Huawei on Tuesday official unveiled its premium mate handsets, the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro in Kenya. Without being biased, the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro were some of the best smartphones launched in 2018. The phones were announced in Oct. 2018 and officially launched in Nov. 2018, at an unveiling event in London. Notably, they were launched alongside another handset, the Huawei Mate 20 X.
After the launch, the latest handsets in Huawei‘s Mate series — were made in a few selected markets — before expanding globally. Ending 2018, they had expanded beyond European and Asian markets.
On Jan. 22nd 2018, the handsets were launched in Kenya. Priced at KES.74,999 (roughly UGX.2,729,200) and KES.99,999 (roughly UGX.3,639,000) for the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro respectively.
The handsets offer premium features including a triple rear camera setup, 40W Huawei SuperCharge technology, high screen-to-body ratio, and the latest flagship HiSilicon Kirin 980 7nm SoC. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro also features an in-display fingerprint sensor — similar to the Xiaomi prototype. Xiaomi is rumored to launch a handset with an in-display fingerprint sensor this year, as seen from a leaked prototype image.
Features and Specifications of the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro
The Mate 20 comes with a a 6.53-inch full-HD+ RGBW display with 18.7:9 aspect ratio while the Mate 20 Pro sports a 6.39-inch QHD+ curved OLED display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Both smartphones run on Android 9.0 Pie topped with Huawei’s EMUI 9.0 powered by a HiSilicon Kirin 980 7nm SoC with dual AI processor. Coupled with 4GB RAM/128GB ROM, 6GB RAM/128GB ROM for the Mate 20, and 6GB RAM/128GB ROM for the Mate 20 Pro.
The Huawei Mate 20 comes with a 4,000mAh non-removable battery while the Mate 20 Pro is slightly larger at 4,200mAh. Both supporting the new 40W Huawei SuperCharge technology. In addition, the Mate 20 Pro also exclusively gets 15W fast wireless charging support. It comes with support for the ‘world’s first wireless reverse charging’ technology on a smartphone, which means it can wirelessly charge
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro, is the only Huawei handset to come with an in-display fingerprint sensor.
In terms of optics (Photo and Video)
The Huawei Mate 20 sports a Leica triple rear camera setup—consisting of a primary 16MP ultra wide angle sensor with an aperture of f/2.2, a secondary 12MP wide angle sensor with an aperture of f/1.8, and a tertiary 8MP telephoto lens with an aperture of f/2.4.
The Leica rear camera setup on the Mate 20 Pro is similar to that of the Huawei P20 Pro. It gets a primary 40MP primary wide angle lens with an aperture of f/1.8, a 20MP ultra wide angle sensor with an aperture of f/2.2, and a third 8MP 3X telephoto lens with an aperture of f/2.4.
These sensors are coupled with LED flash and Super HDR. There is a 24MP RGB selfie camera on both handsets, with support for 3D facial unlocking. It also comes with 3D Live Emoji, with support for GIF and MP4 files.
The handsets will be in Uganda in the coming weeks.