Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review

The Indian smartphone market is fastest growing in the world, but it is also one of the toughest to survive. Just ask Huawei, despite being the second largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, still struggling to make a foothold here.

In addition to creating a strong online presence for its sub-brand honor, the company has planned to combine more localized content and features into the offline market and launch aggressive ways by launching more of its premium products in the country.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review
Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review

A week ago, Huawei eventually brought his main Mate series to India with Mate 20 Pro.


  • Mate 20 Pro features Huawei's 7nm Kirin 980 oct-core SoC
  • All-round performance is very good, especially the battery life
  • The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is priced at Rs. 69,990

Huawei Mate 20 Pro, is an incredible camera setup for Huawei's custom silicon, a custom software experience and ongoing partnership with the company. There is a lot that can demand from a major phone.

However, in our opinion, Huwai's biggest challenge will be to capture the mindset of the Indian customer. Is Mate 20 Pro phone that changes it? Only time will tell, but for now, see if it is about Spends
Rs.70,000 on that

Huawei Mate 20 Pro design

The phone is nothing but a shameless black box, but its name and brand name branding on it. Inside, we greet specific accessories like USB Type-C Headset, Data Cable, Charger, SIM Ejection Tool, 3.5mm Adapter from Type-C, and for some instructions.

Mate 20 Pro looks incredible from the moment when you pick it up. The exposed metal frame with sides provides very good rigidity, and the glass front and back toner on the sides blend seamlessly with metal so that you can barely feel any edges.

In fact, the design reminds Samsung of Galaxy S9 (review) and Galaxy S9 + ₹ 48,900 (review).

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review
Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review

Huawei Mate 20 Pro comes in two new colors, except for Pink Gold and the classic Twilight shed. One of them is Emerald Green, which we have.

It offers a new-hyper-optical pattern on the glass, which is said to be a better hold and fewer fingerprints. If you run a fingernail with the body then the right diagonal strips can be felt, and this is definitely less slippery in hand compared to plain glass.

It does not even lift too many fingerprints. However, leave this phone on a sofa or any uneven surface, and it will happily slide in all places.

The display is mass, which measures 6.39 inches diagonally, and has a suitable high QHD + resolution with the support of HDR (Dolby Vision is not supported).

If you want Huawei lets you lower it, or set it automatically based on what you are doing. This is an OLED panel, which means that the black is dark, the colors are porous, and you get some suitability as usual on the mode.

The phone has an incredible screen-to-body ratio, as the display decreases left and right, and the lower part of the chin is very small.

Notch is not very deep at the top, but it is comprehensive to accommodate all sensors. There are many performance optimization options including color mode and color temperature.

All this combined makes Mate 20 Pro absolutely amazing and it's easily one of the best smartphone displays in the market. The Mate 20 Pro also has Gorilla Glass Protection, although we have yet to get confirmation from Huawei about its version of usage.

Mate 20 Pro features an in-display fingerprint sensor, which is placed in the center of the display below.

It is quite ergonomic, because your thumbs easily reach the sensor, without reaching it for it. It works quite well, though we have encountered some examples when there was some difficulty in identifying our fingerprint. 

Like all in-display sensors, there is a slight but understandable interval before reading your fingerprint.

When you lift the phone, a small fingerprint icon appears, which tells you where your finger is placed. When you recognize it, you get a little animation.

In addition to unlocking the phone, you can use your registered fingerprint to access locked apps and a personal space. You can also program a specific fingerprint to launch the Petty App directly from the lock screen.

Volume and power buttons are placed on the right side of the phone, and they feel a good click. We also like the red color in contrast to the power button, which adds to the style of the phone.

At the top, we have an IR emitter to control infrared electronics, while at the lower part we have a USB Type-C port and a dual nano-SIM tray. The phone supports Dual 4G with VoLTE, which is good.

