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Huawei Mate 20 Pro: crazy $1,190 price tag for this 6.39-inch beast of a flagship with triple camera

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If the absolute best is what you are looking for, then Huawei Mate 20 Pro is one of the best – if not the best.

You should know that it has a smaller sibling that goes by the name of Mate 20, let’s first check out its specs as per below:

  • 6.53-inch Full 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

Huawei Mate 20 surprised everyone by bringing a whole new level of awesomeness to a smartphone. For just slightly under USD 1,000, it comes with a huge 6.53-inch Quad HD IPS screen, top-of-the-line flagship performance, delightful triple camera setup, large storage, optimised battery and the latest Android Pie 9.0 operating system.

Now then, where does it leave us with the Mate 20 Pro with the huge price difference?

  • 6.39-inch Quad HD AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1440 x 3120 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio or ~538 ppi density
  • IP68 protection with dust and water resistant up to 2 metres for 30 minutes
  • Gorilla Glass protection
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Front/back glass & aluminum frame
  • HiSilicon Kirin 980 (7 nm) chipset, Octa-core (2x2.6 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2x1.92 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A55) processor, Mali-G76 MP10 graphics and 6GB/8GB RAM
  • Triple primary camera setup with 40MP, f/1.8, 27mm (wide), 1/1.7", PDAF/Laser AF + 20MP, f/2.2, 16mm (ultrawide), 1/2.7", PDAF/Laser AF + 8 MP, f/2.4, 80mm (telephoto), 1/4", 5x optical zoom, OIS, PDAF/Laser AF, Leica optics, dual-LED dual-tone flash, panorama and HDR
  • 24MP secondary camera with f/2.0 aperture and 26mm (wide)
  • 128GB/256GB internal storage + microSD slot up to maximum 256GB
  • Non-removable Li-Po 4200 mAh battery with Fast battery charging (70% in just 30 minutes)
  • Android Pie 9.0
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • November 2018 release date
  • $1,049 Euro or ~$1,190 USD for the 128GB storage + 6GB RAM variant

As you can see from the above, there’s a lot of improvements brought by the Mate 20 Pro, For starters, we have the large 6.39-inch equipped with the better AMOLED screen, and higher Quad HD resolution.

The body is a forged masterpiece of 3D glass with smooth curves and seams that dissolve into the design.

It is a streamlined symphony in the palm of your hand. With a tribute to nature’s vibrant colours, you can see the light reflect beautifully off the back of midnight blue and emerald green making the unique Hyper Optical Patterns glitter. A distinctive glass texture which is non-slip and anti-fingerprint.

Regarding protection, the IP68 certification means that you can take the Mate 20 Pro anywhere you go without a worry. Then there’s the Gorilla Glass protection as well.

Mate 20 Pro gets the honour of being the World’s 1st 7nm Mobile AI Chipset. It is the industry-leading 7nm process technology of Kirin 980 that generates direct performance upgrade of speed improvement and power efficiency. 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

But I’m guessing you will be attracted to the Mate 20 Pro because of its powerful triple camera, right? Yes, it is very powerful indeed. Designed for different scenarios, the 40 MP main RGB lens captures great details in everyday photos, while the 8 MP telephoto lens will focus on your distant shots and the whole new 20 MP Leica Ultra Wide-Angle Lens is perfect for the landscape photos and macro shots. Don’t forget, there’s also the superb 24MP selfie camera for you take your selfies to a whole new level.

There’s now an option to opt for a much larger 256GB of internal storage, should you have the need and money for it. Even then, the 128GB default storage is more than capable – plus there’s an option to add up to an additional 256GB via the expansion slot.

The massive 4200 mAh battery found on the Mate 2 Pro comes with smarter AI power management fuels your daily work and entertainment needs. Plus, the fast charging features easily charge it up to 70% in just 30 minutes.

Finally, the latest Android Pie 9.0 operating system makes for a perfect companion for the awesome beast of a smartphone.

Conclusion:

Huawei Mate 20 Pro is a costly flagship device, but a compelling one. You will be getting a stunning-looking smartphone with top-of-the-line performance, great protection, amazing triple camera, huge storage, huge battery and the latest and greatest Android operating system. All this comes at a huge price though.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro had just been released for 1,049 Euro or ~ USD 1,190 for the 128GB storage + 6GB RAM variant. You get to choose from four awesome colours, namely Emerald Green, Midnight Blue, Twilight, Pink Gold and Black.

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