Huawei Mate 20 Series smartphones launched - Mobile Phones

Joanna Estrada
October 19, 2018

Designed with the industry's most powerful and sophisticated process technology, the latest Huawei flagship devices set a new bar by which all 2018 smartphones will be measured.

Very early this morning Huawei announced its brand new Mate 20 series, and the teclos are already rolling out their plans.

Huawei went one step further: the Mate 20 Pro has three rear-facing cameras, co-developed with Leica Camera AG: a master lens with 40-megapixel resolution, an ultra-wide one with 20 megapixels, and a telephoto option shooting at 8 megapixels. The Mate 20 is close by with 6.53-inches of screen space while the Mate 20 X tops the lot with its 7.2-inch display. Here are the highlights, in 60 seconds.

Here's what we expect, now that we've gone hands-on with the Mate 20 Pro. At the top of the display, you'll find a notch similar in size to the iPhone XS Max.

The device is also IP53 certified, making it resistant to water and dust. In specific examples, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro houses a large, high-density 4200mAh battery, and supports 40W Huawei SuperCharge, which gives the device 70 per cent charge in 30 minutes.

The big question is US availability, and Huawei said that while it still won't have a carrier partner, the devices can be purchased in the United States.

The Mate 20 Pro packs in a massive 4,200mAh battery pack, which is a smidge larger than the 4,000mAh cell in the P20 Pro... although the larger, higher-resolution screen will most likely suck up all of that additional power. The lens are arrayed in the same great square layout as the other Mate 20 phones, and using that 7.2-inch screen to capture images is an absolute joy.

The prices revealed at the launching event are in euro terms, specifically, €799 and €849 for 4GB RAM and 6GB RAM versions of Mate 20, €1049 for Mate 20 Pro, €1,695 and €2,095 for Mate RS's 4GB RAM and 6GB RAM configuration, and €899 fro Mate 20 X. Huawei are also offering more backup options than ever before, with Local, USB, NAS and Cloud options available.

While the device is a powerhouse, the talking point is the cooling system under the hood.

The device also features both a vapor chamber and graphene film created to work together to keep the phone's chips working more efficiently at lower temperatures.

What it all adds up to is confusion in the messaging, because at one end of the scale you've got Google pushing the Pixel camera with its single lens as the best camera around and at the other, you've got ancillary lenses decorating the back of phones, because more lenses might look like you're getting more for your money.

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