The New Huawei Mate 20 Pro
At a premium price, Huawei’s new Mate 20 Pro is playing on the same field as Apple and Samsung. But is this price bringing everything to the table that it promises?
Huawei has not had the easiest time in the past year. It was less than a year ago that hugely influential organisations the FBI, CIA and NSA collectively warned US citizens against using Huawei phones. They argued that the company’s ties to the Chinese government could pose a security and privacy risk to citizens using their products. These allegations were never proven, but their repercussions were felt: Huawei’s new Mate 20 Pro is not available at all in the United States.
According to reviews of the new Huawei, America has definitely got this all wrong. The Mate 20 Pro has been described as “one of the most powerful, fully featured, and fascinating devices of the year”. It is at the very cusp of premium phones price wise, costing $1,200 including tax in Europe (£1060.99); Huawei have set the bar very high with this price, not leaving any room for shortcomings that lower priced phones could get away with.
According to reviews, the phone’s battery life and performance are all things which could make the high price worth it. A 4,200Ah battery is nothing to shrug your shoulders at, and yet the phone is still considerably light and easy to operate. The power optimisation is on point, and users have been hard pressed to find anything which drains battery quickly. Battery percentage barely moves while the phone is idling with a few windows open. The Mate 20 Pro’s speed and responsiveness have been described as “iPhone like”, with barely any delay on apps and camera and smooth and fluid animations and display.
Its sleek look, too, leaves not a lot to be desired. It has a display of 6.4-inch OLED, with 3120 x 1440, and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. What’s more, it has IP68 dust and water resistance, and textured rear glass which improves grip and resists scratches and fingerprints.
The phone’s cameras, while impressive, have sparked some naysaying. Its rear cameras are 20MP ultra wide-angle, 40MP wide-angle and 8MP telephoto, while its front camera is 24MP with depth detection for portrait-mode selfies. These aren’t quite as dynamic in range as the Google Pixel, some have pointed out.
Potential buyers have been warned about the software on the phone, too. The processor is a Kirin 980. There has been a lot of crashing and needing for reboot for those who have tested the phones while trying to use or launch Google Keep or use SwiftKey, for example. Furthermore, users have less ability to clear their home screens and choose which emails and notifications flash up than on iOS, for example.
Despite this, overall the price of the phone could be worth it – it beats away a lot of the competition, with a sleek and pleasant design and display, human dimensions, good performance generally, brilliant battery life and responsive app loading and face unlock. If the price is lowered on the market, it could be a fierce competitor for other flagship smartphones.