- Excellent video stabilization
- All-round camera experience with great daylight and night shots
- Top of the line Kirin 980 chipset with AI
- Dependable battery with SuperCharge support
- Bright display with great contrast, small notch
- Nice design with flat front and grippy glass back
- The 4K video quality could have been better
- Abysmal low-light performance of the ultra-wide-angle camera
- No autofocus on the selfie camera
- NM cards only!
- Low-quality top speaker
- No water resistance
Huawei has become one of the biggest names in Android, the company has just released in Huawei Mate 20 lineup to take on the flagships from Samsung and Google, can they handle the pressure ..!? , we are nasphones.com and this is our Huawei Mate 20 Review .
Huawei is back with the new yet familiar design for the Huawei Mate 20, like last year is made of all glass with an aluminum frame, the glass back is slightly curved and on our midnight blue model it has a rough texture, thanks to some laser engraving .
it’s only a bit noticeable to the touch, but it makes it sound like vinyl when you scratch on it, in this color scheme it comes with a subtle striped pattern under the glass, the effect looks sort of like metallic denim .
we did notice that there was some separation happening between the back panel and the frame, on both our Huawei Mate 20 Pro and our Huawei Mate 20, we’re not sure if this is a widespread issue or just bad luck with our review units .
so even though like last year the Huawei Mate 20 is IP 53 rated against dusts and light splashes, we had to keep these units away from water, like any glass phone the back is slippery, but if you want you could add some grip with the silicone case that Huawei provides in the box .
flipping over to the front, this screens the 6.53 inch IPS LCD, with a similar RGB Wmatrix as last year’s Huawei Mate 10, it is larger and taller this time around though, even bigger than the Huawei Mate 20 pros display .
it’s not a QHD OLED like on the Huawei Mate 20 pro but content here looks sharp enough at 1080p, contrast is excellent, color accuracy isn’t great, what is fine in the default vivid mode .
the screen is quite bright, up to 780 nits in auto mode in bright conditions, sunlight legibility is very good for an LCD, though colors will look washed out in direct Sun .
let’s talk quickly about the notch cut out, it’s much smaller than the wide notch on the Huawei Mate 20 pro and pretty unobtrusive, the trade-off is that you’re missing the 3d depth sensing here for face unlock .
that said the regular 2d face unlock works fine, though it won’t be as secure as a 3d version on the Huawei Mate 20 pro, you can always just stick to the fingerprint reader which has been moved to the back of the phone .
and even though it doesn’t have the wow factor of the Huawei Mate 20 pro’s under display reader, it’s as fast accurate and reliable as it gets .
one interesting accent on the phone is the power button which is colored red, on the other side is the hybrid SIM slot which enables expandable storage on top of the internal 128 gigs .
unfortunately it doesn’t support microSD but a new nano memory standard developed by Huawei, while these nm cards are smaller they don’t have as high a capacity or speed and at the moment you can’t even find them in stores yet .
we’re glad that just like last year’s Huawei Mate 10, the Huawei Mate 20 has kept a 3.5 millimeter jack for headphones, sound through headphones is good, clarity is top-notch though loudness is just average .
while stereo speakers aren’t on the official specs list you actually do have some sound coming out from the airpiece as well as from the bottom firing speaker, so you get the same sound quality as in Huawei Mate 20 Pro very good loudness but rather shallow and unbalanced out .
at the harder than Huawei Mate 20 is Huawei’s new 7 nanometer chipset, the HiSilicon Kirin 980 (7 nm), this year you can get one of the six gigs of ram or just for, in benchmarks the snapdragon 845 might still have a slightly more capable GPU, but the Kirin 980 edges it out in the CPU department .
and has a good chance of being the more power efficient chips out of the two, the 980 also brings back the dedicated neural processing chip from last year, but this time around is dual core, and there’s updated GPU turbo software available on the Huawei Mate 20 out of the box .