Mate 20 Pro also supports Huawei's custom NM card format for storage expansion, which is a small version of MicroSD standard and can fit into another SIM slot.

The company unveiled this format in the Global launch of Mate 20 Pro, and promised capacity up to 256GB. However, we do not have any details about when it will be available or the cost of the cards.

The phone does not have a headphone socket, but the speaker grill is also missing. This is because Huawei actually uses the USB Type-C port as an outlet for sound.

The disadvantage of this solution is that when you are charging the phone, the sound is lost, but it was not a major disadvantage for us.

Mate 20 Pro also uses earpieces for audio playback, giving you a stereo effect. Although it is not fully balanced, because the amount of earpiece is less than the main speaker.

Blocking the earpiece does not really make any difference to the sound. Dolby Atmos is enabled by default and can not be turned off while using the speaker.

You can set it to auto-optimized sound based on the content being played, or manually choose between film and music presets. With Atmos-encoded video, the surrounding effect is not very noticeable while playing audio from the speaker, but headphones give better results.

Finally, we come behind the phone, with three camera sensors and a dual-LED flash in a specific four-point layout.

The camera module does not flush with the rest of the body, which causes a slight collision. In the week we used this phone, it did not get any scratch.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro specifications and software

There is another victory for Huewei hidden inside this exquisite body. The Mate 20 Pro is powered by the first 7nm mobile SoC, which was unveiled during the IFA trade show in Berlin earlier this year.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review
Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review

A few weeks later, Apple also launched its first 7nm SoC named A12 Bionic, which was technically the first 7nm SoC to ship into a product within this year's iPhone trio. 

Coming back to Huawei, Kirin 970 is the successor of Kirin 970, and promotes better performance and efficiency across the board.

This is the first SOC to facilitate the Dual NPU (neural processing units) for ARM Cortex-A76 Cor, New Mali-G76 GPU, and more efficient AI processing.

Benchmarks display very good performance. Kirin 980 is still behind the Apple A12 Bionic in the single and multi-threaded display of Geekbench 4, but Qualcomm is much faster than Snapdragon 845 as seen in Google Pixel 3 XL ₹ 67,199 (Review).

In AnTuTu, the Mate 20 Pro does not have high scores as the iPhone XS u 91,565, but it's still better than managing pixel 3XL.

All phones have managed to maximize the T-Rex OpenGL gaming test in GFXbench. However, in more advanced gaming tests, the A12 bionic was able to move forward comfortably.

Qualcomm also just announced Snapdragon 855 processor, which could stop displaying difference in 2019 after making its way into the phone. But as we always say, benchmark numbers should be seen only as display guidelines, not metrics for the actual day. day use.

The battery section has 'display mode' which claims to "optimize device settings for maximum performance". With this being able, we saw some benchmark suites such as Antu, PCmark and 3dmark scores. But the graphics test at GFXBench showed little to no difference.

In India, the Mate 20 Pro is available with only 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Connectivity features include dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5, NFC, USB-OTG, support of five satellite location systems, a hall sensor, a barometer, a temperature sensor and a laser sensor, besides the normal sensor.

There is also dust and water resistant with Mate 20 Pro IP68 certification. FM radio is something that does not exist.

In addition to the new hardware, Mate 20 Pro is also one of the first devices to get Huawei's new EMUI 9.0 skin, which is based on Android 9 Pie.

Visually, it looks similar to previous iterations, and many customization settings are similar. Huawei has made a few new additions, some of which are specific to the Indian market.

The first one is strict integration for local digital wallets such as Paytm, as we had previously mentioned, can be accessed directly from the lock screen.

After this, the calendar app now has the calendar for the Hindu almanac and an Islamic prayer time. If you dig through calendar settings, you will also get an 'Indian National Calendar', which will show you regional holidays.

HiVision is the answer to Huwai for Google lens and Bixby Vision. It can be accessed via the camera app or on any home screen from the Universal Search field.

