A few years ago, when Huawei introduced their first smart phones in South Africa, they looked nothing more than cheap imitations of the ships and many more powerful ships. At the time, like BlackBerry and Nokia were still around, on the smartphone market and not a sign of impending loss. The upheaval was no less than a miracle, all things considered.
It has been around five years since its humble beginnings, entering the market with Huawei P6 to rise. Fast forward 2018 and the company has new ambitions, seeking to replace the likes of Samsung and Apple as the number one smartphone selling in the South African landscape. But, in order to achieve the goal, the smart manufacturer should be able to deliver the promise to continue to produce large devices.
After being released Huawei Mate 20 Pro Just a few weeks back, the OEM managed to break new ground, offering a host of industry firsts along the way. So, with that in mind, is the Mate 20 Pro handset that finally puts Huawei on the top of the industry?
Building and design
Looking back through many iterations of Huawei flagship ships over the years, there was a unique look at their devices. At first, they were compared as Apple's and Samsung's units. With Mate 20 Pro, the company goes into its own. There are still hints of other OEM display on the unit, from iPhone X and Galaxy devices, but the unit is to assemble a sleek, lightweight shell that looks and feels great.
Mate 20 Pro is the thinnest and shortest of all devices, yet it has the same screen size as a note 9, which is pretty impressive.
At first glance, you will be forgiven for the only mistake for the Samsung Galaxy S9 smartphone released earlier. Mate 20 Pro has more pronounced curves than any, from the four corners, four edges and even the screen. The unit feels much smoother in the hand, as it fits nicely into the hands.
It will be more accurate to compare the unit size to that of the S9 plus note 9. Mate 20 Pro has similar dimensions and weight compared to these units. The unit measures 8.6mm thickness with S9 plus at 8.5mm and the note 9 at 8.8mm. It also weighs it as the S9 plus at 189g, while the note 9 lagged a little behind at 201 grams, possibly as a result of the added S Pen add. The full dimensions of each device are 157.8 × 72.3 × 8.6 mm, 158.1 × 73.8 × 8.5 mm and 161.9 × 76.4 × 8.8 mm, respectively The Mate 20 Pro is the thinnest and shortest of all devices, yet It has the same screen size as Note 9, which is quite impressive.But more about the details on the screen in the next section.
While the design of the Mate 20 Pro may resemble Galaxy devices, on closer inspection you will notice quite a few changes. For starters, each button is equipped with the right side of the instruments, with the closest operating button to the center and also has a metallic red coating. All buttons are within the average reach of the thumb. It also includes the fingerprint sensor below the display. This feature is not new to Huawei, having previously launched the ability on, although on the Porsche RS MATE design, much more smart phone. The fingerprint sensor works almost perfectly when it opens the devices in less than a second when it is detected. It also includes FaceID open if you need extra security.
The fingerprint sensor works almost perfectly when it opens the devices in less than a second when it is detected. It also includes FaceID open if you need extra security.
There are a host of features to build a pretty nice additional unit, which includes the re-entry of the infrared port, for additional capabilities. In addition, there is no speaker grille to speak. Instead, Huawei has to adjust the speaker behind the C-type exit at the bottom of the unit, through which the sound is projected. This may not sound so useful, but it makes for a cleaner design while also less sealing holes for the IP-68 rating, which allows the Subersion of the device to water up to 2m deep for 30 minutes.
While most of the flagship smart phones these days offer some or other IP rating, Huawei includes a mode under its camera that allows users to take pictures while enjoying the pool. It is worth noting that it is not advisable to spend too much time taking underwater pictures without a protected sheath.
Overall, I would rather impress the construction, design and features added to the Mate 20 Pro and is certainly one of the more convenient units to hold in hand.
Screen and display
As with many other features, the likes of Apple and Samsung have always led the way when it comes to their world-class screens. In 2018, Huawei has boosted its game with a panel equipped with Mate 20 Pro. For starters, the screen is compatible with that of a 9-size note, measuring at 6.39 "vs 6.4" on note 9, 6.2 "on the S9 plus and 6.5" on the iPhone Xs Max. Where the outstanding Mate 20 stands out, however, it has one of the smallest frames, giving it an impressive 87.9% screen-to-body ratio, the highest among the original OEMs
Huawei replaced their previous LCD panel on units of 2017, replacing it with the AMOLED panel.
