Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review

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Product is rated as #6 in category Huawei
the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is a beast of a smartphone, the battery life is insane and charging is a dream the screen is gorgeous the phone is a beauty and you'll never feel a slowdown no matter what torture tests you put it through, and the triple-n setup is one of the most fun around .
Design
10
Display
9
Software
9
Performance
10
Battery Life
10
Camera
9
Value for Money
9
PROS:
  • Versatile set of cameras
  • Vivid and sharp display
  • Powerful CPU
  • Premium build quality and aesthetics
  • Excellent battery life and super fast charging
  • 40W wired and 15W wireless charging (reversed, too)
  • Great security options - face unlock and UD fingerprint scanner
  • Kirin 980 has the fastest Android processor
  • The triple camera is the best all-round setup on a smartphone
  • Top-notch AMOLED with superb brightness and sunlight contrast
CONS:
  • Inconsistent fingerprint recognition
  • Proprietary memory cards with extremely limited availability
  • The stereo speakers are squeaky, one is in the USB port
  • No audio port
  • The selfie camera would benefit from autofocus

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review

for the past month and a half I’ve used the Huawei Mate 20 Pro as my daily driver, it’s been crazy overhyped and it’s supposedly one of the best phones around right now, but does the hype match up to reality..!?

we are nasphones.com and this is our long-term review of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro

start off with this pone is a stunner, it’s hard to get sick of the ocean blue color or the pop of red and the power button, I usually think that the looks of a phone don’t matter very much, because they’re just looks, but this phone is so pretty that I really have to admit that it contributes to the overall experience .

even the notch doesn’t really detract from its overall looks especially since most of the time are not even going to notice it, you can go into settings and decide whether it cuts into a particular app or not .

also the notification LED it houses has been one of my favorite features because it’s an easy way to know who has texted you or not, without having to actually reach over and open the phone .

and this actually brings me to one of the most annoying parts of the device and actually the most annoying part of the notch, even though it’s not the notches fault, biometrics .

face unlock works about half of the time and I resort to using the fingerprint reader inside the display more often than not this is really annoying at night because the in display fingerprint reader uses lights so it can read your finger .

and in a pitch-black room this is blindingly bright, when it’s not trying to make your eyes bleed the screen itself is gorgeous, and in fact it’s so gorgeous that it’s difficult to find good wallpapers for it because the high resolution display makes sure that you can see every single flaw of the photo that you’re looking at .

despite the curve of the screen making the edge a little bit skinny the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is still really comfortable to hold and pretty easy to use one-handed, especially since it’s not too slippery in the hand .

however even though it’s not slippery in the hand that doesn’t mean that it’s not slippery on every single surface that you put it on especially that that surface has an incline .

and so even though it has Gorilla Glass protection on both sides of the phone it also means that it’s way more likely to break even if you’re not that clumsy and you’re not gonna be the one breaking it .

while we’re on the subject of things dropping I haven’t had any issues with calls being dropped, people on the other line hear me pretty well too however I do have a problem with the earpiece which is abysmal it makes it really difficult to speak on the phone and loud environments just because you’re not gonna be able to understand what the other person is saying .

I’ve even had to resort to using the USBC headphones the mate comes with if I want to understand the person on the other side of the line, and as far as music is concerned the bottom firing speaker doesn’t help the situation very much .

it’s loud enough but the sound quality is quite tinny and if you plug in a cable it sounds even worse because it’s situated right behind the USBC port, so I’ve completely resorted to using portable Bluetooth speakers .

this brings me to one of the biggest issues I have with this phone, first of all let me remind you this phone does not have a headphone jack, so you are completely at the mercy of the dongle or the Bluetooth connection .

and the Bluetooth connection once connected is pretty good but if you’re gonna get connected that entire process is not so good, it’s completely unreliable and sometimes it takes up to a minute to get connected and sometimes it doesn’t get connected at all and you have to restart the Bluetooth connection or the audio device that you want to use .

but like I said once connected there aren’t any issues, sound quality is excellent when you use devices that support high quality audio codecs and you can actually choose whether you want APTX or LDAC .

there are loads of hidden options and features on this phone and I doubt you’ll even use a third of them, some like the one-handed UI and motion control gestures have been part of a EMUI for years now .

while others like digital balance are newer, this is actually part of Google’s push for digital well being and Android Pi and though it makes you more aware of how much time you waste on your phone it’s not always accurate .

for example if you use the floating chat heads on messenger it’s not always going to tell you that you’ve spent time looking at your phone so in reality you might have spent an hour and it’s actually gonna tell you half an hour .