GPU turbo 2.0 uses his algorithms to smooth out frame rates and touch latency in supported games, and the number of titles is expanded to six now, and one more thing, there’s a performance mode which is found in battery settings, it’s supposed to give you the full unrestricted power of the kirin chip at the cost of heating up and draining the battery .
and our tests it did give about a 10% boost in benchmark scores, if we kept the phone cold in the fridge, at room temperature the phone quickly heats up throttles and you only get about 5% benefit .
the Huawei mate 20 has a large Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh power battery, in our proprietary test battery life is quite good, it’s called an endurance rating of 92 hours .
the phone supports huawei’s proprietary 22.5 watts supercharged, it’s not as fast as the 40 watt one on the Huawei Mate 20 pro model, but we were still able to get from 0 to 55% charge in 30 minutes, you don’t get wireless charging on this one .
the Huawei Mate 20 runs Android 9 PI out of the box, is pretty far from stock Android though with was proprietary EMUI 9 on top, from the first time I picked up the phone I was impressed by how fast and fluid everything felt .
swiping down on the homescreen opens an app search panel, you can click an icon from here to open a high vision which uses the camera to identify objects .
if you really love getting your swipe on, you can opt to use the new iPhone style gestures, they’re all basically the same swipe commands for going to the home screen, opening the task switcher and going back .
here from either the right or the left side, and swiping from the bottom corner will bring up Google assistant, also like on the iPhone there’s a screen time management report, which keeps track of how much time you spend on your phone .
there’s a password vault which is able to store passwords for all of your accounts, so you can log into anything with your face, a pin code or your fingerprints .
and since the Huawei Mate 20 has an IR blaster you can use it to control appliances around the house, the Huawei Mate 20 triple camera is a bit different from the Huawei Mate 20 pro’s, though the logic behind the setup is the same, there’s a 12 megapixel F1.8 main shooter in a secondary 8 megapixel F2.4 telephoto cam for zoom .
the third is a 16 megapixel ultra wide-angle cam at F2.2, all of these lack optical stabilization, in good light photos from the 12 megapixel main camera flash chip level as they come, there is plenty of detail, impressive dynamic range, lively and accurate colors and superb contrast .
the 54 millimeter telephoto camera offers only 2 times optical zoom, there’s no hyper zoom like there is on the pro, there’s nice detail though in the color contrast and dynamic range are just as good as the regular shots, even if the noise levels are a bit higher .
next the ultra wide-angle cam, there’s plenty of resolved detail, true to life colors, low noise levels and superb dynamic range, probably due to multi stack, there is some corner softness but it is much less than what we observed on the Huawei Mate 20 pro .
the ultra wide-angle cam can also do macro shots, since the phone can focus from closes two and a half centimeters, these are quite good in quality, there are sometimes some chromatic aberrations, but it comes with the territory .
remember the overly aggressive master AI mode on the Huawei p20, the good news is at version 2.0 has been reworked, and we no longer get over-the-top greenery or blue skies .
now the algorithm applies only a minor contrast boost and very slight extra saturation, with this bright F1.8 aperture, the main camera takes very good photos and lowlights, even though it lacks OIS, the shutter speed won’t go lower than 125th of a second, so blurred images due to camera shake are highly unlikely .
there’s plenty of detail, nice exposure, excellent contrast and some very nice-looking colors, the noise is handled very well too, but it’s not quite as clean as on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro .
and unlike the Huawei Mate 20 pro, the Huawei Mate 20 uses telephoto camera at night, instead it will crop and digitally zoom from the regular 12 megapixel shots and the quality is disappointing .
with the ultra wide camera the image quality turned out abysmal, the resolved detail is very low and the noise levels are extremely high, unlike the Huawei Mate 20 pro, the Huawei Mate 20’s ultra wide-angle camera isn’t fitted for low-light shots .
luckily this is where the night mode comes in, it takes pseudo long exposures by stacking multiple frames, producing quite usable wide-angle pictures, overall its images look brighter with good color retention and decent detail in both shadows and highlights .