The unit also has an impressive 1440×3120 pixel display with a pixel density of 538 pixels. Unfortunately, part of the display has the notch much slot to fit the front-facing camera, speaker and other sensors. But, unlike other devices that include the slot, Mate 20 Pro has the option to remove the notch by disabling the top of the screen so it looks much more efficient. Whether you're maximizing on any viewing area, or looking for a sleeker look, Huawei's software allows you to adjust your look.
Interestingly, there is a little more to the screen than the specifications on paper. For starters, Huawei replaced their previous LCD panel on units of 2017, replacing it with the AMOLED panel. It's not a super AMOLED equipped with Samsung's leading devices, but it still does the trick. The colors are sharp, bright and the contrast is great. This is definitely one of the screens that look better equipped with Huawei unit.
Another plus point for the unit is that it has HDR support, creating higher contrast and more essential colors, which look great for applications that support such features. This makes videos and images captured with the amazing integrated camera look.
Performance and battery life
One of the biggest talking points, since its launch, was comparative comparisons of Kyren 980 chipsets to others, leading OEM SoCs. As I have said many times in the last year or two, all CPU performance shows are no longer where the war on the smartphone will win, but how it uses what it has under the hood, but little. Huawei 's new 7nm architecture raises the game on previous Huawei units, but still falls short of the mark as compared to clear performance for the latest chips of Samsung and Apple. With a score of about 9700 in Geekbench 4, the unit is just below that of Note 9 and iPhone Xs and Max Xs, the last of which is the lead package.
… As a Mate 20 Pro owner, you can select a mode, which allows you to charge another smartphone that supports wireless charging …
Huawei, however, made some improvements to how the CPU is used, which includes the Turbo GPU mode, which improves performance when playing high-end. What it does is pull out all the resources available from other applications and focus it on providing the best performance for the game you're running. It also cuts overhead from other applications to effectively run the phone, which also allows it to keep the heat to a minimum even while increasing frames per second. The feature is still limited to a handful of games, but Huawei is working on adding new applications every month. Another interesting feature about this mode is the streamlining of loading times as well, making the overall use of supported applications even better. At this point, Huawei has made their gaming mode, offering the best performance in this field on any other smart phone in the market.
In terms of a complete list of specifications, Mate 20 Pro includes HiSilicon Cyrene 980 chipset, Core Octa processor (2 × 2.6GHz Cortex-A76 and 2 × 1.92GHz Cortex A76 and 4 × 1.8GHz Cortex A55) Mali-G76 MP10 GPU, 6GB RAM On a 128GB version and 8GB RAM on a 256GB unit. The unit also includes a non-removable Li-Po 4200mAh battery, which is one of the industry leaders and 5% more than the Galaxy Note 9.
With the performance of the 9 note setting the cursor, Huawei was looking to hit their opponent with another marker in the list. With two phones easily can last a whole day of operation, these have been quite impressive from both. I found that the two devices had enough charge to last well into Monday under normal performance, with relatively similar results. There is, however, one feature that makes the Mate 20 Pro stand out on any other device in the market that has its own reverse charging capability. What this means is that as a Mate 20 Pro owner, you can choose a mode, which allows you to charge another smart phone that supports wireless charging. This is a very impressive achievement. Although billing is relatively slow compared to normal charging modes, it is quite useful to those around you.
One of the controversial aspects about Huawei's smartphones is their software and EMUI firmware. Things have changed quite a bit with recent editions, with Huawei taking things to another level with the release of Mate 20 Pro. One of the many things Android users will complain about is the lack of an App drawer, preferring to keep the device away from the Apple approach.
Huawei has made considerable efforts to enhance its security features both in hardware and software point of view.
Huawei allows users to choose between a single interface and app drawer layouts, which is a great feature for all. In addition to this, Huawei has also trimmed down quite a bit of interface, leaving only a few pre-installed Huawei apps, many of which are quite useful anyway.
After being released most recent of all Google that was not invited to Android Smartphones, Mate 20 Pro is one of the first to include Android 9.0 Pie (Sony Xperia XZ3 being the first). There are quite a few small changes being implemented, both original and Huawei themselves. One of my favorite additions to the software is the new wireless desktop capability. Originally introduced last year Mate 10 units compete against Samsung's DeX software, Huawei has boost their game by going wireless, upping the game and making everyone sit down and pay attention. I will have more on the wireless desktop with a complete review.
