Huawei Mate 20 Professional Evaluate

Huawei has simply launched the Mate 20 Professional and Mate 20 in London, UK. Each handsets share the identical industrial design, with the Professional model having prolonged capabilities.

The Huawei Mate 20 (4GB + 128GB configuration) could have a MSRP of EUR799 and the HUAWEI Mate 20 Professional (6GB + 128GB configuration) could have a MSRP of EUR849 from October 16th, 2018.
Each units shall be obtainable in international locations together with the U.Okay., France, Italy and United Arab Emirates quickly, in accordance with Huawei.

This text will give attention to the Huawei Mate 20 Professional, and we are going to dedicate one other article to the Mate 20, to spotlight all variations. Let’s take a more in-depth take a look at Huawei’s new flagship telephone.

Notice: This preliminary “hands-on” evaluation of the brand new Huawei Mate 20 Professional relies on the time we spent with pre-release units. We are going to replace this web page with our full evaluation, based mostly on assessments and measurements as this gadget goes by way of the Ubergizmo Lab. Bookmark it now, and observe Ubergizmo on FB to get notified.

Huawei Mate 20 ProDisplay6.39” AMOLED Show (3120×1440)CamerasPrimary: 40 MP , f/1.Eight apertureTelephoto: Eight MP, f/2.4Ultrawide: Eight MPSelfie: 24 MP, f/2.0ProcessorHiSilicon KIRIN 980 platform 6-Eight RAM, 128-256 GB of StorageBattery4200 mAh battery capability, fast-chargeOSAndroid

Industrial Design

Left: Mate 20, Proper: Mate 20 Professional

Constructed utilizing a “Skinny Hairline Design,” the Huawei Mate 20 household seems thinner and extra elongated than final yr’s mannequin. And it’s an excellent factor, as a result of that makes the telephone extra snug to carry as a result of the width just isn’t extreme, and develop the display screen barely greater vertically.

The glass now curved into the sides, an especially troublesome (and doubtless pricey) manufacturing method and aesthetic that has been popularized by Samsung. It makes the telephone really feel extra snug and thinner when held.

Huawei has its personal twist by having a textured glass within the again. It’d sound loopy, however the glass feels comparatively regular, however should you strike it along with your nail you possibly can distinctly really feel the feel, and even hear it. Huawei calls it “Hyper Optical Sample,” and it’s a cool floor therapy that gives a bit extra “grip” and makes the glass really feel a bit softer, much less slippery. Additionally it is extra resilient to fingerprints as a result of it’s barely matte.

Additional-grip is certainly wanted as a result of a number of research, and commonsense, have proven that curving the glass onto the sides of the telephone will increase the prospect of experiencing a cracked glass in case of a drop on a tough floor. You’ll be able to seek advice from our reference article about how telephones may very well be constructed to keep away from breakage on influence: How the LG V20 Was Designed To Survive Drops.

Speaking in regards to the edge, the Energy button is getting a pink accent that provides it an additional contact of fashion this yr. The Huawei Mate 20 Professional has an IP68 Ranking. Right here’s what the IP68 score means: Mud-tight, no mud can penetrate. As much as Three-meter immersion waterproofing. In some circumstances, waterproofing signifies that “some” water can penetrate, however with out harming the gadget.

The design of the digital camera module is iconic and really pleasing in my view, however you determine. From a technical design perspective, the quantity of battery capability that Huawei is ready to cram into this chassis is extraordinary, and our knowledge reveals it:

Battery capability (in mAh) per Cubic Inches of inside area

Show : OLED + 3D Face Scan + In-screen fingerprint reader

With a 6.39-inch diagonal measurement and a decision of 3120×1440, the OLED show of the Mate 20 Professional makes it a large-screen telephone which is shut in measurement with the handful of high-end 6.5-inch opponents.

The show seems very good, as you’ll count on from a high-end telephone, however we are going to want extra time and data to see the way it competes in opposition to the shows of the Galaxy Notice 9 and iPhone X which are the 2 main ones with regards to Show High quality. Most individuals would most likely not think about any distinction to be a sway issue, however at this degree, any benefit is value .

The Mate 20 Professional has a big notch to accommodate the selfie digital camera, but additionally a safe 3D depth sensor for face unlock. It really works just like the iPhone X/XS FaceID, however it’s not as dependable and even as quick (on common) as Apple’s.

