If you compare Huawei’s two main smartphone lineups, the P series and the Mate series, you’ll find that the two are very similar, from the specs, cameras and even the design.

However, the two are similar to Samsung’s Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lineups, with the latter being the one that is used to try out new ideas and features. Huawei’s Mate lineup is a lot like Samsung’s Galaxy Note series with it following the same kind of mentality of trying new ideas.

I’ve been using the Huawei Mate 20 Pro for a few weeks now and while it shares similarities to the company’s P20 Pro, the Mate 20 Pro is still a great device.

Design & Hardware

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro has a metal and glass design which feels great in the hands but the back of the device is a fingerprint magnet. The phone has a 6.39-inch OLED display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and 1440p resolution.

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro does have a slight notch, but it’s not as unsightly as the one on the Pixel 3 XL. Huawei uses Mate 20 Pro’s notch for face unlock which works great.

The device is being powered by Huawei’s Kirin 980 processor and 6GB of RAM. I basically had no issues using the device and it was fairly quick. In terms of storage, the Mate 20 Pro comes with either 128GB or 256GB plus a Huawei’s proprietary nano-memory card slot.

Just like the P20 Pro, the Mate 20 Pro doesn’t come with a 3.5mm headphone jack but it does have a USB-C port and comes with USB-C earbuds in the box along with a 3.5mm to USB-C adapter.

The Mate 20 Pro comes with a 4,200 mAh battery and the phone is IP68 water and dust resistant. It also comes with a Huawei 40W SuperCharge charger which can fully charge the device in just 30 mins.

The Mate 20 Pro supports 15W wireless charging and it also has reverse wireless charging which can allow you to wirelessly charge other devices.

The device also comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor, which does work but can be finicky at times, especially if you don’t place your finger just right.

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is available from the following carriers in Canada:

The Mate 20 Pro is also available off-contract from Amazon.ca.

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is available now from $1,199 CAD outright or from $249 CAD on-contract. The phone comes in two colours, Black and Twilight.

Software

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is running Android 9 Pie with the company’s EMUI 9 on top.

As I said in my Huawei P20 Pro review, I’m not the biggest fan of Huawei’s EMUI skin. It’s it’s no stock Android but it still allows Huawei to make Android their own. There are pre-installed Huawei apps along with performance and battery improvements.

You also get features like GPU Turbo 2.0 which improves the device’s performance when playing mobile games by 36%.

The App Assistant allows you to quickly toggle settings such as Uninterrupted Gaming and Mistouch Prevention.

There’s also the usual access to the Google Assistant and Google Feed and since the Mate 20 has a notched display, you can hide the notch in the settings for the phone.

Camera

The camera is the real strong point of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. It comes with a triple-camera Leica lens setup with a 40-megapixel lens, 20-megapixel Ultra Wide Angel and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens.

There is also a 24-megapixel front-facing camera also used for facial recognition.

Below are some photos I took on the Mate 20 Pro.

All the photos taken on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro look great and are vibrant and full of colours. Huawei has added AI to their camera app, which can automatically detect what type of scene or object you’re taking a photo of and change the settings accordingly.

It will also learn over time as you use the device’s camera more. You have the standard photo and video modes in the camera app along with a Pro mode, 3D Portrait Lighting(which allows you to take photos with the Bokeh effect) and more.

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro can also record 4K video (up to 30fps) as well as 1080p video at 60 fps and 18:9 video. Videos look good on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro but low-light videos didn’t look as good on the device. However, low-light photos did look great, especially using the night mode.

Final Thoughts

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is a great device that is fast, lasts all day and an amazing camera. The Mate 20 Pro is perfect for those wanting an alternative to the iPhone, Galaxy or Google Pixel. Huawei just needs to make EMUI a bit better and improve the in-display fingerprint sensor.

Pros

  • Great display
  • Amazing camera with AI that works
  • Premium design & build
  • A battery that truly lasts all-day
  • Quick performance

Cons

  • EMUI still needs work
  • In-display fingerprint sensor can be finicky

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