moving subjects will get blurred so it won’t do a great job on a night out with friends, but it can take some impressive photos of nighttime scenes .
portrait mode has changed a bit since the p20 series, you can’t change the blur strength as you could before, instead you can choose a bouquet highlight shape, circle, heart, swirl or disc .
in scenes with a bright busy background you still sometimes get artifacts around the subject, but in general it still has some of the best separation we’ve seen in a while .
for selfies there’s a 24 megapixel F2.0 front-facing camera with fixed focus, the same is on the P20 series, we wish the focus sweet spot was farther from the phone, here you have to shoot your face from pretty close to be in sharp focus, but if you are the level of detail is quite amazing, colors are faithfully represented, and dynamic range is good for a selfie cam, especially if you live on the default AI HDR .
the front camera also has a portrait mode, which is okay, the Huawei Mate 20 can shoot video in 4k at 30fps, Huawei still hasn’t implemented a 60 FPS option, video can be captured with any of the three cameras, an electronic stabilization is always on .
quality is just average, it lacks sharpness and we’ve seen mid rangers with better resolve detail, the colors themselves are washed out too but at least a contrast in the dynamic range are pretty decent .
the 1080p footage at 30fps looks sharp and is actually among the best 1080p video we’ve seen, the resolved detail is great as are the colors, contrast and the dynamic range .
1080p videos as 60fps are less detailed than the 30fps ones, and the image is much softer, and you can use the telephoto camera in this mode, zoom is done digitally, there’s 960fps super slo-mo recording as well, in 720p only .
so that’s the Huawei Mate 20, compared to last year’s Huawei Mate 10 it has a lot to offer, there’s a bigger display, a faster 7 manometer chipset and the awesome new triple camera setup that’s almost as good as the Huawei Mate 20 pro’s .
it is missing some of the pro’s higher-end features, so it’s not quite as cutting-edge of a device, but the Huawei Mate 20 does have a larger screen and a 3.5 millimeter jack, on top of being quite a lot cheaper .
there is the question of market availability, although the Huawei Mate 20 will be available alongside that Huawei Mate 20 Pro in many markets, neither is coming to the US, but if you can get your hands on it the Huawei Mate 20 is a nice flagship phone, it’s a solid alternative to the more expensive pro version, and it deserves our recommendation .
Disclaimer : We can not guarantee that the information on this page is 100% correct
Specification: Huawei Mate 20
GSM / HSPA / LTE
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)
HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 6(900), 7(2600), 8(900), 9(1800), 12(700)
HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A Cat21 1400/200 Mbps
Available. Released 2018, November
158.2 x 77.2 x 8.3 mm (6.23 x 3.04 x 0.33 in)
188 g (6.63 oz)
Front/back glass & aluminum frame
Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
IP53 dust and splash protection
IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
6.53 inches, 107.5 cm2 (~88.0% screen-to-body ratio)
1080 x 2244 pixels, 18.7:9 ratio (~381 ppi density)
Corning Gorilla Glass (unspecified version)
|Other screen features||
Android 9.0 (Pie); EMUI 9
HiSilicon Kirin 980 (7 nm)
Octa-core (2×2.6 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2×1.92 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55)
|Memory Card Slot||
NM (Nano Memory), up to 256GB (uses SIM 2)
128 GB, 4/6 GB RAM
12 MP, f/1.8, 27mm (wide), 1/2.3", 16 MP, f/2.2, 17mm (ultrawide), 8 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), Triple
Leica optics, dual-LED dual-tone flash, panorama, HDR
2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS), 720p@960fps
24 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide), Single
|Selfie Camera Features||
|Selfie Camera Video||
Yes, with stereo speakers
32-bit/384kHz audio, Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
5.0, A2DP, aptX HD, LE
Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS
3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass
Fast battery charging 4.5V/5A 22.5W (58% in 30 min), Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery
Midnight Blue, Twilight, Black
About 640 EUR