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Huawei Mate 20: impressive 6.53-inch high-end smartphone with triple camera Leica optics for $920


It is exactly one year today, that the Mate 10 made its debut. Here’s to the Huawei Mate 20 that was just showcased to the world few days ago, and it certainly wowed the crowd; and the world as well.

With Oktoberfest ringing, let’s first begin by doing a quick throwback:

  • 5.99-inch Quad HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1440 x 2880 pixels or ~538 ppi pixel density
  • Gorilla Glass protection
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Hisilicon Kirin 970 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53) processor, Mali-G72 MP12 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • Dual 20MP+12MP primary camera with f/1.6 aperture, OIS, 2x lossless zoom, Leica optics, phase detection & laser autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 8MP secondary camera with f/2.0 aperture
  • 64GB internal storage + microSD slot up to maximum 256GB
  • Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery with Fast battery charging
  • Android Oreo 8.0
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • October 2017 release date
  • 699 Euro or ~ USD 819

Mate 10 was a big hit last year with its huge 5.99-inch Quad HD IPS screen, high-end flagship performance, amazing dual 20MP+12MP primary camera, large storage, large battery and the latest Oreo 8.0 operating system. It is still amazing now; then we begin to wonder – what else can be applied to make it even better?

Well then, you will be surprised to hear what the Mate 20 has in store for us.

  • 6.53-inch Quad HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 2244 pixels, 18.7:9 ratio or ~381 ppi density
  • IP53 dust and splash protection
  • Gorilla Glass protection
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Front/back glass & aluminum frame
  • HiSilicon Kirin 980 chipset, Octa-core (2x2.6 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2x1.92 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A55) processor, Mali-G76 MP10 graphics and 4GB/6GB RAM
  • Triple camera setup with 12MP, f/1.8 aperture, 27mm (wide), 1/2.3" + 16MP, f/2.2 aperture, 17mm (ultrawide) + 8MP, f/2.4 aperture, 52mm (telephoto)
  • 24MP secondary camera with f/2.0 aperture and 26mm (wide)
  • 128GB internal storage + microSD slot up to maximum 256GB
  • Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery with Fast battery charging (58% charge in 30 minutes)
  • Android Pie 9.0
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • October 2018 release date
  • 799 Euro or ~920 USD for 4GB RAM & 849 Euro or 979 USD for 6GB RAM

The Mate 20 is a new beast altogether. Forget what you think you know about its predecessor, this here is the latest high-end flagship that is roaring to go to light up the world on fire.

The Mate 20 will be having a larger 6.53-inch Quad HD IPS screen with more stuff being displayed on-screen. Be immersed by the Dewdrop display with the remarkable screen-to-body ratio, supporting a full screen of distinct clarity and striking colour. The seamless design and metal frame that makes for a great look and feel.

To make it even better regarding protection, there’s now the IP53-rated dust and splash protection to give you a piece of mind against the elements. Then there’s the usual Gorilla Glass to protect against any mishaps that might happen.

Under the hood of the Mate 20 will be the world’s 1st 7nm Mobile AI Chipset. Get ready for a whole new blazingly fast experience with the Kirin 980 chipset paired with the high-end octa-core processor, great graphics and a choice of either 4GB or 6GB RAM. By adopting the advanced and flexible CPU and GPU multi-core architecture, task and operation speed of the device has been greatly increased. One of the DUAL-NPU offers vast AI computing and the other focuses on specific tasks to create massive efficiencies and a drastically improved user experience.

What’s the high-end processing power without a high-end camera as a companion, right? That’s where the new Leica Triple Camera powered by AI reveals life’s drama, texture, colour and beauty in every photograph that will take your breath away. With all three cameras being designed for different scenarios, the 12 MP main RGB lens captures great details in everyday photos, while the 8 MP telephoto lens will focus on your distant shots; and the new 16 MP Leica Ultra Wide Angle Lens is perfect for the landscape photos and macro shots. Powered by the advanced AI Image Stabilization, the Night Mode will shoot blur-free and focused handheld photos in low-light. It also balances high-contrast scenes to present incredible images in every setting.

You may think that the Mate 20’s 4000 mAh battery is the normal stuff, but there’s the smart AI power management inside of it that fuels your daily work and entertainment needs. When it is time to plug it in, it does support the rapid charge of just 30 minutes to provide a 58% battery.


Huawei Mate 20 surprised everyone by bringing a whole new level of awesomeness to a smartphone. When we thought that there’s not much else that can be improved, suddenly there’s the larger 6.53-inch Quad HD IPS screen, top-of-the-line flagship performance unlike no other, delightful triple camera setup, larger storage, optimised battery and the latest Android Pie 9.0 operating system. All this power, for slightly under USD 1,000.

Huawei Mate 20 is expected to be released by this month-end for 799 Euro or ~ USD 920 for the 4GB RAM variant & 849 Euro or USD 979 for the 6GB RAM variant. Three colours for you to choose from: Midnight Blue, Twilight and Black.

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