First impressions of the Huawei Mate Mate 20 and 20 Pro: a new angle of view
Huawei has long and steadily moving to the top ranking manufacturers of smartphones in the whole world of sales the company keeps in the top three, and in some markets (e.g., Russian), she has already gained top position. However, aim still has a long way — for example, to the more reliable positions in the upper price segments generating the most profit from each device sold (due to what is thriving, for example, the same Apple).
Huawei P20 Pro, in the light of this struggle was a real breakthrough. This smartphone is not without drawbacks like the fingerprint scanner in the button on the front panel, however, was able to offer a truly powerful advantage over all competitors — perfectly working three-chamber system, which made it inaccessible at the level of photography in 2018.
|Huawei Mate 20 Pro||Huawei Mate 20||Huawei Mate 10 Pro||Huawei P20 Pro|
|Processor||HiSilicon Kirin 980: eight cores (2 × ARM Cortex-A76, 2.6 GHz + 2 × ARM Cortex-A76, the frequency of 1.92 GHz + 4 × ARM Cortex-A55, 1.8 GHz), graphics core ARM Mali-G76; architecture HiAI||HiSilicon Kirin 980: eight cores (2 × ARM Cortex-A76, 2.6 GHz + 2 × ARM Cortex-A76, the frequency of 1.92 GHz + 4 × ARM Cortex-A55, 1.8 GHz), graphics core ARM Mali-G76; architecture HiAI||HiSilicon Kirin 970: eight cores (4 × ARM Cortex-A73, 2.4 GHz + 4 × ARM Cortex-A53, 1.8 GHz), graphics core ARM Mali-G72; architecture HiAI||HiSilicon Kirin 970: eight cores (4 × ARM Cortex-A73, 2.4 GHz + 4 × ARM Cortex-A53, 1.8 GHz), graphics core ARM Mali-G72; architecture HiAI|
|Display||AMOLED, 6.39 inches, 2K||LCD, 6.53 inch, Full HD+||AMOLED, 6-inch, 2160 × 1080||AMOLED, 6.1 inch, 2240 × 1080|
|RAM||6 GB||4/6 GB||6 GB||6 GB|
|Flash memory||128 GB||128 GB||256 GB||128 GB|
|SIM card||Two nano-SIM, slot for memory card NM||Two nano-SIM, slot for memory card NM||Two nano-SIM, slot for memory card is missing||Two nano-SIM, slot for memory card is missing|
|Wireless modules||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth, NFC, infrared port||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth, NFC, infrared port||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth, NFC, infrared port||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth, NFC|
|LTE||LTE Cat.21 (up to 1400 Mbps)||LTE Cat.21 (up to 1400 Mbps)||LTE Cat.18 (up to 1200 Mbps)||LTE Cat.18 (up to 1200 Mbps)|
|Camera||Leica triple module 20 + 40 + 8 MP, ƒ/2,2 + ƒ/1,8 + ƒ/2.4 GHz, three-time optical zoom with optical image stabiliser, an extra wide viewing angle||Leica triple module 12 + 16 + 8 MP, ƒ/2,2 + ƒ/1,8 + ƒ/2.4 GHz, three-time optical zoom with optical image stabiliser, an extra wide viewing angle||Dual, 12 + 20 MP, ƒ/1,6, optical stabilizer, double optical zoom||Leica triple module 20 + 40 + 8 MP, ƒ/1,6 + ƒ/1,8 + ƒ/2.4 GHz, three-time optical zoom with optical image stabiliser|
|The fingerprint scanner||In the screen||On the rear panel||On the rear panel||On the front panel|
|Connectors||USB Type-C||USB Type-C, 3.5 mm||USB Type-C||USB Type-C|
|Battery||4200 mA·h||4000 mAh||4000 mAh||4000 mAh|
|Dustproof and moisture proof||IP68||No||IP67||IP67|
|Operating system||Android 9.0 Pie with a proprietary shell EMUI 9.0||Android 9.0 Pie with a proprietary shell EMUI 9.0||Android 8.0 Oreo with a proprietary shell EMUI 8.0||Android 8.1 Oreo shell EMUI 8.1|
But in General, the development of the family of smartphones Huawei recent years resembles the concept of Intel’s famous “tick-tock”: the spring mobile P-series offers new solutions in the field of cameras, then as autumn, the business-oriented Mate uses these same developments plus a wide public with new hardware platform HiSilicon Kirin fighting for the title of most powerful smartphone in the world. This year the situation is, at first glance, has not changed: 20 and Mate, and Mate 20 Pro along with announced in early September, the platform Kirin 980 have a system of three rear cameras, as well as P20 Pro. With one good but: the module is made in a different way.
