Huawei Mate 20 shows up in China; front panels of Mate 20 series appear too
Alleged front panels of the Huawei Mate 20 (left) and Mate 20 Pro (right)
Although Huawei isn’t set to announce its Mate 20 flagships until October 16, the expected duo of smartphones has already been the subject of numerous leaks. And today, shortly after the Mate 20 Pro was spotted at IFA, the regular Mate 20 model has shown up in China alongside its own front panel, and the front panel of its bigger sibling.
Now, while the image of the Mate 20 doesn’t provide the clearest look at Huawei’s next smartphone, it does confirm a variety of features. First off, although partially covered, the unique camera island complete with an LED flash and a triple-camera setup can be seen. This will reportedly feature a main 20-megapixel sensor alongside a 12-megapixel monochrome camera and an 8-megapixel sensor complete with a telephoto lens. Elsewhere on the rear, the circular fingerprint scanner is visible just below the camera module, while a cut-out on the protective case reveals the presence of a 3.5mm headphone jack. Moving over to the smartphone’s front panel, this coincides perfectly with previous leaks. After all, as confirmed by the image, a small notch that is only big enough to house the necessary front sensors will be included, with this sitting below a small cut-out at the very edge of the panel for the in-ear speaker.
While on the topic of notches, it turns out that Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro will actually feature a much larger one. This is due to the expected 3D face detection feature that should rival Apple’s Face ID. Additionally, and signaling a slight change in direction for Huawei’s design approach, the Mate 20 Pro looks set to include a curved edge display that will resemble the ones seen on Samsung’s latest flagship models. Unlike smartphones from the latter brand, though, the Mate 20 Pro may also include a fingerprint scanner beneath the display.
While no official spec sheet has been provided as of yet for the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, Huawei has confirmed that the two devices will be shipping with the new Kirin 980 processor. Additionally, Android 9 Pie will come pre-installed straight out of the box with the new EMUI 9.0 overlay on top.