Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review

by birtanpublished on May 8, 2021

This is Lisa from mobile tech review and this is the huawei mate 20 pro this is a technological tour de force of every high-end feature you've ever heard of and some you've barely seen yet in an android smartphone for example this has an in display fingerprint scanner no little hardware thingy on the front or the back it's right embedded and display oneplus is the only other one that's done that so far with the oneplus 60 that also just came out this is IP 68 water-resistant it supports qi wireless charging not only that how crazy is this this can be achieved another phone making this the most expensive qi

Wireless charging you've ever seen while we're looking at the back here there are three cameras ok LG has done that with the v40 as well which we will be reviewing but three darn cameras you have three different focal lengths which is very nice and on the front going back to the front we have a 24 megapixel front camera which is extremely high resolution but it's used for 3d facial recognition which is not unlike what Apple does instead of just taking a 2d scan of your face and matching that 3d is more secure so that's a better thing and compared to say Samsung who uses a

Combination of 2d facial scanning and iris scanning to unlock the phone this is a lot quicker we're gonna look at it now so the price tag on this phone is around 1050 euros or about the same in u.s. dollars through importers making it more expensive than most premium ultrabooks on the market and like Dell XPS 13 that sort of thing and that is the trend for 2018 now with Huawei we always knew them as the maker who came out with pretty high-end phones at more affordable prices so they're kind of taking their stake in the hey look we can make a really expensive phone with a

Lot of fancy stuff on it – and largely they do succeed in terms of hardware features it out features pretty much every phone on the market the design is also attractive on this it's a six point three nine inch display so I'll call it six point four inches is extremely high resolution OLED widescreen display on there and the display I like it but I find it too cool out of the box something that used to be true of phones about two years ago but I expect a little bit more when we see the pixel 3 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and s9 family have

Better out-of-the-box calibrations that don't look so kind of flat from a color spective there are different color tunings that you can choose on the phone though so you can compensate from that there's even their copy of apples true tone feature which basically warms the display in low-light the display does get plenty bright if you're outdoors in bright sunlight like we often are here in Texas it's certainly up to the task back to the design from the front it's pretty much the Samsung Galaxy S nine with those side curved glass edges there yeah not a lot of originality going on

But very attractive nonetheless and it makes it more friendly for the hand easier to wrap your fingers around it makes it feel more narrow it doesn't feel like as big a honking of phone as the Google pixel 3xl or even the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 they did a good job with that I turn it over on the back and it's all Huawei there with their crazy colors they have that Twilight which is kind of a color shifting you got a little purple you got a little blue maybe even some greenish highlights going on there a couple of different colors we have the Emerald one though some of the colors

Actually have kind of an etched finish to the back glass to make them a little less slippery you probably wouldn't notice unless you dissing your fingernail across the back and you can hear what that sounds like right now you get a thin TPU clear case in the box which Huawei typically does and that's great it'll tide you over till you find another case that you like more if indeed you wish to have another case the phone has a USB C port on the bottom like most all Android phones today and there is no headphone jack boo but like most Android phones today again

That that's pretty common but you do get a set of USB C earbuds in the box and they're pretty decent so that's fine speaking of in the box you get a crazy charger it's bigger than your average charger because it's a 40 watt fast charger we're talking fast as fast can be usually an ultra bug ships with a 45 watt charger to get you idea of how much power that is so this is all sounding pretty good so what about the software software is an integral part of your phone experience the good news is it has Android 9.0 Pi the latest version so we're not shipping with an old version

Here the less good news is it has Huawei's emotion UI or emui 9.0 and is still not the best experience I don't know that I've ever enjoyed their UI i don't know any has particularly enjoyed it and it's starting to look a little old and a little long in the tooth the good news is you have control over all sorts of settings that you can see running across on screen right now the bad news is the rest of it looks kind of antiquated I'd rather have plain Android now for those who are power users you could just put an alternative launcher on there and

That's a viable thing to do that at least gets you a more stock Android kind of looking experience but a lot of people actually don't go that far and don't know much about how to do that with their phone so I think it's about time for a hallway to clean up their act for those who are in the United States and you're wondering why you can't buy this phone it is apparently about the software as much as we can tell Congress has decided that far away might be well in cahoots with the Chinese government because the Chinese government owns a portion of many corporations in China

Not just Huawei I have nothing I can tell you about this because they've never given us any information about how secure insecure it is or whether it's politics or not I use the phone and I'm not terrified of it let's put it that way speakers on this they're decent they're not all inspiring honestly the iPhone 10's family has better sounding speakers but the pixel 3xl with its kind of messed up speakers right now at least the unit that we had well it does okay compared to that so it plays out of both the earpiece up top and out of the

Bottom so we know we have that front 24 megapixel cameras and F 2.0 lens yes it does a good job and obviously it handles the facial recognition as well but how about the back that crazy cluster of camera lenses right so we have three like a branded lenses now for those who love that monochrome camera that they used to use they and the the p20 and all that sort of thing took great monochrome images they also had that there because it was there to pick up extra detail in contrast for scenes they really don't need that anymore so it's gone so you'll have to use software base black and