Instead of proprietary solutions with RGB and monochrome sensors, augmented this year by the secondary camera, which made possible a three-fold optical zoom, new series Mate got three cameras with different focal lengths: with the usual angle, telephoto and wider angle. The concept is about the same as in the case of LG ThinQ G7, ASUS Zenfone 5 and Samsung Galaxy A9. Only three cameras here. As a result, the user is able to remove not only with triple zoom, but in the wide angle position. For this I had to sacrifice a monochrome sensor, having added as a thoroughbred mode of black and white photography, and additional features when shooting in the dark.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro got sensors with a resolution of 40, 20 and 8 megapixels – the numbers are the same as that of the P20 Pro, but obviously that is different and type of matrices (at least this is true in one of them), and optics. Conventional Mate 20 set easier — 16, 12 and 8 megapixels. The idea preserved, as the principle of grouping in a square block in the center of the rear panel. Of course, as befits a senior Huawei smartphones, the creation of these cameras had a hand Leica. Front camera Mate 20 Pro has a resolution of 24 megapixels.
To say something definite about the quality shooting Mate and Mate 20 20 Pro at the moment, we can’t — time to explore the devices was clearly insufficient. Examples of shooting with available smartphone viewing angles you can see above. On the one hand, the new scheme provides more opportunities for the mobile photographer, the less limiting it in the scene selection (adding fuel to the fire and reduced to 2.5 cm minimum focusing distance), the other — probably suffers from the recording quality, especially in difficult lighting conditions. Read more about it we will talk in the full review of the smartphone.
Also in the process of shooting now more involved neural network computing the number of recognized artificial intelligence scenes exceeded hundred, and the number of objects exceeded five thousand. At one stage, the smartphone is able to allocate up to ten separate segments, optimizing each of them separately. Also the artificial intelligence involved in the process of focus — he tries to predict the direction of movement, thereby dramatically improving in dynamic scenes (in theory).
Neural networks active during the video mode, and when shooting (again, working “smart” autofocus available and smart zoom), and while playing the smartphone tries to do color correction and adapt the picture to the cinema 21:9 format.
20 and Mate, and Mate 20 Pro will work on the basis of fresh hardware platform HiSilicon Kirin 980. It uses the second version of the ad hoc module to work with neural network computing (HiAI), which first appeared in last year’s Kirin 970. But it’s not the most important advantage of the new system-on-chip — there’s a whole complex. First, this is the second (after Apple A12 Bionic) system designed for 7-nm process technology. The transition has improved the energy efficiency by as much as 40 %, and the density of elements increased in 1.6 times — Kirin 980 contains 6.9 billion transistors. For comparison, Kirin 970 had 5.5 billion, and Kirin 950 ― 3 billion.
Secondly, the new scheme of the kernel is big.LITTLE – big+middle+little. A dual core ARM Cortex-A76 as part of the processor working at 2.6 GHz, another two of the same nucleus have lower frequency of 1.92 GHz and act just as the middle-cores. Finally, four energy-efficient Cortex-A55 operate at a frequency of 1.8 GHz.
All this is complemented by new graphics subsystem Mali-G76. Compared to the Mali-G72, Kirin established in 970, the claimed performance increase by 46% and efficiency of 178 %. At least four months (until the release of the first gadgets on the next generation of the flagship platform Qualcomm) Mate 20 and 20 Mate Pro will be the most powerful Android smartphones.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro in the company to a new three-chamber system and a powerful hardware platform got a curved AMOLED-display with a diagonal of 6.39 inches, 2K resolution and a cutout right in the center — and without special panels, activated when you touch the curved edge. The back is also glass and curved. It’s a classic for flagship smartphones this year — looks great, but very slippery. There will be two versions — black with mirrored back and “fibrous” emerald green.
The latter is not so actively collects fingerprints and less slip. The same situation, and c versions 20 Mate, only other colors: midnight blue and twilight. Mate you’ll be 20 and in size (bigger) and screen — 6.53 inch, IPS, Full HD+.
A couple of key differences a new Mate. The Pro version got a fingerprint scanner, located directly on the display, as well as more advanced facial recognition system with the IR led. In a “normal” Mate 20 scanner standard, capacitive, located on the rear panel and the IR sensor is not. But “the unibrow” is noticeably smaller.
In Pro there is no mini-Jack, and the “normal” it is in place, but moisture/dust protection available only for Pro-version — IP68 standard.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro is equipped with a battery capacity of 4200 mA·h with fast charging (10V, 4A) – the manufacturer claims that up to 70 % can be charged in just half an hour. Also the Pro version supports wireless charging, with a smartphone you can charge other devices! One Mate 20 Pro — 20 Pro another Mate or other devices that support wireless charging too? Check it out. Huawei Mate 20 easier — and the battery on 4000 mA·h, and the quick charge period, and wirelessly interact with it.
In smartphones at the start of sales will be the Android operating system 9.0 Pie with a proprietary shell EMUI version 9.0.