Huawei has simply launched the Mate 20 Professional and Mate 20 in London, UK. Each handsets share the identical industrial design, with the Professional model having prolonged capabilities.

The Huawei Mate 20 (4GB + 128GB configuration) may have a MSRP of EUR799 and the HUAWEI Mate 20 Professional (6GB + 128GB configuration) may have a MSRP of EUR849 from October 16th, 2018.
Each gadgets will likely be accessible in nations together with the U.Ok., France, Italy and United Arab Emirates quickly, in accordance with Huawei.

This text will give attention to the Huawei Mate 20 Professional, and we’ll dedicate one other article to the Mate 20, to focus on all variations. Let’s take a better have a look at Huawei’s new flagship cellphone.

Observe: This preliminary “hands-on” assessment of the brand new Huawei Mate 20 Professional is predicated on the time we spent with pre-release gadgets. We’ll replace this web page with our full assessment, based mostly on assessments and measurements as this gadget goes via the Ubergizmo Lab. Bookmark it now, and observe Ubergizmo on FB to get notified.

Huawei Mate 20 ProDisplay6.39” AMOLED Show (3120×1440)CamerasPrimary: 40 MP , f/1.Eight apertureTelephoto: Eight MP, f/2.4Ultrawide: Eight MPSelfie: 24 MP, f/2.0ProcessorHiSilicon KIRIN 980 platform 6-Eight RAM, 128-256 GB of StorageBattery4200 mAh battery capability, fast-chargeOSAndroid

Industrial Design

Left: Mate 20, Proper: Mate 20 Professional

Constructed utilizing a “Skinny Hairline Design,” the Huawei Mate 20 household appears to be like thinner and extra elongated than final yr’s mannequin. And it’s an excellent factor, as a result of that makes the cellphone extra comfy to carry as a result of the width shouldn’t be extreme, and develop the display barely increased vertically.

The glass now curved into the sides, a particularly troublesome (and possibly expensive) manufacturing method and aesthetic that has been popularized by Samsung. It makes the cellphone really feel extra comfy and thinner when held.

Huawei has its personal twist by having a textured glass within the again. It would sound loopy, however the glass feels comparatively regular, however if you happen to strike it along with your nail you’ll be able to distinctly really feel the feel, and even hear it. Huawei calls it “Hyper Optical Sample,” and it’s a cool floor therapy that gives a bit extra “grip” and makes the glass really feel a bit softer, much less slippery. Additionally it is extra resilient to fingerprints as a result of it’s barely matte.

Further-grip is certainly wanted as a result of a number of research, and commonsense, have proven that curving the glass onto the sides of the cellphone will increase the possibility of experiencing a cracked glass in case of a drop on a tough floor. You may discuss with our reference article about how telephones could possibly be constructed to keep away from breakage on impression: How the LG V20 Was Designed To Survive Drops.

Speaking in regards to the edge, the Energy button is getting a purple accent that offers it an additional contact of fashion this yr. The Huawei Mate 20 Professional has an IP68 Ranking. Right here’s what the IP68 ranking means: Mud-tight, no mud can penetrate. As much as Three-meter immersion waterproofing. In some instances, waterproofing signifies that “some” water can penetrate, however with out harming the gadget.

The design of the digital camera module is iconic and really pleasing in my view, however you resolve. From a technical design perspective, the quantity of battery capability that Huawei is ready to cram into this chassis is extraordinary, and our knowledge exhibits it:

Battery capability (in mAh) per Cubic Inches of inside area

Show : OLED + 3D Face Scan + In-screen fingerprint reader

With a 6.39-inch diagonal dimension and a decision of 3120×1440, the OLED show of the Mate 20 Professional makes it a large-screen cellphone which is shut in dimension with the handful of high-end 6.5-inch rivals.

The show appears to be like very good, as you’ll count on from a high-end cellphone, however we’ll want extra time and knowledge to see the way it competes in opposition to the shows of the Galaxy Observe 9 and iPhone X which might be the 2 main ones in terms of Show High quality. Most individuals would in all probability not contemplate any distinction to be a sway issue, however at this stage, any benefit is price .

The Mate 20 Professional has a big notch to accommodate the selfie digital camera, but in addition a safe 3D depth sensor for face unlock. It really works just like the iPhone X/XS FaceID, however it isn’t as dependable and even as quick (on common) as Apple’s.

