Huawei Mate 20 Pro launched in India: Hands On Review
Huawei unveiled the 2018 edition of their Mate series with launching the new Huawei Mate 20 Pro. The smartphone was earlier launched in China and the European markets before making debut in India. Huawei has been focused to become the biggest brand on the market, It has been able to achieve the second position thanks to the Honor sub-brand which brings premium features to budget smartphones.
With the new Mate 20 Pro, Huawei has still maintained the premium and inferior concept of the Chinese brand. The Huawei Mate 20 pro does not only have a premium design but also has all new hardware. Which might be seen soon in the Honor brands less expensive and inferior looking smartphones in the latter half of 2019.
Price and Availablity
The new smartphone launched today will be available online only on Amazon, With Sale starting from December 3rd for the Prime members and December 4th for the Regular customers. While the Smartphone will also be available in the Chroma store from December 11th onwards.
The Huawei Mate 20 pro is currently available in the Emerald green and Twilight blue colour options with Emerald green being the sturdy version and twilight blue the Shiny one. Currently, the only 6Gb+128GB variant has been announced for the price of Rs 69,990. Huawei might announce the Porshe edition really soon with 8Gb Ram and higher storage.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro sports a 6.39-inch AMOLED 2K display with a wide but short notch up at the front. Under the hood, The smartphone is powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 980 processor paired with Mali-G76 MP10 GPU. Coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage which is further expandable using a nano-memory slot. Under the hood, there is a 4,200mAh battery which supports Huawei’s latest 40W Super Charge technology.
As for the optics, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro features a triple camera set up at the back consisting of a 40-megapixel f/1.8 primary sensor, a 20-megapixel f/2.4 Wide-Angle lens and an 8-megapixel f/2.2 telephoto lens. Up front, there is a 24-megapixel selfie snapper with f/2.0 aperture.
Out of the box, The smartphone comes with Android 9.0 Pie based EMUI 9. Which is an improved version of the previous EMUI 9 now supporting gesture-based navigation and the new Camera app. Also, the phone supports in-display fingerprint sensor.
Grip and feel
The smartphone feels impressive in the hand, with minimum bezels around the 6.34-inch smartphone doesn’t feel large and is very similar to the size of Oneplus 6T. The smartphone has a curved design on both front and the back side of the smartphone which make the phone feel more grippier and comfortable to hold.
The Two colour variants, The Emerald green and the twilight blue have differences not just in terms of colour but also in terms of the form factor.
The Emerald green is grippier one with more like matte carbon green variant. On the other hand, the twilight blue is a transitioning blue with a more glossy finish. While the front of the smartphone is very much alike on both the editions.
The elephant in the house, Huawei has kept quite a focus on this segment of the design. The phone sports 3 camera sensor at the back with flash in a rectangular shape at the back and 2 sensors at the front for taking a selfie with an additional 3D depth sensing sensor for a better-performing Face unlock.
The question is are the cameras just good on the spec-sheet or perform well in reality as well? The answer is the Huawei mate 20 Pro not only outclass other flagships on spec-sheet but also outclasses the smartphone in terms of image quality, AI performance and video recording.
Huawei has collaborated with Leica (Camera lens brand), for the rear cameras. The phone is touted to perform similar or even better than SLRs on a few occasions. The smartphone features a 40MP main camera, a 20MP Ultrawide Camera and an 8MP telephoto camera. Sporting a wide range of Focal length, similar to 16-270mm Zoom lens.
The powerful AI capabilities in the Mate series smartphone will be able to be used for professional filmmaking. The Mate 20 lineup will feature pre-set modes such as AI Colour, Vintage, Fresh, Suspense and Background Blur. Rest the Front camera with AI capabilities enhances the security of the device, with other AI features remaining the same.
Also, Huawei has also inculcated a Night mode, which gives an impressive shot in low-light. But also gives a brighter photo when compared to the regular Human vision. Huawei has impressed in this camera department earlier also but this time they have taken Camera in a smartphone to the next level.
Battery and Fingerprint sensor
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro houses a large, high-density 4200mAh battery, and supports 40W HUAWEI SuperCharge, which gives the device 70 per cent charge in 30 minutes.
Moreover, Huawei Mate 20 Pro supports 15W HUAWEI Wireless Quick Charge, fastest wireless charging available in a smartphone, and Wireless Reverse Charge, which enables the device to work as a power bank for selected electronic devices supporting wireless charging.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro, brings the in display fingerprint sensor to Huawei smartphone for the first time. While the fingerprint sensor is not the fastest available in the market, but it is way faster than the first generation versions from Vivo and Oppo. The Performance of the fingerprint sensor is very much dependent on the brightness of the screen. The placement of the sensor is also near perfect.
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro features the latest Hisilicon Kirin 980 SoC, Kirin brand is Huawei’s homegrown processors going toe to toe in comparison with the Qualcomm Snapdragon counterparts. The SoC features a cutting-edge 7nm technology process, the SoC fits 6.9 billion transistors within the size of a fingernail. Compared to Kirin 970, Kirin 980 is 75per cent more powerful.
Coupled with the new Mali G76 GPU and the Dual NPU setup, the phone outperforms the previous year variant with around 200% More power. We haven’t put the Kirin 980 to test on heavy performance but After a brief encounter with the kirin 970 on Honor and Huawei smartphone in this year. We are pretty much sure that the performance will be comparable to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845.