Huawei Mate 20 Pro front panel leak reveals cut-outs for Face ID-like tech

Huawei Mate 20 Pro front panel leak reveals cut-outs for Face ID-like tech
A few days back, the front panels of both the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro appeared online revealing drastically different design approaches – the regular Mate 20 will adopt a waterdrop notch along with a flat display while the Pro model will use a much wider alternative coupled with a curved edge panel.

The reason for the larger notch on the Mate 20 Pro is reportedly so that it can accommodate a new Face ID-rivalling 3D facial recognition technology. However, due to the angle and lighting conditions of the previous photo, not all cut-outs were visible. But today, thanks to a much clearer image that has surfaced online, the exact layout of sensors within the notch can be seen.

Looking at the setup from left to right, it’s expected that the first circular cut-out will be designed for a new infrared camera, while directly next to this will be the front-facing selfie sensor which is expected to boast a resolution of 24-megapixels, on par with the P20 Pro that was released earlier this year. Moving on to the middle, Huawei has also placed a new oval-shaped in-ear speaker which could potentially be more powerful than usual due to its slightly larger size. Additionally, a proximity sensor will sit to the right of this and completing the setup will presumably be a dot projector to improve the accuracy of the 3D face scanning system.

Alongside the Mate 20 Pro’s panel, yet another glimpse at the regular Mate 20’s panel has appeared too but fails to reveal anything new. Instead, it simply reconfirms the new waterdrop notch.

As usual, those interested in one of Huawei’s next flagships will have to wait until their announcement on October 16. In the meantime in the smartphone world, Apple’s next iPhones are set to arrive in less than a week’s time, and the Pixel 3 duo are slated to go official on October 9.

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Mate 20 Pro
  • Display 6.4" 1440 x 3120 pixels
  • Camera 40 MP / 24 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2600 MHz
  • Storage 128GB + Nano Memory (NM)
  • Battery 4200 mAh



1. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Why don’t these chinese companies copies Samsung design? Why always Apple?

2. maherk

Posts: 7065; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The front is a mix between the S8/S9 and the iPhone X, so they're obviously copying both.

11. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 931; Member since: May 07, 2014

I am more intrigued by the Mate 20 than the Pro version. I would love to have those triple cameras but that big notch is a big no for me.

16. maherk

Posts: 7065; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Same here. But I would gladly take that notch as long as I'm getting the best spec'd Huawei phone even plus that sweet underscreen fps.

3. Ghost04

Posts: 522; Member since: May 03, 2014

If having 3D facial ID tech is coping iphone and curved display is coping Samsung. Then I am waiting to see triple camera copycats of Huawei from apple and Samsung.

4. maherk

Posts: 7065; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

We are talking design wise, no one is talking about hardware. I love my P20 Pro, and I'm definitely getting the Mate 20 Pro, but I wish Huawei stuck to the Mate 10's design, that is still their best designed phone imo.

22. Cicero

Posts: 1159; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Huawei Mate 10 Pro is better designed that P 20 Pro imho. That physical home button of P 20 Pro ... meh.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22842; Member since: May 28, 2014

Exactly. I'm just waiting to see what iFans say when Apple puts triple camera's on the iPhone. But prisoners of Apple's RDF like him will say Apple invented it, lol.

21. Cicero

Posts: 1159; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Curved display aka EDGE display is telling you something?

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22842; Member since: May 28, 2014

Every smartphone manufacturer copies from other smartphone manufacturers, Apple included. But so much for Apple fans saying that Android OEM's have "useless" notches, lol. Anyway, looking forward to the Mate 20 Pro, as it will replace my Mate 10 Pro.

10. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2284; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

All these pro Android users are yelling that Apple is boring and doesn't have originality. Look in the mirror or Apple is looking out its rear view mirror and asking them to buy the "real thing".

12. redmd

Posts: 1964; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Another day, another iPhone copycat. Sorry Huawei, you've forgotten how to be creative.

18. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2284; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I agree...Android has no originality only Apple as they own their software and hardware designs.

23. rabramson2443 unregistered

Mate 20 Pro = phone of the year (if you Can find one in the U. S.).

26. Cadet

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 07, 2018

Do these panels look same size therefore meaning Pro is 6.3 as well and not 6.9?

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