Huawei Mate 20 Pro review

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The Huawei Mate 20 Pro currently has an Informr score of 9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 55 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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Verdict

The Mate 20 Pro might not be Huawei’s cheapest phone but it’s one of the best. It provides an attractive package in terms of design, features, performance and camera capabilities.

What's good

  • Beautiful design
  • Bright, vibrant display
  • Smooth performance
  • Great battery life
  • Good camera
  • Fast charging

What's bad

  • Auto mode on camera leads to hit-or-miss pictures
  • Heavy at 189 grams

While you might know Huawei for their mid-range handsets, they’ve invested a significant amount into their flagship phone -- the Mate 20 Pro -- as well. Despite costing more than the reputable Samsung Galaxy Note 9 , many consider Huawei's latest release one of the best smartphones of 2018.

The Mate 20 Pro takes a few of its design cues from Samsung with its symmetrical tapered edges and slightly curved screen. 

The back, however, provides a unique design thanks to Huawei’s “Simply Iconic” camera module. Some reviewers thought it resembled the headlights of luxury cars while others call it a “stovetop.” Love it or hate it, it will turn heads.

Huawei offers two different texture options for the back -- standard glass and a “vinyl” option. Although it doesn’t feel exactly like actual vinyl records, the textured back provided a satisfying grip and warded off fingerprints and smudges. It's also easy to hold in one hand thanks to its narrow size and rounded edges.

The display takes up pretty much the entire front of the phone. The 6.39-inch OLED display offers a QHD+ resolution of 1,440-by-3,120 pixels, making it sharper than the Google Pixel 3 XL and Samsung Galaxy Note 9 . As you’d expect, images are crisp and the OLED panel provides nice deep blacks.

Colors are vibrant and cover a wide spectrum though some reviewers found accuracy lacking. And while it’s not as bright as the iPhone XS , it’s still easy enough to read in direct sunlight.

While other smartphones jump on the Snapdragon bandwagon, Huawei has stuck with their own processor -- the octa-core Kirin 980. 

This AI-powered processor combined with 6 or 8GB of RAM makes for buttery smooth performance during general use. Gaming performance is speedy as well. A few reviewers noticed a slight delay when switching apps, otherwise performance is stellar.

And if you’re worried about battery performance, don’t be. The 4,200mAh battery lasted most reviewers around 2 to 2.5 days of moderate usage and a full day of heavy use. If you somehow find yourself low on battery, the quick charger hits 70% from an empty charge in only 30 minutes.

The Mate 20 Pro can also charge a Qi-enabled device by turning on the feature and setting the device on the back of the phone. It’s slow, but it’s a feature you won't find elsewhere.

The camera system on the Mate 20 Pro was the only feature to see mixed reviews. There are three rear lenses: a 40MP primary lens, an 8MP telephoto lens, and a 20MP ultra-wide lens. While the combination lets you take a variety of pictures from macro to long-distance, critics point out that you’ll get the best use when in manual mode. 

In auto mode, their pictures were hit or miss with the camera often over-exposing bright areas and under-exposing in low-light situations. 

Still, most were thrilled with the overall results, especially when taking macro pictures with the ultra-wide lens. Even low-light images were detailed with little grain.

Despite its high price tag, experts highly recommend the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. Trusted Reviews states, “The Mate 20 Pro is full of great features and offers up an excellent alternative to any other flagship phone on the market right now.” Android Authority adds, “The Mate 20 Pro is a powerful, feature-packed, exciting phone… the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is probably the best phone you can get today.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.6 GHz
Screen Size
6.39"
Camera
40+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


What Mobile

If you want a top-quality phone and you have the money, the Mate 20 Pro is a worthwhile investment.  As expected from Huawei, the snapper is on point for taking crisp sunsets and highly detailed macro-shots – although it is noticeably not as good in HDR mode compared with the Pixel 3 and iPhone XS....

- Manny Pham, What Mobile
TechNave

Potentially offering nearly any feature you could want, it still feels a bit like a work in progress as each update polishes up the features and brings in new features as well, but make no mistake, this smartphone has nearly everything for everyone.