It does a good job of identifying objects and even attempts to "identify" the calorie of foods. In shopping mode, you can point it over objects and try to find and find similar items from local online retailers.

It can also read the QR code, and has a translation option that lets you auto-translate text in real-time. It overlays the translated text on the object itself, and it can be difficult to read many times.

Local languages ​​have not been supported so far, so this feature is not particularly useful in India.

According to Huawei, the main focus of EMUI 9.0 is to "keep things clean and accessible", and to a lesser extent, it has made good on that promise. 

This is based on Android 9 Pie, which is good but our unit was still slightly older than the October 2018 Android security patches.

The interface is flurry and it's very easy to see what you're seeing in the Settings app. You can always look for something if you need to find it quickly. EMUI is a single-layered interface by default, but this app can be converted into a drawer style.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review
Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review

Traditional navigation buttons can be dug for gestures, but we do not recommend it because it does not apply very well. For example, in order to open the app switcher, you need a long swipe-up gesture and to move one step backward, you have to swipe inside from the side of the display, which is the functionality of some app like slack Interferes in

You have the option to mask the area around the footpath for a permanent or individual application. There are a variety of good topics to choose from, and you can enable a dark mode for the system menu.

HiTouch is a feature that lets you search Amazon for any image on your screen using only two-finger press. This requires installing the Amazon Assistant app, and in our experience, getting accurate results is actually a hit or miss.

The Mate 20 Pro also has Android Pay's Digital wellbing feature, which is renamed Digital Balance to EMUI 9.0. Like stock Android pies, it lets you monitor your app usage habits and gives you a report on a daily basis.

Wind down is called Bildtime here, and it changes the screen grayscale after the scheduled time. However, one annoyance is that if you need to do this on pixel 3XL, there is no shortcut to close it.

Password protects your login credentials for the Walt app. Huawei says that login details locally on the device are encrypted and saved.

EMUI 9.0 is an updated version of Huawei's GPU Turbo feature, which promises better performance in low touch input latency and supported games.

Some new titles have been added, including NBA 2K18, Arena of Valor, and Survival Rule. The new App Assistance menu allows you to block incoming notifications and enable "Game Acceleration", for titles which are not supported by GPU Turbo.

The list of supported games is still limited, and in our experience, we have not seen any major visual differences among some supported people like PUBG Mobile.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro does not come with lots of preinstalled apps. Apart from the general suspects of Huawei, our unit had Facebook Messenger, Netflix and Camera 360. These are not permanent, so you can uninstall them if you wish.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro performance, cameras, and battery life

In day-to-day use, the Mate 20 Pro works very well. At roughly 189g, this is heavy and it is worth noting with the use of one hand.

There is a hint in EMUI that shrinks the size of the entire UI, so everything is within the reach of a thumb. We have become accustomed to weight after a few days, so it is not really about worrying.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review
Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review

Even when looking out in the sun, the display is crispy and shiny, and the touch response is the best. The oleophobic coating on the display does not attract many fingerprints and it is easy to keep it clean.

The new Kirin 980 SoC handles multitasking and heavy apps, especially games, easily. We managed to get smooth framerates in PUBG mobile, set up get HDR and fr ultra high 'ferret settings with graphics.

The battery drain for about 30 minutes was about 9 percent, which is quite good. Other titles such as Asphalt 9: Legends and Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade also runs smoothly on the highest settings.

Unlike the Kirin 970 SOC, which was notorious for the early hotness, the issue of Kirin 980 was not an issue.

With long gaming the phone gets a bit hot, but it does not feel uncomfortable.

One feature we have not yet mentioned is 3D face recognition, which is surprisingly quick. It used to work very light in the event of a lot of lighting, including pitch darkness.

Thanks to the combination of a dot projector, IR camera and Flood Illuminator. It works even when you are wearing sunglasses, and you can force the camera to unlock the phone only if your eyes are open.

