The Huawei Mate series features the brand’s productivity devices, with plenty of power and large screens. The Mate 10 Pro was one of 2017’s best phones, and we’re expecting its 2018 follow-up to be even more impressive. The phone is currently being referred to as the Mate 20, and it may come in different versions, including a Pro and a Lite.
How big will the Mate 20 Pro be? Huawei is no stranger to oversized smartphones, or even tablets that are made to double as phones, so it could be very large indeed. Here’s everything we know about the upcoming Huawei Mate 20 Pro and Mate 20.
Release, pricing, and availability
So when will we see the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro? It seems the reveal is just around the corner.
Huawei is holding an event on October 16, and it’s very likely the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro will be the central attractions. There’s quite a lot to glean from this image — it’s obvious that the much-awaited Kirin 980 will involved, bringing a new generation’s worth of power to the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro.
We may also be seeing some new innovations in A.I. based on the wording. “Higher intelligence” suggests it could be beyond anything we’ve seen before. Whatever it is, we’ll be on the ground to check it out.
Huawei has been offering hints about the new Mate series since early August. A tweet from the company teased Samsung about the Galaxy Note 9, and suggested we’d see the phone in the near future.
We took a leap when we launched the #HuaweiP20Pro, we're all about real upgrades that will make a difference everyday like a triple lens camera with 40mp, 5x zoom and much more. Imagine what will come next… pic.twitter.com/AjUS86YHyK
— Huawei Mobile (@HuaweiMobile) August 9, 2018
Pricing is a bit hazy this far out. A tipster told Gizmochina the Mate 20 Pro would sell for 5,000 yuan (about $732). There is no secondary confirmation on that, however, nor is there pricing for the smaller Mate 20.
Huawei Mate 20
For the most part, XDA Developers has been the exclusive source for Huawei P20 rumors. In July, the site provided specs for the upcoming handset, and in mid-August, they gave us a first glimpse of the Mate 20.
XDA Developers created renders of the Huawei Mate 20 based on verified photos from an engineering sample of the handset. The renders show the Huawei P20 has a nearly bezel-less 6.3-inch display with a teardrop notch for the camera. While we originally believed the Huawei Mate 20 would have an in-display fingerprint sensor, a leaked image of a preproduction handset shows the phone has a sensor on the rear. And while the top bezels are minimized, there is still enough room for stereo speakers.
Flip the Mate 20 over and you’ll find a unique camera module. Instead of stacking lenses, this time Huawei decided to create a square camera module with two lenses on top, along with a lens and flash on the bottom. While we’re not entirely sure this is the final look for the Mate 20 or Mate 20 Pro, it seems that it could be the case, if a recent tweet from Bang_Go_Go is to believed.
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This sits well with French tech site Frandroid, who managed to get a glimpse of a similar module at IFA when Huawei was demonstrating the video scene recognition and processing capabilities of its Kirin 980 chip.
And while we don’t yet have a full view of the phone, XDA Developers notes the back of the phone is constructed of glass and is capable of wireless charging.
XDA Developers recently published a report listing Huawei Mate 20 specifications based on firmware files shared exclusively with the site. The report also claims the Mate 20 will include the HiSilicon Kirin 980 SoC — which is expected to reach up to 2.8GHz clock speeds. But rather than 8GB of RAM, it’s apparently expected to include 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. For the battery, the report claims the Mate 20 will house a 4,200mAh battery and the Pro a 4,000mAh battery. As for the operating system, the Mate 20 is expected to run Android 9.0 Pie.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
All Mate series phones have had large displays, and we doubt the Mate 20 Pro will avoid that trend. According to a report from Korean source The Bell, Huawei has put in an order for 6.9-inch OLED screens with Samsung, and they’re destined for use on a smartphone, not a small tablet. And in addition to a massive display, the P20 Pro will reportedly have an in-display fingerprint sensor that we first saw on the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS.
And while Huawei is no stranger to making powerful handsets, the upcoming Huawei Mate 20 Pro looks like it will be a true powerhouse. According to Gizmochina, The Mate 20 Pro will have Kirin 980 processors along with 8GB of RAM. This, of course, is an early rumor with only one configuration, so we would definitely consider this a possibility as opposed to a reality.
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro will feature a triple-camera module on its rear with the primary sensor coming in at 48 megapixels. The lens setup, along with the dual neural processing units on the Kirin 980 chip, will allow for real-time image processing and scene recognition, a first for smartphones.
Updated on September 7, 2018: We’ve been invited to an event in October — we’ve added the details.