When it really works, it’s quicker than the iPhone since you don’t even have to swipe to unlock the telephone. Nevertheless, typically, the face unlock doesn’t come on, most likely as a result of the movement sensor was not triggered and we fall again to the fingerprint unlock.

You’ll be able to consider these 3D face sensors as a small model of the Xbox Kinect. They work by projecting a sample through Infra-red and relying on how the sample is deformed by the receiving floor (your face) a 3D map could be computed. This system is known as Structured Mild.

Final, however not least, the show options an in-screen fingerprint reader. Though such sensors began to look at CES 2018 with OEMs like Vivo, the primary implementations have been a bit gradual (see Vivo V11), most likely resulting from a mixture of software program and show that face a difficult process. Issues appear to have improved, and the expertise appears prepared for prime-time. We’ve little doubt that in-screen fingerprint studying will proliferate subsequent yr.


I like having the fingerprint sensor within the entrance – no query about it. Nevertheless, the in-sensor isn’t as correct and dependable as basic sensors. The common failure charge is barely greater, and the unlock time can also be a bit greater.

Total, it’s a very good factor that Huawei has paired the 3D face unlock with the in-screen sensor, as a result of neither is best than legacy options, however collectively they make the expertise higher than Apple’s face unlock with out fingerprint, and higher than different Android telephones fingerprint-only options. We don’t advocate utilizing 2D face unlock should you care about safety.

Cameras: three rear cameras for exceptionally versatile photographic talents

LG might have fired the primary salvo within the ultra-wide + zoom struggle with the LG V40, but it surely certainly received’t be the final. Samsung has introduced a 4 rear cameras telephone within the mid-range (four+1), and the Huawei Mate 20 Professional has three cameras within the again, together with an 80mm (3X) telephoto, and a 16 mm ultra-wide lens which can also be a macro lens.  That’s as well as of the first

We welcome this new setup very a lot as we now have been saying for a number of years that ultrawide was used extra typically than zoom or portrait. You’ll adore it. LG has been the primary OEM to introduce ultrawide with its LG V20 telephone and has been selling it ever since. They have been proper all alongside. As an apart, LG additionally launched the fingerprint reader positioned within the again, and the two:1 show ratio.

All our pattern photographs have been shot with out A.I, which needs to be the subject of one other collection of check, if time permits. In case you marvel, the Mate 20 Professional has seen (software program) picture high quality enhancements over the P20 Professional, regardless of similarities within the digital camera specs.

Mate 20 Professional Digicam Photograph High quality

3X zoom on the street, an amazing picture end result

In broad daylight, the photographs from the Huawei Mate 20 Professional are typically excellent and agreeable. The colours are vibrant and the pictures look nice, particularly when seen on a telephone’s show, or through social media. Listed below are some examples (captions on the backside of the display screen):

Extensive angle shot with a high-contrast sceneWith a powerful backlightA shot framed by utilizing a little bit of zooming3X zoom on the street

The ultra-wide photographs look excellent as properly, and the shot on the street with the zoom was significantly good. Huawei has undoubtedly essentially the most highly effective zoom capabilities, because of its 3X optical zoom lens (~80mm) which works nice in brilliant mild.

The one criticism that I’d level to is that by default the auto mode (referred to as “picture”) has an excessive amount of picture processing (sharpening, synthetic colour vibrancy, typically HDR) in my view. It’s actually exhausting to know should you haven’t been on the scene, but it surely one thing that’s noticeable if you take photographs.

Some degree of filtering isn’t unhealthy, and may even be fascinating, however an excessive amount of of it runs the danger of annoying the consumer, and extra importantly it removes the management and freedom of the photographer within the inventive selections. For instance, this pink meat picture if far more pink than regular. The truth is, I needed to de-saturate it earlier than posting to Insta, however couldn’t get it to seem like the precise meal.

Low-light pictures

In low-light pictures, Huawei has made a reputation for itself with the P20 Professional, and the Mate 20 Professional behaves kind of prefer it. It captures very brilliant photographs. Listed below are some examples:

That stated, the photographs typically are unnaturally brilliant and have a tendency to lose the temper as a result of the colour hue rapidly goes in direction of white or mild gray. Once more, this is because of barely over-processing the pictures, one thing that Huawei does actually not have to do.

In night time photographs, the power to protect each the colours and the overall temper of the scene is actually necessary. It’s not nearly “making all the things brighter”.