Google Pixel 3 Type-C earphones bundled with 59,039 shipped USB-C earbuds with phones are very good.

They do not leak too much sound, and seeing their design produce a decent level of bass, but we found that it is impossible to keep them in our ears because the ears are not hooks.

Another big attraction of the Mate-20 Pro is three-camera setup on the back. Contrary to the setup of the Huawei P20 Pro ₹ 117,119, Mate 20 Pro digs a dedicated monochrome sensor in favor of the camera with a wide-angle lens.

This phone shoot gives standard, wide-angle and telephoto image - which is a very useful combination in our opinion. Upon an anti-clockwise, we first have a 40-megapixel sensor with a f / 1.8 aperture.

Then there is a 20-megapixel sensor with wide-angle lens and f / 2.2 aperture, and ultimately 8-megapixel with telephoto Has a sensor. Aperture of lens, OIS and f / 2.4 The phone also supports laser, PDAF and contrast detection autofocus system.

The default setting for primary sensor adds four pixels to one, from which you get a 10-megapixel image. This pixel interpolation ensures a more manageable file size and better quality photos. If you want you can shoot at the full 40-megapixel resolution.

In daylight, the Mate 20 Pro quickly focuses and is very consistent when the exposure is correct. It has the same 4D predictive autofocus as P20 Pro, and has a toggle switch to enable or disable Master AI.

We found the latter feature on P20 Pro a little offensive, but here, it was not so bad. It automatically detects objects and scenes and will switch mode or adjust the colors accordingly.

The sky looks dull and the grass is green, but we have never seen the shots artificial. Point a front or rear camera to a person, and the app automatically turns into portrait mode.

The latter works well but there is no alternative to adjusting the blur before or after you take the shot.

In landscape shots, details of distant objects were handled well, with pleasing colors and good dynamic range. If you zoom out, the app switches to a 20-megapixel wide-angle camera, which allows you to capture any view more in a frame.

While shooting with this sensor some things to note are that it does not always correct the white balance, and the photos shot in low light lack the brightness and level of detail because they have a primary sensor is.

However, this is very useful for shooting 'super macros'. With AI Master, point to the camera very close to any subject, and the wide-angle camera is activated automatically, to make you distance, you set a very short distance.

Press the 1x button in the viewfinder, and the app switches to the 8-megapixel telephoto sensor, provided there is enough light. In the night or when there is insufficient light, the camera will do a digital zoom using the main sensor, just like most other smartphones.

On 3x zoom in daylight, Mate 20 Pro produced sharp images with excellent details and colors. Compared to 2x zoom on iPhone X and the same Super Race Zoom on Pixel 3XL, Mate 20 Pro is clearly the best image quality.

To get a 5x joint zoom, Mate 20 Pro does a digital zoom using telephoto sensor. Once again, the Mate 20 Pro provides the best level of detail with a little noise and better white balance compared to the competition.

In less light, the Mate 20 Pro keeps us going. The glitter was excellent, there was also very visible expansion in distant objects, and exposure with many light sources in one frame was also well balanced.

We will not recommend using portrait mode in low light, even if it is to detect the right side, as a result the image can be very dark. This is also true for people as well as things.

The main camera reproduces the excellent depth of field for its large aperture, so we just finished using it most often. Focusing speed was as good as the low light due to laser autofocus.

While shooting Landscape shots in low light, Master AI will automatically turn into Night mode. This theory is similar to the night site on pixel 3XL, but the mechanics are slightly different. 

With Mate 20 Pro, the shutter is actually kept open for three to four seconds (depending on how black your subject is), which results in fading shots many times because our hands naturally Slightly move. On the other hand, Google's Night Site takes a series of shots with high shutter speed to avoid blurring.

When compared to side, Mate 20 Pro manages impressive expansions and colors. At Pixel 3 XL some textures and edges appear to be slightly dentate compared to the night site, but still it was not bad.

