Introducing the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro

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Huawei has really stepped up to the plate with their recent launches and so when we heard about their two latest releases – the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro – we were keen to find out more.

Here, we look at the two new smartphones, what each has to offer and the all-important price and availability info…

Mate 20 Pro

The Mate 20 Pro is Huawei’s latest and greatest flagship smartphone and comes with a number of ground breaking features. The first of these is an in-display fingerprint scanner, promising secure yet instant unlocking when you touch the screen. The handset also comes complete with the world’s first ultra-wide angle Leica triple 40MP+20MP+ 8MP camera. Another first is the Mate 20 Pro’s wireless reverse charging capability, which along with its 4200mAh battery, promised long battery life (up to two days on a single charge) and 40W SuperCharge technology enabling a 70% battery charge in 30 minutes, gives a pretty nifty battery package.

Other notable features include AI driven 3D Facial Recognition, Kirin 980 processor, 2K curved OLED screen and 24MP front-facing camera alongside the triple camera setup to the rear.

The Mate 20 Pro is a flagship phone and high end features come at a high end price. Available to order now in the UK in black or twilight, the SIM-Free Huawei Mate 20 Pro Smartphone with 128GB storage and Android 9.0 comes in at £899.99.

Mate 20

The Mate 20 has many of the core capabilities of the Mate 20 Pro, but due to its lower price point, comes without some of the more premium features.

With a 6.53 inch IPS screen with Full HD+ resolution, the display is big and bright, although marginally less so than the OLED of the Pro version. One plus of the Mate 20 is the addition of a headphone jack – a feature that’s not available on the Pro.

Camera wise, the Mate 20 features a triple camera system to the rear – one ultrawide, one wide and one telephoto (although at fewer megapixels than the Pro version) – alongside a 24 megapixel selfie camera to the front.

Unlike the Mate 20 Pro, the Mate 20 doesn’t come with full water and dust resistance, only offering protection from splashes.

Much like the Mate 20 Pro, the Mate 20 has a powerful battery – at 4,000mAh, only marginally less than the Pro’s 4,200mAh, the phone can easily last two days with light to moderate use.

The Mate 20 comes armed with a Kirin 980 processor – Huawei’s flagship. Sold with either 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage or 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, capacity can be expanded by up to 256GB via the Nano Memory card format.

The Huawei Mate 20 with 128GB and 6GB of RAM is available now for £699.99.  

Interestingly, for both the Mate 20 Pro and the Mate 20, Huawei have not confirmed launches in the US, with confirmation of Europe and Australia availability only. Demand is therefore set to be high. To get hold of either of the new handsets, order using forward2me’s parcel forwarding service.