Huawei Mate 20 Pro – Review

Huawei Mate 20 Pro – Review

Hey everyone.

For those of you new to my Blog and for those returning, this section is a new promised section of my Blog where I will be reviewing hardware, Tools, Test Equipment and all sorts of amazing cool gadgets.

First up for my review is my 1 year old Huawei Mate 20 Pro. This device I have had for a little while so I thought it would be best to talk about using this device daily and reviewing the features and options available on this device.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Size

Display Information:

  • 6.39Inch
  • 16.7 Million Colours
  • Colour Gamut: DCI-P3
  • Type: OLED
  • Resolution: 2K + 3120×1440, 538ppi

Splash, Water and Dust Resistance

IP68

Your device has been tested in a controlled environment and certified to be splash, water, and dust resistant in specific situations (meets requirements of classification IP68 as described by the international standard IEC 60529).

Water and dust-proofing are not permanent, and resistance may decrease as a result of normal wear over time. Do not charge the phone when it is wet or in moist environments. Refer to the manual for cleaning and drying instructions. Submersion in liquid and the resulting damage is not covered by the warranty.

Operating System:

Factory: EMUI 9.0 (Based on Android 9)

My Current Version: EMUI 10 (Based on Android 10)

My device fairly recently upgraded to version 10 and so far I have been enjoying the experience.

Memory:

6GB Ram + 128GB Rom Storage

This device also support the weird NM card of up to 256GB.

Chipset:

Huawei Kirin 980

2 x Cortex-A76 Based 2.6Ghz + 2 x Cortex-A76 Based 1.92Ghz +

4 x Cortex-A55 1.8Ghz.

Camera: (The Reason I still love this phone)

One of the main reasons I got this phone and still love it is its camera features. Although an unusual layout, the central location does help with the way I shoot my video and photos.

Leica Triple camera:
40 MP (Wide Angle Lens, f/1.8 aperture) + 20 MP (Ultra Wide Angle Lens, f/2.2 aperture) + 8 MP (Telephoto, f/2.4 aperture), supports autofocus (laser focus, phase focus, contrast focus), supports AIS (HUAWEI AI Image Stabilisation).

Front Camera:
Support 3D Depth Sensing Camera.
24 MP, f/2.0 aperture

Battery:

4,200 mAh (typical value)*
Wire Charging: MAX 40 W HUAWEI SuperCharge
Wireless charging: 15 W HUAWEI Wireless Quick Charge**

*Typical value. Actual capacity may vary slightly.
This capacity is the nominal battery capacity. The actual battery capacity for each individual phone may be slightly above or below the nominal battery capacity.
**Compatible Qi-certified wireless chargers sold separately.
***Non-removable battery. Removing the battery may cause damage to the device. To replace or repair the battery, please visit an authorized HUAWEI Service Centre.

Network:

Primary SIM card:
4G LTE TDD: B34 / B38 / B39 / B40
4G LTE FDD: B1 / B2 / B3 / B4 / B5 / B6 / B7 / B8 / B9 / B12 / B17 / B18 / B19 / B20 / B26 / B28 / B32
3G WCDMA: B1 / B2 / B4 / B5 / B6 (Japan) / B8 / B19 (Japan);
3G TD-SCDMA: B34 / B39
2G GSM: B2 / B3 / B5 / B8 (850 / 900 / 1,800 / 1,900 MHz)
Secondary SIM card:
4G LTE TDD: B34 / B38 / B39 / B40
4G LTE FDD: B1 / B2 / B3 / B4 / B5 / B6 / B7 / B8 / B9 / B12 / B17 / B18 / B19 / B20 / B26 / B28
3G WCDMA: B1 / B2 / B4 / B5 / B6 / B8 / B19
2G GSM: B2 / B3 / B5 / B8 (850 / 900 / 1,800 / 1,900 MHz)

*In Dual SIM version, either card slot can be set to accommodate the primary or secondary SIM card.
*Functions available on the live network depend on the situations of carrier’s network and related services deployment.

Connectivity:

802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (wave2), 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz
Bluetooth 5.0, BLE, SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC and HWA Audio
Type-C, USB 3.1 GEN1*
Type-C earjack
PC Data Synchronisation

*This function should be used with the USB cable (non-standard USB cable, need to be purchased separately) that supports this function.
*The standard USB cable supports USB 2.0.

NFC

Read Write mode / Peer to Peer mode / Card Emulation mode (payment by *SIM card, or HCE) is supported.

*SIM card only supports SIM 1 slot.

Sensors:

Gravity Sensor
Ambient Light Sensor
Proximity Sensor
Gyroscope
Compass
In-Screen Fingerprint Sensor, Hall sensor, laser sensor, Barometer, Infrared sensor, colour temperature sensor

MY REVIEW:

Now that all the technical details are out of the way lets talk more about the actual use of the phone. How and what I use it for and how it compares to my other driver, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

The Huawei P20 Pro Form factor is very comfortable to hold and use despite its large size. I really enjoy the overall look and feel of this phone. The build quality is also superb and I find myself not wanting to let this one go despite it being my personal backup phone for the times when I want to escape work.

I work in the IT field and made use of this phone daily as my main device for a couple of months before I got my Galaxy Note 9 and can say that I had no issues with this device. I know use it for filming my VLOG’s as well as taking great holiday pics and I love the fact that I can switch off my main work driver while on holiday and just be contractible by family and friends on this device.

The camera on this phone is amazing. I enjoy the ultra-wide lens for my photography passion which I find is growing again since getting this device. I also enjoy the 4K video recording for my Youtube Videos as well as my VLOG.

The Small little OTG type cable with the USB-C to audio socket works great with my external microphone on my video kit and the audio and video comes out amazing every time. I will hang onto this phone for awhile longer as my wife has the P30 Pro it really is not a major big improvement over the P20 Pro in my eye’s. When something new comes out I will look again at upgrading but for now I am very happy with this device.

Something else worth noting is that This device supports wireless charging but goes a step further with reverse wireless charging, allowing me to topup my other devices.

If you would like to see what reduced quality footage off the video camera looks like check out my Youtube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJfc6Hv3Q6GEOAhPEcoQaUQ?

That is pretty much my written take on this device. If you have any questions please do ask in the comments and I will reply. 🙂

Have a great life.

Dionne

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