Hey guys, what is up? So, while I’m still on the journey of reviewing 2018 relevant phones, today, we’ll be talking about the Hauwei Mate 20. There is a Pro version out and we’ll be talking about it soon.
Being one of the most recent phones by Chinese company Huawei, the Mate 20 will be a great choice for its performance, price and a lot of other aspects which we’ll be looking into.
Although it sort of is a phone you may have to use with both hands to work with, the overall experience is worth it.
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- EMUI 9.0 with Android 9.0 (Pie)
- 6.53 inch 1080 x 2244 IPS LCD 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
- 4GB / 6GB RAM
- 128GB Internal Storage
- 24MP Front Camera
- 12MP +16MP + 8MP Rear Camera
- 4000mAh non-removable battery
- Dual SIM
The Mate 20 has a beautiful design, it is made with glass and an aluminum frame. The color options you’ll be having on the phone are Black, Twilight and Midnight Blue.
The Midnight Blue version has a nice feel to it, the texture is rough (but not really visible) and makes the sound of a vinyl disk when it’s scratched.
I have a jacket on my current phone with the same texture (plastic though) and I sometimes go all DJ mode when I scratch it. Something to do on the phone when I’m bored and not willing to play games.
Anyway, another good thing about the design is that you won’t be getting fingerprints all over your phone. So no need to bring a hanky with you all the time!
Something worth mentioning is that the phone is built to resist dust and water. Not saying you should go all submarine on the phone, but it should be able to withstand some splash and a short drop in water.
The phone gets slippery, not really a defect but cause of the glass build, it is a good idea to use a case on it, good thing Huawei provided one in the box.
Although it is a tall and wide phone, everything is reachable as they are placed in good spots.
On the top is a 3.5mm headphone jack. It is funny that we have to start acknowledging them as they are slowly starting to fade away. Anyway, the Huawei Mate 20 has one, so you don’t have to worry, you can easily plug in your headphones and listen away.
There’s also an infrared blaster (which we’ll talk about later on), and on the bottom, you find the USB Type-C port and a speaker beside it.
You get the selfie camera on the front and the earpiece for calls and audio right above it.
Turning over to the back, you notice the square looking placement of the triple camera setup with a dual-LED dual-tone flash, and right below the cameras is a fingerprint sensor.
The fingerprint sensor has been reported to be fast and reliable for unlocking your phone and other security features. Since fingerprint sensors aren’t a new thing, we won’t be going into a lot of details.
The overall design makes the phone look premium and bold. I have to say Huawei did a good job here.
Displays play a significant role on mobile phones and lately, they just keep getting bigger.
The Mate 20 has a screen size of 6.53 inches, there’s an impressive presentation of colors and contrast amongst other things.
It is and IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen and it handles brightness very well. For those that are mostly outdoors, you will be having a great time using the phone as your display will always be visible.
With the phone having a screen to body ratio of 88% (which I must say is really high), you almost feel as if you’re holding a screen and not just a phone.
The phone has a screen resolution of 1080 x 2244 pixels, which gives sharpness and accuracy of images you see on it. From videos, to gaming, and pictures, they all look very clear.
There is a waterdrop notch at the top where the camera stays, it is not intrusive but at the same time, you can deactivate it from the display settings.
I personally like notches, but it all comes down to personal preference.
To sum it up, when it comes to display, the Mate 20 does a great job by having a large screen, height and width, viewing angles, screen to body ratio and accuracy.
On the front is obviously the selfie camera. It is a single 24 Megapixel lens.
The selfie camera gives a great level of detail on shots and it supports wide and portrait modes. Videos are recorded in 1080p at 30 frames per second and they give great results.
It is also used for face recognition. Only down side is since the phone uses a waterdrop notch, you only get to have 2D face recognition and not 3D. It works but not very well, but you still get the finger print scanner for all your security features, so I guess you’d be good.
Turning over to the back is a triple camera setup, a 12 Megapixel (Primary) + 16 Megapixel (Ultrawide) + 8 Megapixel (Telephoto). Also attached is a dual-LED dual-tone flash to improve brightness.
Photos taken on the 12MP primary camera are accurate with plenty of details and really nice contrasts. On the other hand, in low light conditions, the main camera takes some really good photos as well, images don’t appear blurry even if the phone shakes when the photo is taken.
The 8MP telephoto camera is there to give you twice the optical zoom with impressive shots just like the primary camera. In low light, images aren’t really great but with Night Mode on, you will get some really good shots.