The 24 megapixel selfie camera has f / 2.0 aperture. In daylight, there were good expansions and colors in pictures, and during the shooting against direct sunlight, HDR modes improved, iPhone Xs and Pixel 3XL fail to do something. In portrait mode, you can choose between different Bokeh patterns and add some interesting light effects.

You can also record some gimmicky animojis called 3D Qmoji. The dot projector can be used to create an animated avatar of an object using a different 3D Live Maker app. 

We tried it but actually did not do this work. In low light, the selfie camera does not really affect us. Images were less noisy than images taken with the iPhone Xs, and there was lack of sharpness and clarity of pixel 3XL.

Mate 20 can shoot video up to 4K at 30fps, in which there is no obstacle on the length of the clip. Regrettably, 4K is not supported at 60fps. 

The quality of the image was good in the daylight and the stabilization was also solid, but the ob bubble effect was noticeable from the edges of the frame.

In 1080p, this issue was not noticeable and it was the best balance of quality and stabilization. Wide-angle sensor is not ideal for video, because when you are on the go, there is a jittery effect in the footage. According to our liking, the colors were quite warm.

You can enable special effects like AI color, which only keeps human subjects in color when turning monochrome to other subjects. 

It is very good and works well with decency. Keep in mind that while shooting in these special modes, the resolution comes at the top of 1080p.

The camera app is quite simple to use. You get a suite of shooting modes including panorama, pro and even monochrome, such as the Huawei P20 Pro. Mate 20 Pro can also shoot slower video up to 960fps in small blasts.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro saves impressive battery performance, usually running over a whole day for a single charge. To test this, our use was deliberately heavy.

We enabled the resolution for QHD +, enabled 'display mode' in battery settings, and used apps like Google Maps, Uber and many more. We used Bluetooth audio streaming and threw in some benchmarks, and we still manage about 21 hours of battery life.

In our battery loop test, we found a 14 hour and 18 minute runtime, which is very good. Despite its generous 4,200mAh capacity, this battery is also quick to go up with the bundled charger.

Mate 20 Pro has a feature called Super Charge, which makes slow dash charging on OnePlus Phone. We were able to carry the battery from zero to 96 percent in just one hour, which is absolutely crazy.

This phone also supports 15W Fast Wireless Charging using Huawei's own dock. Like other pixel stand, with other Qi wireless chargers, it took more than three and a half hours to fully charge Mate 20 Pro.

One of the unique features of this phone is the ability to work as a wireless charger. After flipping a switch in the battery settings, you just place any compatible device behind this phone, and Mate 20 Pro will start charging it.

We tried this with Pixel 3 XL and iPhone XS, and it worked fine. If Mate 20 Pro does not detect any charging device for a minute, it automatically closes this feature.


The Mate 20 Pro is Huawei's best and strongest offering yet, and gives users literally everything they could possibly want from a flagship Android phone right now. 

That Rs. 69,990 price tag doesn't seem too bad when you consider the kind of features and performance it offers, compared to much more expensive phones such as the Google Pixel 3 XL and the iPhone XS. 

Unless you absolutely need the stylus of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 ₹ 58,900 (Review), we suggest that you throw in a few thousand rupees more and get the Huawei Mate 20 Pro instead, for its better all-round performance.

Between this phone and the Google Pixel 3 (Review), which costs about Rs. 71,000 in the market, the Mate 20 Pro is the obvious choice in our books. 

Sure, the Pixel 3 is easier to handle, but the Mate 20 Pro offers double the storage and is simply a much better package overall.

If we could change a few things, we would have kept a physical fingerprint sensor, as the in-display one isn't always consistent. Other than this, it's really hard to find fault with the Mate 20 Pro. 

It has excellent battery life, good software, solid app and gaming performance, and an impressive set of cameras.

If you're one of the few still holding out to upgrade to a new flagship phone, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro comes closest in delivering the complete package.

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