Huawei Mate 20 Pro has everything you need on a smartphone.
"Wow, she has the latest Huawei phone," I heard someone say to their friend, encouraging her to look at Mate 20 Pro in her hand.
If life is a TV ad, it would be my mark to break the song and dance number on how much I liked to use Mate 20 Pro – this is a wonderful phone that is held, absolutely great to use and takes incredible photos.
Seriously, what do you do not need to love about the latest high-tech device of the Chinese technological diva?
The preview unit has a backlit Twilight background that was introduced in Huawei's P20 line earlier this year, and is now exclusive to the Pro version of the Mate 20 series.
On the front side is a 6.93 inch Oled curved screen that gives the device a sleek and polished look. Although convenient to make or receive calls with only one hand, 72.3 mm wide and 157.8 mm high, it is difficult to perform other functions without any help. So, best to rely on both hands when sending an SMS message or using the phone for other purposes.
I've chosen the "Gesture" navigation system – users can also choose "Three-way Navigation" or "Navigation Dock" – which makes it easy to manage when I'm forced to use only one hand. The fingerprint at the left or right of the screen edge acts as a "back" button, my finger up from the bottom leads to the home screen, and if I pause for this gesture, it will lead to all the recent tasks.
The fingerprint sensor on the screen is located in the appropriate place on the phone. The point on the screen brings you a "goal" showing where you need to put your finger, and you need to add a little sensor pressure to read your prints and unlock the phone. Or you can easily use the 3D Facebear feature to do the job.
The front bezel (can be hidden if it destroys you) stores a range of sensors – proximity, dot projector, 24 megapixels and IR camera – to increase face recognition accuracy. Setting is a breeze and unlocking your phone. I was researching it on my mother – many of whom say that I am a spy image – and the sensors had a good job not to fall into the trick.
As one who looks at Netflix on the phone, I was very pleased with the 19.5: 9 aspect ratio of 2K (1.440 x 3.120 pixels). The quality of the video is alive and clear, although the audio did not impress me.
The Mate 20 Pro has two loudspeakers – one in the headset and the other in the front of the USB-C jack (although you can still hear the sound when the charger is plugged in) but it just does not go to the party if you know what I mean.
What makes it work
Mate 20 Pro works on Android 9.0 Pie with the Huawei EMUI 9 user interface and is powered by the Kirin 980's core-core processor.
I have not been able to run extensive games on the device – besides the usual trivia and puzzles – but there is no doubt that the Mali-G76 GPU is equipped to handle heavy high-end games without any problems.
128GB memory and 6GB RAM ensure there is enough space for more games without lagging and, more importantly, you can expand your memory using Huawei's latest Nano memory card that will be available in Malaysia on November 15 in a 128GB capacity (RM298 ), 45% smaller than the microSD and identical in size and shape to the nano SIM card. So you can choose to use a dual-nano SIM card on your device or go with one SIM card and Nano memory for additional storage capacity.
If you've always forgotten a charger or a power bank to charge your phone, the 4,200mAh battery would probably put a smile on your face. With regular use – such as photos, Waze, Spotify, and entire social media mined – the battery lasts for more than a day. The ability to charge a 40 W battery is a fully charged battery up to 60% charged in just 30 minutes. It also has a wireless charging capacity, although you need to buy a cell separately.
That's a bit nice, but Mate 20 Pro also supports "reverse recharging," which basically means you can use a smart phone to charge other devices (regardless of brand) that has the option of wireless charging. A quick test has shown that about 30% of its own Mate 20 Pro is needed to increase the battery of another device by 10%.
The reason for the smile
One of the biggest lines of the smart phone is his camera, and here you can find three reasons for the smile. The Mate 20 Pro has a wide angle 40 megapixel angle f/ 1.8 lens, 8 megapixels f/2.4 3x telephoto camera and 20 megapixels f/2.2 ultra wide angle lens on the back. These Leica lenses (absent on the front 24-megapixel camera) work together to create stunning photos.
An ultra-wide-angle lens that replaces the monochrome sensor in the predecessor allows you to capture better shots without jeopardizing the look, but if it is over-applied, it can provide distorted edges of the photo. Nevertheless, my legs never looked much longer in pictures than what happens when using an ultra wide-angle camera. Night photography is also a treat with Mate 20 Pro, because night mode lets you shoot as much detail as possible under low light conditions.
There are also two new modes that come with a camera package, such as HiVision, which can "scan" a building or picture and give you more details of the subject, or where it is, where to buy them. It is based on machine learning, so it will take some time to be completely reliable, but expect some initial variations like HiVision insisted that my steam iron was actually a weapon before it finally recognized what it actually was. You can also use HiVision to translate documents, which could be practical when you read the menu in a foreign language.
Huawei also introduced 3D Qmo in the AR lens of the camera, where you can create animated emoji with pre-set characters.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro is definitely all that hiped to be and maybe even more. The Powerful smart phone with an excellent camera set up and displayed to boot up the system, Mate 20 Pro is priced at RM3.599 and is available in Twilight, Black and Green.
Pros: Wireless charging; ultra wide camera; solid performance.
Cons: Amazing sound quality.
Mate 20 Pro
OPERATION SYSTEM: Android 9.0 Pie
DISPLAY: 6.39 in (1,440 x 3,120 pixels)
PROCESSOR: Hisilicon Kirin 980
CAMERA: 40 megapixels (wide) + 20 megapixels (ultra wide) + 8 megapixels (telephoto) on the back; 24 megapixels in front
MEMORY: 128 GB of memory, 6 GB of RAM
Linkage: WiFi 802.11, Bluetooth, NFC
DIMENSIONS (W x D x H): 72.3 x 8.6 x 157.8 mm
EVALUATION: 4 stars
Review the unit thanks to Huawei Technologies Malaysia, 1800-22-3366