While Google and Huawei have promised to support phones currently on the market, it’s not clear how long they’ll receive Android updates or access to the Google Play Store, which would severely curtail their usefulness compared to the competition.
When every new phone raises the bar a bit higher, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro has just enough premium features to stand out from the crowd. cover samsung j3 2016 con scritte It’s a powerful smartphone cover samsung s7 rigida with three rear cameras and a distinctive yet reserved style, but its bold signature is a handful of neat tricks (like a fingerprint sensor) that phones released in 2019 are just beginning to sport.
In many ways, the Mate 20 Pro is a superlative device that rivals WONDER WOMAN LOGO Cover iPhone 5 / 5S / SE the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Google Pixel 3 and iPhone XS. But its top tier specs and features demand a top tier price: the Mate 20 Pro costs 899 (AU$1,599, about $1,150), making it one of a couple DALLAS COWBOYS CAMO Cover iPhone 5 / 5S / SE this year to break the four digit price point in the US.
That lump of change could get you a powerful laptop, DSLR, budget motorcycle or modest vacation. The Mate 10 Pro, released last year, started at 699 ($799, AU$1,099), but the new Mate 20 Pro has joined a few of this year’s other top flagships to become one of the most expensive consumer phone on the market.
Inevitably, then, sitting as it does in that top tier price bracket, the Mate 20 Pro is subject to cover samsung galaxy tab 9.6 the question: is it worth all that money
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The short answer is yes, if your only scale is what other current phones have to offer. Whatever else happened in 2018, phone innovation didn’t, which makes the Mate 20 Pro’s minor improvements and additions more impressive.
But let’s delve into the specifics to see why this is pretty great phone perhaps deserves its dizzyingly high price tag.
Mate 20 Pro release date and priceThe Mate 20 Pro release date is October 26 in the UK, and November 1 in Australia, it costs 899, AU$1,599 (about $1,150). We haven’t heard release dates for other regions, nor official prices, and there are no plans to release it in the US.
There’s only one HAUNTED MANSION STRETCHING Cover iPhone 5 / 5S / SE version of the Pro (for now) with 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage. But the other versions in the Mate 20 line like the 7.2 inch screen Mate 20 X and 8GB RAM and up to 512GB Porsche Edition offer different performance and form factors if you want a slightly different take on this already performance driven smartphone.
As has been the case with Huawei, don’t expect this flagship phone to hit US shores unless you buy an unlocked version from overseas and find a carrier that will support it.
Key featuresIf you missed the Huawei P20 Pro earlier this year, you’re in luck: the Mate 20 Pro is a better version in nearly every way.
Where the P20 Pro had a main camera, 3x zoom telephoto and monochrome lens, the Mate 20 Pro GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY STAR LORD Cover iPhone 5 / 5S / SE kept the former two and added a color ultra wide lens. While this may give its predecessor the edge on low light and nighttime shots, the Mate 20 Pro is no slouch there, and you’ll love having the option to ‘zoom out’ with the ultra wide.
The Mate 20 Pro inherits the TRIBAL AZTEC ELEPHANT Cover iPhone 5 / 5S / SE 24MP f/2.0 front facing camera from the P20 Pro, but expands the front camera suite with more sensors. This stretches its notch to iPhone XS levels of width, but that’s the price for cover samsung galaxy s3 neo silicone disney MAGPUL LOGO 3 Cover iPhone 5 / 5S / SE more dynamic photos unlocking the phone with your face.
At 157.8 x 72.3 x FAIRY TAIL DONT WORRY BE Cover iPhone 5 / 5S / SE 8.6mm, Huawei’s latest phone is just a couple millimeters bigger (and almost a millimeter thicker) than the P20. That makes its 6.39 inch OLED screen larger, too, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS Cover iPhone 5 / 5S / SE with resolution that’s higher than the Google Pixel 3 and slightly better than the Samsung Note 9, at least on paper.
One of the biggest braggable points, of course, is the Kirin 980 processor, which is debuting on the Mate 20 Pro and its sibling devices. It’s the first 7nm chip on Android and second in the market after Apple’s formidable A12, which came packed in the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.