- Muzaffar Ismail, TechNave
Phandroid

Huawei nailed the hardware, delivering a high end experience in every aspect. But the software is a downgrade from stock Android and needs some work. Nonetheless, the device is a winner.

- Dima Aryeh, Phandroid
TechPP

The Mate 20 Pro is a jack of all trades. And unlike the popular saying, it IS a master of them all. There’s very little to dislike about the Mate 20 Pro, and if the price is no bar for you and you wish to pick one up for yourself, go ahead, and you’ll fall in love at first sight, all over again.

- Sumukh Rao, TechPP
GSM Dome

Huawei Mate 20 Pro has several gold medal attributes in 2018: selfie photos, looks (Twilight back is gorgeous) and camera quality in general. It takes the best pics, but its videos are more like podium stuff, maybe even fifth spot. It’s got very fast connectivity, incredibly, gigantically fast and a...

- Alexandru Stănescu, GSM Dome


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Common Questions


Huawei released the Mate 20 Pro on October 26, 2018.


The Mate 20 Pro price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Huawei Mate 20 Pro prices from around the web here on The Informr.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro user manual here.


Huawei backs up the Mate 20 Pro with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Mate 20 Pro has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Huawei support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Huawei's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
6.39"

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro's screen size is 6.39 inches with 1440 x 3120 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.6 GHz

There is a HiSilicon Kirin 980 Octa core 2.6 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 9.0 Pie operating system (OS).

Camera
40+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 40+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 24+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128/256 GB

Internal memory is 128/256 GB. An external, nanoSD (up to 256 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4200mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4200 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 1723 minutes, 837 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Mate 20 Pro Specs

Overview
Release date October 26, 2018
Regions available Canada, UK
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/1800/2600/2300 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 9.0 Pie

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Processor HiSilicon Kirin 980 Octa core 2.6 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 128/256 GB
RAM 6/8 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.58 W/kg
Body: 0.81 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4200 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 922 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 837 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 609 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 1723 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 21 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Glass
Colors Black, Emerald Green, Twilight, Red, Comet Blue
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.78 x 7.23 x 0.86 cm (6.2 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 189 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology OLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 3120 pixels
Pixel density 538 pixels
Size 6.39 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info nanoSD (up to 256 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
40+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance, Second camera(20 MP, Ultra Wide Angle Lens, f/2.2), Third camera(8 MP, Telephoto, f/2.4 )
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
24+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture f/2.0
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AMR, MIDI, MP3, MP4, OGG, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, FLV, MKV, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
More
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Critic Reviews


What Mobile

Though pricey, standout traits make this our smartphone of 2018

from What Mobile

If you want a top-quality phone and you have the money, the Mate 20 Pro is a worthwhile investment.  As expected from Huawei, the snapper is on point for taking crisp sunsets and highly detailed macro-shots – although it is noticeably not as good in HDR mode compared with the Pixel 3 and iPhon...More

If you want a top-quality phone and you have the money, the Mate 20 Pro is a worthwhile investment.  As expected from Huawei, the snapper is on point for taking crisp sunsets and highly detailed macro-shots – although it is noticeably not as good in HDR mode compared with the Pixel 3 and iPhone XS. The Mate 20 Pro’s battery life is impressive. The price would be the biggest turnoff, followed by the EMUI, Huawei’s Android skin.

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TechNave

One of the most powerful flagship smartphones currently available

from TechNave

Potentially offering nearly any feature you could want, it still feels a bit like a work in progress as each update polishes up the features and brings in new features as well, but make no mistake, this smartphone has nearly everything for everyone.

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Potentially offering nearly any feature you could want, it still feels a bit like a work in progress as each update polishes up the features and brings in new features as well, but make no mistake, this smartphone has nearly everything for everyone.

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Phandroid

The pinnacle of hardware

from Phandroid

Huawei nailed the hardware, delivering a high end experience in every aspect. But the software is a downgrade from stock Android and needs some work. Nonetheless, the device is a winner.

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Huawei nailed the hardware, delivering a high end experience in every aspect. But the software is a downgrade from stock Android and needs some work. Nonetheless, the device is a winner.

