Huawei Mate 20 Pro: yay or nay?

Huawei Mate 20 Pro: yay or nay?
Huawei has just announced a flurry of new phones with gargantuan screens and tiny, tiny bezels. These are all members of the Mate 20 family — from the "regular" model, to a Pro, to Porsche design variants, and a huge Mate 20x variant.

Out of all of these, the Mate 20 Pro is, presumably, the "flagship" of the group — the phone that represents all the cool stuff Huawei is capable of cramming into a device. With 3D Face unlock (*ahem* Face ID), three different cameras, all the AI trickery that Huawei can do right now, and a new Hyper Optical Pattern finish for its glass back for a softer touch, better grip, and less fingerprints (thanks, Huawei!).

Its price tag? Well, it's up for sale for €1,049, which is about $1214, with a 128 GB storage / 6 GB RAM configuration. Yup. So, do you want one?

Huawei Mate 20 Pro: do you want it?

Brb, selling my soul to get one
I'm still not convinced. Let's see some reviews come out
Pft. No!

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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 128 GB + Nano Memory (NM)
  • Battery 4200 mAh



1. slashas

Posts: 142; Member since: Jul 17, 2017

And all blames Apple for the price :D

9. monkeyb

Posts: 413; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

I use Apple phones and I definitely blame them. All these phones are amazing but they are so damn expensive!!

23. adecvat

Posts: 644; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

And all blames Apple for the lack of 3.5mm

27. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2240; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Manufacturer's can price their phones whatever they want. Apple is the standard and is benchmarked to everything.

2. geordie8t1

Posts: 305; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

The only phone on the market to justify its price tag, just pre ordered the mate 20 pro in emerald green£899, with a free wireless charger and smartwatch worth £280,

6. monkeyb

Posts: 413; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

Mate 20 Pro for 899? Does it not start at 1049 or are they offering a discount already.

10. ECPirate37

Posts: 337; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

I was going to ask where that pre-order is. I'd do that! I'm heading to China to get one so hopefully they give freebies too!

12. joshuaswingle

Posts: 621; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

899 pounds, not euros

17. monkeyb

Posts: 413; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

Thank you for that clarity.

18. monkeyb

Posts: 413; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

Also did you get the latest GT watch free?


Posts: 938; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Man I was impressed with the Note but Huawei killed it this year.

4. Stormrider

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 30, 2016

The pricing is becoming more and more absurd. It's ridiculous that people keep paying for increasingly expensive phones that barely offer anything different from ones that came out one or two years ago. You're an absolute retard if you don't have a problem paying that much for those phones, even if you're loaded.

8. midan

Posts: 2971; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

That's just your opinion and clearly you don't value things what These offers so you are happy with two year old model, but there's lot of people who want more. For example if you want best or among best camera, you can't buy two years old model. But clearly you don't value great pocket camera much.

5. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

The mate 10 pro was more exciting to see than the mate 20 pro. This is just a minor refresh and the price tag is ridiculous

15. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 298; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

wait what? a minor refresh? are you effin' blind?

7. delta

Posts: 80; Member since: Jan 29, 2015

If the mali g76 it's not a step above the adreno 630, no way, and the proprietary nano sd card it's a big NO, i have to throw away my 128gb card now?

11. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

If i was to ever leave the note line i do think hauwei is what I would give a shot to.

13. Alin03

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Note 9 is way better.

14. mrochester

Posts: 1018; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Android means immediate no. Not prepared to compromise on my OS and ecosystem so Android is out.

19. judik971

Posts: 84; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

What did you expect ?!

20. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

I feel the same way about iOS.

30. jellmoo

Posts: 2620; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Exactly what mobile platform are you expecting Huawei to use? Are you going to add this comment to the announcement of every Android device?

16. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

ANY phone with a notch is a no, including if Samsung decides to do it.

21. torr310

Posts: 1667; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I prefer the non-pro Mate 20.

22. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

If they’re going to go with a notch, then why can’t they make the bottom of the display uniform with its bezels. These Android vendors (aside from Samsung) are charging a premium. It shouldn’t look half baked at least. I get that wrapping display to get that minimum bottom bezel is a more costly process, but they’re charging an exorbitant premium to begin with

24. haydenb

Posts: 135; Member since: Nov 24, 2011

I had a Mate 10 Pro very solid device and awesome battery life the only reason why i got rid of it was because i wasnt a fan of the software

25. CellieCell

Posts: 151; Member since: Apr 14, 2010

I really hate it when people are like "Huawei is capable of cramming into a device. With 3D Face unlock (*ahem* Face ID)" but in reality the Samsung Nexus was the first to have face recognition unlock feature! Rather than giving it a nifty name like face id, credit really should be going to the Samsung Nexus.

28. rsiders

Posts: 1970; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Not selling my soul to get it but I mean Huawei is killing everybody this year including Google. That says a lot.

29. TBomb

Posts: 1551; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

How's huawei with its security? They going to steal all of my information and give to China government?

31. ECPirate37

Posts: 337; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

If you use ANY smart phone with apps, your information is probably already in the hands of more places than you could imagine. I use Huawei phones bought in China and I'm sure they can spy on me, but I don't worry about it.

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