When it really works, it’s quicker than the iPhone since you don’t even must swipe to unlock the cellphone. Nonetheless, generally, the face unlock doesn’t come on, in all probability as a result of the movement sensor was not triggered and we fall again to the fingerprint unlock.

You may consider these 3D face sensors as a small model of the Xbox Kinect. They work by projecting a sample by way of Infra-red and relying on how the sample is deformed by the receiving floor (your face) a 3D map may be computed. This method known as Structured Mild.

Final, however not least, the show options an in-screen fingerprint reader. Though such sensors began to seem at CES 2018 with OEMs like Vivo, the primary implementations had been a bit sluggish (see Vivo V11), in all probability because of a mix of software program and show that face a difficult process. Issues appear to have improved, and the expertise appears prepared for prime-time. We’ve got little question that in-screen fingerprint studying will proliferate subsequent yr.


I like having the fingerprint sensor within the entrance – no query about it. Nonetheless, the in-sensor isn’t as correct and dependable as traditional sensors. The typical failure price is barely increased, and the unlock time can be a bit increased.

General, it’s a very good factor that Huawei has paired the 3D face unlock with the in-screen sensor, as a result of neither is best than legacy options, however collectively they make the expertise higher than Apple’s face unlock with out fingerprint, and higher than different Android telephones fingerprint-only options. We don’t advocate utilizing 2D face unlock if you happen to care about safety.

Cameras: three rear cameras for exceptionally versatile photographic talents

LG could have fired the primary salvo within the ultra-wide + zoom warfare with the LG V40, but it surely absolutely received’t be the final. Samsung has introduced a 4 rear cameras cellphone within the mid-range (four+1), and the Huawei Mate 20 Professional has three cameras within the again, together with an 80mm (3X) telephoto, and a 16 mm ultra-wide lens which can be a macro lens.  That’s as well as of the first

We welcome this new setup very a lot as we’ve got been saying for a number of years that ultrawide was used extra typically than zoom or portrait. You’ll like it. LG has been the primary OEM to introduce ultrawide with its LG V20 cellphone and has been selling it ever since. They had been proper all alongside. As an apart, LG additionally launched the fingerprint reader positioned within the again, and the two:1 show ratio.

All our pattern images have been shot with out A.I, which ought to be the subject of one other collection of check, if time permits. Should you marvel, the Mate 20 Professional has seen (software program) picture high quality enhancements over the P20 Professional, regardless of similarities within the digital camera specs.

Mate 20 Professional Digital camera Picture High quality

3X zoom on the street, an important picture end result

In broad daylight, the images from the Huawei Mate 20 Professional are usually excellent and agreeable. The colours are vibrant and the pictures look nice, particularly when considered on a cellphone’s show, or by way of social media. Listed here are some examples (captions on the backside of the display):

Vast angle shot with a high-contrast sceneWith a robust backlightA shot framed through the use of a little bit of zooming3X zoom on the street

The ultra-wide pictures look excellent as effectively, and the shot on the street with the zoom was notably good. Huawei has surely essentially the most highly effective zoom capabilities, due to its 3X optical zoom lens (~80mm) which works nice in vivid gentle.

The one criticism that I’d level to is that by default the auto mode (referred to as “picture”) has an excessive amount of picture processing (sharpening, synthetic shade vibrancy, generally HDR) in my view. It’s actually exhausting to know if you happen to haven’t been on the scene, but it surely one thing that’s noticeable while you take images.

Some stage of filtering isn’t unhealthy, and might even be fascinating, however an excessive amount of of it runs the chance of annoying the person, and extra importantly it removes the management and freedom of the photographer within the inventive selections. For instance, this purple meat picture if far more purple than regular. In actual fact, I needed to de-saturate it earlier than posting to Insta, however couldn’t get it to appear to be the precise meal.

Low-light pictures

In low-light pictures, Huawei has made a reputation for itself with the P20 Professional, and the Mate 20 Professional behaves roughly prefer it. It captures very vivid pictures. Listed here are some examples:

That mentioned, the pictures typically are unnaturally vivid and have a tendency to lose the temper as a result of the colour hue rapidly goes in the direction of white or gentle gray. Once more, this is because of barely over-processing the pictures, one thing that Huawei does in truth not must do.

In evening pictures, the flexibility to protect each the colours and the final temper of the scene is admittedly necessary. It’s not nearly “making the whole lot brighter”.

