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Huawei Mate 20 Pro

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is a powerful smartphone that stands out amongst its competitors with its three rear cameras, distinctive colours, and bold style. The Mate 20 Pro sits in the top tier of smartphones alongside the Note 9, Pixel 3, and iPhone XS, but is it the right phone for you? Read on to see its key features and design.

Key features

One of the key specs of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro are the three distinctive cameras on the back of the phone – it's main camera, a 3x zoom telephoto, and a colour ultra-wide lens. On the other side of the phone, you will find a 24MP f/2.0 front-facing camera for all your selfie needs. This means it has the dreaded phone notch as introduced by Apple, however, this can be hidden with an addition of its OLED screen that allows you to add deep blacks that blend the notch into the rest of the phone.

The Mate 20 Pro comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, but this can be expanded to 256GB with the addition of a ‘nanoSD’ card, a new proprietary card type from Huawei. Unfortunately, this comes with the trade-off of having to use one of the phone’s two SIM card slots and giving up dual-SIM functionality – although in reality, this will only affect a small number of users. 

The phone also offers a number of features that other phones don’t. To start, it offers an in-screen fingerprint scanner. In theory this should make it easier to unlock the phone when it's resting flat, rather than using a back-mounted fingerprint system or facial recognition. Another little trick that the phone has is that it can wirelessly charge other QI-enabled phones or devices. This is a niche feature, for sure, but a great little party trick if a friend ever runs out of juice.

Design

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro has a signature look, marking it as a flagship smartphone. It comes in three colours – Black, Twilight, and Emerald Green. Beyond this, the Mate 20 Pro lets its cameras do the talking – collecting all three of its rear-facing cameras, it adds a flash and puts them in a raised block, making it look very individual amongst a mass of phones that look like clones of one another.

Size-wise, it's not quite as large as the XS Max or Galaxy Note 9, but the Mate 20 Pro is still one of the larger flagship smartphones on the market. This may mean that you end up using two hands quite often with this phone, particularly as the thin edges make it difficult to type or swipe with one hand. There are settings you can change to make this easier if you have smaller hands.

When it comes to the screen, the Mate 20 Pro offers a 6.39 inch OLED screen that gives you higher resolutions than many of its competitors. The display has an impressive 2K+ resolution, which puts it ahead some of the other smartphones on the market. Much like many of the Samsung smartphones, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro comes with a curved screen for an expensive feel. Interestingly, the phone also gives you the option to shift the colour temperature and shut down the harsh blue lights which are known to interrupt sleep cycles. You can even lower the resolution to full HD or lower to help reduce draining your battery.

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro has a full industry standard water and dust rating and, unfortunately, it doesn't come with a standard headphone jack. Instead, you will need to use Bluetooth headphones or the headphones that come with it that fit into the charging port.

Price

As a premium phone, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro price starts at around £749, depending on where you buy it and the version you choose. There are plenty of deals available for the Huawei Mate 20 Pro from providers such as Vodafone, O2, and EE. Let Hoppy help you find the perfect Mate 20 Pro for you with one of our many deal providers.

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