Huawei Mate 20 Pro 

price₹ 69,990 onwards

launchDec, 2018

78.0

excellence score

51.4

value for money score

Not available at any of our listed stores

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Design

  • Absolutely classy, sleek, eye-catching design - you are going to fall in love with the curving glass and metal approach reminiscent of the Galaxy S9
  • Some very attractive looking colour options
  • Water resistant (IP68)
  • Reasonably manageable size and weight, given what the phone packs - its 6.39-inch display is big, sure, but its odd 18.7:9 aspect ratio makes it long and narrow, and therefore easy to wrap your hand around
  • Good hand feel
  • Uses a solid in-screen fingerprint scanner - a little fingerprint icon lights up when the screen's locked to tell you where to place your finger
  • Also has an excellent face unlock system, which works like a breeze

Display

  • An absolutely gorgeous AMOLED display - it's pin-sharp, thanks to its 3120x1440-pixel resolution, vibrant, has superb brightness, and great sunlight contrast - very simply it's as good as any flagship display gets

Software

  • Huawei's EMUI is a decent Android skin (though it's starting to look a little dated now) but this time, importantly, it has a number of behind-the-scenes optimisations to make it run butter-smooth

Performance

  • Breathtaking performance with the most powerful processor on an Android phone yet - the potent Kirin 980 - navigation is immediate, apps open without hesitation, editing photos in Adobe Lightroom is a breeze, and heavy games such as Asphalt 9: Legends are a piece of cake

Camera

  • Incredibly versatile set of 3 cameras at the rear - arguably the best all-round setup on a smartphone especially for still images (even beating the likes of the iPhone XS, and Pixel 3 in various conditions)
  • The phone will take some brilliant shots in all sorts of conditions
  • The telephoto mode gives you a 3x zoom, with no loss of detail. Or you can digitally zoom in further to 5x if you want to get even closer on the action
  • Even more useful arguably is the super-wide angle lens, though - it's wide enough to give you some dramatic, creative angle shots
  • The AI scene recognition works well too and adds the software smarts to automatically make your pictures even better
  • Also like the P20, the Mate 20 Pro excels in low light - there's a "Night" mode, which takes multiple images over a period of several seconds, piecing them together into a much brighter, more detailed image than you are likely to find anywhere else
  • Video recording quality is the only (minor) weakness in the camera here - it's still very good, mind you - but not up to the flawless, high standards of say the iPhone XS or the Pixel 3

Audio

  • The Mate 20 Pro also features nice stereo speakers, but with a surprising, clever implementation: the secondary speaker is actually embedded in the USB-C port, so audio comes at you from the earpiece and the USB-C port (this does mean though that when your phone is plugged in for a charge, audio will sound a bit muffled)

Battery

  • Very good battery life - the burly 4200-mAh ticker will easily last a full day of demanding use - and with lighter use, you can even get 2 days - which puts it squarely among the top flagship performers, beating out the Google Pixel 3 and just below the Galaxy Note 9
  • It's also got some truly super fast charging tech - using a new 40-watt charger, you can get up to 70 percent charge in only 30 minutes! - these are pretty much unprecedented charging speeds, and leaves even OnePlus' excellent Dash charging in the water
  • There's also 2-way wireless charging - so you can not only wirelessly charge your phone - but also charge another wireless charging phone, using your phone! - again, this is some truly cutting edge tech

Verdict

  • All said and done, the Mate 20 Pro is, especially in terms of hardware, the very best Android phone (and possibly even any phone) you can get your hands on, if money is no concern. Full stop.
  • This is the new Android power beast, taking over the baton from a position that's been held by the Samsung Galaxy Note series for a long time
  • If you want to walk around knowing that your pocket is home to some of the most cutting-edge tech it's possible to put in a phone, look no further
  • If you travel a lot and take a ton of photos, look no further
  • Ultimately, the Mate 20 Pro, sets the new standards of what an ultimate flagship should be like, and the rest of the industry will need to follow suit, or get left behind

Expert Reviews

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  1. The most jam-packed with features smartphone this season...deserves to be on your wishlist
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Right there with the very best Android phones
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. If you want to walk around knowing that your pocket is home to some of the most cutting-edge tech it's possible to put in a phone, then the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is for you
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  4. The best smartphone on the market right now
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A top-tier phone for a top-tier price
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. No other phone that’s launched this year has attracted me the way Mate 20 Pro does
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Unless you absolutely need the stylus of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, we suggest that you throw in a few thousand rupees more and get the Huawei Mate 20 Pro instead
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The most impressive Android phone to come out in 2018
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. Every once in a while there comes a phone that you can’t help but fall in love with
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. The most feature-packed phone you can currently buy...Android's dark horse champion
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. You’ll wish you could get one
    slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
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Huawei Mate 20 Pro Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.39 inches
Screen Resolution1440x3120 pixels (~ 538 pixels per inch)
Display TypeAMOLED
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
NotchYes
Display Features
  • AMOLED
  • DCI-P3
  • HDR10
  • FullView Display
  • 3D Curved Glass
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Sensors
  • G-sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall Sensor
  • Laser Sensor
  • Barometer
  • Infrared Sensor
  • Colour Temperature Sensor
Fingerprint sensorYes
Face UnlockYes, IR Based
Processor/RAM
Processor2.6 GHz, Octa Core, HiSilicon Kirin 980Ranked #9 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUMali-G76 MP10
RAM6 GB
Memory
Internal Memory128 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 256 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity4200 mAh
Fast Charging SupportYes, 40W SuperCharge (70% in 30 min), Fast charger included
Dimensions
Weight189 gmMedium
Thickness8.6 mmMedium
Width72.3 mmComfortable for one-handed use
Camera
Primary Camera40MP + 20MP + 8MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (4K)
Other Camera Features
  • 40MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 27mm Focal Length (wide); 1/1.7" Sensor Size
  • 20MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 16mm Focal Length (ultrawide); 1/2.7" Sensor Size
  • 8MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 80mm Focal Length (telephoto); 1/4" Sensor Size; 5x Optical Zoom; OIS
  • PDAF/Laser Autofocus
  • Leica Optics
  • Panorama
  • HDR
  • Slo-mo Video (720p@960fps)
Secondary Camera24MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • F/2.0 Aperture
  • 26mm Focal Length (wide)
  • HDR
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB-C
USB On-The-GoYes
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou + GALILEO + QZSS
CompassYes
DLNAYes
NFCYes
More
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Water ResistantYes, IP68 Rated (up to 2m for 30 mins)
Dust ResistantYes
Noise FiltrationYes
Stereo SpeakersYes
More
  • Qi Wireless Fast Charging
  • Reverse Wireless Charging
  • In-Screen Fingerprint Sensor
  • LDAC and HWA Audio

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