This year he was peculiar Huawei. In Paris, we saw the P20 Pro who destroyed the competition with its flawless nightmare, controlled by artificial intelligence. In China we have seen a really busy brand with a high standard of construction and applied fixation to details of its huge production line. Now we had London as a challenge scenario launched by the most important construction companies on the market: "Hi, I'm Huawei. I'm a Chinese brand, but today I have a serious phone." This is my review Mate 20 Pro.
Modern design based on ancestors
We have a new profile at the edges of both teams, taking as the inspiration to the lights of modern cars. On the front and the lid that carries photographic sensors, curved and stylized lines stand out. Huawei engineers have explained this This device has a resistance coefficient of 0.23cd, which allows this design to be "in progress".
When hooked, Huawei Mate 20 Pro is tastefully fit into your hand, and less sliding than the P20 Pro itself. That's what I have to say honestly It looks a lot like the Samsung Galaxy S9 PlusThe edges of the screen, the size, even the edges of aluminum, the whole design concept reminds me of Samsung. When I see my back, S9 disappears in Twilight's enhanced color.
To complement hardware, Huawei includes a brilliant color "Emerald Green", inspired by the millennial Chinese artistic activity called "Tian-Tsui" or "emblazoned with emeralds". It is one of the different types of Chinese art used by imperial craftsmen, created by the exhaustive welding of "Kingfisher" pearls on jewelery as decoration. Before Huawei revived this traditional Chinese art technique, tian-tsui is practically forgotten, as most of the work illustrates this technique in Beijing's Forbidden City. Huawei uses its pioneering techniques in terms of optical design to create a smooth texture in glass.
Created in 48 production processes, the rear of the Mate 20 series includes more layers of 0.4m ultra-fine optical filters. This textured surface allows the device to have better posture while rejecting sweat or finger lubricants. This means the device retains a clean look even when used for a long time.
In the design, last year outperforms Mate 10 and provokes the beautiful P20 Pro. Details, however, will not be to anyone who loves it. Although it improves dust and water protection to IP68, some of its parts are redesigned. For example, There is no visible loudspeaker at the bottom but is integrated into the USB-C charging and data connection. When listening to music with the speaker and wanting to charge the equipment, the sound is slightly reduced. Inevitably, despite having a stereo loudspeaker next to the front lens. Due to this "redesign", the nano SIM drawer switches to the base, next to the port. In fact, this nano-SIM drawer now allows the use of new memory, NM cards.
To talk about NM card, Much to consider. This is another attempt by the company to push the standard, attracting innovation and space utilization. Unlike transition from microSIM to nanoSIM, where we just had to cut the chip to the correct size or get a new nano chip at a really low price, here we can not cut anything or change anything. If you have a large microSD large capacity collection, it does not matter anymore. You will need to purchase a new one if you want to expand the internal memory of the equipment. This partnership between Huawei and Toshiba asks for a new north in using smartphone space. Good idea? Yes, a little would wait to do all this and thus have no problem with migrating abilities from one card to another smaller size that do not have compatibility with adapters and come back to buying similar storage that will be pulled everywhere and put in the devices we want? Too much.
From these "small" themes, It's an excellent team and feels very good at hand. Full stop.
A screen that is surprising for several reasons
If there is a noticeable difference between "regular" Mate 20 and "Pro", it's a screen. With the resolution that finally gives us QHD +, Huawei decides to use another partner: BOE. This Chinese brand, founded in 1993, focuses on LCD technology, is responsible for covering the tiles through catalyst Mate, to Porsche Designa and Mate X. This agreement was announced in May this year in 2018, and we now see the result of this alliance.
First of all, On the screen we have a fingerprint sensor. In fact, we have already explained how the system works, and in the case of Mate 20 Pro it works very polite. Eye, I say worthy without a ghoulish spirit. In this particular case, the technology Huawei adds to the panel works well, although there are some details to mention. When we are in direct light, it is very difficult to locate the location of the sensor which is in the middle, almost in the middle of the screen. Other plates, for example, have this additive nearer or have a larger base of action. Here we have only the room size of a typical sensor.
