Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review

November 1, 2018 | Amy Davies |


The Huawei Mate 20 Series is one of the most highly anticipated smartphone series of the year. Available in 6.53-inch, and 6.39-inch the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series is available in three devices: HUAWEI Mate 20, HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro and PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS.

Huawei Press Release


LONDON, United Kingdom—October 16, 2018—Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG) today unveiled the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series, one of the most highly anticipated smartphone series of the year. Representing a momentous milestone in the history of the HUAWEI Mate Series, the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series embodies the pinnacle of innovation. Designed with the industry’s most powerful and sophisticated process technology, the latest Huawei flagship devices set a new bar by which all 2018 smartphones will be measured.

The HUAWEI Mate 20 Series is powered by Huawei’s densest and highest performing system on chip (SoC) to date—the Kirin 980. Manufactured with the advanced 7nm process incorporating the powerful Cortex-A76-based CPU and Mali-G76 GPU, the SoC offers improved performance and an unprecedented smooth user experience. The new 40W HUAWEI SuperCharge, 15W HUAWEI Wireless Quick Charge and large batteries work in tandem to provide users with the best battery life. The Matrix Camera System includes Leica Ultra Wide Angle Lens that lets users not only see wider, but also closer with its new macro distance capability. The Hyper Optical Pattern on the glass back plays with light and shadows, producing an iridescent optical effect that is immediately captivating. The Matrix Camera System adopts the iconic Four-Point Design that exudes personality, giving the device a unique visual identity that is recognisable even at a distance. The HUAWEI Mate 20 Series is shipped with the highly customised Android P-based EMUI 9 operating system, on which consumers can enjoy all productivity and entertainment features easily and conveniently with a few simple taps and swipes.

Available in 6.53-inch, and 6.39-inch the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series is available in three devices: HUAWEI Mate 20, HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro and PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS.

“Smartphones are an important entrance to the digital world. The HUAWEI Mate 20 Series is designed to be the best ‘mate’ of consumers, accompanying and empowering them to enjoy a richer, more fulfilled life with their higher intelligence, unparalleled battery lives and powerful camera performance,” said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer BG.

Ultimate Performance and Battery Life

The SoC at the core of smartphones has a determining factor in a device’s performance and efficiency. Manufactured with the cutting-edge 7nm technology process, the SoC fits 6.9 billion transistors within a die the size of a fingernail. Compared to Kirin 970, the latest chipset is equipped with CPU that is up to 75 percent more powerful, GPU that is up to 46 percent more powerful and NPU that is up to 226 percent more powerful. Furthermore, the efficiency of the components has also been elevated: the CPU is up to 58 percent more efficient, GPU is up to 178 percent more efficient, and the NPU is up to 182 percent more efficient. The Kirin 980 is the world’s first commercial SoC to use the Cortex-A76-based cores. Huawei has innovatively designed a three-tier architecture that consists of two ultra-large cores, two large cores and four small cores. This grants the CPU the flexibility to allocate the optimal amount of resources to heavy, medium and light tasks for unprecedented levels of efficiency, simultaneously improving the performance of the SoC while enhancing the battery life. The Kirin 980 is also the industry’s first SoC to be equipped with Dual-NPU, granting it higher On-Device AI processing capability to support any and all AI applications.

HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro is the world’s first smartphone to support the 4.5G LTE Cat. 21 standard, allowing consumers to experience download speeds of up to 1.4Gbps. It also supports the world’s fastest Wi-Fi connection speeds--2GB footage requires only 10 seconds to download. The top-end flagship also supports dual-band (L1+L5) GPS positioning technology. The AI GPS Satellite Selection technology enhances the positioning accuracy across a wide range of scenarios.

Besides superb performance, the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series also features groundbreaking improvement on battery life. The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro houses a large, high-density 4200mAh battery, and supports 40W HUAWEI SuperCharge, which gives the device up to 70 percent charge in 30 minutes. The safety of the charging technology is certified by TÜV Rheinland.

Moreover, HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro supports 15W HUAWEI Wireless Quick Charge, the industry’s fastest wireless charging solution, and Wireless Reverse Charge, which enables the device to work as a power bank for selected electronic devices supporting wireless charging.

Matrix Camera System

Building on the foundation of HUAWEI P20 Series’ camera system, Huawei augmented the HUAWEI Mate 20 with a powerful addition—16mm Leica Ultra Wide Angle Lens. This wider perspective creates a sense of spaciousness and a three dimensional effect to the images. The new camera system also supports macro distance, which produces crisp images of objects that are placed as close as 2.5cm from the lens. The added ultra-wide angle lens and macro support completes the feature set of the camera system, elevating it to a truly all-round camera that is ready to capture any and all action. The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro is equipped with a 40MP main camera, a 20MP ultra wide-angle camera, and an 8MP telephoto camera. Together, the trio of lenses supports a wide range of focal lengths (equivalent to the performance of a 16-270mm zoom lens), enabling it to mimic the results from professional cameras.

