Huawei Mate 20 front panel leak seemingly confirms two cutting-edge features

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Huawei Mate 20 front panel leak seemingly confirms two cutting-edge features
The world’s second-largest smartphone vendor is preparing to release another high-end trio most Americans will not be able to buy, although unlike the P20, P20 Pro, and P20 Lite, at least one Mate 20 variant could well follow in the footsteps of the Mate 10 Pro with unlocked sales through US retailers like Amazon and B&H Photo Video.

After a number of detailed Mate 20 Lite leaks, it’s time for a fairly comprehensive (and mainly reliable) report regarding the “regular” Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro. Unsurprisingly, insiders expect the latter to borrow that state-of-the-art 40 + 20 + 8MP triple camera system from the P20 Pro, while the non-Pro Mate 20 is rumored to adopt a slightly humbler tri-lens arrangement with 12, 16, and 8MP imaging sensors.

What’s definitely surprising (though far from confirmed) is a trio of freshly leaked pictures purportedly showing the front panel of the non-Pro Huawei Mate 20 and seemingly hinting at both in-display fingerprint authentication and 3D facial recognition integration.

Huawei Mate 20 front panel leak seemingly confirms two cutting-edge features

Those are basically the speculated defining features of Samsung’s Galaxy S10, expected out next spring, and it would be outright mind-blowing if Huawei was able to not only bring them to market earlier, but also build them into two different flagship models.

If this is indeed the Huawei Mate 20 we’re looking at here and not the Mate 20 Pro, that “notchy” AMOLED screen should measure around 6.3 inches in diagonal, also featuring Samsung-style dual curves and a teeny-tiny “chin.” Of course, the iPhone X-inspired notch is substantially wider than the one adopted by the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro, housing a number of complex 3D structured light components needed to work some Face ID-similar magic.

A larger than 4,000 mAh battery is one of the few officially confirmed key selling points, looking to squeeze the most out of a very energy-efficient, blazing fast 7 nm-based Kirin 980 processor. Unfortunately, we may have to wait until October to see the Huawei Mate 20 family formally unveiled.

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