The lead picture of this part is an image of the Shibuya scrambling. It appears to be like fairly good and it’s truthful to say that your pals will likely be impressed if you happen to share this on social media. The constructing on the middle proper with the inexperienced lighting has had an excessive amount of sharpening whereas it didn’t want it. It appears a bit “noisy”, and that’s true for different issues such because the tree’s orange leaves as effectively.

Within the picture beneath, the Observe 9 does a a lot better job at preserving a pure rendering of the scene “as my eyes may see it”, with some processing. The Mate 20 Professional processes far more and alters the lighting and hue significantly.

comparison image Acomparison image B

The ultra-wide lens additionally struggles in low-light, and this shoot in opposition to the LG V40 demonstrates it effectively. The V40 is best at preserving the general visible nature of the scene, whereas the Mate 20 Professional picture nearly turns into monochromatic, with a blurrier picture and fewer particulars.

comparison image Acomparison image B

Lengthy-exposure: Night time Mode

Telephones are beginning to have a brand new software of their low-light arsenal: the Night time Mode. No matter it’s referred to as, the Huawei P20 Professional, The Pixel Three and the Xiaomi Mi Combine Three (and maybe extra telephones) have this mode which information a bunch of images for Three to five at numerous exposures earlier than making a last picture.

We’re unsure how a lot folks will use it, so we don’t lump it into “low gentle picture”, however it’s a very attention-grabbing software to have for static scenes. The outcomes are generally unpredictable and you’ll simply have to check it, however in some excessive instances it could possibly save the day.

The Mate 20 Professional captured the temper completely on this picture (5s publicity, Night time Mode)

Picture high quality conclusion

The Huawei Mate 20 Professional delivers an astonishing array of digital camera options, and expands its to cowl the complete footprint of what we contemplate to be the cellular pictures pillars : bright-light, low-light, ultra-wide and zoom images.


We don’t contemplate it to be the perfect at the whole lot, however a comparatively excessive stage in each class,  related to the depth of the feature-set earn the Mate 20 Professional our title for the strongest cellular digital camera thus far.

The Galaxy Observe 9 stays the general greatest low-light shooter and the LG V40 has the very best ultra-wide digital camera, there is no such thing as a doubt about it from our check knowledge. The Mate 20 Professional has the very best 3X Optical zoom, however may be challenged in vivid gentle picture due to its picture processing. Maybe the Pixel Three can dislodge the Observe 9 in low-light, we’ll see.

Digital camera technical evaluation

Huawei has pushed the ultrawide idea farther with this implementation, permitting the ultrawide lens for use for macro images as effectively, with topics as shut as ~2.5cm! It’s made potential by having an auto-focus, whereas different ultrawide lenses solely have a set focus.

The zoom capabilities of the Huawei Mate 20 Professional stay just like the P20 Professional, with a 3X optical zoom that appears comparable in each approach, and due to this fact ought to stay unchallenged in good lighting circumstances. 3X optical zoom lenses are exhausting to combine as a result of the digital camera module could require extra depth, and the sensor dimension must be diminished to accommodate the longer focal size.

The first digital camera appears equivalent to the P20 Professional, and we count on an identical photographic end result, with maybe some enhancements in metering (Ai-driven?) and software program processing. We’ll know extra after we take the retail model of the cellphone via our picture assessments.

It’s attention-grabbing to see how Huawei’s digital camera has not solely progressed vertically with every function getting higher and higher over time, but in addition horizontally by including capabilities similar to ultra-wide, macro and 3X telephoto.

Whereas the Mate 20 Professional may not win in each single class, It does land within the prime Three in practically each side. The breath of the Mate 20 Professional digital camera capabilities and the depth of its efficiency may make it the very best general cellular digital camera in the marketplace.

Digital camera AI

We talked about digital camera software program enhancements, and lots has to do with synthetic intelligence. Huawei and Honor are utilizing remarkably superior AI methods similar to multi-layer picture segmentation, a way that consists of having the ability to differentiate a number of key components of scenes similar to folks, but in addition background components similar to timber and highway – all on the identical time.

Every sub-scene (a “phase”) can then be processed with essentially the most applicable algorithms to make sure that faces get sufficient HDR, vegetation get just a little enhance in inexperienced and concrete concrete get an additional dose of element sharpening.