The HUAWEI Mate 20 Series also features an AI Portrait Colour video mode. Using AI, the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series can isolate human subjects and desaturate the colors around them to dramatically highlight the person. AI Spotlight Reel identifies clips with a shared theme and auto-generates a montage, made entirely of highlights.

HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro and PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS both support 3D Face Unlock. The solution quickly and securely authenticates users within 0.6s at a false acceptance rate of below 1/1,000,000. Using the 3D Depth Sensing Camera System located at the front, the two devices can accurately read the facial features of a subject and recognize even small details. Besides user authentication, this suite of sensors also enables the portrait beautification effects to be realised in a more natural and effective way.

EMUI 9 Enables a Quality Life

The HUAWEI Mate 20 Series comes with EMUI 9, a smart operating system based on Android P. Through AI self-learning algorithms, an integrated and granular resource allocation system, and a highly optimised Android environment, EMUI 9 delivers an “evergreen” experience—it remains smooth even through extended use.

EMUI 9 incorporates a unified, ergonomic design and a streamlined settings menu. The new gesture navigation support allows users to effortlessly interact with their devices using just taps and swipes. It also introduces new AI features that enable the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series to perform or enhance a range of tasks from object identification to food calorie counting[1][2]. Using 3D Live Object Modeling, consumers can even create a fun digital avatar to dance or interact with.

As a key pillar supporting Huawei’s all-connected, all-scenario ecosystem, HUAWEI Share 3.0 delivers a revolutionary improvement in device interconnection, allowing users to transfer files between smartphones and PC. This is an innovative, Huawei-proprietary solution that enables device interconnectivity. It revolutionises the way people transfer images and videos: all it takes is one tap to establish a connection between a smartphone and PC for easy and fast file sharing[3].

Futuristic Design

As an expression of the HUAWEI Mate Series DNA, all devices carry a FullView display with a high screen-to-body ratio. Compactly engineered, every device in the series can be comfortably used with a single hand.

The grace of natural elements is captured on the design of the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series. In particular the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro’s chassis is curved on all eight sides—a marvel to behold, and a pleasure to hold in the hand. For the PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS, Huawei and Porsche Design ingeniously combined race track elements with premium materials to create a device that exudes elegance and offers a firm, ergonomic grip.

The Matrix Camera array on the back of the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series features a four-point design with the three cameras and sensor encircled in a polished metal frame, producing an avant-garde look that is both bold and distinct. The flagship series comes in a new Emerald Green colourway, which is as brilliant as its namesake gemstone. The Hyper Optical Pattern on the glass back uses a complex hairline pattern to produce an iridescent effect that is not only highly durable, but also makes the device easy to grip and fingerprint resistant. The devices retain a clean look even when they have been used extensively.

The HUAWEI Mate 20 (4GB + 128GB configuration) will have a MSRP of EUR799 and the HUAWEI Mate 20 (6GB + 128GB configuration) will have a MSRP of EUR849 from 16th October, 2018.

The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro (6GB + 128GB configuration) will have a MSRP of EUR1049 from 16th October, 2018.

The PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS (8GB + 256GB configuration) will have a MSRP of EUR1695, and the PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS (8GB + 512GB configuration) will have a MSRP of EUR2095 from 16th November, 2018.

Embodying exquisite design, powerful performance, extraordinary capturing capabilities and next-generation intelligence, the new HUAWEI Mate 20 Series is the partner of choice for professionals pursuing quality of life.

Pricing and Availability

The new HUAWEI Mate 20 Series, as well as HUAWEI WATCH GT, HUAWEI Band 3 Pro will go on sale in the UK soon. Pricing varies between retailers. For more information, please visit:

Huawei Press Release


The Ultimate Form of Artificial Intelligence

London—October 16, 2018—Porsche Design and Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG) unveiled the new PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS Series smartphone today, the latest mobile luxury device created through the collaboration between Porsche Design and Huawei. As the fourth handset to join the exclusive line-up, PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS continues the tradition set by its predecessors, blending state-of the-art technology with uncompromising design. Inside, it has one of the world’s most powerful chipsets, the newest Kirin 980, supporting industry-leading performance and AI capabilities. The extreme performance is encased within an automotive inspired chassis, the back of which is accentuated with genuine leather for a premium hand feel. The all-new device represents the pinnacle in mobile luxury and mobile AI, expressed in a timeless functional design.

The two companies collaborated to design the chassis of the new PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS. Rounded on the sides with bold, aesthetically pleasing curves, the device reflects its high level of performance in its outside appearance. The iconic automotive design element is incorporated into the back of the PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS—a device with the Rennsport “RS” designation—with a luxury twist.

