Huawei Mate 20 Professional Overview

Huawei has simply launched the Mate 20 Professional and Mate 20 in London, UK. Each handsets share the identical industrial design, with the Professional model having prolonged capabilities.

The Huawei Mate 20 (4GB + 128GB configuration) can have a MSRP of EUR799 and the HUAWEI Mate 20 Professional (6GB + 128GB configuration) can have a MSRP of EUR849 from October 16th, 2018.
Each gadgets shall be obtainable in international locations together with the U.Okay., France, Italy and United Arab Emirates quickly, in accordance with Huawei.

This text will deal with the Huawei Mate 20 Professional, and we are going to dedicate one other article to the Mate 20, to spotlight all variations. Let’s take a better take a look at Huawei’s new flagship telephone.

Observe: This preliminary “hands-on” evaluate of the brand new Huawei Mate 20 Professional relies on the time we spent with pre-release gadgets. We are going to replace this web page with our full evaluate, based mostly on exams and measurements as this machine goes by means of the Ubergizmo Lab. Bookmark it now, and comply with Ubergizmo on FB to get notified.

Huawei Mate 20 ProDisplay6.39” AMOLED Show (3120×1440)CamerasPrimary: 40 MP , f/1.Eight apertureTelephoto: Eight MP, f/2.4Ultrawide: Eight MPSelfie: 24 MP, f/2.0ProcessorHiSilicon KIRIN 980 platform 6-Eight RAM, 128-256 GB of StorageBattery4200 mAh battery capability, fast-chargeOSAndroid

Industrial Design

Left: Mate 20, Proper: Mate 20 Professional

Constructed utilizing a “Skinny Hairline Design,” the Huawei Mate 20 household seems to be thinner and extra elongated than final yr’s mannequin. And it’s an excellent factor, as a result of that makes the telephone extra comfy to carry as a result of the width isn’t extreme, and increase the display screen barely larger vertically.

The glass now curved into the sides, an especially tough (and possibly pricey) manufacturing method and aesthetic that has been popularized by Samsung. It makes the telephone really feel extra comfy and thinner when held.

Huawei has its personal twist by having a textured glass within the again. It’d sound loopy, however the glass feels comparatively regular, however if you happen to strike it along with your nail you’ll be able to distinctly really feel the feel, and even hear it. Huawei calls it “Hyper Optical Sample,” and it’s a cool floor therapy that gives a bit extra “grip” and makes the glass really feel a bit softer, much less slippery. Additionally it is extra resilient to fingerprints as a result of it’s barely matte.

Additional-grip is certainly wanted as a result of a number of research, and common sense, have proven that curving the glass onto the sides of the telephone will increase the prospect of experiencing a cracked glass in case of a drop on a tough floor. You’ll be able to confer with our reference article about how telephones could possibly be constructed to keep away from breakage on impression: How the LG V20 Was Designed To Survive Drops.

Speaking in regards to the edge, the Energy button is getting a pink accent that offers it an additional contact of favor this yr. The Huawei Mate 20 Professional has an IP68 Ranking. Right here’s what the IP68 ranking means: Mud-tight, no mud can penetrate. As much as Three-meter immersion waterproofing. In some instances, waterproofing implies that “some” water can penetrate, however with out harming the machine.

The design of the digital camera module is iconic and really pleasing in my view, however you resolve. From a technical design perspective, the quantity of battery capability that Huawei is ready to cram into this chassis is extraordinary, and our information exhibits it:

Battery capability (in mAh) per Cubic Inches of inside area

Show : OLED + 3D Face Scan + In-screen fingerprint reader

With a 6.39-inch diagonal measurement and a decision of 3120×1440, the OLED show of the Mate 20 Professional makes it a large-screen telephone which is shut in measurement with the handful of high-end 6.5-inch rivals.

The show seems to be very good, as you’d count on from a high-end telephone, however we are going to want extra time and data to see the way it competes towards the shows of the Galaxy Observe 9 and iPhone X which can be the 2 main ones in relation to Show High quality. Most individuals would in all probability not contemplate any distinction to be a sway issue, however at this stage, any benefit is price taking a look at.

The Mate 20 Professional has a big notch to accommodate the selfie digital camera, but additionally a safe 3D depth sensor for face unlock. It really works just like the iPhone X/XS FaceID, however it isn’t as dependable and even as quick (on common) as Apple’s.

