Hey guys, what is up? So, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is a phone I should have talked about a while ago, like 2018-while ago.
There are a few similarities and differences within three of these phones. After reading about this phone, you should know which of the three is best for you.
This is Shaibu from Shu’s Techs and today, I will be reviewing the Huawei Mate 20 Pro.
With that being said, let’s get to it.
- EMUI 9.0 with Android 9.0 (Pie)
- 6.4 inch 1440 x 3120 AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
- Octa-core (2×2.6 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2×1.92 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55) CPU
- Mali-G76 MP10 GPU
- 6GB / 8GB RAM
- 128GB / 256GB Internal Storage
- 24MP Front Camera and 40MP + 20MP + 8MP Rear Camera
- 4200mAh non-removable battery
- Dual Nano SIM
Out of all three phones, the Mate 20 Pro has the most different design so to say. From its Notch to the absence of a Fingerprint Sensor in the back and finally, not having a 3.5mm Headphone Jack.
A lot of consideration has to be made if you like the designs on Mate 20 and 20 X and are looking to get this phone as your daily device.
The design on the Mate 20 Pro is actually quite nice, the way the screen curves into the left and right edges of the phone makes the phone look premium.
Just like the others, you get a front and back glass build. Fingerprint smudges aren’t going to be much of a problem on the phone, if you get the Midnight Blue color. It has that texture on the back that adds a little more grip.
Other colors the phone comes in are Emerald Green and Black.
The frame around the phone has an Aluminum build, edges aren’t sharp but have a very comfortable curve.
The phone is not as slippery as most phones with a glass build on the back, but it is better to put on the case that comes with the phone to add more grip when held or placed on a surface.
Putting on the case actually lifts the phone a bit. This is good when you keep the phone face down, because the screen doesn’t come in contact with the surface it’s resting on.
In terms of dimensions, the Mate 20 Pro is 157.8mm tall, 72.3mm wide and 8.6mm thick.
The weight of the phone comes down to 190g, light enough and pocket friendly in my opinion.
On the front of the phone, you get the beautifully placed screen and at the top is a wide Notch.
The Notch is big enough to contain the Selfie Camera, the Earpiece for voice calls, an LED light for Notifications and some other sensors the phone needs.
With the size of this Notch, you bet you’re getting that 3D scanning feature that the others don’t have, that’s something to consider if you’re really into having a very secured phone.
Turning to the back, well, we get that square still present. The square holds the Triple camera setup and a dual-LED dual-tone flash.
Like I said earlier, you won’t find a Fingerprint Scanner here. This is because it has been moved to the front of the phone as an in-display Fingerprint scanner. We’ll talk more about it when we get to talk about the Features and Performance of the phone.
Another thing about this phone that stands out from the rest is that it is an IP68 rated device. Meaning it is dust and water-resistant.
Unlike the others that are splash resistant, the Mate 20 Pro can survive being 2m deep in water for 30 minutes and still function well.
Now this isn’t something I will consider doing if I had the phone, but with that in mind, falling in a pool filled with water while you have the phone isn’t going to terrify me cause you know you’re covered.
At the top of the phone, not a lot going on. You just get an Infrared blaster, and a microphone for noise reduction.
Coming to the right side of the phone, you get the volume and power buttons. They are made out of metal, feel firm when pressed and are in very reachable spots.
The left side of the phone, as far as I know, has nothing. But, at the bottom, you get the USB Type-C port, the SIM / Nano SD card slot and two other microphones.
You may be wondering where the speaker is, and that’s a reasonable thing to think about.
Well, on the Mate 20 Pro, you get the speaker behind the USB port. How the sound gets affected by the port when it’s covered is something that we’ll look into later on.
So far, the things you don’t get on this phone based on design are the 3.5mm Headphone Jack and a physical Fingerprint Scanner on the back.
Anything else you think I may be missing can be included in the comment section.
Besides those things, the phone has a pretty impressive design. Being both water and dust resistant is something great about it.
I really like the display on this phone, and I bet you will too.
