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Huawei Mate 20 Pro review: you'll wish you could get one

2018 is perhaps one of Huawei's most exciting years yet. Almost like the script for a Hollywood blockbuster, the year…

2018 is perhaps one of Huawei’s most exciting years yet. Almost like the script for a Hollywood blockbuster, the year began with a tragedy that seemed like a death sentence for the protagonist. It left its hero in a period of limbo, its future uncertain. Men som den virkelige stjernen i sin historie, Huaweis pressevirkning svarade med vengeance, putting out smartphones, som forbrugerne ønsker at gribe, men som følge af nogle omstændigheder uden for deres kontrol, kan ikke.

That was true for the Huawei P20 Pro, the first in the market to sport three cameras on its back. With the new Mate 20 Pro, Huawei seems to have adopted the strategy of giving owners everything short of the kitchen sink in its most advanced flagship yet. Did that strategy pay off or did it weigh down the Huawei Mate 20 Pro to the point of sinking? I’ve been testing the Mate 20 Pro as I’ve traveled since Huawei’s big launch event in London, and at the risk of spoiling the surprise, I can honestly say it’s one of the best phones money can buy today.

Design

You’d be forgiven for overlooking the Mate 20 Pro’s talents at first glance, or even after holding it in your hands. Where premium smartphones seem to be characterized by their size and volume, Huawei goes the opposite direction that is, ironically, worry about some sturdiness and resilience.

That said, the Mate 20 Pro is easy to grip and hold in your hand, thanks to the way both the front and back faces curve at the edges. They join together by a thin but sturdy aluminum frame. Ondanks zijn grote 6.39-inch scherm, de telefoon is nog steeds handig in één hand, hoewel u misschien nog steeds wilt gebruiken beide hands for good measure. The rather tall 19.5: 9 aspect ratio of the OLED panel is narrow enough that I could reach most of it with my thumb single-handed.

On the front, the Mate 20 looks almost conventional with its almost bezel-less display and its wide notch, which we’ll get to later. Flip it over and you’ll come across the Mate 20’s most iconic design element. Ja, det har stadig tre kameraer og tre kameraer, takknemlig. Nu, selv om de er arrangeret i en firkant, sammen med flashen, som Huawei forklarer hints om at telefonen er beregnet til brug i portrætorientering. Huawei tells me it also hopes the layout will make the back of the Mate 20 Pro more distinctive to those around you; Porsche Design, because its partnership with Porsche Design, reminiscent of the automaker’s LED headlights.

In contrast, the Huawei P20 Pro was designed to resemble a point-and-click digital camera. Aside from the wider notch, the Mate 20 Pro also distinguishes itself from the Mate 20 with the lack of a fingerprint scanner on its back. There’s still one, of course, just hidden underneath the screen.

Specs & Performance

You’ve heard it all when it comes to high-end smartphone specs this year but Huawei has a few tricks up its sleeves . For eksempel, mens du har den vanlige 6 GB eller RAM og 128 GB eller lagring, får du også en Kirin 980 octa-core processor. Huawei’s latest silicon boasts not only of raw power and energy efficiency, thanks to its 7 nm processor but of two brains for your needs, the majority of which are directed towards the camera. It’s worth noting that, currently, only Apple and Huawei offer smartphones using a 7nm chipset.

Put briefly, the Mate 20 Pro is a powerhouse. Benchmark controversies aside, the smartphone’s actual as well as theoretical throughput still puts it near the top of the list. For a smartphone maker that’s been designing and using its own processor for only a few years, that’s a pretty impressive feat. Even without looking at the numbers, the Mate 20 Pro’s speed and power will not leave you longing for more. Men, hvis du ikke finner det selv, det er en ekstra boost i din spil, du kan altid skifte på Performance Mode på bekostning af noget batterilevetid.

Selv uden at det er aktiveret, har Mate 20 Pro vist sig for noget og alt jeg sprang at it, ranging from importing and processing 5.7k 360 videos shot on the Insta360 camera, through to simply streaming Netflix. Huawei had provided me with an international-spec device, though I had no problems using it with Google’s Project Fi. AT & T and T-Mobile’s networks presented no issues; Verizon will work, though with limited coverage.