When it really works, it’s sooner than the iPhone since you don’t even have to swipe to unlock the telephone. Nevertheless, generally, the face unlock doesn’t come on, in all probability as a result of the movement sensor was not triggered and we fall again to the fingerprint unlock.

You’ll be able to consider these 3D face sensors as a small model of the Xbox Kinect. They work by projecting a sample by way of Infra-red and relying on how the sample is deformed by the receiving floor (your face) a 3D map might be computed. This method known as Structured Mild.

Final, however not least, the show options an in-screen fingerprint reader. Though such sensors began to look at CES 2018 with OEMs like Vivo, the primary implementations had been a bit sluggish (see Vivo V11), in all probability attributable to a mixture of software program and show that face a difficult activity. Issues appear to have improved, and the expertise appears prepared for prime-time. We’ve little question that in-screen fingerprint studying will proliferate subsequent yr.


I like having the fingerprint sensor within the entrance – no query about it. Nevertheless, the in-sensor isn’t as correct and dependable as basic sensors. The typical failure fee is barely larger, and the unlock time can be a bit larger.

General, it’s a extremely good factor that Huawei has paired the 3D face unlock with the in-screen sensor, as a result of neither is healthier than legacy options, however collectively they make the expertise higher than Apple’s face unlock with out fingerprint, and higher than different Android telephones fingerprint-only options. We don’t advocate utilizing 2D face unlock if you happen to care about safety.

Cameras: three rear cameras for exceptionally versatile photographic talents

LG could have fired the primary salvo within the ultra-wide + zoom warfare with the LG V40, nevertheless it absolutely gained’t be the final. Samsung has introduced a 4 rear cameras telephone within the mid-range (four+1), and the Huawei Mate 20 Professional has three cameras within the again, together with an 80mm (3X) telephoto, and a 16 mm ultra-wide lens which can be a macro lens.  That’s as well as of the first

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We welcome this new setup very a lot as we’ve been saying for a number of years that ultrawide was used extra usually than zoom or portrait. You’ll like it. LG has been the primary OEM to introduce ultrawide with its LG V20 telephone and has been selling it ever since. They had been proper all alongside. As an apart, LG additionally launched the fingerprint reader situated within the again, and the two:1 show ratio.

All our pattern pictures have been shot with out A.I, which must be the subject of one other sequence of check, if time permits. In case you marvel, the Mate 20 Professional has seen (software program) picture high quality enhancements over the P20 Professional, regardless of similarities within the digital camera specs.

Mate 20 Professional Digicam Photograph High quality

3X zoom on the street, an amazing picture final result

In broad daylight, the pictures from the Huawei Mate 20 Professional are typically excellent and agreeable. The colours are vibrant and the photographs look nice, particularly when seen on a telephone’s show, or by way of social media. Listed below are some examples (captions on the backside of the display screen):

Extensive angle shot with a high-contrast sceneWith a powerful backlightA shot framed through the use of a little bit of zooming3X zoom on the street

The ultra-wide photographs look excellent as nicely, and the shot on the street with the zoom was significantly good. Huawei has unquestionably essentially the most highly effective zoom capabilities, because of its 3X optical zoom lens (~80mm) which works nice in shiny gentle.

The one criticism that I’d level to is that by default the auto mode (referred to as “picture”) has an excessive amount of picture processing (sharpening, synthetic shade vibrancy, generally HDR) in my view. It’s actually arduous to know if you happen to haven’t been on the scene, nevertheless it one thing that’s noticeable whenever you take pictures.

Some stage of filtering isn’t unhealthy, and might even be fascinating, however an excessive amount of of it runs the chance of annoying the person, and extra importantly it removes the management and freedom of the photographer within the inventive decisions. For instance, this pink meat picture if far more pink than regular. In truth, I needed to de-saturate it earlier than posting to Insta, however couldn’t get it to appear to be the precise meal.

Low-light images

In low-light images, Huawei has made a reputation for itself with the P20 Professional, and the Mate 20 Professional behaves kind of prefer it. It captures very shiny photos. Listed below are some examples:

That stated, the photographs usually are unnaturally shiny and have a tendency to lose the temper as a result of the colour hue rapidly goes in direction of white or gentle gray. Once more, this is because of barely over-processing the photographs, one thing that Huawei does actually not have to do.

In night time photographs, the flexibility to protect each the colours and the overall temper of the scene is de facto essential. It’s not nearly “making every part brighter”.

