2018 has been a really successful year for the Chinese manufacturer. Earlier this year, it was reported that Huawei ousted Apple to become the second best selling smartphone brands in the world. Later in the year, the company proved why it deserves such title by releasing the P20 series to great success.
Now Huawei will look to end the year with more success with the release of Huawei Mate 20 and the Mate 20 Pro in October 2018. With a stylish design, premium and innovative features, the Mate 20 Pro have everything to contend for the best smartphone of the year 2018. Not forgetting that the company plans to release foldable smartphones in 2019.
Let view some of the top features of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro that really makes it stand with the likes of iPhone XS max, Pixel 3 XL, Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
1) Kirin 980 processor:
Huawei announced the kirin 980 processor at the IFA 2018. The processor finally made its debut on Huawei lastest smartphones-Mate 20 and Mate 20 pro. Huawei promised the 7nm processor will destroy the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845, the chip that powers almost all Android phones.
Kirin 980 powering the Mate 20 Pro comes with upgraded GPU and NPU, 40% better power efficiency. It is 75% more powerful than the previous generation and 58% more efficient. It is also the first chip to embed Cortex-A76-based cores. Worth noting is the fact that it features a total of 6.9 billion transistors, same as Apple’s A12 Bionic.
Alongside the powerful processor is the 6GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage.
The journey of the Kirin 980 started three years ago with a focus on three categories: power and efficiency, connectivity, intelligence.
The Kirin 980’s GPU shows a 76 per cent performance increase and 2.2 times faster than the previous Kirin 970 NPU. Recall that the Chinese-phone maker boasted that the 970 NPU performance is two times and three times higher than the Snapdragon 980 and A11 Bionic respectively.
2) The Reverse Charging technology:
The whopping 4,200 mAH battery that comes with the Huawei Mate 20 pro gives room for reverse wireless charging. For those confused about that, it means you can use the Mate 20 pro to pass some battery juice to your friend’s smartphone through wireless charging provided their phone is Qi-enabled.
Although Huawei didn’t reveal how fast the output is, it definitely not going to match a regular charge rate. The Mate 20 pro comes with fast charging 40W adapter to reach 70% charge under 30minutes.
3) The Triple Camera:
Mate 20 Pro has a 40MP primary camera, yes massive 40MP.
The phone boasts three rear cameras arranged neatly in a square. There is the top right 40MP wide-angle camera with f/1.8 aperture, the 20MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture and the bottom right 8MP telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture.
The front is equally impressive with a 24MP camera. There is also TOF sensor, dot projector, flood illuminator and IR camera.
Huawei is using AI in its camera just like last year kirin 970 processor. But this time has now doubled down with dual-core NPU to further help with imaging. Huawei claims the AI can detect multiple objects such as sky, water, food, animals and filters to each.
You can now record 4k at 60fps and slow-motion at 960fps. Also, with the help of AI, the camera can remove the flickering of lights that is common when shooting slow-motion with indoor light.
4) In-display fingerprint Sensor:
Huawei has done this before but improved greatly with the Mate 20 Pro. It is slightly faster, by 20 per cent as claimed by Huawei. You can lock applications with the 24MP camera for facial unlock or the fingerprint reader.
The company said wearing hats, growing beard or using makeup doesn’t matter as the facial unlock will always recognize it’s you.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro is now available for pre-order and set for release on November 1. The price is, as you would expect, massive. It costs $1,140/£860.
In an unrelated news, Huawei confirmed it will be developing its own OS to replace Android.