It does not mean that it is a pleasure to see how it works. It usually took place at meetings when people were hallucinating with unlocking the screen. But it does not fade at night. If you want to unlock the team at 3am, this green light will be very intense.
On the subject of image quality, Accurate color reproduction and contrast levels are unquestionable. It's a pleasure to enjoy content from Netflix, YouTube, and all kinds of streaming platforms. This screen is calibrated above 100% DCI-P3, making it HDR compliant. The good thing is that we can also adjust the color intensity directly in the SCREEN menu. So the colors will have less saturation in the interface, but renew the color in multimedia playback. As for the unintentional touch, because of the sharp edge, there is nothing to report. It was a good panel and did not suffer the damage because I used itIt should be added that there is no traditional screen protector, and I still do not check the sensitivity of the sensor with the protective glass. We will soon know.
EMUI 9 with Less Pies than we would like to try
When EMUI 5 arrived, Android 7 was launched. This was so confusing before Huawei ordered the nomenclature of his EMUI interface and personalization, and was paired with the current version of Android. Since Android 8 has EMUI 8 and Android 9, there is EMUI 9. That's so easy.
And it is simple, of course, the first big idea behind this small change in the layer that Huawei uses to add his icons, themes, and moves. The most important thing, no doubt, is the ability to have gestures. It's not Huawei, but Android, but has a slight turnaround compared to what we've seen in the Stock format of Android 9 Pie. Now, and thanks to this new version, We can not isolate traditional navigation keys and use snooping gestures in the Android environment.
Briefly moving your fingercome back to the table.
Flip up without leaving, we open multiplicity.
On the right, we return to one page in the programs we use.
By sliding down, but almost to the edge, we opened a Google Assistant.
Unfortunately, we've lost the multitasking and fast-paced options found in Pixel with the same version of Android 9. Screen shot has also improved, and now we can use swipes to decide what to do with this content.
upwards, we share capture.
down, we catch it with the shift.
On the side, we reserve the recording without any other action.
This version of EMUI summarizes many of the 8-step steps. It all seems easier, easier and closer to users. Even the tiny color details are obvious. Curves in design, pastel colors in a large part of the tool, all aesthetic adaptation are valued without any problems. We hold gestures with joints, video recording, Huawei Share that gets speed, the EMUI PC wirelessly, and all the variables we've been expecting from the presentation.
The other big part of the team is Artificial IntelligenceMuch has been done to the camera we have already talked about. However, there is a lot of software in the team running, compared to the show in Keynote London: increased reality, performance adjustments, and much of the camera software has not yet been implemented in the trial version we have, so we can wait for them to come to the future or have already been built into equipment sold in a few weeks. Because of this, the team does not stop. Despite the preliminary version, it was very good.
There will be a moment to explain Huawei's implementations at this time, because most of what we've seen is typical for Android: the wellness screen, a new screen-shielding feature that will help you to be asleep, gesturing. Almost everything I've looked at about the team is typical of Android, but there's a lot to expect in the next update.
The dragon with three eyes and a lot of intelligence
This is a country where Huawei did not want to lower the guard in recent years. They are, of course, those who pushed the market of computer photography as a flag. From Mate 10 last year, the incentive that the team gets from the software is outstanding, with certain image recognition and quick setting tools in different conditions. Already with the P20 Pro, the aid of artificial intelligence has introduced a magnificent night-vision into the three-lens form, achieving high-quality photos even in very complex light situations and combining the advantages of lossless lithium with a monochrome lens and its capability. Capture light and shadows as no one.
Mate 20 Pro comes to break this and adds the emotional factor to what we already know. First, redistribute the distribution of three lenses to the square, supplemented by a two-way flash. Lens system configuration that I do not like, I think is less aesthetic than Huawei put in P20 Pro, or even in Mate 10 of 2017. It's a taste, it has nothing to do with how it works. Then I found a new favorite.
Unlike the P20 and P20 Pros presented in Paris, Huawei changes the structure of your photographic system to a new wide-angle sensor. This new wide sensor carries 120 degrees of vision, outpacing what LG has introduced in its G7 this year with 107 degrees of vision. Although this is not a new release, it is important to see how Huawei starts to separate from a monochrome sensor and play with new content creation capabilities.
