Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review & Pros And Cons

Picture of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, by Huawei

- Analysis by KJ David


This Pro version to Huawei's 2018 Mate 20 flagship packs some heavy artillery when it comes to imaging, possibly plugging itself into our list of the best camera smartphones available. It touts a sophisticated (by the standards as of this specs-based review) square main camera panel that combines a whopping 40-megapixel RGB camera, a 20-megapixel wide-angle cam for landscape and macro shots, an 8-megapixel telephoto cam, and an LED flash.

In spite of its premium-class main camera, though, the Mate 20 Pro's list of pros and cons is by no means flawless, with its setbacks being led by its lack of a standard 3.5mm headset jack -- a 3.5mm to USB Type-C adapter is required for headphones. Some power-cautious users might also pull back at its 4200mAh raw battery power , knowing that a few older Huawei flagship models, such as the Note 8, reach the 4500mAh mark, not to mention that its demanding hardware specs need all the power they can get.

Speaking of hardware, this 2018 Huawei high-ender became one of the fastest smartphones around when it hit the market, running on Huawei's self-branded Kirin 980 tri-cluster processor , which is made up of a dual-core 2.6GHz main cluster, a second dual-core cluster clocked at 1.92GHz, and a 1.8GHz quad-core cluster for day-to-day applications. Accompanying its engine is a robust 6GB RAM. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is not that competitive when it comes to storage, though, settling for a 128GB internal memory capacity , which sounds so-so compared to the 256GB memory counts boasted by some competing high-end phablets.

Among its other pros is a 6.4-inch (6.39-inch, to be exact) OLED display sitting on a premium-class 3120 x 1440 2K resolution and a 538ppi pixel density count . It also features a pressure-sensing in-screen fingerprint reader , which only a few other flagships offered as we were writing this Phonerated analysis. Added to the mix is an LTE Cat 21 network adapter promising to reel in download rates of up to 1.4Gbps, at least according to Huawei's controlled lab tests.

Another highlight of its assortment of pros and cons is this Pro version's high-caliber 24-megapixel f/2.0 selfie camera that carries the phone's 3D Face Unlock technology. As of its release, 24 megapixels was among the highest front cam resolutions observed on the Android market. Furthermore, it passes IP68 rugged certifications for dust- and spill-proofing.

This Mate 20 spinoff's preloaded Android 9.0 Pie operating system is skinned with the brand's own EMUI 9.0 overlay. Lastly, a coating of either Emerald Green, Twilight, or Black wraps it up as a solid choice for those eyeing a flagship Android that's quite ambitious when it comes to imaging.


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