The 6.39-inch 3120 × 1440 OLED display is right on par with other OLED panels on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and the Google Pixel 3 XL. They are brightly lit and vivid for everyday tasks. I found that Huawei’s auto mode for the display tends to err on ramping up the colors to a slightly unnatural tone. Side-by-side with the iPhone XS Max, meanwhile, the Huawei does not quite reach the same brightness. The Mate 20 Pro defaults to an FHD + resolution to compromise between sharpness and battery life. I did not see the difference in battery life, let the system auto-select the display resolution, so opted to just leave it at WQHD +.

Now comes the fun part, where Huawei tries to strike its own path and, in some cases, missed. Audio is een gebied waar het bedrijf probeerde te zijn anders voor weinig winst of reden. Du kommer snart til å merke at det er ingen høyttalere griller på Mate 20 Pro, som gir en tettere og mer ensidig utseende. The sound is, instead, channeled out the USB-C port, a conduit that was never designed for audio output. Selv om det er hørbart, er det lyden der producerer en bestemt vægt til det. It’s more on the tinny side, short on both bass and volume. The worst is when you plug in a USB C cable for charging but which, unsurprisingly, muffles the sound. You can not easily bend the laws of physics to match your design.

Huawei is also trying to bend the market to its will with its new nano SD card or “NM Cards”. Det kan nok være tid for markedet å vedta en nyere og mindre minnekort, men i stedet for at forsøge at gøre det til en standard, Huawei er i stedet låsende sine egne brugere til et problem af sin egen fremstilling. Din eksisterende microSD-kort vil ikke fungere i Mate 20 Pro; Du kan heller ikke bruke disse NM-kortene på noe annet enn Mate 20 Series-telefoner. Considering that NM Cards probably will not be widely available for some time to come, it may be best to simply consider the Mate 20 Pro having a fixed amount of storage.

From talking with Huawei, I can see their point even if I’d prefer a standard microSD. Helt enkelt var det ikke plads til det, men så var beslutningen nede på å lage mindre minnekort eller å forlate utvidbar lagring altogether.

Biometrics

Unlike the Mate 20’s “waterdrop” notch, the Mate 20 Pro has one of the widest in the market, thankfully not the tallest. It’s not without good reason, mind, if Huawei needed to cram a few components there. The 3D Depth Sensing Camera not only brings 3D Live Emojis to life, but it also powers 3D face recognition. This part is probably not new to Huawei fans, as the company has been singing about its AI-powered 3D face ID since last year. Det virker faktisk, også, raskt og nøyaktig, i hvert fall mest av tiden jeg testet det under varierende lysforhold. If you have sunglasses, it’s probably best to test them before you buy the phone and steer clear of heavily reflective lenses.

Despite that success, not even Huawei is advocating its use in secure transactions like mobile payments. It’s not because the face recognition is not secure: Huawei insists that it is matching Apple’s Face ID, where the TrueDepth camera picks up 30,000 points across the face. Instead, 3D face recognition is currently only used for mobile payments in China, pending Google’s approval for the rest of the world.

For now, you’re stuck with the fingerprint scanner for that. The Mate 20 Pro offers its first in-screen fingerprint reader. Located slightly higher than most fingerprint-on-display (FoD) sensors, Huawei’s version about as fast as what the OnePlus 6T manages. Still slower than the more prevalent optical fingerprint sensors, true, but such is the price of adopting a young technology. [19659000] Camera

While it may not be the single defining feature of the smartphone, the Mate 20 Pro’s camera technology is still its star. Huawei has made its first dual cameras on the Huawei P9, way back in 2016. Almost every dual – and then triple – camera setup from the Chinese OEM included a monochrome sensor for added depth and light information. For the Mate 20 Pro, their monochrome camera is no more, because Huawei considers mobile camera sensors good enough to stand on their own. I have to agree and for what’s worth, the ultra wide camera with a 16mm equivalent angle is well worth the gamble and much more useful day to day.

Instead of devoting one lens to a monochrome sensor that’s rarely used, Huawei has three color sensors. The main sensor is a 40-megapixel wide-angle f / 1.8 camera; replacing the monochrome sensor, there’s a 20-megapixel RGB camera with an ultra-wide angle f / 2.2 lens that also functions as a “macro zoom”. The third member of the group is a humble 8-megapixel shooter, making up for its relatively low pixel count with a telephoto lens for up to 3X optical zoom.