Artisan Leather Flanks

The PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS racing stripe motifs are put together with all-natural leather and glass. Aligned vertically at the back of the device, the unique design provides a sporty, striking contrast that is instantly recognisable—the leather sides add a natural, personal touch to the design, symbolising the consumer-centric ethos that drives Porsche Design and Huawei, whilst giving a more luxurious look to the device. Together with perfectly rounded edges, the soft natural leather ensures a firm, ergonomic grip and premium touch that evokes the feeling of complete control.

The handcrafted semi-aniline top grain leather integrated into the design of PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS is soft yet highly durable, able to withstand the wear and tear of everyday use. Being a product of passion and ingenuity, this device it is a celebration of craftsmanship and innovation.

Ultimate Performance

The PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS is powered by a high-performance chipset—Kirin 980, which is manufactured using the cutting-edge 7nm process. With the Dual-NPU, the new Kirin chipset enables the smartphone to strike the perfect balance between high performance and state-of-the-art power efficiency, even when running at full throttle. The Kirin 980 is also the world’s first commercial SoC to use Cortex-A76-based high performance cores. The Cortex-A76-based cores work in concert with high efficiency Cortex-A55 cores to deliver blazing fast performance. Meanwhile, the Mali-G76 GPU drives maximum graphical performance for all use cases.

Ultimate Camera

Separating the two leather stripes at the back of the device is a pane of glass, which highlights the technology aspect of the PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS. The all-new Leica Triple Camera, comprised of a 40MP main camera, a 20MP camera with Leica Ultra Wide Angle Lens and an 8MP telephoto camera, is nestled stylishly underneath the glass. The camera system is arranged in a two-by-two matrix that captivates its viewers as it captures them. It comes with a brand-new capability: macro distance. Users can get as close to an object as 2.5cm from the lenses and capture vivid details with an ultra-sharp focus.

Leveraging the AI capabilities of the Dual-NPU embedded in the Kirin 980, PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 delivers AI experiences via EMUI 9.0, Huawei’s Android P-based operating system. HiVision, a new feature coming with EMUI 9.0, gives users a smart encyclopedia that fits in their pocket. Pointing a camera towards famous paintings and landmarks reveals their rich history—an especially handy feature for jet-setting globetrotters on their adventures.

Ultimate Identification

The PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS features an In-Screen Fingerprint sensor. Huawei has evolved the design of its sensor with Dynamic Pressure Sensing Technology to achieve improved success rate and up to 30 percent better recognition speed[1]. The device displays a prompt whenever it detects a finger is hovering above the sensor. Once the authentication process is complete, the unobtrusive prompt quickly disappears into the background. Furthermore, it is equipped with a 3D Face Unlock solution which, through mapping a user’s face s, enables the device to accurately read the face of a user. The sophisticated sensors and Dual-NPU-powered AI enable 3D Face Unlock to identify a user quickly (under 0.6s) and work across a broad range of lighting conditions, including in pitch-black darkness. Moreover, 3D Face Unlock authenticates users at a false acceptance rate of below 1/1,000,000.

Ultimate Energy

The PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS houses an industry leading 4200mAh (typical value) battery that supports German TÜV Safe Fast-Charge System Certified 40W HUAWEI SuperCharge technology. Tested relentlessly to the limits by Huawei’s engineers, the battery in PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS supports more than a full day of intensive use, and can be charged back at unprecedented speeds. Utilising 40W HUAWEI SuperCharge, users can charge their battery from nil to approximately 70 percent (2940mAh) in 30 minutes[2]. A HUAWEI Wireless Charger supporting 15W HUAWEI Wireless Quick Charge is also available (sold separately). Furthermore, it supports HUAWEI Wireless Reverse Charge, which lets the exclusive device to act as a wireless power bank.

Ultimate Design

The frontal view of the PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS is symmetrical. Porsche Design and Huawei have evolved the lower bezel in favor of a larger screen size, providing consumers with even more display space for any work or play usage scenario.

The PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS comes in a second color version—Red[3]. While the colour black represents status, professionalism, simplicity and strength, red is passionate, glamorous and adventurous—the perfect colour for those who would like to express their more playful side.

A Leather Smart View Flip Case complements the new device. Made of the same natural leather as the back of the device, it offers additional protection to the exquisite handset, while leaving an opening for the FullView display to show information including time and notifications, as well as the Porsche Design logo.

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer BG, said, “The PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS is a bespoke device uniquely tailored for consumers with a refined taste for genuine luxury. Featuring cutting-edge technology encased in an artisan body, it is the ultimate form of AI.”

Jan Becker, CEO of Porsche Design Group, said, “Functional design is the DNA of Porsche Design, and every iteration of the PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate Series sees a natural evolution of that principle. The latest novelty exemplifies this by the use of leather, which is simultaneously steeped in tradition and innovative design.”

The PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS epitomises the passion in cutting-edge technology and design shared by Porsche Design and Huawei. With an inspired design, powerful performance, best-in-class battery technologies and sophisticated biometric identification features, the latest luxury flagship appeals to discerning consumers with a taste for Porsche Design’s signature purist aesthetics and Huawei’s leading technologies.