Huawei Mate 20 shows up in China; front panels of Mate 20 series appear too

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.


source: Weibo (1,2,3) via: AllRound-PC (translated), Slashleaks (1,2)

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Mate 20
  • Display 6.5" 1080 x 2244 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 24 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2600 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + Nano Memory (NM)
  • Battery 4000 mAh

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18 Comments

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 21323; Member since: May 28, 2014

Mate 20 Pro is my next Huawei smartphone purchase, no question. Huawei has shown me without a doubt that they can produce compelling, competitive, feature rich and powerful smartphones. Their gain in market share is a testament to them making great smartphones.

2. Whitedot

Posts: 691; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

20 regular front panel looks way more atractive. No curved screen, minimal notch and 3.5mm jack is a damn good reason to choose it over pro version. This years was a year of revelation to me, no need to buy high end phone to have quite decent experience. f**k it £700-800 phones. Half the price does a great job.

3. CEDEOTB

Posts: 334; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

The smaller notched Mate 20 looks like the way to go if they don't skimp on specs and features.

4. ishaqthkr

Posts: 139; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Bought a mate 10 pro, only to the realise they've stopped the bootloader unlocking service, never buying another Huawei phone

5. Venom

Posts: 2962; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Yup I'm soured on them as well. Their phones sound great and powerful on paper, but they haven't really convinced me after the Nexus 6P fiasco.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 21323; Member since: May 28, 2014

Huawei's latest smartphones are still powerful, well built, and featue rich. Far better than the Nexus 6P ever was.

7. Venom

Posts: 2962; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

The Nexus 6P is a three year old phone, so what's the point?

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 21323; Member since: May 28, 2014

I could ask you the same question since you’re the one that keeps bringing up the Nexus 6P in recent Huawei articles.

9. Venom

Posts: 2962; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Because the new Huawei phones look good, but the whole battery failure thing with the 6P and their subsequent failure to respond to it in addition to the US government not being trustworthy of them has caused me to sour on them. That and the carriers plus Best Buy dropping support for Huawei in the US. It's called research, man.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 21323; Member since: May 28, 2014

The whole "battery thing" hasn't happened with their new smartphones after the Nexus 6P. It's been 3 years since that happened. Let it go. You just want to keep bringing that up to justify your trolling. And you would be the one to fall for the propaganda. Huawei has been growing market share even without the U.S., and their smartphones can still be purchased in the U.S. with warranty through Amazon and B&H Video. It's called research. You should try it some time. You're welcome.

11. Venom

Posts: 2962; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

That wasn't 3 years ago. A lot of people started to have the problem pop up a little over a year ago. PA did an article on it iirc about it. Nice try. I'm not falling for any propaganda. They aren't making a good case for themselves if they're cheating on benchmark tests.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 21323; Member since: May 28, 2014

So then why did you bring up the points of it being 3 years old then? And if it was a year ago, then it happened to a two year old phone and you are harping on the past, when said issues haven't arisen to Huawei's smartphones in recent memory. Not falling for your propaganda. Nice try, though. Google and Essential aren't making a good case to sell smartphone in meaningful quantities with the issues that keep popping up.

13. Venom

Posts: 2962; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Look at your first response. You said and I quote, "Huawei's latest smartphones are still powerful, well built, and featue rich. Far better than the Nexus 6P ever was." I should hope that it is feature rich and more powerful than the 6P hence why I said it's a 3 year old phone. Honestly the point was pretty self-explanatory. The battery failure has no bearing on its features or it being powerful other than being crippled by an unfortunate flaw. You really think Huawei is any better when it comes to keeping issues at bay? Lol.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 21323; Member since: May 28, 2014

You're dodging the fact that you're bringing up an incident that happened with a 3 year old phone (who's virtues you used to harp about to the high heavens in your mxyzptlk and Flash accounts) like it's relevant today. The battery isssue has no bearing on Huawei smartphones today, but you keep acting like it does. But that's your M.O. You've done the same thing with BlackBerry with your faux accounts. And Huawei has been much better than Google and Essential with regards to keeping the issues at bay.

15. Venom

Posts: 2962; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I have never sung praise for the 6P other than calling it a high point for Huawei. I have asked you for proof multiple times, but all you do is go on and on about something that has nothing to do with me. And Huawei has not done anything to keep issues at bay. Lol if you think otherwise.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 21323; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yes you have, with your now defunct mxyzptlk account. I'll post the link of just one of the times of you doing so in a bit, even though I know that you aren't going to man up and admit that you're him. Not that it matters, because everyone here knows you're him. And not only has Huawei far surpassed the fake high point you claim, but their smartphones have less issues than the Pixel line does. Lmmfao @ you if you think otherwise.

17. Venom

Posts: 2962; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Unless you have a link to me, Venom, praising the Nexus 6P with high praise, then you have nothing. Everyone knows that you are obsessed with the comments section as you can see in a few articles. More and more people are calling you out.

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 21323; Member since: May 28, 2014

I have a link of you praising the Nexus 6P in your now defunct mxyzptlk and Flash accounts. Everyone knows that YOU are obsessed with the comments section, as you've been trolling them for 10 accounts now, and more and more people have called you out on it.

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