The lead picture of this part is an image of the Shibuya scrambling. It seems to be fairly good and it’s honest to say that your mates shall be impressed if you happen to share this on social media. The constructing on the middle proper with the inexperienced lighting has had an excessive amount of sharpening whereas it didn’t want it. It appears a bit “noisy”, and that’s true for different issues such because the tree’s orange leaves as nicely.

Within the picture beneath, the Observe 9 does a a lot better job at preserving a pure rendering of the scene “as my eyes may see it”, with some processing. The Mate 20 Professional processes way more and alters the lighting and hue significantly.

comparison image Acomparison image B

The ultra-wide lens additionally struggles in low-light, and this shoot towards the LG V40 demonstrates it nicely. The V40 is healthier at preserving the general visible nature of the scene, whereas the Mate 20 Professional picture nearly turns into monochromatic, with a blurrier picture and fewer particulars.

comparison image Acomparison image B

Lengthy-exposure: Night time Mode

Telephones are beginning to have a brand new instrument of their low-light arsenal: the Night time Mode. No matter it’s referred to as, the Huawei P20 Professional, The Pixel Three and the Xiaomi Mi Combine Three (and maybe extra telephones) have this mode which data a bunch of pictures for Three to five at varied exposures earlier than making a closing picture.

We’re undecided how a lot individuals will use it, so we don’t lump it into “low gentle picture”, however it’s a very attention-grabbing instrument to have for static scenes. The outcomes are generally unpredictable and you’ll simply have to check it, however in some excessive instances it might save the day.

The Mate 20 Professional captured the temper completely on this picture (5s publicity, Night time Mode)

Photograph high quality conclusion

The Huawei Mate 20 Professional delivers an astonishing array of digital camera options, and expands its hardware to cowl the complete footprint of what we contemplate to be the cell images pillars : bright-light, low-light, ultra-wide and zoom pictures.


We don’t contemplate it to be the easiest at every part, however a comparatively excessive stage in each class,  related to the depth of the feature-set earn the Mate 20 Professional our title for the strongest cell digital camera so far.

The Galaxy Observe 9 stays the general finest low-light shooter and the LG V40 has the perfect ultra-wide digital camera, there is no such thing as a doubt about it from our check information. The Mate 20 Professional has the perfect 3X Optical zoom, however might be challenged in shiny gentle picture due to its picture processing. Maybe the Pixel Three can dislodge the Observe 9 in low-light, we’ll see.

Digicam technical evaluation

Huawei has pushed the ultrawide idea farther with this implementation, permitting the ultrawide lens for use for macro pictures as nicely, with topics as shut as ~2.5cm! It’s made doable by having an auto-focus, whereas different ultrawide lenses solely have a hard and fast focus.

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The zoom capabilities of the Huawei Mate 20 Professional stay just like the P20 Professional, with a 3X optical zoom that appears related in each means, and due to this fact ought to stay unchallenged in good lighting situations. 3X optical zoom lenses are arduous to combine as a result of the digital camera module could require extra depth, and the sensor measurement must be diminished to accommodate the longer focal size.

The first digital camera appears similar to the P20 Professional, and we count on the same photographic final result, with maybe some enhancements in metering (Ai-driven?) and software program processing. We’ll know extra after we take the retail model of the telephone by means of our picture exams.

It’s attention-grabbing to see how Huawei’s digital camera has not solely progressed vertically with every characteristic getting higher and higher over time, but additionally horizontally by including capabilities similar to ultra-wide, macro and 3X telephoto.

Whereas the Mate 20 Professional won’t win in each single class, It does land within the prime Three in practically each facet. The breath of the Mate 20 Professional digital camera capabilities and the depth of its efficiency may make it the perfect general cell digital camera available on the market.

Digicam AI

We talked about digital camera software program enhancements, and lots has to do with synthetic intelligence. Huawei and Honor are utilizing remarkably superior AI strategies similar to multi-layer picture segmentation, a way that consists of having the ability to differentiate a number of key components of scenes similar to individuals, but additionally background components similar to timber and highway – all on the similar time.

Every sub-scene (a “section”) can then be processed with essentially the most acceptable algorithms to make sure that faces get sufficient HDR, vegetation get slightly enhance in inexperienced and concrete concrete get an additional dose of element sharpening.