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TechPP

A tremendous device

from TechPP

The Mate 20 Pro is a jack of all trades. And unlike the popular saying, it IS a master of them all. There’s very little to dislike about the Mate 20 Pro, and if the price is no bar for you and you wish to pick one up for yourself, go ahead, and you’ll fall in love at first sight, all over again.

Read full review

The Mate 20 Pro is a jack of all trades. And unlike the popular saying, it IS a master of them all. There’s very little to dislike about the Mate 20 Pro, and if the price is no bar for you and you wish to pick one up for yourself, go ahead, and you’ll fall in love at first sight, all over again.

Read full review

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GSM Dome

Sexiest, most powerful Android phone of 2018, with best camera

from GSM Dome

Huawei Mate 20 Pro has several gold medal attributes in 2018: selfie photos, looks (Twilight back is gorgeous) and camera quality in general. It takes the best pics, but its videos are more like podium stuff, maybe even fifth spot. It’s got very fast connectivity, incredibly, gigantically fast...More

Huawei Mate 20 Pro has several gold medal attributes in 2018: selfie photos, looks (Twilight back is gorgeous) and camera quality in general. It takes the best pics, but its videos are more like podium stuff, maybe even fifth spot. It’s got very fast connectivity, incredibly, gigantically fast and also fast is the charging, once again number one on the market.

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Neowin

The best overall phone of 2018

from Neowin

The Mate 20 Pro is an awesome phone. Reverse wireless charging is an innovative feature that's actually useful more than you'd think it would be, and the in-display fingerprint reader is pretty cool, even if it needs work. Then, of course, there's the cool design. But nothing beats the camera. H...More

The Mate 20 Pro is an awesome phone. Reverse wireless charging is an innovative feature that's actually useful more than you'd think it would be, and the in-display fingerprint reader is pretty cool, even if it needs work. Then, of course, there's the cool design. But nothing beats the camera. Huawei could ditch every other feature that comes with this phone and I'd still want to have it with me at all times.

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Gizbot

Flagship by all means

from Gizbot

Huawei Mate 20 Pro has completely impressed us with its camera, display, and design. The smartphone also offers solid battery life and swift processing and multitasking performance. Moreover, the company has offered some really innovative features like wireless reverse charging, 40W power adaptor, and impressive HDR image processing.

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro has completely impressed us with its camera, display, and design. The smartphone also offers solid battery life and swift processing and multitasking performance. Moreover, the company has offered some really innovative features like wireless reverse charging, 40W power adaptor, and impressive HDR image processing.

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KitGuru

A proper flagship absolutely jam-packed with features

from KitGuru

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is a mega phone packed with features, many of which I love. I do feel that the gluegate situation has slightly tarnished the phone, though, especially considering the new high price of the handset.

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The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is a mega phone packed with features, many of which I love. I do feel that the gluegate situation has slightly tarnished the phone, though, especially considering the new high price of the handset.

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Deccan Chronicle

A feature-packed smartphone from the future

from Deccan Chronicle

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is a very comfortable smartphone with features that can awe photography freaks, gamers, and technology enthusiasts. With features such as desktop PC mode, reverse wireless charging, a powerful set of cameras, a great 2K+ OLED display, a large power reserve and a simplistic-...More

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is a very comfortable smartphone with features that can awe photography freaks, gamers, and technology enthusiasts. With features such as desktop PC mode, reverse wireless charging, a powerful set of cameras, a great 2K+ OLED display, a large power reserve and a simplistic-yet-slick design, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is definitely a unique, stunning and one of the most desirable flagships you can get today.

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Mobile Syrup

One of the best mobile shooters to date

from Mobile Syrup

The Night mode outshoots just about everyone except for going neck-and-neck with Google. Image quality is routinely better when viewed by the sum of all the parts the Mate 20 Pro offers. It takes time to dig through it all, but like its flagship sibling, the payoff is well worth it with almost every snap.

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The Night mode outshoots just about everyone except for going neck-and-neck with Google. Image quality is routinely better when viewed by the sum of all the parts the Mate 20 Pro offers. It takes time to dig through it all, but like its flagship sibling, the payoff is well worth it with almost every snap.

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