Huawei launches Mate 20 Pro with supersize 2K+ OLED screen

Isaac Cain
October 16, 2018

The Huawei Mate 20 will start at 799 euros (~$927) while the Huawei Mate 20 Pro will start at 1,049 euros (~$1,217).

We'll be there at the launch to bring you hands-on reviews of the new devices. The Mate 20 series is traditionally the highest-end offering from the Chinese OEM, featuring the year's latest-and-greatest technology.

Shenzhen-based Huawei overtook Apple in terms of sales, placing second behind Samsung, but that was before the launch of the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR. The Mate 20 Pro can reverse wireless charge other phones, too: put an iPhone X on the Pro's back and it will begin topping up.

The chip inside the new phone is no secret: the Kirin 980 has already been announced and is set to be the most powerful inside any Android phone.

The Pro also managed to cram a fingerprint scanner underneath its screen for people who don't want to use facial scanning to unlock, and can go underwater for minutes at a time with an IP68 water resistance rating (the standard Mate 20 is only IP53, which means it can only survive light rain). The phone is powered by a HiSilicon Kirin 980 7nm SoC with dual AI processor.

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The smaller Mate 20 has a "teardrop" style cutout.

It appears the Mate 20 Pro could also follow tradition by launching in a colour similar to the hugely-popular Twilight finish that debuted on the P20 Pro, renders showed. The triple rear camera of the smartphone is expected to consist of a 40Mp wide angle sensor, 20MP telephoto sensor and an 8MP ultra wide angle lens sensor. That lens also has OIS. We know from our review that the Note 9 has a very strong camera, but so too do recent Huawei flagships.

Battery is also vastly improved, with the Pro offering up to 70% in 30 minutes via super charge and 58% in the same time for the normal Mate. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is said to feature a 6.39-inch OLED display with 1440x3120 pixel resolution.

However, the Mate 20 Pro has a newer chipset, a slightly sharper screen, an extra camera lens and a marginally larger battery, as well as a newer version of Android - at least for now.

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