The lead picture of this part is an image of the Shibuya scrambling. It seems fairly good and it’s truthful to say that your pals shall be impressed should you share this on social media. The constructing on the middle proper with the inexperienced lighting has had an excessive amount of sharpening whereas it didn’t want it. It appears a bit “noisy”, and that’s true for different issues such because the tree’s orange leaves as properly.

Within the picture beneath, the Notice 9 does a a lot better job at preserving a pure rendering of the scene “as my eyes may see it”, with some processing. The Mate 20 Professional processes far more and alters the lighting and hue significantly.

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The ultra-wide lens additionally struggles in low-light, and this shoot in opposition to the LG V40 demonstrates it properly. The V40 is best at preserving the general visible nature of the scene, whereas the Mate 20 Professional picture virtually turns into monochromatic, with a blurrier picture and fewer particulars.

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Lengthy-exposure: Evening Mode

Telephones are beginning to have a brand new device of their low-light arsenal: the Evening Mode. No matter it’s referred to as, the Huawei P20 Professional, The Pixel Three and the Xiaomi Mi Combine Three (and maybe extra telephones) have this mode which information a bunch of photographs for Three to five at varied exposures earlier than making a last picture.

We’re unsure how a lot folks will use it, so we don’t lump it into “low mild picture”, however it’s a very attention-grabbing device to have for static scenes. The outcomes are typically unpredictable and you’ll simply have to check it, however in some excessive circumstances it will probably save the day.

The Mate 20 Professional captured the temper completely on this picture (5s publicity, Evening Mode)

Photograph high quality conclusion

The Huawei Mate 20 Professional delivers an astonishing array of digital camera options, and expands its to cowl the complete footprint of what we think about to be the cell pictures pillars : bright-light, low-light, ultra-wide and zoom photographs.


We don’t think about it to be the easiest at all the things, however a comparatively excessive degree in each class,  related to the depth of the feature-set earn the Mate 20 Professional our title for the strongest cell digital camera up to now.

The Galaxy Notice 9 stays the general greatest low-light shooter and the LG V40 has one of the best ultra-wide digital camera, there isn’t a doubt about it from our check knowledge. The Mate 20 Professional has one of the best 3X Optical zoom, however could be challenged in brilliant mild picture due to its picture processing. Maybe the Pixel Three can dislodge the Notice 9 in low-light, we’ll see.

Digicam technical evaluation

Huawei has pushed the ultrawide idea farther with this implementation, permitting the ultrawide lens for use for macro photographs as properly, with topics as shut as ~2.5cm! It’s made potential by having an auto-focus, whereas different ultrawide lenses solely have a hard and fast focus.

The zoom capabilities of the Huawei Mate 20 Professional stay just like the P20 Professional, with a 3X optical zoom that appears related in each manner, and subsequently ought to stay unchallenged in good lighting circumstances. 3X optical zoom lenses are exhausting to combine as a result of the digital camera module might require extra depth, and the sensor measurement needs to be diminished to accommodate the longer focal size.

The first digital camera appears similar to the P20 Professional, and we count on the same photographic end result, with maybe some enhancements in metering (Ai-driven?) and software program processing. We’ll know extra once we take the retail model of the telephone by way of our picture assessments.

It’s attention-grabbing to see how Huawei’s digital camera has not solely progressed vertically with every function getting higher and higher over time, but additionally horizontally by including capabilities resembling ultra-wide, macro and 3X telephoto.

Whereas the Mate 20 Professional won’t win in each single class, It does land within the prime Three in practically each facet. The breath of the Mate 20 Professional digital camera capabilities and the depth of its efficiency may make it one of the best total cell digital camera in the marketplace.

Digicam AI

We talked about digital camera software program enhancements, and loads has to do with synthetic intelligence. Huawei and Honor are utilizing remarkably superior AI methods resembling multi-layer picture segmentation, a way that consists of having the ability to differentiate a number of key components of scenes resembling folks, but additionally background components resembling timber and highway – all on the similar time.

Every sub-scene (a “section”) can then be processed with essentially the most applicable algorithms to make sure that faces get sufficient HDR, vegetation get just a little increase in inexperienced and concrete concrete get an additional dose of element sharpening.

