Taking further steps in the ‘camera enhancing spree,’ Huawei has finally brought its new member in the Mate series, dubbed the Huawei Mate 20 Pro to India.
The smartphone is another attempt by the company to bridge the difference between a DSLR and a smartphone camera. I got to spend some time with the new entrant, and here is my first impression of the smartphone:
The Mate 20 Pro, on my very first encounter, spoke ‘PREMIUM’ to me with CAPS enabled. The device is a beautiful one, and it felt good on the hands. With really attractive color scheme options and its lightweight, the smartphone, at the first glimpse, lured me into buying it.
As for the aesthetics, the Mate 20 Pro has a triple-camera setup at the back with LED flash placed in the middle and Leica branding at its top. The camera module has a matrix arrangement. And there is the ‘Huawei’ branding at the bottom.
Upfront, the device has a notch at the top that accommodates the selfie camera, IR camera, Flood Illuminator, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, and Dot projector. All this is for a minimal bezel experience.
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The smartphone has the USB Type-C port (which incorporates the speakers) at its bottom end while the top end is left bare. The right side holds the volume rockers and power on/off button.
Overall, the Mate 20 Pro scores well in the looks department, for I was impressed.
This department is the star of the show, offering huge numbers. Yes, we get four cameras in total. There are three at the back, rated at 40-megapixel which is the wide-angle one, 20-megapixel for the Ultra wide-angle, and 8-megapixel serving as the telephoto lens. The front snapper holds a 24-megapixel 3D depth sensor.
All four cameras come with support for AI-enabled camera features which we are yet to test.
Starting with the rear cameras, I used the normal as well as the Portrait mode and compared it with the iPhone XS. I found that the Mate 20 Pro highlighted intricate details and captured more than just the subject in the Portrait mode due to its two dedicated ultra-wide angle lenses. Whereas the iPhone XS showed a cropped result and couldn’t capture more background in its Portrait mode.
Additionally, the resultant images from the Mate 20 Pro appeared more highlighted than the iPhone XS.
The front camera on both devices performed well; however, I felt the Mate 20 Pro had more processed output. Among others, the shutter speed of the Mate 20 Pro was not that quick as compared to the iPhone XS.
I also tried my hands on the 3D Live Emojis, much like Apple’s Animoji. While it was fun to use the cute emoticons, the emojis didn’t pick up my expressions as quickly as expected.
But again, it’s a bit too early to comment on camera performance, given that there is a lot more to explore.
The Mate 20 Pro has a 6.39-inch QHD+ OLED display with an aspect ratio rated at 19:5:9 and supports a screen resolution of 3,120 x 1,440 pixels.
During the small amount of time I spent with Huawei Mate 20 Pro, I found the display to be adequately lit with the appearance of the app icons being decent and smooth.
The smartphone gets its power from a 4,200mAh with SuperCharge tech which is expected to charge the device up to 75 percent in just 30 minutes.
Additionally, the smartphone supports wireless charging and a pretty intriguing reversible charging feature which allows you to charge another wireless charging-enabled device using the Mate 20 Pro.
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I tried the feature using iPhone XS by just placing the rear parts of both the devices next to each other. And it worked so well. The iPhone XS had its cover on and still was able to source power from the Mate 20 Pro with ease.
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is powered by the company’s own HiSilicon Kirin 980 chipset, coupled with 6GB of RAM. The device is equipped with 128GB of internal storage which can further be expanded up to 256GB by adding a microSD card.
Other Important Features
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro has an in-display fingerprint scanner; the 3D Face Unlock feature, Dolby Atmos-enabled audio system, IP68 certification for water and dust resistance, and several AI-based camera features that I could not try-on due to lack of time.
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro seems to have all the features you might want to imagine in your smartphone. However, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro comes with INR 69,990 price tag which brings second thoughts in my head. It is still a bit too early to give out my final verdict, therefore, stay tuned to this space for a future Mate 20 Pro review.