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Huawei announces Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro

Huawei has announced the Mate 20 and the Mate 20 Pro, the Chinese manufacturer’s latest flagship smartphones.

During a recent interview with MobileSyrup, Peter Gaudin, Huawei’s global senior product marketing manager, explained that the Mate series is for people who “see technology as a way of getting ahead of everyone else.”

Huawei is only launching the Mate 20 Pro in Canada and not the standard Mate 20.

The Mate 20 Pro, features a 6.39-inch OLED display with a 3,120 x 1,440 pixel resolution and a 19:5:9 aspect ratio.

The handset also comes stacked with a 3D depth sensing camera with an in-display fingerprint scanner.

In my experience, both unlocking methods work very quickly. And according to Huawei, the 3D sensing unlocking is 30 percent faster than the P20 Pro’s already impressive unlocking speeds.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Huawei Mate 20

Display

6.39-inch OLED display, 3,120 x 1,440 pixels, 19:5:9 aspect ratio

6.53-inch LCD display, 2,244 x 1,080 pixels, 18:7:9 aspect ratio

Processor

Kirin 980

Kirin 980

RAM

6GB of RAM (in Canada)

4GB of RAM

Storage

128GB (in Canada)

64GB, 128GB

Dimensions (in.)

157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6mm

Weight

189g

Rear Facing Camera

40-megapixel (f/1.8, OIS, AIS)+20-megapixel (f/2.2)+8-megapixel (f/2.4)

40-megapixel (f/1.8, OIS)+20-megapixel (f/2.2)+8-megapixel (f/2.4,)

Front Facing Camera

24-megapixel f/2.2

24-megapixel f/2.2

OS

Android 9 Pie

Android 9 Pie

Battery

4,200mAh

4,000mAh

Network Connectivity

GSM/HSPA/LTE

GSM/HSPA/LTE

Sensors

In-display fingerprint, 3D face scanner, accelerator, gyro, proximity, compass,

Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer

SIM Type

Nano SIM

Nano Sim

Launch Date

October 16, 2018

October 16, 2018

Misc

Colours: Twilight, Emerald Green, Pink Gold, Midnight Blue, Black | IP68 water/dust resistant

Colours: Twilight, Emerald Green, Pink Gold, Midnight Blue, Black |

Display

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

6.39-inch OLED display, 3,120 x 1,440 pixels, 19:5:9 aspect ratio

Huawei Mate 20

6.53-inch LCD display, 2,244 x 1,080 pixels, 18:7:9 aspect ratio

Processor

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Kirin 980

Huawei Mate 20

Kirin 980

RAM

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

6GB of RAM (in Canada)

Huawei Mate 20

4GB of RAM

Storage

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

128GB (in Canada)

Huawei Mate 20

64GB, 128GB

Dimensions (in.)

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6mm

Huawei Mate 20

Weight

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

189g

Huawei Mate 20

Rear Facing Camera

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

40-megapixel (f/1.8, OIS, AIS)+20-megapixel (f/2.2)+8-megapixel (f/2.4)

Huawei Mate 20

40-megapixel (f/1.8, OIS)+20-megapixel (f/2.2)+8-megapixel (f/2.4,)

Front Facing Camera

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

24-megapixel f/2.2

Huawei Mate 20

24-megapixel f/2.2

OS

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Android 9 Pie

Huawei Mate 20

Android 9 Pie

Battery

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

4,200mAh

Huawei Mate 20

4,000mAh

Network Connectivity

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

GSM/HSPA/LTE

Huawei Mate 20

GSM/HSPA/LTE

Sensors

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

In-display fingerprint, 3D face scanner, accelerator, gyro, proximity, compass,

Huawei Mate 20

Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer

SIM Type

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Nano SIM

Huawei Mate 20

Nano Sim

Launch Date

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

October 16, 2018

Huawei Mate 20

October 16, 2018

Misc

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Colours: Twilight, Emerald Green, Pink Gold, Midnight Blue, Black | IP68 water/dust resistant

Huawei Mate 20

Colours: Twilight, Emerald Green, Pink Gold, Midnight Blue, Black |

Additionally, the phone is stocked with a Kirin 980 processor, 6GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage. Huawei claims the Mate 20 Pro is 20 percent faster and 40 percent more power efficient than its predecessor.

Alongside more speed, the phone can livestream 4K video without buffering — depending on your Wi-Fi speeds — and is capable of achieving up to 1.73GB Wi-Fi throughput speeds.

Huawei Mate 20 

Further, the flagship smartphone features a 4,200mAh ‘safety certified’ battery that Huawei says can charge up to 70 percent within 30 minutes. The phone is also compatible with other Qi wireless smartphones with its reverse charging function.

The Mate 20 Pro’s camera sports what Huawei calls ‘Master AI’ that’s capable of detecting more than 1,500 different scenes compared to the P20 Pro’s 500 different scenes. The phone can even detect 27 breeds of dog.

Video-wise the Pro features a 4D predictive focus that will attempt to focus on a subject even when it’s moving.

As for EMUI 9.0 based on Android 9 Pie, Huawei says it has reduced the settings by 10 percent in an attempt to make things more intuitive and straightforward.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro (L) Huawei P20 Pro (R)

The phone also features Easy Projection, functionality that allows the device to work as a desktop computer when connected to a display and a mouse. While this feature was available the Mate 10 Pro and Huawei’s P20 series, the Mate 20 lineup kicks things up a notch, allowing the phone to connect wirelessly to a display.

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro will be available in Canada in Twilight and Black at launch. However, other markets will get their hands on Emerald Green, Pink Gold and Midnight Blue.

It’s currently unclear exactly which carriers will sell the phone in Canada and how much the smartphone will cost. We’ll update this story when more information is available.

Check out our hands-on of the Mate 20 Pro, here.

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