Since Kirin 980 can obtain much more AI picture processing in Actual-time, the Mate 20 Professional can apply cinematic results resembling maintaining folks in colour, whereas changing the background to black and white throughout video recording. Huawei calls this AI Cinema, and it’s really fairly exhausting to do with a basic video editor. Now, it has been made easy with AI.

AI can also be used within the stay autofocus monitoring of topics in accordance with Huawei. There are additionally non-AI methods of doing this, and it’s not clear how a lot AI is in right here, however if you wish to monitor a shifting topic, it’s more likely to beat the default non-tracked auto-focus.

Software program

Powered by EMUI 9, Huawei’s department/fork of Android, the interface is a bit completely different from what’s generally discovered with Google, Samsung or LG telephones. There’s nonetheless a particular familiarity with Android, however new customers ought to count on just a few days of adaptation. Not an enormous deal. EMUI has many variations, some seen, and others not, but it surely’s a bit exterior the scope of this evaluation.

For this model 9, Huawei emphasizes Simplification, with some consumer interfaces being re-thought to scale back friction or enhance productiveness. The Settings even have 10% much less obvious choices, as essentially the most superior (and least used) settings, shall be hidden into an “Superior” sub-menus for the tech-savvy.

Some interface components that was on the prime of the display screen have been introduced right down to the decrease half, to make the Mate 20 Professional a greater one-handed telephone.

Consumer Expertise Efficiency

EMUI 9 additionally has greater software program efficiency, in accordance with Huawei. The corporate claims that this new telephone will launch apps 51% quicker and that the system is 41% extra responsive than beforehand. The corporate measured these numbers by utilizing automated app testing robots with digital camera exact sufficient to measure this type of end result. There are numerous methods to make this occur, resembling caching essentially the most generally used apps, or essentially the most most likely used apps in reminiscence for instance. Machine-learning might help right here.

Huawei even says that apps on the Mate 20 Professional will launch on common 400ms quicker when in comparison with a prime competitor from Korea. 400ms doesn’t look like a lot, however we all know from varied research on tactile suggestions that customers can really feel a distinction of ~100ms, or 1/10s of a second.

Lastly, Huawei continues to advertise its effort to maintain the telephones performing prefer it did on “Day 1” with an initiative referred to as “Keep Quick.” It’s well-known that telephones are inclined to decelerate as they’re loaded with extra apps and knowledge. Folks broadly agree that this phenomenon does exist even when they might disagree on why it’s occurring.

Huawei has been utilizing machine-learning and system optimizations to mitigate the slowdown skilled by telephones. The corporate says that a fully-loaded Mate 20 Professional ought to decelerate by solely ~5% with the newest EMUI, even after being absolutely loaded and used for some time. The Mate 9 slowed by about 14%, whereas distinguished opponents decelerate by 40% in accordance with Huawei’s assessments and estimates.

It isn’t potential to independently confirm these claims within the quick time period, however to date, the shopper satisfaction ranges for this function is excessive, so maybe that is but one of the best indicator that one thing goes proper.

Backups to your private storage

EMUI 9 additionally brings uncommon issues resembling the power to again up the telephone to your native community, to a community storage gadget or onto a shared listing through SMB. This may very well be an amazing different for native backups and restores; we are able to’t wait to attempt it to see what new prospects this is able to supply

System Efficiency

At the moment, the system efficiency has not been examined, however it will are available our last evaluation. The brand new Huawei Mate 20 Professional is powered by Kirin 980, the newest high-end processor from HiSilicon, a Huawei subsidiary.

The brand new Kirin 980 chip was launched at IFA 2018, and it was among the best announcement we lined at that present. In response to Huawei, Kirin 980 is 20% quicker and 40% extra power-efficient. For instance, it needs to be 134% higher in AI efficiency and may classify 4500 photographs/mn, a key metric in some synthetic intelligence circles.

The quicker AI can also be 88% extra energy environment friendly, in accordance with Huawei. That is typically the case when efficiency is vastly elevated, the processor can return quicker to a sleep state. Additionally, the semiconductor technique of Kirin 980 (7nm) is basically extra power-efficient than Kirin 970 (12nm)


In real-world assessments, we tried to change the “Excessive-Efficiency Mode” on and off. Huawei had been criticized just lately for its dealing with of benchmarks and enabled the mode afterwards, this letting customers select in the event that they need to commerce battery life and better warmth, for greater efficiency. By default, that mode is OFF.