I also wish that Huawei would modernize its UI a little bit, the phone is gorgeous the wallpapers are gorgeous it’s clear that they have a really nice design team, so I don’t understand why they don’t do this for the software part of their devices at least if you choose to go the third-party launcher out for extensive customization you’ll be happy to know that weather widgets no longer crash on this version of emui .

thankfully some things are really well executed like gesture navigation, gestures ensure that you can use pretty much all of your screen real estate and at some point they become so natural that it feels painful to use navigation buttons .

well emui is still quite cluttered and far from the lightest UI in the smartphone industry, it doesn’t seem to impact the speed of the phone no matter how many apps you leave open .

another thing that does not seem to be impacted by a billion things running the background is battery life, the best part is even if it starts to get in the red the fast charger is so fast that even a measly 10 minutes means the phone can last me another three hours .

last but not least we really have to talk about the camera, in some ways I really missed the pixel to excel that I was last using well the Huawei Mate 20 Pro can take some amazing pictures its autofocus is pretty terrible especially if you have a moving subject .

often you’ll find that you have to reshoot the photo a bunch of times especially if you have someone who likes to fidget a lot, Autofocus is even worse in low-light environments so despite night mode being able to capture amazing photos of scenery .

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pictures of your friends having a laugh or a different story, if you deactivate the 4d predictive focus and turn on the master AI things are slightly better but only slightly .

even though the Huawei Mate 20 Pro last year was strictly a photographer’s camera, this year I’d say that Huawei Mate 20 Pro is a fine option for the videographers among you .

well the colors are washed out when the light gets low and sharpness in general isn’t the best around, videos have very reliable stabilization and the flexibility that comes with three lenses is unmatched .

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you can shoot videos on the fly that would simply be impossible in most scenarios, but you should keep in mind that it isn’t the most reliable camera around, and sometimes you’ll have to shoot pictures more than once in order to capture the moments, and other times you’ll find yourself fiddling with the settings for a few minutes in order to capture whatever amazing thing you’re looking at .

as a whole that Huawei Mate 20 Pro is not perfect, there’s some serious annoyances like fidgety Bluetooth, the unreliable autofocus at close distances, the cluttered UI or the abysmal earpiece speaker .

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however if you can live with these niggles the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is a beast of a smartphone, the battery life is insane and charging is a dream the screen is gorgeous the phone is a beauty and you’ll never feel a slowdown no matter what torture tests you put it through, and the triple-n setup is one of the most fun around .

the galaxy note 9 is the only phone I can think of that allows comparable amount of freedom, and if you’re choosing between these two it becomes a matter of which camera do you like better and how much do you care about the headphone jack and the stylus .

Update - 2019.02.15

Disclaimer : We can not guarantee that the information on this page is 100% correct

Specification: Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review

Technology

GSM / HSPA / LTE

2G bands

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)

3G bands

HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100

4G bands

LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 6(900), 7(2600), 8(900), 9(1800), 12(700), 17(700)

Speed

HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A Cat21 1400/200 Mbps

GPRS

Yes

Edge

Yes

Announced

2018, October

Status

Available. Released 2018, November

Dimensions

157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6 mm (6.21 x 2.85 x 0.34 in)

Weight

189 g (6.67 oz)

Build

Front/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame

SIM

Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Other Features

IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 2m for 30 mins)

Display Type

AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Display Size

6.39 inches, 100.2 cm2 (~87.9% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution

1440 x 3120 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~538 ppi density)

Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass 5

Other screen features

DCI-P3, HDR10

Operation System

Android 9.0 (Pie); EMUI 9

Chipset

HiSilicon Kirin 980 (7 nm)

CPU

Octa-core (2×2.6 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2×1.92 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55)

GPU

Mali-G76 MP10

Memory Card Slot

NM (Nano Memory), up to 256GB (uses SIM 2)

Internal Memory

256 GB, 8 GB RAM or 128 GB, 6 GB RAM

Main Camera

20 MP, f/2.2, 16mm (ultrawide), 1/2.7", PDAF/Laser AF, 40 MP, f/1.8, 27mm (wide), 1/1.7", PDAF/Laser AF, 8 MP, f/2.4, 80mm (telephoto), 1/4", 5x optical zoom, OIS, PDAF/Laser AF, Triple

Camera Features

Leica optics, dual-LED dual-tone flash, panorama, HDR

Video

2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS), 720p@960fps

Selfie Camera

24 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide), Single

Selfie Camera Features

HDR

Selfie Camera Video

1080p@30fps

Loud Speaker

Yes, with stereo speakers

3.5mm jack

No

General Features

32-bit/384kHz audio, Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot

Bluetooth

5.0, A2DP, aptX HD, LE

GPS

Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS

NFC

Yes

Infrared port

Yes

Radio

No

USB

3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go

Sensors

Face ID, fingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass

BATTERY

Fast battery charging 40W (70% in 30 min), Fast wireless charging 15W, Non-removable Li-Po 4200 mAh battery, Power bank/Reverse wireless charging

Colors

Emerald Green, Midnight Blue, Twilight, Pink Gold, Black

Price

About 880 EUR

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