Huawei has made considerable efforts to enhance its security features both in hardware and software point of view. In addition to fingerprint sensor screen and FaceID unlock to enhance its biometric security, there are also some management features provide more options and flexibility to the user. Management also covers other aspects of the device, including memory, storage, battery and the like, similar to how Samsung managed to manage their system functions.
Pre-installed applications discussed earlier include Huawei Health, HiCare, AppGallery and translator. Other tools include Recorder, Smart Remote, Mirror, Compass, Torch and some more. All of these applications are very minimalist, but each has a function to perform that will be useful in everyday life. There are some applications that are not pre-installed in Huawei, including Facebook, Netflix and Booking.com, as well as some games such as Nitro Asphalt, Ultimate Power Spiderman and Assassin's Creed Unity, to name a few.
There are some built-in AI features, one of which is a digital balance tool, which aims to reduce phone usage during the day. This allows users to define how long they want to use their phone when they want to start settling for the night and many other features. A lot of large corporations have started balancing such a living job, both for devices and applications, so it is pretty impressive that Huawei seems to be leading the line when it comes to smart phones.
Without a doubt, the biggest drawcard on previous flagship editions from Huawei has been the camera. The company made a significant statement when they joined forces with Leica to improve their camera hardware with the release of a triple camera lens on the P20 Pro earlier this year made all the headlines. The tri-camera returns with all new enhancements.
In terms of hardware, the unit boasts a wide-angle lens of 40MP, f / 1.8, along with a 20MP lens, F / 2.2, ultra-wide and 8MP, f / 2.4, telephoto lenses. In terms of built-in features, the camera includes DSLR support, which includes auto focus, laser focus, phase focus, contrast focus, artificial image stabilization and double ton flash.
… The unit boasts a 40MP lens, F / 1.8, wide angle up to 20MP, F / 2.2, ultra wide angle and 8MP, F / 2.4, telephoto lens …
The camera software on the device includes a host of modes as well. These include automatic camera mode, photo, night, portrait, video, pro, panorama, monochrome with dedicated monochrome lens, time-lapse, light drawing, watermark and very useful underwater mode. You can also customize some shortcuts and triggers for shooting, quick launch and likes.
One of the more impressive classics has been the packaged packaged app is a new macro photography under the aperture mode. This allows users to take nifty shots of miniatures and other tiny objects. Mode allows users to reach within 2.5cm of the object while maintaining focus, with additional zoom features for more details. Speaking of zoom, the camera also offers 5x optical zoom with some pretty impressive results.
With AI playing an important part of the camera ecosystem, a lot of work is done in the background without realizing the user. One such feature is automatic scene detection, which Huawei provides some indication on the screen each time it detects a different type of shot, changing the messages to notify the user. One of them is more useful is the recognition of text, which adds some additional OCR to improve the text on the image.
The camera is able to automatically switch modes and discover the scene light as well. If the automatic flash is turned off, the camera enters the Overdrive to take a weak picture. In some cases, I purposely took photos in light rooms with almost zero camera capability and able to gather more details in the scene than I could with my eyes.
Finally, Huawei added Qmoji feature, which aims to compete with Samsung and Apple colleagues. With the inclusion of a 3D depth sensor on the front-facing camera, the application does a good job of picking up quite a lot of details with the representation of your animal avatar, including tongue movement.
Last year was a year of change for most leading smartphone manufacturers, offering massive refurbishment to their flagship devices. However, as well as the fact that processor performance is trending towards foot equity, I predicted it would drop or features or services in 2018. Samsung seems to be underwhelmed in terms of overall improvement of the Galaxy S9, but I quickly turned around with Note 9, which, at that time , I designated as the best phone of the year. The iPhone Xs Max did very little to impress and despite the performance gains on his rivals, there was not much new to bring to the table.
With the latest version of Huawei, Mate 20 Pro, the game has changed. Without a doubt, the smartphone has overtaken the 9 note as the best phone of 2018, not only by throwing specs in it but rather developing a unit packed with features. It is hard to believe that with all the drivers pack, it does so in a very polished frame on top of it.
At the retail price of R18,999, it is compatible with the price of note 9. Huawei in previous years was known to offer affordable handsets with great features, which still makes on many of its medium range units. God Mate 20 Pro Definitely justifies its price and then how much.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
- Great new design
- good performance
- Good screen
- Fingerprint Sensor on Screen
- Feature packed
- Enhanced camera
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- pleasure 0%
- Design 0%
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