Huawei unveils Mate 20 series
By Digital News Asia October 17, 2018
- New Mate 20 series will come four different varieties
- All models to be powered by Huawei's new Kirin 980 chipset
HUAWEI unveiled its new Huawei Mate 20 series, one of its most anticipated smartphone series for the year. Available in 6.53-inch, 6.39-inch and 7.2-inch sizes, the Huawei Mate 20 Series encompasses four devices: Huawei Mate 20, Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Huawei Mate 20 X and Porsche design Huawei Mate 20 RS.
As an expression of the Huawei Mate Series DNA, all devices carry a FullView display with a high screen-to-body ratio. Compactly engineered, every device from the 6.39-inch Huawei Mate 20 Pro to the 7.2-inch Huawei Mate 20 X can be comfortably used with a single hand.
The new Mate 20 series will be powered by Huawei's densest and highest performing system on chip (SoC) to date — the Kirin 980. The SoC is said to offer an improved performance and an unprecedented smooth user experience. Compared to Kirin 970, the latest chipset is equipped with CPU that is 75% more powerful, GPU that is 46% more powerful and NPU that is 226% more powerful. Apart from that the Kirin 980 is also the industry’s first SoC to be equipped with Dual-NPU, granting it higher On-Device AI processing capability to support any and all AI applications.
According to Huawei, the Mate 20 Pro is the world’s first smartphone to support the 4.5G LTE Cat. 21 standard, allowing consumers to experience download speeds of up to 1.4Gbps. It also supports the world’s fastest Wi-Fi connection speeds--2GB footage requires only 10 seconds to download. The top-end flagship also supports dual-band (L1+L5) GPS positioning technology. The AI GPS Satellite Selection technology enhances the positioning accuracy across a wide range of scenarios.
Moreover, Huawei Mate 20 Pro supports 15W Huawei Wireless Quick Charge, the industry’s fastest wireless charging solution, and Wireless Reverse Charge, which enables the device to work as a power bank for selected electronic devices supporting wireless charging.
The Huawei Mate 20 X supports an ultra-large 5,000mAh battery and is equipped with a revolutionary Huawei super cool system that uses a combination of graphene film and vapor chamber to deliver outstanding cooling performance. With the cooling system in place, the CPU and GPU embedded in Huawei Mate 20 X can remain at full throttle for an extended period of time and deliver the smoothest and most satisfying gaming experience to consumers. The Huawei super-cool system also marks the first time graphene is utilized to cool smartphones.
Huawei augmented the Mate 20 with a powerful addition—16mm Leica Ultra Wide Angle Lens. This wider perspective creates a sense of spaciousness and a three dimensional effect to the images. The new camera system also supports macro distance, which produces crisp images of objects that are placed as close as 2.5cm from the lens.
The added ultra-wide angle lens and macro support completes the feature set of the camera system, elevating it to a truly all-round camera that is ready to capture any and all action. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is equipped with a 40MP main camera, a 20MP ultra wide-angle camera, and an 8MP telephoto camera. Together, the trio of lenses supports a wide range of focal lengths (equivalent to the performance of a 16-270mm zoom lens), enabling it to mimic the results from professional cameras.
For additional security the Mate 20 Pro and Porsche design Huawei Mate 20 RS both support 3D Face Unlock. The solution quickly and securely authenticates users within 0.6s at a false acceptance rate of below 1/1,000,000. Using the 3D Depth Sensing Camera System located at the front, the two devices can accurately read the facial features of a subject and recognize even small details. Besides user authentication, this suite of sensors also enables the portrait beautification effects to be realised in a more natural and effective way.
The new Mate 20 Series comes with EMUI 9.0, a smart operating system based on Android P. Through AI self-learning algorithms, an integrated and granular resource allocation system, and a highly optimised Android environment, EMUI 9 delivers an “evergreen” experience — it remains smooth even through extended use.
While Huawei has not made available the local pricing, the following are the Mate's price and availability in other markets.
The Huawei Mate 20 (4GB + 128GB configuration) will have a price of US$926 (RM3,842) and the Huawei Mate 20 (6GB + 128GB configuration) will have a price of US$984 (RM4,082) from Oct 16, 2018.
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro (6GB + 128GB configuration) will have a price of US$1,215 (RM5,041) from Oct 16, 2018.
The Huawei Mate 20 X (6GB + 128GB configuration) will have a price of US$1,042 (RM4,323) from Oct 26, 2018.
The Porsche design Huawei Mate 20 RS (8GB + 256GB configuration) will have a price of US$1,964 (RM8,149), and the Porsche design Huawei Mate 20 RS (8GB + 512GB configuration) will have a price of US$2,427 (RM10,070) from Nov 16, 2018.