With photographic quality, Huawei adds a macro mode that can sharpen objects far from 2.5 inches. Today for cell phones, the 5cm approach already generates out of focus pictures, but in this new Mate 20 this will not be a problem. Artificial Intelligence continues to improve the team's photographic experience and today adds the option of "Master AI 2.0" with which it seeks to effectively help its users.
Some time ago I wanted a phone that allowed me to use the photo and video angle. The pleasure I've always found when I use LG, like G7 ThinQ, but this Mate 20 Pro has surpassed the core system. Already in this post I talked about Mate 20 cameras during our trip to London, but I have the team up to the release of this review and I enjoyed this set of glasses. Fortunately, the angle lens is revitalized with all the means of artificial intelligence, recording aid, and computer photography. It was a combination of sleep I was waiting for on a smartphone, which causes me to always wear a butterfly lens used for the P20 Pro. Now I just wear the phone.
In the case of video, my disappointment is less. I'm honest at this time: Huawei is not the best brand to capture video. However, there are three significant improvements compared to the P20 Pro, the phone half a year ago. First, angular. With that, I was convinced by 50% that this team would have been in the pocket for a long time. Secondly, artificial intelligence has been added to the capture process. Now we have a really interesting way of coloring and sharpening, and what I find useful and fun to use. This is the first version so we can not expect a great result. But that's something that can be improved with software, no doubt.
Devices now include cinematic filters, including the ability to run smart optics and optical stabilization (AIS), so even novice creators create incredible movies.
The AI-based monitoring feature allows users to manually select a focusing object when capturing video. Once the Huawei Mate 20 camera focuses on the object in an unmistakable way, the user can change the zoom or increase from 0.6x to 5x maintaining a constant aspect ratio. This gives users much more frame-manipulating capabilities and thus produces movie effects when they want to.
After analyzing dozens of cinematic works, the Dual NPU that launches this new device is capable of supporting real-time color matching, including tone, saturation and brightness. Some of the pre-set modes are available, including "nostalgia, way of living and mysticism". Additionally, the Mate 20 series can recognize and isolate the subject's color by reducing the saturation of all others around them.
The front camera works well and is enhanced compared to other versions. Unfortunately, it is not yet the front camera we are looking for, more balanced than what the main lens offers. There is still a great distance between them, and it shows. Very Even the New 3 has a better HDR system on that lens, compared to what Mate can do. The worst thing is that the screen has so much detail quality, which shows the lack of lens details. P30 needs to be done.
Artificial intelligence in everything and power for the game
The new Kirin 980 processor came back to confirm all rumors about its performance, Thanks to its 2x2x4 structure, where 8 cores of different power are housed in a 7-nanometer-based architecture, Huawei implements a dual chip for the neural process. The Kirin 980 is also the first commercial processor to use the Cortex-A76 high-performance core. The Kirin 980 GPU is as powerful as the rest of the set. When the team detects that the game is playing, it automatically increases the speed to allow the highest quality of game play. The combined performance of the CPU and GPU ensures that even if the user is using a third-party communication application during playback, the experience will continue to be top-notch.
The phone is relentless. This is one of the fastest Android experiences, despite EMUI. There is no latency in anything: applications, navigation, games, multi-tasking, everything you touch opens. For starters, call quality and connectivity are impressive. Switching from Wi-Fi networks to networks is so soft that you will never lose connection. NEVER. Eliminating noise in the microphones has improved considerably. In fact, several bytes of METADATA episodes in London were recorded with Mate 20 Pro. There's nothing that this phone can not handle.
The fingerprint sensor below the screen leaves mixed impressions. On the one hand, I like to open water, that is, because people look delighted as the phone is capable of doing it. Well, that's going to become very common in a few years, so there will not be exclusivity at all. However, the green point that exits the pressure sensor may slacken you in the middle of the dark night, The OLED screen may reduce its brightness, but the blocked screen does not reduce the position of the sensor, It is a green light that has no way to remove and you will have to get used to it when you unlock the smartphone at dawn.
