 Pro. This phone takes a lot of the Mate 20’s features to the next level, but packages it in a more compact form factor.

Up front, you get a smaller 6.39″ display, but this time it’s an OLED panel that pushes a Quad HD+ resolution of 3120×1440 pixels. It’s also got a taller aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and is curved on both sides like a Samsung flagship. But, Mate 20 Pro also has a much larger notch, though that’s by necessity because the Mate 20 Pro has a lot more technology crammed into that space. Huawei’s actually included a 3D depth sensing array that comprises a dot projector, an RGB camera, a floodlight illuminator and an IR blaster. This allows for more secure face unlocking that Huawei says is 100% faster than the iPhone X.

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Over in the camera department, things are also a little different. On the Mate 20 Pro, you’re getting the same general layout as the Mate 20, but the each camera has been given an upgrade. Now, you’re getting a 40MP wide angled camera (27mm) with an f/1.8 aperture lens, a 20MP ultra-wide angled camera (16mm) with an f/2.2 aperture lens, and a third 8MP sensor that’s paired with a 3X f/2.4 aperture telephoto lens (80mm) for even more reach.

Mate 20 Pro is still powered by Huawei’s Kirin 980 processor, but this time it comes with only 6GB of RAM, though it also employs the same NM card for expandable storage. Besides that, Mate 20 Pro also features a larger battery, rated at 4,200 mAh, but thanks to Huawei’s new 40W SuperCharge 2.0 technology, you can get up to a 70% charge in just 30 minutes. Additionally, this device supports 15W fast wireless charging which is 200% faster than the iPhone X’s wireless charging and 100% faster than the iPhone X’s wired charging.

And if really faster wireless charging wasn’t enough, Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro can also wirelessly charge OTHER Qi Wireless compatible devices. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m pretty sure this is the first smartphone that can do that.

Much like the Mate 20, the Mate 20 Pro is also a glass and metal sandwich, but this phone is IP68 dust and water resistant. Besides that, it doesn’t have a fingerprint scanner at the back, as Huawei opted for an in-display pressure sensitive fingerprint scanner instead — similar to what you’d find on the Mi 8 Explorer Edition.

However, like it was on the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, the Mate 20 Pro doesn’t feature a 3.5mm headphone jack. In fact, there isn’t even a cutout for a bottom firing speaker as audio comes right out of the USB-C port. How this will affect audio playback when you’re charging your phone remains to be seen.

Mate 20 Pro will retail for EUR1,049 (around RM5,038) for the 6GB + 128GB model and will be available in Europe from the 16th of October onward.

Huawei Mate 20 X

Finally, we have the biggest beast of them all: Huawei Mate 20 X. This is by far the largest Mate 20 phone of the lot as it packs a tablet-like 7.2-inch OLED display with an 18.7:9 aspect ratio. It pushes a Full HD+ resolution of 2244×1080 pixels and has an 87% screen to body ratio. Unlike the Mate 20 Pro though, Mate 20 X doesn’t have an in-display fingerprint, but it does have a front-facing one that sits in the bottom chin just below the display.

While it sports similar specs to the other Mate 20 devices — and the main camera setup as the Mate 20 Pro — the Mate 20 X is designed for pen input as it supports Huawei’s M-Pen intelligent pen. You can write on it, take screenshots with it and jot down quick memos.

Besides that, Mate 20 X features a fairly balanced pair of stereo speakers and a whopping 5,000 mAh battery that Huawei says can last up to two days on a single charge. Unlike the glass sandwich body on the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20 X features a metal back.

But that’s not all as Huawei’s pushing the Mate 20 X towards the gamers too, even including a dedicated gaming accessory that the company even compared to the Nintendo Switch. Additionally, to keep it cool, the Mate 20 X features a vapour chamber with a Graphene sheet for heat dissipation.

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Since it features a metal back, the phone doesn’t support wireless charging, and it also doesn’t come with IP68 dust and water resistance. It does retain Huawei’s NM card expansion though.

Mate 20 X will retail for EUR899 (around RM4,318) for the 6GB + 128GB model and will be available in Europe from the 26th of October onward.

