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Huawei Mate 20 officially announced


Huawei Mate 20 officially announced

Huawei, the third largest phone maker, after Samsung and Apple, has newly announced the Huawei Mate 20, Huawei Mate 20 Pro and the Huawei Mate 20 X during a media event in London. All three smartphones pack powerful hardware and unique features that set them apart from their competitors.

Design

The Huawei Mate 20 is built with glass and metal, but Huawei is using what it calls its 'Hyper Optical Pattern' to make the phones less slippery in the hand than smooth glass and offering traction if you are using them without a case. Unfortunately, it is only available on the Midnight Blue, Emerald Green and Twilight color options, while the Black and Pink Gold versions don't have it. Huawei's now familiar gradient colors let their new handsets stand out in a crowded market of options.

On the top of the display the Mate 20 has a small notch housing the front camera, which the company calls a 'dewdrop'. This has allowed for the device to have a much higher screen-to-body ratio and a thinner bottom bezel when compared to the Mate 20 Pro. However the Mate 20 is a bit taller and much wider than the Mate 20 Pro.

Huawei Mate 20 - Display

The back of the device hosts its square shaped, triple camera and LED flash setup along with a physical fingerprint scanner.


Display

The Huawei Mate 20 has a 6.53 inch LCD display with a 1080 by 2244 pixel (FHD+) resolution. It has a 18.7:9 aspect ratio as a result of its 'dewdrop' notch and thin bottom bezel. This display also has an extra white pixel in an RGBW matrix which, as usual, which allows for an 820 nits brightness level. The display also supports the DCI-P3 color gamut, and is certified HDR movies on Netflix.

Camera

The Huawei 20 Pro features three cameras on the rear, improving the design in debuted on last year's P20 Pro. The primary 20MP sensor has an f/1.8 aperture, the secondary 16MP camera has a wide-angle and an f/2.2 aperture and the third telephoto camera has an 8MP resolution and 2x "optical" zoom.

Huawei Mate 20 - Camera

A 24 megapixel front facing camera will take care of all the group calls and selfies you need.

HARDWARE

Huawei Kirin 980
The Huawei Mate 20 is powered by the company's own Kirin 980 chipset, build using the 7nm process and promising superior performance in the Android space. The Mate 20 will be available in 4GB and 6GB RAM versions with 128GB of storage and with up to 256GB of special nanoSD card support.

The handset also packs Huawei's fastest cellular modem capable of Cat. 21 LTE download speeds of up to 1.4Gbps. The modem uses plenty of aggregation technologies, making it one of the fastest downloaders we've seen this year.

The Mate 20 has a generous 4000mAh battery, which should allow for extra long use of this device, because of its processor and screen technology. The handset has a 22W charger in its package instead of an ultra-fast one, but this SuperCharge functionality still allows you to charge your battery up to 58% with 30 minutes on the charger.

SOFTWARE

The Huawei Mate 20 comes with Android 9 Pie out of the box. The Android Pie based EMUI 9.0 includes all the latest features, including better battery stats, improved power management, rich gesture based navigation, faster app loading, one-handed navigation and notch support.

EMUI - 9.0

Release and Availability

The Huawei Mate 20 is now available for pre-order will cost EUR 799 for the 4GB model or EUR 849 for the 6GB variant. The handset will be available starting October 26. Huawei is also releasing a special Porsche Design Mate 20 RS model, which is priced at EUR 1695.
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