White if you want black and white but anyway we have three camera lenses here we have a main which is your normal / slightly wide-angle lens and that's a 40 megapixel camera oh my god that we haven't seen this since the nokia days right and then we have the wide-angle lens which is 20 megapixels and that's one that's supplying the extra image data to sharpen up pictures and do the huawei eye photography stuff and then there's also telephoto lens so if that one is only a mega think so but it's good does a good enough job in terms of effects

They do have a portrait mode effect that only works with people and that one has it basically mimics what the iPhone does with the dramatic studio lighting and that sort of thing that doesn't mean you can't take vocalist vocalist shots of anything if you want to do a still life or something like that you can still have depth of field effect going on just choose the telephoto camera lens it's pretty easy to do just swipe to the different zoom levels and you'll get instant bokeh effect right there huawei I handles the image stabilization which is okay you can see in the sample video

Me walking around the pool there that there's some jostling there's also when it comes to video in this 4k video a little bit of jello effect when you pan the camera even panning as slowly and the dynamic range isn't as good as the best camera phones on the market from video that is where you can see where the some of the the lighter areas of the scene get a little bit whited out the AI feature from photography it does a pretty good job sometimes it looks a little bit like somebody just went to town with Adobe Lightroom and maybe went a little beyond natural though that's

The only drawback there but a lot of people will like it it's a very highly processed but also very attractive image even with the AI camera feature although it takes very good photos and you can see a sample that's running by right now it's a nice camera is it is better than the pixel three family of phones you know despite the great hardware and your lens selection here Google's computational photography is excellent sometimes even the iPhone 10's family can take some really good photos particularly video and I think the iPhone really rules when it comes to

Video there but it's a good camera it's up there it's competing let's put it that way by Wednesday it's always the best particularly low-light shots can be really good and it does have a dedicated super night mode which is basically the software equivalent of doing a long exposure in fact you should supposed to hold your phone pretty still for like four seconds well it does it it is doing some long exposure work there that can come out okay or can look a bit overexposed we tested it out in conjunction with the flash it can do a pretty good job but other times then

Particularly if you're not using the super night mode you can get some pretty blurry messy looking shots in terms of performance this is what I like to see competition in and for Qualcomm Snapdragon processors always Kirin CPUs have always been quite strong and they really are matured now we have the 980 which is their top-of-the-line processors an octa-core processor the usual high powered cores plus low power cords it's a very good performing phone it's great on games it does very well on benchmarks there is no lag there's no problem at all when

Navigating the phone are using it despite their fairly heavy-handed skin on top of Android so that's all good you can get it in two different configurations you can get it with six gigs of ram on 128 gigs of storage or 8 gigs of ram and 200 and 250 6 gigs of storage so that's pretty decent it doesn't expandable memory but this is the bad news because who needs another memory storage card technology out there well how I decided that we need that so they have nm cards which look pretty much like your nano a SIM card stands for nano memory so it costs about twice

As much as a micro SD card you're not going to find at your local corner store to buy not a great idea to have that speaking of the nano SIM card saw again this is a GSM phone it's unlocked it supports quite a few LTE bands I've included them in the description so you can look up and check how they match up with your carrier but it should be in the United States fine with AT&T and t-mobile certainly so how about battery life this thing is a 4200 milliamp battery inside wow that's a new record for a flagship phone that's more than even the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has well

It also has a very bright high-resolution display it has a very fast processor a lot of AI software processing going on for the camera and all that sort of thing so battery life is good but it's not amazing in fact some kwame phones in the past have had actually better battery life some of the flagships but this one is the most powerful with the most Hardware going on so what can you do it's not outlasting the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 which is one of the longer-lasting phones but it certainly would be hard to kill it before bedtime if you have the all

Charged up starting out your day again it supports wireless charging like I said and it can wirelessly charge another phone and also you've got that 40 watt charger so it does charge up pretty quickly so that's the huawei mate 20 pro it's available now though like I said the United States not so much but it is available through importers in the United it's an extremely expensive phone in a year of extremely expensive phones in favor of it besides the fact it has a reasonably loud loudspeaker there that you just heard it has every feature

About the kitchen sink inside of it it's crazy and all the features work pretty well the in display fingerprint scanner could be a little bit quicker but hey the face scanner is very fast and much more convenient than a fingerprint scanner it's fast it has a very good camera on all of those nice sorts of things OLED display it ticks a lot of boxes so what doesn't it do right we get an android pi 9.0 but their emotion UI still is not all that and that really does color your experience of the phone advanced users might put an alternative launcher on there to compensate for that

But for a lot of normals out there who don't really hack their phone much eh yeah the software it still isn't up to what the hardware is achieving here I'm Lisa from mobile tech review be sure to subscribe to youtube channel for more cool tech videos and thumbs up if you like this vid

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