Huawei Mate 20 Pro OLED display comes from BOE rather than Samsung or LG

Huawei Mate 20 Pro OLED display comes from BOE rather than Samsung or LG
LCD Mate 20 on the left, OLED Mate 20 Pro on the right

There are a number of differences between the newly unveiled Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro potential buyers (outside of the US) may want to consider before making their decision, but perhaps the most important thing helping the pricier version stand out is a top-notch 6.39-inch display.

While the size of the Apple-inspired screen cutout is certainly not ideal on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, you get super-advanced 3D Face Unlock functionality courtesy of that extra-wide notch.

Compared to the “regular” Mate 20, the Pro sports a smaller but higher-res and significantly higher-quality panel. At least in theory, as OLED technology has become synonymous with top-of-the-line display performance, while LCD screens are generally viewed as inferior these days by everyone from Apple to Samsung, LG, and Google.

After booking its OLED orders from industry top dog and arch-rival Samsung for last year’s Mate 10 Pro, Huawei was rumored to be pursuing a partnership with BOE a few months back. The newly formed alliance has reportedly materialized in the meantime, as the new supplier is apparently behind the beautifully curved AMOLED panel of the Mate 20 Pro.

If this display proves in real life as impressive as it looks on paper, BOE could well become a prime candidate for a backup spot in the production of Apple’s next-gen iPhones. The Chinese company, founded back in 1993 and focused mainly on LCD technology until recently, was reportedly in talks with the Cupertino-based giant back in July for a future collaboration.

Today’s news out of China confirming BOE as the “main” screen supplier of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro oddly mentions nothing about the Mate 20 X. The gigantic pen-wielding phone sports an AMOLED screen with a lower resolution and waterdrop notch.

There’s also the luxury Mate 20 RS Porsche Design, which seems to come with the exact same display of the Mate 20 Pro, following in the footsteps of a Mate RS Porsche Design that actually used an LG-made panel. Apparently, Huawei is not as forgiving or patient as Google.

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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. Be_Mine

Posts: 290; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Should have stick with the Teardrop/Waterdrop Notch design in the Pro version.

3. andrewc31394

Posts: 298; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

I'll take a bigger notch any day if it means having face unlock

9. Foxgabanna

Posts: 607; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Facts. People who never used an iPhone X don't know how useful that is. I will give some nod to intelligent scan but it's nowhere near as reliable as faceid.

4. alanrock

Posts: 324; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

at least there is software "hide notch" trickery.

11. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

They can't fit all those 3D-sensing sensors in waterdrop notch.

2. torr310

Posts: 1675; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

The Mate 20X should have lower quality OLED than the Pro, due to it's larger size screen and lower pricing.

5. Pcworld1976

Posts: 172; Member since: Sep 18, 2018

No want crapmoled pentile

6. Bobbii

Posts: 43; Member since: Jan 18, 2017

Mate 20's LCD display is made by JDI. Mate 20 X's OLED display is made by Samsung.

7. Bobbii

Posts: 43; Member since: Jan 18, 2017

Actually, you are wrong. The primary supplier is BOE, but LG is the secondary supplier.

8. Romantico3pe

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 14, 2015

Crapoled sucks why use it if it is inferior

10. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Because inferiority is the new trend!! Get along with it!!

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