Launched in London yesterday, the Huawei Mate 20 series is the brand’s most ambitious yet. It brings over the triple camera set-up found on its previous P20 line of smartphones but fits them in a package that is smarter and more powerful than ever. These phones will be available in Singapore on October 27, starting at SGD 998 for the Mate 20 and SGD 1,348 for the Mate 20 Pro.
The Mate series – targetted at busy professionals obsessed with performance and durability, is the brand’s second flagship entry this year. The P20 and P20 Pro, launched about half a year ago earlier in March, is angled toward photographers – evidenced by the devices’ three-camera array. The Mate 20 Pro retains its three-camera status, but drops the monochrome sensor for an additional wide lens that has macro imaging capabilities.
On the Pro is a 40MP f1.8 main sensor, a 20MP f2.2 ultra wide sensor, and an 8MP f2.4 telephoto sensor. Huawei’s dual NPU on the Kirin 980 boasts a 120% processing speed increase from the previous Mate 10 phones, which should translate into better image-making capabilities.
Plenty of distinctive features can be found on the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, when compared to either previous generations of Huawei devices, or the top level of flagships available on the market today. The triple cameras, now arranged in a distinctive square in the middle of the device, is said be in line with the design language of symmetry found on previous Mate devices, and it sure helps differentiate the Mate 20 from a deluge of samey smartphones flooding the market today.
There’s no longer a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor – it’s on the front, and … under the screen. The first mass-market under-screen fingerprint sensor, Huawei claims that the sensor on the Mate 20 boasts a 20% faster unlock speed than the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS launched earlier this year.
It’s not only the fingerprint scanner that is blazing-fast: facial unlock is supported, now using a depth-sensing map that is akin to Face ID found on Apple’s iPhones. With lift-to-unlock, accessing notifications and the device would be easier than ever.
There’s Qi wireless charging on these devices, but Huawei turns the tables (and the direction of charge delivery). The Mate 20 devices are able to actually charge other Qi-compatible phones wirelessly by placing the phones back-to-back.
The Mate 20 comes with 4,000mAh in battery capacity, while the Mate 20 Pro boasts a 4,200mAh unit. They come with a 40-watt charger in the box which promises quick charge times.
Storage wise, both the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro come in 128GB variants with 6GB of RAM. There will be a premium limited-edition Porsche Design Mate 20 RS that have 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM.
Along with the phones, Huawei has debuted a proprietary nano memory card that will fit in the second hybrid nano-SIM card slot.
Additionally, the company is also debuting its proprietary card to offer expandable storage up to 256GB. A standalone 128GB nano card will cost S$108 but availability is still unclear. It previously used the industry standard microSD for the Mate 10 series phones.
With the brand’s blockbuster Kirin 980 chipset, the world’s first 7nm process chipset.
The Pro version has a 6.39-inch AMOLED display at a resolution of 1440x 3120p, while the non-Pro version actually has a slightly larger 6.53-inch panel but is IPS LCD. The Pro version also has a larger notch to accommodate the Face ID-style dot projector and sensor, along with the 24-megapixel front-facing selfie camera.
The phones will be available in Singapore from October 27, and will start at SGD 998 for the baseline model, and SGD 1,348 for the Mate 20 Pro. Pricing and availability of the limited edition Porsche Design Huawei Mate 20 RS is yet to be announced.