The Huawei Mate series is the Chinese marque’s most coveted product line. It sits even higher than the brilliant P series. It is usually also one of the most anticipated devices not just for Huawei, but for the whole smartphone industry. That should not come as a surprise though since the Mate series is Huawei’s most advanced line-up in their stables.
This time, Huawei announced their very new, very powerful HiSilicon Kirin 980 that is supposed to come with two dedicated AI chips within the SoC design. That also gave way to plenty of new camera functions that we could only dream of five years ago. With that kind of capabilities touted for the Huawei Mate 20 series there is little wonder to why the device is one of the most anticipated for the year.
There are three this time launched in London; the Huawei Mate 20 X, Mate 20, and Mate 20 Pro. Obviously the top-of-the-line flagship device is the Huawei Mate 20 Pro.
The Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro – The Next Evolution
Starting with the Plain ol’ Jane Huawei Mate 20 that is now featuring a glass back with something they call a hyper optical multi pattern. That is some very subtle texture that you can actually feel. Because of that extra texture also the device has a better grip feel. It even looks more unique as a result. The Mate 20 Pro though gets the regular glossy, smooth 2.5D glass on the back.
The Mate 20 Pro is now an IP68 dust and water-resistant rated device making it even better than before. While the Huawei Mate 20 is a 6.5-inch display boasting Full HD+ the Pro version gets a slightly smaller 6.4-inch display with 2K resolution. The regular Mate 20 is powered by a 4,000mAh battery which should last quite a bit. The Mate 20 Pro though adds wireless charging (it can wirelessly charge other devices too) and 4,200mAh battery to make it last even longer. That 4,200 mAh battery also charges faster than regular fast charging thanks to Huawei SuperCharge feature that charges at 40W output. It charges to 70% within 30 minutes.
The notch on the Mate 20 is also smaller compared to the Mate 20 Pro. Not that it is any set back though because the Mate 20 Pro’s slightly larger notch houses the 3D depth sensors and camera for the most advanced facial recognition. The Mate 20 Pro also has an in-display fingerprint sensor, which the Mate 20 does not get.
The differences end there though. Both the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro packs the super powerful HiSilicon Kirin 980 with 7nm architecture and dual Neural Processing Units (NPU) that is optimised for AI. The chip is so powerful that it would process 4,500 images in a single minute.
Overkill? Not really considering that both variants of the Mate 20 series gets the triple camera treatment. The arrangement might look a little odd, but it is inspired by the Porsche 919 Le Mans racer for the racing fans out there. Specifically the headlights of the Le Mans racer.
The set-up is an ultra-wide and a telephoto lens that is both paired to a regular lens. That is also paired to a 24-Megapixel front facing camera with AI. The new processor and three cameras pairing means that Huawei’s new AI algorithm is even more powerful. That shows in the Master AI program in the camera app. That also means that the camera’s autofocus is faster and more accurately. With 4D object tracking too the focus follows the subject all the time accurately. The AI also allows the camera app to have a few new features. One of them is Cinema filter with some very interesting video effects built into the camera app. The other is AI video zoom that not only tracks the selected subject but it also follows the subject by zooming in and out wherever the subject goes.
There is a 128GB of storage built into the device itself to store all those videos and photos. If 128GB is not enough there is an expansion slot as well. This is not just any expansion slot though, it is a new format nm class cards that are smaller than the currently very popular MicroSD cards.
The Huawei Mate 20 will be available in either Midnight Blue and Black colour options. It packs 4GB of RAM and sells for MYR2,799. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro will be available in either Black, Emerald Green, and Twilight for the Malaysian market. It packs 6GB of RAM and sells for MYR3,599. If these two does not rock your boat there is another one smartphone that you might like in the Mate 20 series. There is the Huawei Mate 20 X.
Huawei Mate 20 X – Big is Even Bigger
So one take away from the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro series is that they pack a larger screen than before. There will be complains however about screen sizes not being big enough. So Huawei has an answer for that with the introduction of the new Huawei Mate 20 X, the first in the Mate series.
First of, this thing is big; really big – 7.2-inch big. It is an OLED panel which also means that it has great colour contrast and saturation. It pushes out Full HD+ resolution too so it is not like you are getting fewer details with the bigger display.
Of course with a bigger body there is more room for a bigger battery. It makes sense then that this behemoth of a device has a 5,000mAh battery which gives the device a 30% increase in battery life compared to the Mate 20 Pro despite the bigger display.
The Huawei Mate 20 X supports wireless projection too with compatible displays like the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro. The difference here is that the Huawei Mate 20 X’s larger display allows it to operate more like a tablet in that sense. The larger display real-estate allows it to switch to tablet mode when you tilt it to its sides (landscape).
The biggest difference here though is the introduction of the M Pen for the Huawei Mate 20 X. The M Pen is also the same Pen technology used in the Huawei MediaPad Pro that we saw last year. It cannot be used on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro so this is one big reason why you want to get a Mate 20 X over the Mate 20 Pro.
With the Pen as well there are a slew of additional applications built into EMUI to support the M Pen to the fullest. You can create signatures, create doodles, Make notes and what not. It even acts as a remote to do your screenshots when you need it to.
The Huawei Mate 20 X with 6GB of RAM is available in Phantom Silver and Midnight Blue colour options. It will set you back MYR3,199 and the M Pen comes together with that price, and a case too. The Huawei Mate 20 series will start selling in Malaysia 27th October, 2018 onward. That is tomorrow; so get up and start planning your shopping tomorrow.
Also published on Medium.