You get a 6.39 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen. The thing with AMOLED screens we all love is how blacks really come out punchy and details come out very good.
On this phone you get a screen to body ratio of 87.9%, better than the 20 X here by a significantly small amount.
The phone gets bright enough for usage outdoors, so for those of you that are always outdoors, well, you will be having a great time using this phone.
The screen resolution on this phone is 1440 x 3120 pixels. With this, the display is awesome, details are really good. You get really sharp and crisp images. This makes me want to go back to some of the phones I’ve reviewed before and kinda lower the good things I said about their screen resolutions.
Not going to do that though…moving forward.
The viewing angles on this screen are very good, and the screen is really responsive.
For those that don’t like Notches, well, this one is wide, but the good thing is you can cover it with a black bar from the settings on the phone…yay!
You get Gorilla Glass to protect the screen from scratches and dust. Occasional drops in some cases will not lead to a cracked screen. Don’t go experimenting though, unless you can afford another one.
Just like the Mate 20 X, the 20 Pro also has that Always On Display feature. With it, your phone only shows the necessary things when it’s locked. I doubt you will be using this feature a lot. Since the phone has an LED for notifications.
Notification LED helps you save your battery even better than the Always On Display. But it’s entirely up to you.
Overall, I believe the display on the 20 Pro is great. You will have a great time when gaming, streaming YouTube or Netflix.
You just have to experience it to know how great it is.
Although there are rumors of a “Gluegate” problem on some units, we won’t be talking much about that.
The Gluegate problem makes the screen bleed green on its edges.
A lot of methods have been suggested to fix this problem such as putting the phone out in the sun and a bunch of other things.
Like I said, I won’t be getting into details about it, but you can Google more about it if you want.
I really hope that hasn’t made you a little skeptical about the phone though, it didn’t happen on most of the phones I looked up before writing a review.
Since the Cameras on the Mate 20 X and Mate 20 Pro are practically the same, I’ll make this section short.
If you want a better review, you can click here to read the review of the Mate 20 X.
Like I said, the cameras on this phone are the same as the Mate 20 X’s. Pictures come out almost the same. Between the 20 Pro and the 20 X though, I’d say the photos on the 20 X come out a bit better.
You get a little difference on how videos come out on the 20 Pro though.
With the 20 Pro, image stabilization is okay on the cameras (both selfie and rear cameras). Sometimes the videos aren’t very smooth when the phone moves while it’s recording. You won’t notice this much, but it happens.
You will get the image stabilization problem happening more on the rear camera, probably because they do a lot more work. The selfie camera is okay though. You won’t be getting a lot of stuttering, but the videos do come out a bit soft with less detail.
Now the major problem with the phone while recording videos is how the audio comes out. I’m not really sure why, but from what I’ve found out, sometimes the Noise Cancelling Microphones do not really do a good job here.
The audio quality of recorded videos are sort of distorted. It sometimes sounds like you are listening to your insides, especially with headphones on. Also, sometimes the audio comes out a bit echoey.
If you like recording videos on your phones, well, this might be something to watch out for.
To those that have used this phone, let me know in the comments how your recorded videos come out. Maybe some units have issues and others don’t. I am not really sure here.
Besides audio quality from recorded videos, the cameras on this phone do a pretty good job.
Features and Performance
You might be getting mixed feelings here. There are some good things about this phone and some not so good things as well.
As stated earlier, you don’t get a physical Fingerprint Scanner on the phone, the in-display Fingerprint reader is something a lot of people might find fascinating, especially those that will be trying it out for the first time.
The Fingerprint Scanner is quite good, but it works around 8 out of 10 times. It isn’t really fast either, scanning sometimes takes about 2 to 3 seconds. Not really good if you want to unlock your phone fast.
You do get 3D Face Unlock on the phone, it is very fast, scanning takes less than a second to complete.
With 3D Face Recognition, you get a more secure phone compared to a phone that only has 2D. Lucky enough, the 20 Pro has the feature. I guess this covers for the Fingerprint Scanner that’s kinda slow.
