New Huawei Mate 20 Pro report confirms every last detail about flagship
To kick things off, let’s take a look at what will arguably be the device’s most important characteristic: The camera. As previously revealed, the main sensor on the rear will once again boast a 40-megapixel resolution. This will be combined with a f/1.8 aperture and a new technology called “FusionMind” which will combine four pixels into one, thus proving significantly better image quality in low-light scenarios. Much like the P20 Pro, the Mate 20 Pro will also include a telephoto camera complete with a f/2.4 aperture. However, the resolution has seen a huge increase from 8-megapixels to 20. Moreover, the new lens now supports 5x optical zoom rather than just 3x. As expected, the rear setup will be completed by a new 8-megapixel camera complete with a new wide-angle lens that replaces the previous monochrome sensor. Together, all of these sensors will also permit ultra-macro images, allowing users to take photos from a distance of just 2.5cm. On one final note, it’s worth noting that a 24-megapixel front-facing camera will also be present.
Outside of the camera department, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro will feature a slightly larger-than-expected 6.39-inch display with curved edges on either side for cosmetic purposes and an in-display fingerprint scanner beneath. This panel is set to receive a big boost in resolution over last year’s Mate 10 Pro to 3120 x 1440p. While on the topic of the screen, above it will sit a rather wide notch. This is home to a new 3D facial recognition technology that makes use of a Vertical Surface Emitting Laser (VSEL).
Internally, as confirmed by Huawei, the new Kirin 980 will be present and should run at a maximum clockspeed of 2.6GHz. Despite a previous certification listing revealing the existence of a variant with 4GB of RAM, it seems most markets, Europe included, will receive 6GB of RAM as the base model. This will then be coupled with the choice of either 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB of internal storage which is further expandable via 256GB nanoSD cards developed by Huawei. A version with 8GB of RAM will also be sold.
Moving on to the battery, reports of a 4,200mAh are backed up. This will support a new 40W fast charging method set to be called SuperCharge 2.0 which will permit a 70% charge in just 30 minutes. Unlike Apple, the new fast charger will come in the box. On a related note, fast wireless charging will also be supported, although this charger will need to be purchased separately.
Following in the footsteps of Huawei’s P20 series, water and dust resistance will be included, although the rating is set to increase from IP67 to IP68. Other features include support for NFC, Bluetooth 5.0 and Gigabit WLAN with dual-band support. Also, Android 9 Pie complete with the new EMUI 9.0 will come pre-installed straight out of the box.
As revealed in previous leaks, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro will be available to purchase in four colors: black, blue, Twilight, and a new green option. Pricing is expected to start at around $1100 and, when it comes to a release, shipments are set to begin in either early November or the very end of October. Either way, pre-orders are set to kick off shortly after the October 16 event.