Huawei has finally shown their latest flagship phones, dubbed the Mate 20 series and they are impressive shots across the bow against their competitors in the perpetual smartphone wars. Needless to say, they’re the most powerful phones that Huawei has ever made both from within and without. This time around, they come in not just one or two but three different variants, each of them powerful and unique in their own way while sharing some unique features common across their new line.
Central to the new Mate 20 series are their new Kirin 980 processors that are built on a 7nm process and which are rated to be 20% faster and 40% more power efficient than their predecessor the Kirin 970 while integrating a Mali G76 GPU which is able to, on paper, offer about 46% greater pixel crunching performance while adding 178% better power efficiency compared to its immediate processor.
Other refinements to the powerful new Kirin 980 include a dual Neural Processing Unit with enhanced image recognition, support for mainstream AI frameworks like Caffee, Tensorflow and Tensorflow Lite and an enhanced 4th generation ISP with better image and video capturing capabilities.
Hot off the heels of the London debut, Huawei Malaysia also announced their launch prices and sales dates for the new phones as well as their preorder programme. Here’s what makes the new phones the talk of the town, when they’re coming and just how much it costs to own them.
Huawei Mate 20
The starting point of the entire Mate 20 family and essentially the stock variant, the Mate 20 has a 6.53-inch Full HD+ LCD display with slim bezels and a curved water drop notch up top somewhat akin to those seen on the OPPO F9 that give it a generous 18.7:9 aspect ratio.
Under the hood, the Mate 20 runs on the new Kirin 980 processor and will come with 6GB RAM and 128GB of expandable storage via their new Nano Memory cards that are more compact than a conventional microSD card – 35% smaller in fact. No word on when these new Nano Memory cards will be available though locally or if it will become an agreed upon standard in future for other manufacturers.
The rear sports a square-shaped camera module which houses a 12-MP wide-angled (27mm) f/1.8 camera, a secondary 16-MP f/2.2 camera with an ultra wide angle lens (17mm) and a third 8-MP f/2.4 camera with a 2x telephoto lens (52mm). Selfies are handled by a front-facing 24-MP f/2.0 camera with HDR perched above the display. Keeping it all powered is a 4,000mAh battery.
For Malaysia, you’ll be getting the Mate 20 in either Black or Blue for RM2,799 and will be available from 27 October 2018 onwards nationwide with every purchase getting a free SoundStone Bluetooth speaker as a sweet bonus. Preorders for the Mate 20 start on 19 October through to 22 October 2018 and will net you a free Huawei TalkBand B5 worth RM699. For preorders swing by their official site here.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
The Mate 20 Pro has a taller, narrower design than its sibling the Mate 20. You get an upgunned 6.39-inch OLED display with a 3,120 x 1,440 pixel resolution and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio along with an in-display fingerprint scanner, a Kirin 980 processor, 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage that’s expandable via their new Nano Memory cards. The rear squad-shaped triple camera array integrates a more powerful setup – a 40-MP f/1.8 primary camera, a 20-MP f/2.2 camera with an ultra wide angle lens and an 8-MP lens with 3x optical zoom while a 24-MP f/2.0 selfie camera handles selfie duties.
Despite being slimmer, the Mate 20 Pro has a slightly larger 4,200mAh battery which has 40W SuperCharge tech, 15W wireless Qi charging and, in case things go south, the ability to act as a power bank to reverse charge other kit. The best part? It’s IP68 water resistant too so it ought to survive a sousing in the rain and the pool. The Mate 20 Pro will come in your choice of Black, Twilight or Green at RM3,599 and will come bundled with a free 15W wireless charger with every purchase while stocks last when it hits stores this 27 October 2018. Preorders for the Mate 20 Pro start on 19 October through to 22 October 2018 and will net you a free Huawei TalkBand B5 worth RM699. For preorders visit their official site here.
Huawei Mate 20 X
The biggest phone of the lot, the Huawei Mate 20 X has a massive 7.2-inch Full HD+ OLED display with an 18.7:9 aspect ratio that’s way into tablet territory in terms of size, a rear-mounted fingerprint reader, their Kirin 980 processor, 6GB RAM, 128GB of expandable storage via their Nano Memory cards and a humongous 5,000mAh battery.
It also aims to aspire to be a gaming device as well with enhanced cooling capabilities that include a Graphene sheet and a vapour chamber as well as a dedicated accessory that latches on to the sides to turn it into something akin to a Nintendo Switch. For your money, the Mate 20 X will retail for RM3,199 in your choice of Blue and Phantom Silver. While stocks last, purchases will come with a free flip case and their M-Pen stylus though it will only arrive in retail starting 11 November 2018 with no announced preorder programme as yet.