Since Kirin 980 can obtain much more AI picture processing in Actual-time, the Mate 20 Professional can apply cinematic results similar to maintaining folks in shade, whereas changing the background to black and white throughout video recording. Huawei calls this AI Cinema, and it’s really fairly exhausting to do with a traditional video editor. Now, it has been made easy with AI.

AI can be used within the dwell autofocus monitoring of topics in accordance with Huawei. There are additionally non-AI methods of doing this, and it’s not clear how a lot AI is in right here, however if you wish to observe a shifting topic, it’s prone to beat the default non-tracked auto-focus.

Software program

Powered by EMUI 9, Huawei’s department/fork of Android, the interface is a bit completely different from what’s generally discovered with Google, Samsung or LG telephones. There’s nonetheless a particular familiarity with Android, however new customers ought to count on a couple of days of adaptation. Not a giant deal. EMUI has many variations, some seen, and others not, but it surely’s a bit exterior the scope of this assessment.

For this model 9, Huawei emphasizes Simplification, with some person interfaces being re-thought to cut back friction or improve productiveness. The Settings even have 10% much less obvious choices, as essentially the most superior (and least used) settings, will likely be hidden into an “Superior” sub-menus for the tech-savvy.

Some interface components that was on the prime of the display have been introduced all the way down to the decrease half, to make the Mate 20 Professional a greater one-handed cellphone.

Person Expertise Efficiency

EMUI 9 additionally has increased software program efficiency, in accordance with Huawei. The corporate claims that this new cellphone will launch apps 51% quicker and that the system is 41% extra responsive than beforehand. The corporate measured these numbers through the use of automated app testing robots with digital camera exact sufficient to measure this sort of end result. There are numerous methods to make this occur, similar to caching essentially the most generally used apps, or essentially the most in all probability used apps in reminiscence for instance. Machine-learning may also help right here.

Huawei even says that apps on the Mate 20 Professional will launch on common 400ms quicker when in comparison with a prime competitor from Korea. 400ms doesn’t seem to be a lot, however we all know from numerous research on tactile suggestions that customers can really feel a distinction of ~100ms, or 1/10s of a second.

Lastly, Huawei continues to advertise its effort to maintain the telephones performing prefer it did on “Day 1” with an initiative referred to as “Keep Quick.” It’s well-known that telephones are inclined to decelerate as they’re loaded with extra apps and knowledge. Folks broadly agree that this phenomenon does exist even when they might disagree on why it’s taking place.

Huawei has been utilizing machine-learning and system optimizations to mitigate the slowdown skilled by telephones. The corporate says that a fully-loaded Mate 20 Professional ought to decelerate by solely ~5% with the most recent EMUI, even after being absolutely loaded and used for some time. The Mate 9 slowed by about 14%, whereas outstanding rivals decelerate by 40% in accordance with Huawei’s assessments and estimates.

It isn’t potential to independently confirm these claims within the quick time period, however up to now, the client satisfaction ranges for this function is excessive, so maybe that is but the very best indicator that one thing goes proper.

Backups to your private storage

EMUI 9 additionally brings uncommon issues similar to the flexibility to again up the cellphone to your native community, to a community storage gadget or onto a shared listing by way of SMB. This could possibly be an important different for native backups and restores; we will’t wait to attempt it to see what new potentialities this is able to supply

System Efficiency

At the moment, the system efficiency has not been examined, however this can are available in our last assessment. The brand new Huawei Mate 20 Professional is powered by Kirin 980, the most recent high-end processor from HiSilicon, a Huawei subsidiary.

The brand new Kirin 980 chip was launched at IFA 2018, and it was probably the greatest announcement we coated at that present. In response to Huawei, Kirin 980 is 20% quicker and 40% extra power-efficient. For instance, it ought to be 134% higher in AI efficiency and might classify 4500 pictures/mn, a key metric in some synthetic intelligence circles.

The quicker AI can be 88% extra energy environment friendly, in accordance with Huawei. That is typically the case when efficiency is vastly elevated, the processor can return quicker to a sleep state. Additionally, the semiconductor strategy of Kirin 980 (7nm) is essentially extra power-efficient than Kirin 970 (12nm)


In real-world assessments, we tried to modify the “Excessive-Efficiency Mode” on and off. Huawei had been criticized just lately for its dealing with of benchmarks and enabled the mode afterwards, this letting customers select in the event that they need to commerce battery life and better warmth, for increased efficiency. By default, that mode is OFF.

