Huawei Mate 20 Pro has everything you need in a smartphone.
"Wow, she has the latest phone from Huawei," I heard someone say to her friend and invited her to look at Mate 20 Pro in my hand.
If life was a television advertisement, it would have been my cue to break into a song and dance number about how much I loved using Mate 20 Pro – it's a wonderful phone to keep, absolutely amazing to use and taking amazing pictures.
Seriously, what's not to love about the latest flagship device from the Chinese tech giant?
The review unit has bulky Twilight color on the back, introduced in Huawei's P20 line earlier this year and now exclusive to the Pro version in the Mate 20 series.
On the front is a 6.93 inch curved Oled display that gives the device an elegant and polished look. Even though it's convenient to make or receive calls with just one hand, 72.3mm width and 157.8mm height makes it a bit difficult to perform other functions without help. So it's best to trust both hands when you text or use the phone for other purposes.
I chose the "Gestures" navigation system – users can also choose "Three-Key Navigation" or "Navigation Dock" – which allows me to control the device easily when I have to use only one hand. A swipe from the left or right of the edge of the screen acts as the "back" button, a swipe up from the bottom takes me to the home screen, and if I add a break for this gesture, it would get up to all the latest information.
The fingerprint sensor on the screen is placed in a convenient location on the phone. A button on the screen shows the "goal" to show where you have to place your finger, and you need to put a little pressure on the sensor to read your print and unlock the phone. Or you can only use the 3D Face Unlock feature to get the job done.
The front cover (it may be hidden if it interferes with you) stores a range of sensors – proximity, spot projector, 24-megapixel camera and infrared camera – to increase face sensitivity accuracy. The setting is a breeze and it unlocks your phone. I tested it on my mom – as many say I'm a scary picture – and the sensors did a great job not to fall for the trick.
As someone watching Netflix on the phone, I was really pleased with the 19.5: 9 ratio 2K resolution (1.440 x 3.120 pixels). The video quality is alive and clear, but I was not impressed with the sound.
The Mate 20 Pro has two speakers – one in the earpiece and the other in the downward-facing USB-C port (although you can still hear the sound when the charger is plugged in), but you do not just feel at the party if you know what I mean.
What makes it work
Mate 20 Pro runs on Android 9.0 Pie with Huawei's EMUI 9 user interface, and is powered by the built-in Kirin 980 octa core processor.
I did not run big games on the device – in addition to the usual trivia and puzzles – but there is no doubt that the Mali-G76 GPU is equipped to handle heavy high-end games without hitch.
The 128 GB memory and 6 GB of RAM ensure that there is plenty of room for multiple games to run without delay. Additionally, you can expand your memory with Huawei's latest Nano memory card that will receive 128GB (RM298) capacity in Malaysia on November 15th. It is 45% less than microSD and is identical in size and shape to the nano SIM card. So you can either choose to use dual-nano SIM cards on your device, or go with a nano SIM and a Nano Memory for extra storage capacity.
If you are one who always forgets the charger or a power bank to soak up your phone, the 4.200mAh battery would probably put a smile on your face. With regular usage-like images, Waze, Spotify and entire social media, the battery is shipped for over a day. And the 40 watt fast charging feature got a flat battery up to over 60% of charge in just 30 minutes. It also has wireless charging capacity, but you have to purchase the dock separately.
This is a bit gimmicky, but Mate 20 Pro also supports "reverse charge", which basically means you can use the smartphone to charge other devices (regardless of brand) that have wireless charging capacity. A quick test showed that it takes about 30% of Mate 20 Pros's own juice to get the other device's battery up by 10%.
One reason to laugh
One of the biggest features of a smartphone is the camera, and here you can find three reasons to smile. The Mate 20 Pro has a 40-megapixel wide-angle f/ 1.8 Lens, 8 Megapixel f/2.4 3x telecamera and a 20 megapixel f/2.2 ultrasound lens on the back. These Leica lenses (absent in the front 24-megapixel camera) collaborate to create stunning images.
The ultra-long angle lens, replacing the monochrome sensor found in the predecessor, allows you to take better photos without compromising the view, but if it's too applied it can give sharp edges to the photo. The upside is, however, that my legs have never looked at pictures more than they do when using the ultra-fine camera. Night photography is also a treatment with Mate 20 Pro, because night mode allows you to capture as much detail as possible in low light.
There are also two new modes that come with the camera suite, such as HiVision, which can "scan" a building or painting and give you more information about the subject, or if it's a product, where you can buy them. This is based on machine learning, so it takes some time for it to be fully reliable, but expects some initial differences like when HiVision insisted that my steam rod is actually a weapon before it finally recognized it for what it really is. You can also use HiVision to translate documents, and it may be useful when you read a menu in a language that is strange to you.
Huawei also introduced 3D Qmoji into the camera's app AR Lens mode, where you can create animated emojis with the preset characters.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro is definitely all that's hyped up to be and possibly even more. Mate 20 Pro is a powerful smartphone with excellent camera setup and display to start. The value is RM3,599, and is available in Twilight, Black and Green.
ADVANTAGES: Wireless charging; ultra-long-angle camera; solid performance.
CONS: Impressive sound quality.
Mate 20 Pro
OPERATING SYSTEM: Android 9.0 Pie
SHOW: 6.39in (1.440 x 3.120 pixels)
processor: Hisilicon Kirin 980
CAMERA: 40 megapixel (wide) + 20 megapixel (ultra wide) + 8 megapixel (telephoto) rear 24 megapixel front
MEMORY: 128GB of storage, 6GB of RAM
connections: WiFi 802.11, Bluetooth, NFC
DIMENSIONS (W x D x H): 72.3 x 8.6 x 157.8 mm
WEIGHT: 189 g
GRADE: 4 stars
Review the device with Huawei Technologies Malaysia, 1800-22-3366