Sound quality is really good with headphones, but the sound of the speaker is usually reduced. It's not a loud phone and I think even the P20 Pro sounds louder. In addition, the USB-C connector has a small loudspeaker, and when you lift the headset to play or watch the movie, we unintentionally plug in the connector and reduce the volume output.
Team experience is integral, unlike previous versions of Huawei. Sometimes I felt like I took out the Huawei P20 Pro to take pictures, then come back to note 9, for example. Not here, here I feel it is a balanced team, almost perfect. Unlocking works very well and becomes safer because of the large number of components that make that longer.
Full charge, quick charging, wireless charging, reversible charging
Huawei's autonomy improves over the years, and Mate 20 has launched a new standard. In the traditional Mate 20 comes up to 4000 mAh, while in the Pro we have 4200 mAh, surpassing the initial stopping of this category. In addition to equipping their teams with so much energy, Huawei debuts the Super Charge 2.0 system in order to outperform their load records. Up to the current version, top-of-the-line equipment compatible with this system could achieve load fluctuations up to 59% in half an hour. Today, Huawei promises up to 70% at the same time. From the factory, the equipment comes with a 15 watt charger which integrates the required microchips for this additive. Seriously, it loads very fast.
However, fast loading was one of the recurring requirements on Huawei users. We have already seen this in Mate RS, presented in Paris next to line P, but today it adds the change factor: back load. Now, via USB or computer base, wireless charging can only be transferred from Mate. Let's say your iPhone Xs, Samsung S9 or LG G7 stopped working. Simply put these devices on the rear of Mate 20 and start charging the wireless network, taking the power of Mate 20 and transfer the load to other devices. Although the renewable cost is not new in Android, the reversible wireless cost is interesting as an added value.
Now he's a little "cheat". It does not work on the first contact, you should look for it sweet spot Also, it is not charged so fast. It is an excellent trick for fun and meetings, but it will be very little used in the real world. Do not misunderstand me, that's the great innovation the phone can do. But that is not something that will change industry forever. Not.
Leaping the experience of loading and unloading, I had quite a long day with it. I unplugged the equipment at 6:20 am, left the plug at 8 or 9 nights, and still had 35% of the battery. Although it does not seem surprising, the good thing is that the team has not lost power. Also, if you forget to load your gear in the morning, you'll also have to wash and Mate 20 Pro will load 40% without any problems. The promise in the upload speed is filled and far. This is something that changes your routine, it does not seem impossible to save energy in a short time. It's already a reality.
Is this worth it?
From iOS. There are some advantages over the iPhone Xs and Xs Max. More cameras and combinations allow for greater flexibility without paying for additional equipment. The battery and the full charging system are more effective than the iPhone. Yet, iPhone is a solid team in its application and video capture ecosystem. In addition, the front camera of the iPhone is slightly better than the Mate 20 Pro in the results.
From Samsunga to high-end. S9 and Note 9 are very similar in design and even carry an IP68 certificate, just like this Mate. They also have wireless charging, and since good weather has the best display on the market. In addition, Snapdragon 845 allows these devices to carry radio, unlike Mate 20 Pro that does not. Mate 20 Pro goes beyond autonomy and far away. In the video, even Samsung works better, but the photographic quality of the LEICA exceeds the variable opening of the core. On the other hand, Samsung's high line has a hearing aid attachment as well as a microSD slot. In this fight, you will have to make a list of pros and cons.
From P20 Pro. Heavy. The P20 Pro is still a huge team and has a beautiful camera and a huge life span. This Mate 20 Pro improves protection, fast loading, speed, performance, almost everything. The problem is that these differences are not far but very close.
Despite these doubts, Huawei has made its best phone today. They are excited to see that there are already risks, that the road is more independent, that they have grown up. Something about the team I love gives confidence. The combination of all the elements discussed in the review speaks of a brand that believes, which feels able to prove to the world that they can. Mate 20 Pro is a really solid step in the way of the Chinese because it is the most important brand on the market. Missing, that's obvious, but the trend is exciting. It's a phone that's been tracking you for a long time, and that'll surprise you a lot.