Throughout our assessments, we discovered that this mode primarily impacts graphics scores (GFXBench/3Dmark), and never CPU-centric ones (Geekbench). Moreover, whereas the efficiency may considerably increased, the outcomes different too broadly and had been surprisingly inconsistent.


For example the FPS for GFXBench Manhattan Three.1 (offscreen) with high-per OFF had been: 25, 48 and 52 in several runs. When ON we noticed 53 and 43 FPS in several runs.

It’s much more dramatic with GFXBench T-Rex with OFF scores of 69, 52 and 41 whereas ON rating had been 130, then 49. For the charts, we’ve got chosen to be conservative as a result of even a median wouldn’t be consultant. We would replace this later if there’s a change on the bottom.

As you’ll be able to see, it isn’t regular to have such scores discrepancy, and we’ll see if Huawei can both replace the software program or clarify why that is taking place. Nonetheless, even in the very best case eventualities Snapdragon 845 nonetheless wins the graphics benchmarks whereas Kirin 980 has a slight lead on the CPU ones.

The wi-fi broadband can be seeing vital good points, with LTE CAT21 (Class 21) accessible for the primary time in a shopper gadget. LTE CAT21 is able to reaching peak speeds of 1.4Gbps, in concept.

Wi-fi networks (3G/4G) efficiency is commonly thought as peak obtain/add speeds, however it’s the common velocity that counts. As of late 4G/LTE is the first community of curiosity, however 5G is coming. The upper the paper LTE efficiency and the higher the typical precise efficiency. Moreover, wi-fi suppliers have higher and extra environment friendly LTE networks to decrease their very own prices.

Battery Life

With a battery capability of 4200 mAh, the Huawei Mate 20 Professional has 5% extra capability than the main rivals which have 4000 mAh. The distinction will increase much more with those that have as little as 3300 mAh (+27%). As battery capability is probably essentially the most treasured commodity on any cellphone, such a spot is troublesome to disregard.

As traditional, Huawei has outfitted the Mate 20 Professional with a 40W SuperCharge energy provide.

There’s a 15W built-in wi-fi charging functionality, which Huawei says is 2X quicker than the most recent iPhone. We’ll put it to the check, however technically, this sounds plausible.

Essentially the most unbelievable power-related function is that the Mate 20 Professional can turn into a quick wi-fi charging pad for different Qi suitable telephones. As such Mate 20 Professional customers can turn into heroes of the second and determined customers which might be near working out of battery. On the identical time, the extraordinarily speedy charging lets the Mate 20 Professional replenish its cost promptly.


Because the preliminary launch we’ve got been capable of verify this extraordinary cost velocity with an Ubergimo Lab run at 102 mAh/mn or 72% of cost in 30mn. The Huawei Mate 20 Professional is by far the quickest charging cellphone we’ve got ever seen.

At this velocity, it could cost 5X quicker than the iPhone XS Max, which will get 20 mAh/mn out of the field, as we’ve seen in our iPhone XS assessment.


Battery life may be affected by lots of elements, however the primary ones are the central processor (SoC), show and wi-fi radios (LTE broadband, WiFi, the cell towers location and extra). It’s unattainable to exactly predict via artificial assessments how a lot vitality drain YOUR distinctive way of life will generate. Nonetheless, two issues are absolutely at all times good:

A bigger battery capacityVery quick charging

It’s usually not potential to foretell real-world battery life by working artificial benchmarks. Issues similar to show brightness, (LTE/WiFi) radio utilization and distance to entry factors will change an excessive amount of. Additionally, the variety of apps on-board and their utilization is unpredictable. Battery capability is crucial battery-life indicator for YOUR utilization.


The Huawei Mate 20 Professional is a incredible cellphone that pushes the restrict the place it issues: superb battery, superior digital camera, efficiency, and show. With the quick in-screen fingerprint and 3D face unlock, customers at all times get the very best safe unlock possibility at any given time.


The Mate 20 Professional battery has a rare cost velocity and it eliminated any battery endurance worries for my comparatively heavy use case. Actually a tremendous expertise.

Lastly, the wonderful Mate 20 Professional Digital camera extends the Huawei photographic capabilities to new depths, and the general bundle is nothing wanting an distinctive handset.

The following step is to validate the theoretical knowledge with our personal assessments, and finalize this assessment. What do you consider the Mate 20 Professional?

General product ranking: 10/10

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