Huawei Mate 20 Review

The Mate 20, Huawei’s other, more affordable flagship, comes with the same fast, 7nm chip as the Pro version and has most of the tricks of its sibling…
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5. Tretas

Posts: 24; Member since: Apr 04, 2016

Unclear future software update situation ????!!!!!!! Must be a psychic.... Mate 9 user and VERY happy with the updates...

12. AmashAziz

Posts: 2903; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I think they are talking about major software updates.

62. cocoy

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

Huawei is better than LG and other OEMS in update implementation, next to Sony. However, don't compare it with iPhone because Android has 2 years of major software update only unless Google make it to 4 years mandatory that would be great.

27. Fiftyfoot

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

i totally agree with you. using he mate 9 for 2 years now. had security updates all month. also updates from Android 7 to 8 and now 9 is announced.

6. maherk

Posts: 6830; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

"Pricey for what it is"?!! Lmao It's cheaper than the XR for God's sake.

18. Victor.H

Posts: 1056; Member since: May 27, 2011

There is a reason why: it doesn't have nearly the same powerful chip as the XR, it lacks the innovative Face ID system, it is not even close when it comes to the camera and of course it is not very likely to receive an update after the first year, while the iPhone is practically guaranteed to get updates in the next four to five years. Of course, you could well criticize Apple for many things like not including a fast charger in the box as well, but those are not quite as major.

23. ZerosAndOnes

Posts: 84; Member since: Oct 12, 2018

Mate 20 is a year old Huawei flagship that just got Android Pie, ahead of any Samsung phone from 2018. I think Huawei is one of the best companies when it comes pushing updates on older devices currently.

47. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

I think that with such comment you ruin yourself as a tech reviewer. It is obvious how tendentious is your review. Just few things over the facts, pointed by maherk: The XR display is with lower PPI, and it is smaller. The XR is more expensive without fast charger, that is included in Huawei retail box. The XR is heavier than Mate 20. The XR charges much slowly than Mate 20. etc. On top of that, in your article you compare Mate 20 with iPhone XS Max?!? If I was your manager - you'll be fired immediately.

48. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

And.. There is one more thing: Despite the fact, that Mate 20 is much less expensive than XR, the RAM is 128 against 64 on iPhone. And there is SD card slot.

49. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

"innovative Face ID system". Apple fan. Case closed.

10. TechGirl90 unregistered

About some of those cons. 1. "Pricey for what it is" is a downright silly con, you also didn't take into consideration the relativity of that statement, which makes that irrelevant statement even more solidified, if that's "pricey for what it is", then what do you call the iPhone XS/XS Max? 2. "LCD screen is not quite as great as some AMOLEDs" LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode) AMOLED obviously has a natural advantage to that of LCDs in certain catergories and vice versa, but it's not suitable to this assessment of this device, nor is it fair to Huawei to compare the two, that's comparing apples to oranges, the developing and manufacturing of those technologies are not similar, so it shouldn't be compared in the first place. 3. "Camera is just decent, not on par with the best", from the samples around the web (this site included) I've seen compared to it's competitors, it's more than just decent, it's downright fantastic, especially that portrait shot of you looking up surrounded by trees, so I'm honestly dumbfounded that you came to this decision to place the camera output in the list of cons, notwithstanding, it does have it's downsides like all smartphone cameras in certain situations, but to say that it is not to par with the best is an overstatement. 4. "Unclear future software update situation", now we're in what I like to call the "Reaching" category of criticisms, that con makes zero sense, because if it's unclear, then it's not a definite, thus, it shouldn't be on this list of cons. This site's journalism is fragmented, and is in dire need of organization.

19. Victor.H

Posts: 1056; Member since: May 27, 2011

1. Actually, we carefully considered the relativity. Pricey for what it means refers to the fact that for the same money you could get a phone like the Pixel 3 which would get updated faster and has a vastly superior camera. 2. Why exactly is it not fair? That's just absurd, of course, it's fair to compare different technologies, especially when you have plenty of AMOLED phones going for a lot cheaper prices than the Mate 20. 3. Well, we took a bunch of photos with both and you will be able to see them compared one to one tomorrow in our detailed camera comparison video, and then you can make up your own mind.

25. TechGirl90 unregistered

1. I'm fully aware of what "pricey for what it means" means, but, you're still disregarding relativity by implying to your audience that the Pixel 3 is a better value for their money compared to the Huawei Mate 20 which last time I checked, didn't have numbers of issues right out the gate that would breach their purchase compared to the pricey pixel. Updated software and "a vastly superior camera" isn't enough to be considered a better value for consumers money, user experience is. 2. You're still missing the point about my statement regarding LCD and AMOLED, my argument wasn't absurd, you just didn't understand it. By that logic, while I'm assessing a Manual transmission in a vehicle, I should place in my con that it's decent, but it's not to par with a Automatic transmission. It's not supposed to be to par, it's two different technologies and implementations. LCD can try to emulate AMOLED by calibrating the screen to it's standards (enhancing the contrast, saturate colours, etc), but the reality is, LCD will never be AMOLED, because of how they're manufactured, so, why let that be a con in your assessment??

35. alaw.14

Posts: 426; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Except we can't use some of your results as a source. Some results always come out different than other sites.

14. ZerosAndOnes

Posts: 84; Member since: Oct 12, 2018

- iPhone XR with 820p LCD no HDR screen, no cons for screen. - Mate 20 with 1080p LCD with HDR screen. LCD is a con and it should have had AMOLED. Do I need to say more?

22. Victor.H

Posts: 1056; Member since: May 27, 2011

Well, if comparing displays was as easy as putting two numbers on paper, then why even read the review?! In this same line of thought, why not also say that a phone with a 20-megapixel camera shoots better pictures than a phone with a 12-megapixel camera. No need to do reviews and test cameras, case closed! :)

24. ZerosAndOnes

Posts: 84; Member since: Oct 12, 2018

According to your review the Mate 20 has better maximum brightness and slightly better minimum brightness(other facts are very similar on both) than the iPhone XR. It has better PPI too. Mate 20 has true HDR too. Overall according to your tests and according to facts that have nothing to do with opinion(true HDR, higher PPI), yet for Mate 20 that screen is a worse con than the screen on XR? You have just contradicted your review's final scoring. The detail you have put is great, The review is great. What makes no sense is the scoring and cons. And that has been pointed out by so many members over a period of years.

40. TheOracle1

Posts: 2247; Member since: May 04, 2015

You're drowning here Victor and your replies are undermining your case (if you even have one). We can't all be wrong and you're right. Every non-apple review screams bias on this site. Just balance out your criteria for ratings instead of conveniently overlooking the glaring shortcomings of iphones and then listing them as cons for other phones.

15. ScottsoNJ56

Posts: 105; Member since: Oct 01, 2017

IP53 not IP68

50. jellmoo

Posts: 2573; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Random question: On the Mate 20 Pro review, it was mentioned that you were unable to run your battery tests due to brightness controls on the phone. How is it that you could run the tests on this device?

54. P20prouser

Posts: 44; Member since: Oct 10, 2018

Coming from an engineering firm.. This site should have a good criteria in general and measurable. Example that LCD opinion from the reviewer should be in general. If you pointing for a display type it should be applicable to all sort of brand. Reviewers nowadays should also be a credited ISO auditor lolz

61. jsdechavez

Posts: 798; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

My Huawei P20 pro receives monthly security updates, aside from the Android updates.

67. ramdroid

Posts: 131; Member since: May 21, 2016

Anyone else noted that amoled is being braised since the iPhone x as if it wasn't there before ?

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