Images show Huawei Mate 20 Pro at IFA; new render reveals the phone's front side and display

Images show Huawei Mate 20 Pro at IFA; new render reveals the phone's front side and display
After unveiling the 7nm Kirin 980 chipset that will be under the hood of the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, Huawei announced that the pair would be unveiled in London on October 16th. This morning, an image found on Weibo (since removed) and re-posted by a Reddit member shows what is said to be the front of the Mate 20 Pro. The other day, we showed you renders of the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro's back sides revealing different triple camera layouts for the two models.

The front render of the Mate 20 Pro shows an Apple iPhone X style notch (as opposed to the teardrop notch expected on the Mate 20) and a curved edge display. The Mate 20 Pro will reportedly feature an in-display fingerprint scanner and a facial recognition system that will unlock the device and verify identity.

In another series of photos, it appears that the Huawei Mate 20 Pro was being carried around by someone at IFA in Berlin. Pictures show that the handset was wearing a case that was designed to hide the phone. However, the triple camera setup on the rear of the unit certainly gives it away. To see those pictures, click on the slideshow below.

If you live in the states, don't expect to find the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro in your carrier's window. You'll need to turn to on-line retailers like Amazon and eBay to pick up either model. Congress has considered Huawei and ZTE devices to be threats to U.S. national security going back to 2012.


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34 Comments

1. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2293; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I don’t think the Mate 20 Pro is getting the proper attention it deserves. The first 7 nm chipset, supposedly beats the SD 845, triple camera setup that is surely going to top what we found last year, and an in-display fingerprint scanner. I know Note fans love the stylus and hate the notch, but if it were my money I think I’d buy this over the Note 9.

4. toukale

Posts: 611; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

@Dr.Phil - How is the Mate 20 Pro the first 7 nm chipset? Right now, Huawei is set to unveil the Mate 20 Pro on October 16, 2018, more than a month after the iPhone. By the time that product is announced Apple will have sold at least 10-15 million devices with 7nm chipsets inside them. Just saying we will ship a 7nm chip device does not actually make it so.

7. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2293; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Ok. “The first Android phone to feature a 7nm chipset”. Happy? Edit: Also, I love out of that entire comment you honed in on one thing I mentioned. But you have nothing to say in regards to the other points? Interesting.

24. aegislash

Posts: 1446; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Dr Phil, Toukale seriously got that salty all because you unintentionally made it sound like Apple wasn't doing it first? I am truly laughing so hard, God damn.

31. Babert

Posts: 165; Member since: May 08, 2013

Ahhhh these apple fans trolling everywhere! and also apple the first company to charge customers for quick charger! headphone dongle, and soon to say hi sirrrrri!

29. Marcwand3l

Posts: 414; Member since: May 08, 2017

Semantics, The Kirin 980 is the first 7nm SOC. Huawei announced it this week. Apple will announce their 7nm SOC next week.

5. AbhiD

Posts: 602; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Similarly just few months later S855 will annihilate the Kirin 980 while Kirin 980 most probably will barely manage to pass S845 performance levels, GPU especially might not even turn out to be better. I don't think Huawei's triple camera captures any better shots than competing solutions from Samsung Or Google or Apple, except that night mode specifically. But that is also crippled because that takes a few seconds to capture. And S10+ is just around the corner. Will top this in every way. And nobody should even consider this phone. EMUI is such a bloat. Shames even the old Touchwiz.

10. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2293; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

“S10 is just around the corner”. The S10 with a Snapdragon 855 won’t be out til April of 2019. That’s a full 6-7 months from the Huawei. I would hope the S10 would indeed beat the Kirin 980, but that doesn’t take away the fact that this is a good phone. Are we similarly going to say when the S10 comes out: “Yeah the iPhone is gonna beat this when it comes out in 6 months”?

13. Ghost04

Posts: 515; Member since: May 03, 2014

While KIRIN 1020 will roast SD 855

20. Loveneesh

Posts: 424; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

Did you even used p20 pro? It's camera is just insane, Probably the best smartphone camera till now ( better than Google pixel 2 expect front portrait /bokeh mode). Kirin 970 was a great chipset and also first with NPU. And I think Kirin 980 will also perform well. And sd855 phones won't come until 2k19, And iPhones is not in the android game (different OS preference).

22. Venom

Posts: 3109; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Better than the Pixel camera is a very bold claim to make. I don't think anything can compare to the software processing that's find on the Pixel cameras. They are just that good.

26. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

Totally agree. The P20 Pro has proven to have the best camera on smartphone today, even better than the Pixel 2XL.

32. Venom

Posts: 3109; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

The Pixel phones having the best camera of any phone due to the fantastic processing software is a proven fact, not to take away from the P20 Pro or anything.

35. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

The P20 Pro has the best camera on a smartphone due to their engineering and software, and that's a fact. Not to take away from the Pixel line, but facts are facts.

19. Sparkxster

Posts: 1178; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

You nailed it Dr. Phil it's going to be a much better phone than the note 9.

2. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Ugly as always

3. maherk

Posts: 6703; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

1000% my next phone

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

Totally agree with you. My next phone as well. My Mate 10 Pro has been amazing so far, so I know the Mate 20 Pro will be as well.

17. maherk

Posts: 6703; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I never ever loved a phone as much as I love the P20 Pro. I usually get bored with my phone after the 1st month, and I would be looking at other phones, but not this time around. The Note 9 is the first Samsung flagship I've EVER skipped, and that's because I truly felt like it's going to be a downgrade imo(for Samsung fanboys, I repeat, IMO), and now I can only imagine how much better the Mate 20 Pro will be considering it'll come equipped with an even better processor, screen, and most importantly camera sensors. I just hope it gets released before my trip to the US.

28. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

Totally agree with you. Huawei has really stepped their game up. I'm amazed out how good the Mate 10 Pro is.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

Huawei has really been bringing with the great smartphones as of late, even through their Honor brand. Can't wait to see more of the Mate 20 Pro. Definitely my next smartphone.

12. Ghost04

Posts: 515; Member since: May 03, 2014

Amazing picture. Almost nothing can be seen of the black front side . Good job phonearena

14. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Ah! So Huawei is copying Galaxy Note 9 now, eh? Although the presence of the notch suggests that it still won't get over its inferiority complexion. "Ought to copy Apple or else we shall be doomed, chaps!" Ha! G'Day!

15. ALMBO6

Posts: 195; Member since: May 28, 2018

Looking nice

18. kevin007in

Posts: 327; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

why a curved glass.?? I already am fed up of my s7 edge...

21. yalokiy

Posts: 902; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

I wish the notch was smaller, a la essential style.

25. Sparkxster

Posts: 1178; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

I don't think they can fit the 3d facial scanner into a small notch yet but it would be awesome if they could.

23. Venom

Posts: 3109; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I still don't trust Huawei after the Nexus 6P fiasco. The 6P was their high point, but also their low point. It's just going to take a lot of convincing for me to even consider giving Huawei a chance again. Just my opinion.

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

Can't say enough how good Huawei phones have gotten. They've far surpassed the Nexus 6P in just about every aspect. Their rise in market share is a testament to how good their smartphones are.

34. Venom

Posts: 3109; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Aka, you're not allowed to have an opinion on anything hence why I decided to indirectly respond with my two cents.

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