Since Kirin 980 can obtain much more AI picture processing in Actual-time, the Mate 20 Professional can apply cinematic results similar to holding individuals in shade, whereas changing the background to black and white throughout video recording. Huawei calls this AI Cinema, and it’s truly fairly arduous to do with a basic video editor. Now, it has been made easy with AI.

AI can be used within the dwell autofocus monitoring of topics in accordance with Huawei. There are additionally non-AI methods of doing this, and it’s not clear how a lot AI is in right here, however if you wish to monitor a shifting topic, it’s more likely to beat the default non-tracked auto-focus.

Software program

Powered by EMUI 9, Huawei’s department/fork of Android, the interface is a bit totally different from what’s generally discovered with Google, Samsung or LG telephones. There may be nonetheless a particular familiarity with Android, however new customers ought to count on just a few days of adaptation. Not a giant deal. EMUI has many variations, some seen, and others not, nevertheless it’s a bit outdoors the scope of this evaluate.

For this model 9, Huawei emphasizes Simplification, with some person interfaces being re-thought to scale back friction or enhance productiveness. The Settings even have 10% much less obvious choices, as essentially the most superior (and least used) settings, shall be hidden into an “Superior” sub-menus for the tech-savvy.

Some interface components that was once on the prime of the display screen have been introduced right down to the decrease half, to make the Mate 20 Professional a greater one-handed telephone.

Person Expertise Efficiency

EMUI 9 additionally has larger software program efficiency, in accordance with Huawei. The corporate claims that this new telephone will launch apps 51% sooner and that the system is 41% extra responsive than beforehand. The corporate measured these numbers through the use of automated app testing robots with digital camera exact sufficient to measure this type of final result. There are numerous methods to make this occur, similar to caching essentially the most generally used apps, or essentially the most in all probability used apps in reminiscence for instance. Machine-learning might help right here.

Huawei even says that apps on the Mate 20 Professional will launch on common 400ms sooner when in comparison with a prime competitor from Korea. 400ms doesn’t seem to be a lot, however we all know from varied research on tactile suggestions that customers can really feel a distinction of ~100ms, or 1/10s of a second.

Lastly, Huawei continues to advertise its effort to maintain the telephones performing prefer it did on “Day 1” with an initiative referred to as “Keep Quick.” It’s well-known that telephones are likely to decelerate as they’re loaded with extra apps and information. Folks broadly agree that this phenomenon does exist even when they might disagree on why it’s taking place.

Huawei has been utilizing machine-learning and system optimizations to mitigate the slowdown skilled by telephones. The corporate says fully-loaded Mate 20 Professional ought to decelerate by solely ~5% with the most recent EMUI, even after being totally loaded and used for some time. The Mate 9 slowed by about 14%, whereas distinguished rivals decelerate by 40% in accordance with Huawei’s exams and estimates.

It’s not doable to independently confirm these claims within the quick time period, however to this point, the client satisfaction ranges for this characteristic is excessive, so maybe that is but the perfect indicator that one thing goes proper.

Backups to your private storage

EMUI 9 additionally brings uncommon issues similar to the flexibility to again up the telephone to your native community, to a community storage machine or onto a shared listing by way of SMB. This could possibly be an amazing different for native backups and restores; we are able to’t wait to attempt it to see what new potentialities this may provide

System Efficiency

Presently, the system efficiency has not been examined, however this may are available in our closing evaluate. The brand new Huawei Mate 20 Professional is powered by Kirin 980, the most recent high-end processor from HiSilicon, a Huawei subsidiary.

The brand new Kirin 980 chip was launched at IFA 2018, and it was among the best announcement we coated at that present. In response to Huawei, Kirin 980 is 20% sooner and 40% extra power-efficient. For instance, it must be 134% higher in AI efficiency and might classify 4500 photos/mn, a key metric in some synthetic intelligence circles.

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The sooner AI can be 88% extra energy environment friendly, in accordance with Huawei. That is usually the case when efficiency is vastly elevated, the processor can return sooner to a sleep state. Additionally, the semiconductor technique of Kirin 980 (7nm) is basically extra power-efficient than Kirin 970 (12nm)


In real-world exams, we tried to modify the “Excessive-Efficiency Mode” on and off. Huawei had been criticized not too long ago for its dealing with of benchmarks and enabled the mode afterwards, this letting customers select in the event that they need to commerce battery life and better warmth, for larger efficiency. By default, that mode is OFF.

