Huawei Mate 20 and 20 Pro specs: There’s a clear winner

By | 16th October 2018

Putting aside everything Huawei has gone through with the U.S. government, the Chinese Android manufacturer has been producing some impressive handsets. Depending on where you are in the world, you may not be able to get a Huawei Mate 20 or Mate 20 Pro in a carrier store, but it may be worth picking up an unlocked unit anyway.

You can find the list of Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro specs in the table below:

 Huawei Mate 20 ProHuawei Mate 20
Display6.39-inch curved OLED
3,120 x 1,440 resolution
545 ppi
19.5:9 aspect ratio
6.53-inch FHD+ LCD
2,160 x 1,080 resolution
402 ppi
18.7:9 aspect ratio
ProcessorHuawei Kirin 980
Octa-core CPU (2 @ 2.6GHz, 2 @ 1.92GHz, 4 @ 1.8GHz)
Dual NPU
Huawei Kirin 980
Octa-core CPU (2 @ 2.6GHz, 2 @ 1.92GHz, 4 @ 1.8GHz)
Dual NPU
GPUMali-G76 720MHzMali-G76 720MHz
RAM6GB4/6GB
Storage128GB
NM (nano memory) card slot for memory expansion
128GB
NM (nano memory) card slot for memory expansion
Battery4,200mAh
40W Huawei Supercharge
Can be used as a wireless charger for other Qi-enabled devices
15W wireless charging
4,000mAh
22.5W Huawei Supercharge
CamerasRear:
Main: 40MP sensor, f/1.8 aperture
Second: 8MP 3x telephoto sensor, OIS, f/2.4 aperture
Third: 20MP ultra-wide sensor, f/2.2 aperture, 16mm focal length equivalent
Front: 24MP RGB sensor
Rear:
Main: 12MP sensor, f/1.8 aperture
Second: 8MP 3x telephoto sensor, OIS, f/2.4 aperture
Third: 16MP ultra-wide sensor, f/2.2 aperture, 16mm focal length equivalent
Front: 24MP RGB sensor
Biometric securityIn-display fingerprint sensor
Dot projector, TOF proximity sensor, flood illuminator, and an IR camera for face-unlock
Rear-facing fingerprint sensor
Headphone jackNoYes
Dimensions157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6mm
189g
158.2 x 77.2 x 8.3mm
188g
IP ratingIP68N/A
Software versionAndroid 9.0 Pie with EMUI 9.0Android 9.0 Pie with EMUI 9.0
ColorsPink Gold, Midnight Blue, Emerald Green, Twilight, BlackPink Gold, Midnight Blue, Emerald Green, Twilight, Black

Starting around front, the Mate 20 Pro features a 6.39-inch curved OLED display with a 3,120 x 1,440 resolution. The Mate 20 sports a 6.53-inch FHD+ LCD with a lower 2,160 x 1,080 resolution.

Above this, both Mate 20 handsets feature a 24MP selfie shooter. While this single sensor allows for a “dewdrop” notch on the Mate 20, the Pro model includes a dot projector, a time-of-flight proximity sensor, a flood illuminator, and an IR camera for the 3D face unlock feature. Additionally, the Mate 20 Pro contains an in-display fingerprint sensor, while the Mate 20 keeps its fingerprint sensor around back.

Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro

The Mate 20 and the Mate 20 Pro are powered by the octa-core Huawei Kirin 980 CPU, dual NPUs, and a Mali-G76 GPU. The Mate 20 Pro is available with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of built-in storage. Depending on the model, the Mate 20 comes with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 128GB of built-in storage. Both handsets have expandable memory up to 256GB, but instead of microSD the phones use a new NM (nano memory) card solution. Not much is known about this standard at the time of this writing but we’ll update when we know more.

Around back you’ll find a tri-camera setup that gives both phones a unique look that completely differentiates it from the rest of the smartphone market. But as with all of the Huawei Mate 20 specs, the lager model has better optics. For the Mate 20 Pro, this translates into a primary 40MP sensor, an 8MP 3x telephoto lens, and a 20MP ultra-wide shooter.

The standard Huawei Mate 20 features a 12MP primary sensor, an 8MP 3x telephoto lens, and a 16MP ultra-wide sensor.

Huawei Mate 20 cameras

Additional specs include Android 9 Pie with EMUI 9.0, an IP68 rating on the Pro variant, and an included 3.5mm headphone jack on the standard model. Both handsets will be available in Pink Gold, Midnight Blue, Emerald Green, Twilight, and Black.

The Mate 20 features a 4,000mAh battery, while the P20 Pro hits 4,200mAh. Both feature fast wireless charging at 15W, but the Pro can also charge other Qi-enabled devices wirelessly.

Looking at all of the differences between the standard Mate 20 and the Mate 20 Pro, there are some definite benefits for picking up the more expensive model. It’ll be up to you if you think the additional biometric security measures, reverse wireless charging, and everything else is worth the increased price.

What do you think about the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro specs? Will you be buying either of these phones? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!


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