Welcome to the Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review post, here in this post you will find everything about the Huawei Mate 20 Pro smartphone that you need to know.
Fingerprint with in-display and 3D face scanning, triple camera and long battery life, Huawei has build something special Huawei has made really good phones for years, but Huawei Mate 20 Pro is the Chinese company’s first truly amazing smartphone with a triple camera, 3D face unlock and an in-screen fingerprint sensor. Huawei Mate 20 Pro is the best feeling, most premium smartphone the Chinese company has made. This phone is incredibly solid, smooth and well built at 189g is still surprisingly light and easy to hold compared to the 208g iPhone XS Max and 201g Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review: Specifications
- Screen: 6.39in QHD+ OLED (538ppi)
- Processor: octa-core Huawei Kirin 980
- RAM: 6 or 8GB of RAM
- Storage: 128 or 256GB plus nano memory card
- Operating system: EMUI 9 based on Android 9 Pie
- Camera: Triple rear camera 40MP, 20MP ultra-wide angle, 8MP telephoto, 24MP front-facing camera + 3D depth sensing camera
- Connectivity: LTE, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 5 and GPS (dual-sim available in some regions)
- Water resistance: IP68
- Dimensions: 157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6 mm
- Weight: 189g
Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review: Design and build
Huawei Mate 20 Pro has used identical notched screen to Galaxy S9+ has used so, the phone has curved edges, both back and front, and the phone is thinner on its sides than at the top and bottom. Huawei provides a clear silicone case in the box, just as with other Huawei Mate phones, but there is no screen protector this time around, maybe because of the curved screen and in-screen scanner. So have to use curved glass screen protector for extra care of screen if you can. Huawei hasn’t yet said whether these will affect the fingerprint scanner.
Although the Twilight gradient finish at the top makes a welcome return, there is a new glass finish which is advantageous. It’s related to a vinyl record with fine lines running across the back of the phone and adding a tactile finish which is both resistant to fingerprints and a bit grippier than standard glass. The ‘hyper optical’ pattern is only available with the Midnight Blue and new Emerald Green, it looks unusual and with the quadrangle camera arrangement, it’s certainly distinctive. Your other two colour options are Black and Pink Gold.
Water resistance gets a bump from IP67 on Huawei Mate 10 Pro to IP68. This means you can leave the new phone submerged at a depth of 2m for 30 minutes, and there’s a new underwater camera mode. Since the sides are much thinner, the SIM tray has been moved to the bottom edge next to the USB-C port. There are tiny holes on the top and bottom which throw out surprisingly loud stereo sound.
Volume and power buttons are on the right side of the phone and the power button is a attractive red colour on all models. The 6.39inch screen takes up the entire front of the phone with a sizeable notch that houses the face unlock camera, the selfie camera and the earpiece for phone calls.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review: Performance and Battery life
The first smartphone which has used Huawei’s new Kirin 980 processor is Huawei Mate 20 Pro, which the company says is a significant improvement on last year’s Kirin 970, and is one of the first chips produced using 7nm processes. Performance was excellent throughout, matching rivals running Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 such as the OnePlus 6 or Google’s Pixel 3 XL. Launching apps and switching between them was rapid with no detectable lag anywhere during general use. Gaming performance was excellent too, both in smooth frame rates and in battery efficiency.
Battery life was excellent too. With heavy usage it lasted about 35 hours between charges, which means it would make it all the way from 7am on day one until 6pm on day two. That was with hundreds of emails, messages and push notifications, lots of browsing, five hours of listening music via Bluetooth headphones, watching 60 minutes of Netflix, 30 minutes of gaming and shooting about 10 photos a day. With lighter general usage Huawei Mate 20 Pro got closer to 48 hours between charges, and will last far longer with one of Huawei’s power saving or ultra power saving modes.
A full charge took under an hour via cable with the included 40W charger, charged 30% in 13 minutes. Huawei Mate 20 Pro can charge up to 15W wirelessly too, and with the flip of a switch, can wirelessly charge other devices, including other phones and headphones. You have been able to do similar via USB-C cable for a while, but back-to-back wireless charging of another phone is certainly a novelty.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review: EMUI 9
Huawei’s smartphones run a customized version of Android called EMUI, here based on the latest Android 9 Pie. EMUI 9 is the most polished version yet, with more refined animations and actions, but it still has some odd quirks. It uses an old-school button for the app drawer, for instance, but has complete theming support, so it’s easy to change the look of icons, colours and the wallpaper.
Huawei Mate 20 pro also got Huawei’s version of Google Lens called HiVision, which does image and product recognition using Amazon, a load of knuckle-based gestures for things such as screenshots and opening apps, plus a mini-display mode which shrinks what’s on screen into the bottom right or left corner so it’s easier to reach.
EMUI 9 still has the standard Android navigation buttons that Google throw out for the Pixel 3, but it also has a weird floating navigation dock-come-joystick thing and full swipe gestures as options. The swipe from the left or right edge of the screen to go back is a nice idea. Huawei also has its own version of Google’s digital well-being tools showing you how long you use your phone, which apps, how many times you unlock it and with the ability to set limits.