The Mate 20 Pro’s 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage haven’t improved from the P20 Pro, though you can expand the storage via a new proprietary format card to a maximum of 256GB. SUPREME BANDANA Cover iPhone 5 / 5S / SE But if you opt to plug in a nanoSD for more storage, you’ll have to place VEHICLES MINI COOPER Cover iPhone 5 / 5S / SE it in one of the phone’s two SIM slots (cleverly stacked in an over/under tray inserted next to the USB C port) and give up dual SIM functionality.
These specs are about on par with other flagship smartphones, though the Kirin 980 is speedier than Snapdragon 845 which first appeared in a phone earlier in March. Don’t worry about sapping the battery while you’re putting the new chip through its paces: the Mate 20 Pro comes with a 4,200mAh battery, which lasts as long as you’d think.
The Mate 20 Pro has a couple things other phones today don’t, though they’re more party tricks than market upending features. The first is something phone fans have been eager to try out: an in screen fingerprint scanner. In theory, this makes it easier to unlock your phone while it’s resting flat than using a back mounted fingerprint button or facial recognition.
The second new trick probably won’t get used much, but in a pinch, it’s a godsend: the Mate 20 Pro can wirelessly charge other Qi charging phones or devices. There’s nothing more heroic than lending a hapless friend some juice when their phone is at death’s door.
DesignLooking at the Mate 20 Pro tells you two things: 1) it likely costs quite a bit of money, and 2) it’s got a TOKYO GHOUL MUMMY Cover iPhone 5 / 5S / SE signature look but only from the back. KING STEELO CAPITAL STEEZ Cover iPhone 5 / 5S / SE Which isn’t to knock its cover samsung galaxy s8 slim high resolution, curved edge screen and TYLER OAKLEY'S BINGE Cover iPhone 5 / 5S / SE thin but wide notch; we’ve just seen them elsewhere before.
The MORTAL KOMBAT LOGO Cover iPhone 5 / 5S / SE top tier of the smartphone market requires differentiation, and Huawei chose to let its cameras do the talking. The Mate 20 Pro collects all three of its THE BEATLES GUITAR COLLAGE Cover iPhone 5 / 5S / SE rear facing cameras and its flash in a slightly raised block on the phone’s backside. With the rear fingerprint sensor gone, this gives the phone a clean, semi symmetrical look that’s better in person than in pictures.
Individuality aside, there’s no getting OREGON DUCKS 3 Cover iPhone 5 / 5S / SE over how long and thin this phone is. The Mate 20 Pro dimensions are still several millimeters smaller than beastly flagship phones like the cover samsung galaxy s8 legno Samsung Galaxy Note 9, but it is one of the larger phones on the market.
As a result, using the Mate 20 Pro one handed went out the door during our testing. We found ourselves relying on the serviceable facial recognition rather than the in screen fingerprint sensor (located 2/3 down the front) to unlock the phone. The thinner edges made it difficult to type or swipe around one handed, and the sleek front and back surfaces combined with the very tall ratio (19.5:9) made it a bit hard to use the phone casually, like if I wanted to flip it out to check the weather.
In other words, it feels like a pricey phone that sacrificed ease of use for a little extra screen space, which is great for whoever is fine with two handing their device. To be fair, there are a couple settings to help, but the most useful just shrinks the screen space to put it within reach of your fingers, wasting a good portion of that big, beautiful display.
The phone itself comes in five colors, three of which have the standard glossy surface that makes it trivial to slide the phone over slick tables (the slightly protruding camera block notwithstanding). These include a standard Black, a cream colored Pink Gold and the signature Huawei blue fading to purple Twilight.
The last two hues, Emerald Green and Midnight Blue, have something else: an ever so slightly textured back. Remember holofoil trading cards and comics from your childhood That’s what this feels like, arguably affording more grip than the other surfaces and, as Huawei claims, resisting fingerprint smudging.
But it’s so subtle that it might just be there to sound cool when you run your finger across it. (As as a muted zipper sounds, anyway.) In other words, it’s one of many small things that contribute to the Mate 20 Pro’s rep as a pricey, elite phone…