Throughout our assessments, we discovered that this mode primarily impacts graphics scores (GFXBench/3Dmark), and never CPU-centric ones (Geekbench). Moreover, whereas the efficiency may considerably greater, the outcomes diversified too extensively and have been surprisingly inconsistent.


For example the FPS for GFXBench Manhattan Three.1 (offscreen) with high-per OFF have been: 25, 48 and 52 in several runs. When ON we noticed 53 and 43 FPS in several runs.

It’s much more dramatic with GFXBench T-Rex with OFF scores of 69, 52 and 41 whereas ON rating have been 130, then 49. For the charts, we now have chosen to be conservative as a result of even a mean wouldn’t be consultant. We’d replace this later if there’s a change on the bottom.

As you possibly can see, it’s not regular to have such scores discrepancy, and we’ll see if Huawei can both replace the software program or clarify why that is occurring. Nevertheless, even in one of the best case situations Snapdragon 845 nonetheless wins the graphics benchmarks whereas Kirin 980 has a slight lead on the CPU ones.

The wi-fi broadband can also be seeing important good points, with LTE CAT21 (Class 21) obtainable for the primary time in a client gadget. LTE CAT21 is able to attaining peak speeds of 1.4Gbps, in concept.

Wi-fi networks (3G/4G) efficiency is usually thought as peak obtain/add speeds, however it’s the common pace that counts. Lately 4G/LTE is the first community of curiosity, however 5G is coming. The upper the paper LTE efficiency and the higher the common precise efficiency. Moreover, wi-fi suppliers have higher and extra environment friendly LTE networks to decrease their very own prices.

Battery Life

With a battery capability of 4200 mAh, the Huawei Mate 20 Professional has 5% extra capability than the main opponents which have 4000 mAh. The distinction will increase much more with those that have as little as 3300 mAh (+27%). As battery capability is maybe essentially the most valuable commodity on any telephone, such a niche is troublesome to disregard.

As traditional, Huawei has outfitted the Mate 20 Professional with a 40W SuperCharge energy provide.

There’s a 15W built-in wi-fi charging functionality, which Huawei says is 2X quicker than the newest iPhone. We are going to put it to the check, however technically, this sounds plausible.

Probably the most unbelievable power-related function is that the Mate 20 Professional can turn out to be a quick wi-fi charging pad for different Qi suitable telephones. As such Mate 20 Professional customers can turn out to be heroes of the second and determined customers which are near working out of battery. On the similar time, the extraordinarily speedy charging lets the Mate 20 Professional replenish its cost promptly.


For the reason that preliminary launch we now have been in a position to affirm this extraordinary cost pace with an Ubergimo Lab run at 102 mAh/mn or 72% of cost in 30mn. The Huawei Mate 20 Professional is by far the quickest charging telephone we now have ever seen.

At this pace, it could cost 5X quicker than the iPhone XS Max, which will get 20 mAh/mn out of the field, as we’ve seen in our iPhone XS evaluation.


Battery life could be affected by lots of components, however the principle ones are the central processor (SoC), show and wi-fi radios (LTE broadband, WiFi, the cell towers location and extra). It’s unimaginable to exactly predict by way of artificial assessments how a lot power drain YOUR distinctive life-style will generate. Nevertheless, two issues are certainly all the time good:

A bigger battery capacityVery quick charging

It’s typically not potential to foretell real-world battery life by working artificial benchmarks. Issues resembling show brightness, (LTE/WiFi) radio utilization and distance to entry factors will change an excessive amount of. Additionally, the variety of apps on-board and their utilization is unpredictable. Battery capability is an important battery-life indicator for YOUR utilization.


The Huawei Mate 20 Professional is a improbable telephone that pushes the restrict the place it issues: wonderful battery, superior digital camera, efficiency, and show. With the quick in-screen fingerprint and 3D face unlock, customers all the time get one of the best safe unlock possibility at any given time.


The Mate 20 Professional battery has a rare cost pace and it eliminated any battery endurance worries for my comparatively heavy use case. Really an incredible expertise.

Lastly, the wonderful Mate 20 Professional Digicam extends the Huawei photographic capabilities to new depths, and the general package deal is nothing wanting an distinctive handset.

The following step is to validate the theoretical knowledge with our personal assessments, and finalize this evaluation. What do you consider the Mate 20 Professional?

Total product score: 10/10

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