In practice, three is not a crowd. Der er nu mere versatility i det antal billeder du kan fange, fra ultra-wide “0.6x zoom” til makro close-ups, og resultaterne er fantastiske. Granted, the Mate 20 Pro seems to be on the side of over-saturating colors, perhaps catering to a trend that favors bright and lush hues about more accurate – but muted in comparison – color reproduction. There are some tricks involved, though. Du vil ikke, for eksempel, ta 40 megapixel bilder som standard, men faktisk 10MP billeder fra oversampled 40-megapixel raw output. The 40 MP sensor also assists in weeding out jaggies and noise from zoom levels greater than 3x.

Much of the Mate 20 Pro’s camera magic happens via software, thanks to Huawei’s much-advertised camera AI. Ironically, then, you need to enable that first in the camera settings, but after that it gets to work identifying the primary subject (s) and adjusting the settings to fit the scene. That AI is also responsible for Huawei’s mind-blowing Night Mode, which takes multiple shots over four or so seconds and combines them into a very impressive image.

Like any AI, it’s not infallible – even if has been significantly improved since the Huawei P9 Pro. More than detecting scenes incorrectly, the Mate 20 Pro’s Master AI can sometimes overdo the settings, resulting in unrealistic images. Mens du kan alltid deaktivere AI og justere indstillingerne i telefonens kraftfulde manuelle mode, jeg har fundet det øjeblik, som allerede var gået.

Personligt, det nytteværdi af de ultrabrede linsafgrøder op til færre dag til dag end a dedicated monochrome fashion ever did. Something I do often, for example, is taking interior pictures of cars: specifically, looking out the front windshield and encompassing everything from the dash up, and down past the steering wheel. LG tried to deliver the same capabilities with the ultra-wide-angle rear facing camera on its recent flagships, but I’ve found it tends to soft to blurry edges. In contrast, the Mate 20 Pro employs its AI to help with those issues, in addition to better optics from Leica.

At the opposite extreme is the macro lens option, and it’s another impressive show for Huawei.

Battery and Wireless Charging

Now for the Mate 20 Pro’s final party trick.

Battery and Wireless Charging

Now for the Mate 20 Pro’s final party trick. It has a larger than normal battery, with its 4,200 mAh beating out the Galaxy Note 9’s oversized power pack.

Huawei has been pushing dramatically fast charging modes in its recent handsets, and the Mate 20 Pro is less to use. It’s not easy to push battery life to two days, especially if you do not turn on performance mode. impressive. On paper, the promise is from completely flat to 70 percent in thirty minutes. I was able to work all day on events using the Mate 20 Pro as my primary camera, get back with about 30 percent battery remaining, plug in for 30-45 minutes before dinner, and then head out again completely Charged. 0- to 100-percent takes about 80 minutes, though you’ll need to use the adapter Huawei provides.

That’s not the most interesting part, however. The Mate 20 Pro is the world’s first phone to feature two-way wireless charging: Huawei supports wireless charging, it can also act as a wireless charger for other devices. Admittedly, this is less practical than it sounds, since the phone will never be able to match the output of even the slowest dedicated wireless charger around. In een pinch, hoewel, kan het je helpen een vriend te winnen. Just make sure your new friend’s slippery glass phone does not fall off your Mate 20 Pro’s equally slippery glass back.

Wrap-up

It’s easy to see the smartphone market as a two-horse race between Apple and Samsung, ten minste in termen van brand recognition and numbers. The likes of OnePlus, while worthy rivals, face a challenging climb up the ladder of worldwide reach and shipments. Huawei has proven that it is in the perfect position to break up that duopoly, and the Mate 20 Pro certainly checks off almost all the boxes on my wish list.

Unfortunately for US consumers, it does not tick the most important box of all: availability. Right now, whether it’s down to the US government or other reasons, there’s no official plan to bring the Mate 20 Pro to this market. That’s a shame, and I would definitely say it’s worth looking at Amazon, eBay, or other resellers to get your hands on what could be the year’s most impressive phone.

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