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Huawei Mate 20 Pro review

Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro lives up to the hype with a superb camera, outstanding battery life and exceptional style.

Huawei’s strategy for its Mate phones in the past has been to focus on the productivity features of its larger phones, leaving the more fun features for the stylish fashion-forward P series handsets. That all changes with the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, which switches to a fun new design, exceptional camera and market-leading battery performance.

It’s Huawei’s most expensive phone to date, and while not everybody needs a premium flagship, if you’re in the market for one, you must consider the Huawei Mate 20 Pro.

Quick verdict

Huawei’s been talking up the capabilities of its flagships for some years now, but with the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, it’s finally taken an absolute market-leading position, with great battery life, superb performance and an exceptional camera. It’s Huawei’s most expensive smartphone to date… and it’s worth it.

The good

  • Amazing camera
  • Battery life that easily beats any other handset
  • Kirin 980 processor is top notch
  • Reverse wireless charging

The bad

  • We didn’t need a new storage format
  • Fingerprint sensor needs a fair amount of force
  • No headphone jack

Design

  • Notched design
  • Protective case included
  • No headphone jack
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Camera

  • Triple camera gives exceptional results
  • Macro mode works well
  • Great video stabilisation
  • Camera AI that (mostly) works
  • Some portrait effects are silly
  • No monochrome lens
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Performance

  • Kirin 980 beats out the Snapdragon 845 – but not the A12 Bionic
  • Still a shadow over Huawei’s benchmark honesty
  • Overall performance is very good
  • EMUI on top of Android Pie is odd
  • NM storage card format
  • Fingerprint sensor needs some force
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Battery life

  • Best battery life of any phone, hands-down
  • Very fast wired charging
  • Fast wireless charging
  • Reverse wireless charging
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Verdict

  • An astonishingly good phone
  • High priced for Huawei
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Specifications

Huawei Mate 20
OSAndroid 9
Display size (inches)6.39
Display resolution (pixels)3,120 x 1,440
Pixels per inch (PPI)538
ProcessorKirin 980
Height (mm)157.8
Width (mm)72.3
Depth (mm)8.6
Weight (g)189
Battery size (mAh)4,200
Wireless chargingQi
Internal storage128GB
MicroSD expansion256GB
Fingerprint scannerYes
RAM6GB
Water resistanceIP68
Huawei Mate 20
Rear camera (1) resolution40
Rear camera (1) aperturef/1.8
Rear camera (2) resolution20
Rear camera (2) aperturef/2.2
Rear camera (3) resolution8
Rear camera (3) aperturef/2.4
Front camera (1) resolution24
Front camera (1) aperturef/2.0
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Wi-Fi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speedCategory 21
NFC supportYes

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