Huawei unveils Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, takes aim at Apple, Samsung

Huawei unveils Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, takes aim at Apple, Samsung

Huawei unveils Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, takes aim at Apple, Samsung

My unofficial one: I think the Mate 20 Pro may have the smartphone camera I've been waiting for all my life. The new chipset brings a bunch of improvements and its dedicated dual NPU brings more than 150% increase in performance over last generation's. 128GB is the only storage option on the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro. It gets a primary 40-megapixel primary wide angle lens with f/1.8 aperture, a 20-megapixel ultra wide angle sensor with f/2.2 aperture, and a third 8-megapixel 3X telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture. But it still has a large 4,000mAh battery. The smartphones are also expected to come with Android 9.0 Pie operating system out-of-the-box.

Huawei's collaboration with luxury lifestyle brand Porsche Design continues with the Mate 20 series, as Singapore buyers will also be able to purchase a premium version of the Mate 20 Pro, called the Mate 20 RS, in November.

The smaller Mate 20 has a "teardrop" style cutout.

It is powered by the Kirin 980 which is paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable storage.

Another highlight of the Mate 20 series is the battery. The Mate 20 features 16-megapixel ultra wide angle, 12-megapixel, wide angle, and 8-megapixel telephoto sensors. These sensors are coupled with LED flash and Super HDR. Up front, the phones have a 24-megapixel front camera for selfies, video calling, and it also includes 3D depth sensing feature. The face unlock system is safe enough for transactions.

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If that wasn't enough, Huawei went on to announce two other phones-Mate 20 X and Mate 20RS Porsche Design. Of course with Huawei continuing to have regulatory troubles in the U.S., you won't see these phones on sale there, for the time being at least.

However a render appeared to show the headphones being charged while sitting on the Mate 20 Pro's rear panel. The bigger battery isn't the only new thing. Huawei Mate 20 is also said to support fast and wireless charging. Huawei says the fast charging is TUV Rheinland certified as safe.

A new neat feature in Mate 20 Pro is its two-way wireless charging feature that allows it to act like a charging pack for devices that support the Qi wireless charging standard. It is also expected that the Mate 20 series smartphones will come equipped with in-display fingerprint sensor and a new facial recognition technology.

The Mate 20 Pro will be available in five colors - Classic Black, Twilight, Pink Gold, Midnight Blue, and Emerald Green.

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