Second big Huawei Mate 20 Pro update improves facial and fingerprint recognition

Second big Huawei Mate 20 Pro update improves facial and fingerprint recognition
While it would obviously be awesome to see new high-end smartphones like the Huawei Mate 20 Pro released with silky smooth software requiring nothing more than the occasional security patch for months on end, that’s not always possible.

Bugs are often part of the early adopter experience, especially when dealing with such an incredibly feature-packed device that tries to stand out from the pack in so many different ways.

The Mate 20 Pro comes with both 3D facial recognition technology and an in-display fingerprint sensor, which is undoubtedly cool but also a little rough around the edges. Luckily for owners of this Kirin 980 powerhouse, Huawei seems to think software optimizations will help improve the somewhat unpolished biometric hardware.

A fresh software update is rolling out as we speak in unspecified markets, primarily aiming to enhance Face Unlock performance in “certain scenarios” and deliver faster unlock speed for the in-screen fingerprint reader.

That's definitely great to hear, considering our own in-depth review revealed a number of fingerprint sensor weaknesses. Nothing major, of course, just an inherent sluggishness when compared with “conventional” solutions.

It’s also impressive to see Huawei send a second 500MB or so over-the-air goodie pack to an already powerful and stable phone... you still can’t buy in the US through an official retail channel.

This one includes another batch of photo quality improvements and camera performance optimizations in addition to face unlock and fingerprint unlock refinements, as well as optimized navigation performance, a fix for a specific display issue, and last but not least, Google’s November security patches. No December love yet, unfortunately.

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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 128GB + Nano Memory (NM)
  • Battery 4200 mAh



1. ECPirate37

Posts: 349; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

This is so great to hear! I thought that the fingerprint unlock could get better with software. Now that I've had the phone over a month, it usually unlocks on the first try with my thumb. I'd say 9 out of 10 times, no problem. I'm excited to see the photo enhancements too. The best gets better.

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 22787; Member since: May 28, 2014

Awesome! Looking to pick up a Mate 20 or Mate 20 Pro soon. Huawei has released the best smartphones of 2018 (IMO) in the Mate 20 series. Keep up the great work, Huawei.

3. ECPirate37

Posts: 349; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

I really like the Mate 20, but it didn't have the waterproofing, wireless charging, or best camera. I would have gotten the Mate 20X over the mate 20 though. It is huge, but I really like big phones.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22787; Member since: May 28, 2014

Thanks for input. It will help me make my decision about which Mate 20 variant to choose.

4. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1226; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Got the update on my Mate 20 Pro late last week and it has been awesome, FPS and Facial Recognition are even faster with less error.

6. Fytos

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 07, 2018

I did the upgrade and I noticed a drop of battery. I go to sleep fully charged and in the morning when I wake up goes down to 82% the battery. Before the software update I will wake up with 100%

7. p51d007

Posts: 705; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

No love for the USA, not surprising. If I were them, I'd completely ditch the USA market. I've had three, love them all, but now I have to hope to find an international version to keep using their phones.

8. urbanrunner

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 07, 2017

i really want to get this but fear the "Green Screen" issue and since i live in the USA i will have no warranty. Wish i was allowed to return if faulty

9. ikenvape

Posts: 309; Member since: May 28, 2014

+1 for sure. I haven't wanted anything since my PXL2 save for the Pro. Still bummed

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