Huawei Mate 20 review
Huawei Mate 20 review
Triple camera at a more affordable price
Our Huawei Mate 20 review finds a triple camera experience at a more affordable price, in comparison to the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. With just slightly a less powerful camera and a slightly lower screen resolution, you can get in on the latest action without laying down a bucket full of cash.
Full screen and glass design
The Huawei Mate 20 has a large 6.53” full screen and while the resolution (FHD+ 2244×1080) is just slightly lower than the Mate 20 Pro screen, there is an advantage to note. The Mate 20 has a smaller camera notch and this gives you more screen to be wowed by.
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This Huawei phone is offered in Midnight Blue, Emerald Green and Black. The rear textured glass hides fingerprints and gives an anti-slip surface to get hold of. At 188g and being 8.3mm thick, the phone has comparable specifications to its competitors here.
The world’s first 7nm chip
The Huawei Mate 20 has a Kirin 980 2.6GHz octa-core processor and this is the world’s first 7nm chip. The improvements of this chip are quite remarkable:
75% CPU performance upgrade with 58% power efficiency upgrade
46% GPU performance upgrade with 178% power efficiency upgrade
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You get the choice of either 4GB or 6GB RAM but only those looking for absolute-peak performance need opt for the latter.
Phone Set Up
Fingerprint sensor and memory
You don’t get to enjoy facial recognition on the Huawei Mate 20 but there is a handy fingerprint sensor positioned on the back. The loss of facial recognition is the reason why the display notch is so small, so there is a benefit here, depending on what you are looking for.
The memory can be expanded if you need more room for your apps, photos or videos. Huawei is introducing a new size of memory card called an NM card. These are smaller than microSD cards and come in values of up to 256GB. It does, of course, mean that if you have a microSD card then this won’t fit into the Mate 20.
The Huawei Mate 20 runs on Huawei’s EMUI 9.0, combined with the Android 9 Pie operating system. EMUI 9.0 offers a better experience and is 25% more responsive and reduces touch delays by 36%.
Features that you may not have come across before include HiVision. This feature uses the camera to monitor your calories with volume estimation or to give you information on landmarks and paintings. The feature can also offer translations of text and the AI E-Commerce option lets you take a photo of any product and then shop for it online.
If you wish to project your experience to a big screen then you can with Miracast and the wireless PC Mode.
Camera & Video
Leica Triple Camera
The triple camera is powered by AI and the three lenses are used for the following:
12MP lens – This is the main RGB lens and is used for everyday photography
16MP lens – This is a Leica Ultra Wide Angle Lens and it is used for capturing landscapes and macro shots from 2.5cm away
8MP lens – This is a telephoto lens that lets you zoom in on far away action
AI-Painting Photography is another new feature that recognises 1,500 scenarios and 25 categories. This cleverly uses object segmentation to enhance the brightness, colour and contrast automatically, for different objects in the scene.
AI Image Stabilisation in Night Mode ensures good results without blur. AI Cinema Mode captures video in a classic 21:9 ratio with real-time HDR. Director’s Cut is an AI video editor that recognises faces so that you can create highlight reels for different people.
AI Portrait Colour brings filters such as Background Blur, Vintage, Fresh and Suspense. You can also grey out the background and shoot self-portraits with the 24MP selfie camera.
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AI power management
The Huawei Mate 20 has a 4,000mAh battery with AI power management. This feature will ensure you get to the end of the day. When you do need to charge the battery, Huawei SuperCharge gets you to 58% capacity in 30 minutes.
Written by: Michael Brown