Throughout our exams, we discovered that this mode primarily impacts graphics scores (GFXBench/3Dmark), and never CPU-centric ones (Geekbench). Moreover, whereas the efficiency may considerably larger, the outcomes different too extensively and had been surprisingly inconsistent.


For example the FPS for GFXBench Manhattan Three.1 (offscreen) with high-per OFF had been: 25, 48 and 52 in numerous runs. When ON we noticed 53 and 43 FPS in numerous runs.

It’s much more dramatic with GFXBench T-Rex with OFF scores of 69, 52 and 41 whereas ON rating had been 130, then 49. For the charts, we’ve chosen to be conservative as a result of even a median wouldn’t be consultant. We would replace this later if there’s a change on the bottom.

As you’ll be able to see, it isn’t regular to have such scores discrepancy, and we’ll see if Huawei can both replace the software program or clarify why that is taking place. Nevertheless, even in the perfect case eventualities Snapdragon 845 nonetheless wins the graphics benchmarks whereas Kirin 980 has a slight lead on the CPU ones.

The wi-fi broadband can be seeing vital beneficial properties, with LTE CAT21 (Class 21) obtainable for the primary time in a client machine. LTE CAT21 is able to attaining peak speeds of 1.4Gbps, in idea.

Wi-fi networks (3G/4G) efficiency is usually thought as peak obtain/add speeds, however it’s the common velocity that counts. Lately 4G/LTE is the first community of curiosity, however 5G is coming. The upper the paper LTE efficiency and the higher the typical precise efficiency. Moreover, wi-fi suppliers have higher and extra environment friendly LTE networks to decrease their very own prices.

Battery Life

With a battery capability of 4200 mAh, the Huawei Mate 20 Professional has 5% extra capability than the main rivals which have 4000 mAh. The distinction will increase much more with those that have as little as 3300 mAh (+27%). As battery capability is maybe essentially the most valuable commodity on any telephone, such a spot is tough to disregard.

As standard, Huawei has outfitted the Mate 20 Professional with a 40W SuperCharge energy provide.

There’s a 15W built-in wi-fi charging functionality, which Huawei says is 2X sooner than the most recent iPhone. We are going to put it to the check, however technically, this sounds plausible.

Probably the most unbelievable power-related characteristic is that the Mate 20 Professional can change into a quick wi-fi charging pad for different Qi suitable telephones. As such Mate 20 Professional customers can change into heroes of the second and determined customers which can be near operating out of battery. On the similar time, the extraordinarily speedy charging lets the Mate 20 Professional replenish its cost promptly.


Because the preliminary launch we’ve been in a position to affirm this extraordinary cost velocity with an Ubergimo Lab run at 102 mAh/mn or 72% of cost in 30mn. The Huawei Mate 20 Professional is by far the quickest charging telephone we’ve ever seen.

At this velocity, it will cost 5X sooner than the iPhone XS Max, which will get 20 mAh/mn out of the field, as we’ve seen in our iPhone XS evaluate.


Battery life might be affected by loads of components, however the primary ones are the central processor (SoC), show and wi-fi radios (LTE broadband, WiFi, the cell towers location and extra). It’s unimaginable to exactly predict by means of artificial exams how a lot power drain YOUR distinctive way of life will generate. Nevertheless, two issues are absolutely at all times good:

A bigger battery capacityVery quick charging

It’s typically not doable to foretell real-world battery life by operating artificial benchmarks. Issues similar to show brightness, (LTE/WiFi) radio utilization and distance to entry factors will change an excessive amount of. Additionally, the variety of apps on-board and their utilization is unpredictable. Battery capability is crucial battery-life indicator for YOUR utilization.


The Huawei Mate 20 Professional is a unbelievable telephone that pushes the restrict the place it issues: wonderful battery, superior digital camera, efficiency, and show. With the quick in-screen fingerprint and 3D face unlock, customers at all times get the perfect safe unlock choice at any given time.


The Mate 20 Professional battery has a unprecedented cost velocity and it eliminated any battery endurance worries for my comparatively heavy use case. Really a tremendous expertise.

Lastly, the wonderful Mate 20 Professional Digicam extends the Huawei photographic capabilities to new depths, and the general bundle is nothing in need of an distinctive handset.

The following step is to validate the theoretical information with our personal exams, and finalize this evaluate. What do you consider the Mate 20 Professional?

General product ranking: 10/10

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