Huawei Mate 20 Pro durability test shows how easy it is to damage this beaut


The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is arguably the most feature-packed smartphone in the world right now, boldly going where Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 didn’t dare to go, but before you decide to pay an arm and a leg for this bad boy (no US warranty included), you may want to check out the latest in-depth JerryRigEverything durability test.

While we’ve grown accustomed to seeing high-end gadgets escape these grueling experiments largely unscathed, Apple’s razor-thin new iPad Pros were recently discovered to be vulnerable to bending.

The Mate 20 Pro handset isn’t quite in the same boat as the 11-inch iOS tablet Zack Nelson was able to snap in half with his bare hands, nonetheless presenting a troubling and unusual structural weakness.

It seems that you don’t have to put much effort into breaking the front glass of the “notchy” 6.4-incher, and once that happens, the rare in-display fingerprint scanner is likely to also stop working.

Obviously, no one is going to try the JerryRigEverything bend test at home, but the aim of this is to reveal build flaws that could potentially lead to durability issues in the long run. Bottom line, you’ll want to be extra careful with how you handle your precious new Huawei Mate 20 Pro and under no circumstances should you leave it in your back trouser pocket when sitting down.

On the bright side of things, this surprisingly fragile flagship phone sports a virtually unscratchable back glass panel. Textured (and squeaky), this will naturally crack on impact with a hard surface, but it cannot be damaged by keys, coins, and even razor blades. We’re talking absolutely no scuff marks in addition to no slipping or fingerprint smudging. Also, the phone’s metal frame is described as “incredibly solid”... for what it’s worth.

Is that worth anything if the front glass is so easily breakable? Will you be snubbing the Huawei Mate 20 Pro due to this newly discovered durability concern?

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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

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28 Comments

1. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3088; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Top tier phone that is hard to beat. Truly a top 3 phone of 2018. Good job Huawei.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 21156; Member since: May 28, 2014

Totally agree. Huawei had produced an incredible smartphone in the Mate 20 Pro.

20. Venom

Posts: 2833; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I wouldn't even put it in my top 10 just because of the fact that I don't trust Huawei, but to each his own.

21. meanestgenius

Posts: 21156; Member since: May 28, 2014

I can definitely see why you put them in your top 3. Huawei is a brand that can be trusted as much as any other brand in the smartphone business.

25. Venom

Posts: 2833; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I can definitely see that some people are just saying things just because they don't understand that people have different opinions on things and I just happen to think that Huawei isn't really that good.

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 21156; Member since: May 28, 2014

I can definitely see that some people are taking potshots at others because they can't seem to accept the fact that others are going to have a different opinion from them. I just happen to know from using their recent smartphones that Huawei is very good. This is a statement that I'm making based on actual Usage of their recent smartphones, and not something based on a three year old phone.

2. ZerosAndOnes

Posts: 82; Member since: Oct 12, 2018

Considering its 200$ cheaper than any of the top XS iPhones meanwhile having a much more versatile and future proof camera, better screen to body ratio, better and more useful features, much better battery and much better charging well ye.

3. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Lots of users having issues with lg screen equipped model of this phone. Reddit and other forums are full of green screen posts. I haven't seen it mentioned on this tech site, but it's a problem and wide spread. Maybe just behind the times reporting it, even when tipped weeks ago.

5. Nokfan1603

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

Huawei Mate 20 Pro most screens are from BOE (Chinese Company) and only a small part comes from LG (South Korea).

8. maherk

Posts: 6637; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I can confirm that. Me and my wife are on our second units, and they also have that issue. Phones from the first batch of units sold, that come with an LG panel does have this issue, BOE ones are flawless in comparison. Huawei Lebanon didn't know about this issue until they started selling it, then they suspended the sales until they receive the new batch that has BOE panels, and it should be few days before I get my 3rd replacement. Mine is barely noticeable, but my wife's phone looks terrible. Still, I am definitely sticking to it once I get my replacement unit, hands down, and by a distance, the best phone I've ever owned. Great performance, averaging 9+ hrs of sot, while having what I consider the best camera setup on a smartphone.

13. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

This. Those on forums with a boe version are reporting they love theirs a lot. Just that LG screen issue, which that OEM seems to struggle with quality control checks still and should not be swept under carpet or ignored. Another oem that used LG for screens was called out after just a couple reports. Seems appropriate to keep it level and call this screen out too.

6. alanrock

Posts: 221; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

M20 line is great as Huawei makes some very fast and also durable phones....M20 pro have some problems with "green" screen tho so warranty is important factor here.

7. AbhiD

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Huawei has always used substandard materials especially screen glass. Even P20 Pro failed similarly in Jerry's test. The only phones to fail like this in his tests. Even midrangers now a days pass it. Not to mention the horrible screen issues with this phone. Complete screen looks like garbage.

9. maherk

Posts: 6637; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Talking about screens when he's a Pixel fanboy. You can't write better joke than this.

15. AbhiD

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

You are Funny. Never bought a pixel in life. Never will. Infact i have criticized last year's and this year's Pixels to the hilt. Try harder huawei fanboy

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 30674; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

He’s not a Huawei fanboy, he’s a tech enthusiast. Do some research before running your mouth.

19. maherk

Posts: 6637; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

What's funny DJ, is I was called a Samsung fanboy, a Huawei fanboy, HTC fanboy, Essential fanboy, hell, even some used to call me an Apple fanboy when the Note 7 was exploding.

10. Venom

Posts: 2833; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Huawei's poor quality strikes again. They just can't seem to get it together.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 21156; Member since: May 28, 2014

Coming from a Pixel fan like you, that's hilarious.

22. Venom

Posts: 2833; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

A simple mind is easily amused.

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 21156; Member since: May 28, 2014

No wonder you're so easily amused, then.

26. Venom

Posts: 2833; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

No wonder you're so easily beaten in the comments section.

28. meanestgenius

Posts: 21156; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, obviously not. That's why you run away eventually, and have fled from Google Pixel articles because of me.

14. kEaNu

Posts: 33; Member since: May 10, 2018

Cheap materials, and underpowered SOC, 7nm and cant even compete with the A11 and SD845 according to the lastest review of Anandtech.

17. Novage

Posts: 51; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

It can't compete with numbers yeah. But in real life he's the fastest.

16. wesley.

Posts: 203; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

No Gorilla Glass. Me no buy.

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