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Huawei Mate 20 launch report

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Huawei-Mate 20 X

Environmental protection

The Pro model now benefits from IP68 water resistance, so it can withstand immersion in up to 1.5 metres of water for at least 30 minutes. The other Mate 20 models have IP53 ratings, which is basic dust and sand ingress resistance and being water splash-proof.


The basic Mate 20 model has what would have been a class-leading 4000mAh battery that can be charged using the same 22.5W Supercharger as the P20 Pro. I say would have because the Mate 20 Pro goes even larger and the tablet-sized Mate 20 X has a whopping 5000mAh battery.

The new 40W Huawei SuperCharger (right) compared with the slower 22.5W version.

Once again, it’s the Pro model that gets the bells and whistles with its 4200mAH battery and a new next-generation 40W Supercharger. In my own experience this charges the Pro from 17% to 100% in just 49 minutes. A 10 minute charge added 26% capacity.

With memory of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 exploding battery debacle still fresh, Huawei reassures us that its battery power tech has been thoroughly tested and certificated by the respected German TÜV industrial testing organisation.

I used to get almost 2 days of use out of my P20 Pro before needing the charger. The Mate 20 Pro has 5% more battery capacity and more power-efficient hardware. It will be interesting to learn how this affects the battery stamina.

If that’s not enough, the Mate 20 Pro also supports QI wireless charging – a generous 15W worth, too – and you can reverse the system to charge other QI wireless charging devices placed against the back of the Pro.

None have user-replaceable batteries.

Memory and storage

You get 4GB of system memory by default on the Mate 20 though there is an option for 6GB, which the Mate 20 X has by default. The Pro gets 6GB or you can go for 8GB.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro nano sim and nano memory card holder. Note the red water-resistant gasket.


On the other side of the holder is space for a nano memory card or, if your phone has dual-sim capability, you can fit the second nano sim card there.

All models come with a minimum of 128GB of flash storage and 256GB is a Mate 20 Pro option. All can take a Huawei-designed proprietary nano flash memory card which is the same size and shape as a nano sim card. It fits onto the sim card holder and means if you have a dual-sim phone you can’t have a second sim and a nano flash memory card or vice-versa. Nano memory cards will be available in capacities up tp 256GB, but pricing and availability was not available at the launch.


Huawei Mate 20 Pro design detail

The Mate 20 has a 6.5 inch 1080 x 2244 pixel 18.7:9 IPS LCD screen. The Mate 20 Pro has a 6.4 inch 1440 x 3120 pixel 19.5:9 AMOLED screen. The Pro screen is curved, Samsung-style, but there is no sign of Huawei aping Samsung’s edge-notifications. The Mate 20 X has the same 1080 x 2244 pixels, and 18.7:9 aspect ratio as the basic 20, but this time an AMOLED panel is used and it’s 7.2 inches from corner to corner.

Fingerprint and face scanning

Fingerprint scanners can be found on the back of the basic Mate 20 and X models, below the cameras. The Pro model has an invisible on-screen fingerprint scanner. This is slower than a dedicated scanner so you can’t just tap the screen; you need to rest your finger on the illuminated spot for a fraction of a second. Nevertheless, it actually works well, as does the enhanced depth-sensing face-unlock function.

Ports and sensors

All models have dual-network GPS, compass, 3D accelerometers, infra-red transmitters, NFC, Bluetooth 5, dual-band WiFi, ambient light sensors and USB-C ports. My Mate 20 Pro didn’t live up to my hope that it could deliver USB 3.x transfer speeds, unfortunately. You won’t find any speakers on the Mate 20 Pro because Huawei ingeniously uses the USB-C port to radiate sound. Impressively, sound is unaffected by a USB cable being plugged in.

Huawei-Mate 20 Pro


Finally, here are the prices:


Mate 20 4GB RAM + 128GB storage €799
Mate 20 6GB RAM + 128GB storage €849
Mate 20 Pro 6GB RAM + 128GB storage €1049
Mate 20 X 6GB RAM + 128GB storage €899


Next we’ll be putting the Mate 2o Pro through its paces with an in-depth test review and an image quality comparison with its slightly older sibling, the P20 Pro.




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