There are a lot of options throughout, but it doesn’t feel dominating. One area that is strangely lacking in customization options is the status bar. The notch in the screen is quite wide, leaving little room for icons. If you have the phone set to vibrate only, you can only fit the battery, time and vibrate symbol in the right side. With two sims and wifi connected, there’s only room for the Bluetooth icon, which is replaced when a mail or similar notification pops up. It would be good to be able to prune back the status bar icons for more room.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review: Biometrics
Huawei Mate 20 Pro comes with two cutting-edge biometric options. The first is a 3D IR face scanning system very similar to that used in the iPhone XS. It projects 30,000 dots onto your face to detect its shape and securely recognize you. With raise-to-wake and the option to skip the lock-screen when you’re recognized, it is so fast you could be forgiven for thinking it was broken. You can also get it to unlock but not go straight to the home screen, and only reveal notification contents when you’re recognized, like Apple’s Face ID system.
The second is an optical fingerprint sensor implant directly into the screen about a third of the way up. A patch lights up to show you where to put your thumb. You have to be a bit more exact with your finger placement, and it isn’t as quick as Huawei’s recent capacitive fingerprint scanners, but it still works great. In fact both works really well in conjunction. The facial recognition works brilliantly for unlocking the phone, but can’t be used for apps that are expecting a fingerprint, which is where the fingerprint scanner comes in.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review: Camera
Huawei Mate 20 Pro has triple camera, this time with the monochrome camera from the P20 Pro swapped for a ultra-wide angle camera. The main camera is of 40MP, the ultra-wide is of 20 MP and there is a third eight-MP telephoto camera. The triplet work in conjunction to shoot 10-MP images by default that can go from 0.6 to 5x hybrid zoom then out to 10x with digital zoom on top. General images were very identical to the excellent Huawei P20 Pro, with a superb amount of detail and color accuracy.
It does not quite have the same dynamic range in challenging lighting conditions as the Pixel 3, but its low-light performance was great and it’s dedicated night mode is very admirable.
The Master AI is also improved from Huawei P20 Pro, but it still occasionally suggests to adjust photos that tend to over soak some elements giving it an Instagrammed look. You can cancel the changes with a little tribute notification that pops up on the screen, but only before you’ve shot the photo. The 24-MP front-facing selfie takes images that are comparatively soft in detail without activating the face-thinning mode or skin smoothing. There is also 3D live emojis using the front-facing camera to mimic your expressions in cutesy characters just like Apple’s emojis.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review: Observations
- Bluetooth connectivity to a set of wireless earbuds was excellent
- 4G performance was far better than some competitors, holding onto usable signal in more places without draining the battery
- The twilight color does not have the hyper optical pattern on the glass back
- This smartphone supports new nano memory cards, but not microSD cards, which might might not be easy to buy
Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review: Verdict
Huawei has pulled off something quite extraordinary with this Huawei Mate 20 Pro. Normally the smartphone with this many cutting-edge new technologies end up as spec-monsters but poor experiences. But Huawei Mate 20 Pro is anything but a poor experience. It is a refined, beautiful piece of hardware that manages to squeeze what reads like a tech enthusiast’s ultimate wish-list into a truly impressive phone. Huawei Mate 20 Pro has in-display fingerprint sensor, 3D face recognition, a powerful processor, fantastic screen, wireless charging and even the ability to wirelessly charge other phones.
Also Huawei Mate 20 Pro has the excellent triple camera system on the back and a monster battery that’ll last well into a second day, possibly even longer, which charges super fast too. It’s even relatively easy to grip and use given the huge 6.39inch display. Huawei’s EMUI 9 certainly won’t be to everyone’s taste, and it doesn’t quite raise the bar the way the Android version on Google’s Pixel 3 has, but it is well optimized and smooth in operation and most of it can be customized if you don’t like the way it works or looks.
Pros: long battery life, 3D face recognition, in-display fingerprint scanner, wireless charging, reverse wireless charging, brilliant camera, fantastic screen, good processor
Cons: EMUI not to everyone’s taste, nano memory not microSD, expensive, no headphone socket, Master AI can be overbearing at times
The Price of Huawei Mate 20 Pro in Nepal (Updated Huawei Mate 20 Pro Price in Nepal) ?
The authorized seller of Huawei phone for Nepal has set the price of Huawei Mate 20 Pro is Nrs 1,29,900 in Nepal– and its price may slightly vary.
Where to buy Huawei Mate 20 Pro in Nepal? (Online/Offline Huawei Mate 20 Pro Purchasing Guide)
There are plenty of offline stores to buy Huawei Mate 20 Pro in Nepal. You can find this phone all over Nepal. If you prefer to buy this Huawei Mate 20 Pro online in Nepal, there are so many online shopping in Nepal. You can choose either daraz or sastodeals, choicemandu or many others.