Huawei Malaysia has finally revealed the official pricing and availability details:

Huawei Mate 20 Pro — 6GB RAM, 128GB storage — RM3,599
Huawei Mate 20 — 6GB RAM, 128GB storage — RM2,799
Huawei Mate 20 X — 6GB RAM, 128GB storage — RM3,199

For more on the pre-order details, click here.

Update: A previous version of this article stated that the Huawei Mate 20 featured the company’s new 40W SuperCharge 2.0, when it does not. The article has been corrected and the error is regretted.

Update 2: The article has been updated with the official Malaysian pricing.

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32 Comments for Huawei Mate 20: What’s the big deal?




Huawei says that this SoC is 20% faster than its predecessor and is up to 40% more power efficient
Compare to which gen ?

Alani Maiz

I was planning to buy note9 8gb ram but waiting for this to see if it’s better but a bit disappointed


What a boring phone. I’m drawn at all with the gimmicky ai things with the camera because I’m not going to use them as much. 6gb ram is disappointing i thought they’re gonna have 8gb with the Pro. Let’s not talk about the porsche one


Rm5000? Bye samsung is better and feature packed


    lel, droidiots never learn, did they ? pity these katak still don’t get price in europe always higher.


    you notice the currency is a direct exchange from EU right?


    Samsung phones were never good. It’s just a marketing gimmick. The phone is super bloated. They do not know how to optimize the hardware and software. Samsung is also the reason people experience lag in Android.


      Based on your comments, I assume the only Samsung phones you’ve used in recent times are the budget ciplak ones. If you’ve used S8 and newer gen Samsung phones, you’d notice they’re not bloated and very responsive in day to day use


      Haha.. bloated software mostly model from with third-party brands, like telco, appliance shops, promotions. LAG??? don't kid me telling iOS is 100% smooth all the time (coming from Apple 120hz ProMotion user) – even MKBHD complaint Pixel is lagging.


    5k? better buy RTX 2080Ti

Riz Ulala

Mahal nye… For a huawei brand? Lol… Not worth my penny let’s wait for S10


Where the f is the battery size? Why won’t you disclose that information? Try to mislead buyer is it?


Wow: note 9 is the king for year 2018 which is priced at RM 2.6k(shopee) .

It is highly unlikely starting price of mate 20pro is going to be less than RM 3.3k.


One thing I like about Huawei phone before is because of the price with the same spec and technology with other flagship modem. Now, forget it….nothing special about Huawei anymore…


One thing I like about Huawei phone before is because of the price with the same spec and technology with other flagship phone. Now, forget it….nothing special about Huawei anymore…


Huawei really become WahLauWei


Really nice package. User of P10.


phone prices are mad


This is plain stupid… Compare Mate 20 X to Nintendo Switch made no sense lol


    just like their stupid fans, senselessly comparing everything to 'prove' huawei is the best so for them to continue living ni denial


    yaloh u make phone dun kacau people make game console lah..i played nitendo since i was darjah 6 lah, if nitendo is an elephant u equivalent an ant only, u stupid cheapskate cap ayam "hauwei"..


looking into the trend…. pricing will surpass the samsung and the bitch fruit phone…


If price not high u stay beside your friends their’s expensive than yours no face lo even super duper specs. That’s why still some showoff dumbs buying super expensive mediocre spec iphone.


    Coming, 99% don’t buy iphone, don’t keep bring in this brand into the picture. It’s dead and not relevant anymore.

    It’s about Huawei vs other androids, please, like Samsung, LG.

    It’s about Android fighting Android.

    The Observer

    Again, a dumb that relies on "show off" and "super expensive" and "mediocre spec" to justify calling and bashing others as "dumbs" for buying iphone.

      The Observer's Observer

      Again, iSheep is denying they live in denial to justify their dumb act.

        The Observer

        Oops… user of both platforms… Gotcha…


        It’s time to introduce huaSheep and samSheep already leh…

The Caring Observer

Those who pancuted too soon and complained about the high price in Euro, REJOICE!!

Local pricing as announced by Huawei Malaysia:…


    interesting, 3.6k for low class china phone.

      The Caring Observer

      Don’t say liddat leh… appreciate the technology mah… so much money poured into R&D to AI-esque many things.