Finally, on the 16MP Ultrawide lens, images are detailed and wide, edges aren’t always curved in images as the camera can handle dynamic range. Photos have nice qualities as well. In low light, images are also not very detailed but with Night Mode, you will get some pretty nice pictures.
Overall, all cameras do really well with Night Shots in low light conditions. Only problem is you’d have to keep the phone still while taking photos, also, the object you’re taking a picture of has to be still.
Taking shaky photos result to blurred images with Night Mode on.
Videos are recorded in 2160p at 30 frames, 1080p at 60 frames, 1080p at 30 frames (which appear really stable and detailed) and 720p at 960 frames which give slow motion videos.
The super-slow motion video recording on the Mate 20 doesn’t go above 720p but the end result is fantastic.
The cameras on the Mate 20 are great, from the primary one to the ultrawide one and the telephoto camera. The experience will be quite fun for day-to-day activities and if you also want to get detailed photos, they can handle that as well.
Up next, performance.
Performance on the Mate 20 is something you will be impressed with, the simple things such as audio quality and call clarity are not a problem.
Audio comes out from both the speaker at the bottom and the earpiece at the top, with that, sound comes out a little bit unbalanced, it is not a big deal but just something to point out.
The Mate 20 runs on EMUI 9.0 with Android 9.0 (Pie) as a base. It features gesture navigation which is almost like iPhone gestures.
You can do stuff like swiping from either side of the screen to go back, swipe up from the bottom to go home etc.
Gestures are not a must and can be deactivated from the settings on the phone.
Under the hood is an Octa-core CPU (a dual-core 2.6 GHz Cortex-A76, dual-core 2×1.92 GHz Cortex-A76 and a quad-core 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55) and a HiSilicon Kirin 980 chipset. Really impressive hardware specifications for a phone and you get a smooth performance rate.
For graphics, the Mate 20 has a Mali-G76 MP10 GPU.
Gaming is really smooth and fast on the phone (thanks to both the Chipset and CPU). High-end games like PUB-G and mid-range games run extremely well.
Although you will be practically having really good performance on the phone, it can still be improved from the battery settings. This will drastically drain your battery and cause the phone to heat up, but it will give you a boost in performance.
I feel like it’s best to just use the phone as it is because you’ll still get a fantastic experience.
Aiding how well performance is, the Mate 20 has a 4GB of RAM variant and a 6GB of RAM variant.
Both of them give a super smooth experience when it comes to multitasking as switching between apps is not a problem.
4GB of RAM should be sufficient for a while but if you’re looking for a phone you’ll be using for a long time, I’d suggest you get the 6GB of RAM version.
When it comes to internal storage, there’s only one option. The Mate 20 has a huge 128GB of internal storage space.
It can also be expanded but first of all, you will have to use your SIM 2 slot to do that and second, you’ll have to get a special Nano memory card which looks just like a Nano SIM card.
Currently, the Nano memory card is not available but I wouldn’t worry, cause 128GB should be enough for a while.
When it becomes available and you want to expand, it can be done with a Nano memory card that is up to 256GB.
The Mate 20 is really impressive when it comes to battery life. It comes with a 4,000 mAh Non-removable Li-Po battery.
Getting the phone drained will take a lot of time (about 14 hours on heavy usage). When you do get the battery drained, it can be fast charged to regain its juice.
Charging the battery until it’s full takes about an hour and forty minutes.
Light users can be rest assured they will not have to charge their battery for days. Huawei did a good job on battery life on this phone.
The first thing I’m going to mention is the infrared blaster at the top on the phone. With it, you can turn your phone into a remote control.
is anyone having evil thoughts like messing around with the TV around family?
You get 4G LTE, 3G, 2G for internet speeds. Bluetooth V5.0, WiFi, FM radio, a USB 3.1 Type-C 1.0 connector etc.
The Mate 20 costs $639 for the 4GB of RAM | click here to order on Amazon
and costs $699 for the 6GB of RAM | click here to order on Amazon
Please note that prices vary from time to time.
I may not have any negative thing to say about this device right now, and trust me, I would if I could.
Really good phones are being produced all the time and it is hard to choose one. The Mate 20 is fast, smooth, cameras are good, battery is good, lasts long and charges fast.
It is quite an impressive phone and if it’s one of the phones you’re considering, well, it is good enough if the others you’ve looked up aren’t as good.
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I will be talking about the Mate 20 Pro soon so watch out for that.
No cheesy outro today.