Audio quality is quite good. Just like the Mate 20, here on the 20 Pro, sound comes out of the speaker behind the USB port and the earpiece for calls.
Charging the phone while using the speaker doesn’t cause a significant change in audio quality. It is as if there’s nothing covering the USB port. Audio comes out loud and accurate.
You don’t get a 3.5mm Headphone Jack on the phone, but you do get headphones with a USB Type-C connector and a USB Type-C adapter you can connect your headphones with out of the box.
Audio quality while using the headphone is quite good. Sound comes out loud and accurate.
Call clarity is also not a problem on the phone.
You get EMUI 9.0 with Android 9.0 (Pie) on the 20 Pro. Problem here is you will have a lot of bloatware. A lot of apps you won’t need.
On some units, you’ll have to go download the Google Play Store just to use it. To do this, you have to use the Chinese App Store the phone comes with and search for Google Play Store and download it.
After downloading it, you will not be having any issues with that anymore.
One more thing I find a bit irritating is that, you don’t get an app drawer on this phone. All your apps have to be in different folders on the Home Screen. You do get an option to install a third-party launcher like Nova Launcher. But on this phone, you can’t make it a default launcher.
On the good side, you do get Gesture Navigation.
With Gesture Navigation, you can swipe up from the bottom of the screen to go Home, inwards from both sides of the screen to go Back and finally, swipe up and hold to see your Recent Apps.
Overall performance is quite great. You won’t experience lags or frame rate drops on the phone, especially when gaming.
You get a HiSilicon Kirin 980 Chipset with an Octa-core (2×2.6 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2×1.92 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55) and a Mali-G76 MP10 GPU on the phone.
The phone does get a little hot after a while of heavy gaming, but you won’t experience a lot of lags on it.
You won’t get disappointed about how the phone handles tasks, here everything starts up fast and runs smooth.
What you might be unhappy about is some of the features the phone doesn’t have or won’t let you customize.
Seems like this only happens on the Chinese units. Maybe Global units are better in other ways. Correct me if I’m wrong.
RAM and Internal Storage
You get two options when it comes to RAM, you can either have a 6GB of RAM option or an 8GB of RAM option.
Both versions will keep your device running smooth. Multitasking is smooth and apps don’t get terminated randomly.
Internal Storage also comes in two options, the 128GB of Internal Storage (for the 6GB of RAM) and the 256GB of Internal Storage (for the 8GB of RAM).
You do get a lot of room for a lot of media files but you can still expand with Huawei’s special Nano SD card with up to 256GB.
Just like the others, you’ll have to give up your SIM 2 slot to expand. I’m sure you saw that coming.
The Nano SD cards aren’t really popular right now, and expanding may not be possible at the moment, but you will be able to sometime soon.
Read and Write speeds are quite fast, you can copy and move files really fast on this phone.
The Mate 20 Pro is powered by a non-removable 4,200mAh Li-Po battery.
You can easily get to two days on moderate usage on this phone. Heavy users may have to charge once a day cause the battery gets drained fast when playing heavy games.
Charging the phone is really impressive. You can get the phone fully charged in a little over an hour.
This is possible because of the super fast charger that comes with the phone.
The phone supports wireless charging and can also be used as a Power bank or a Reverse wireless charger.
Overall battery life is great, if you manage to get the phone flat, you will be up and running again in no time, thanks to the awesome chargers the phone comes with.
For all forms of connectivity, you get 4G LTE, 3G, 2G, WiFi for internet speeds.
You also get Bluetooth V5.0, GPS, NFC, USB 3.1 Type-C and Infrared that turns the phone into a remote control.
You don’t get an FM radio here.
You can get the phone around $1000.
Please not that prices vary from time to time.
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro comes with is good and bad sides, for one, EMUI isn’t that great here, might be cause I checked out the Chinese unit. And the price, holy crap.
Overall, you will be getting some impressive battery life, you won’t experience lags, the cameras are quite good and the design is just elegant.
It is really an impressive phone, and I think Huawei has done a really good job with all three devices.
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