The Huawei Mate 20 used to cost and arm and a leg. It’s not as expensive now, but it’s still rather pricey. You can pick it up for around Rs.110,000 island-wide.
It isn’t the newest phone. It was released towards the end of 2018.
The device is enormous – if you have small hands, holding it might be hard. Its front stretches 6.53 inches across.
It’s a former flagship, so it’s no surprise that it was made from luxury materials. You’re getting a glass rear with an aluminum frame. The glass on it was strengthened, so good luck trying to scratch it. Although it makes it feel premium, know that its glass build collects a lot of fingerprints.
You’re looking at a thin mobile. How do you feel about the following dimensions? 158.2 mm x 77.2 mm x 8.3 mm. Not only is it thin, but it’s heavy too. This helps it feel like a million bucks. It is 188 grams.
Holding it for hours would be a breeze. Huawei curved its sides well.
We’re fans of its buttons. They’re quite tactile. The company placed them in easy to reach spots too. Something else that’s easy to reach would be its fingerprint sensor. It’s right underneath its camera.
These days, mobiles have fingerprint sensors on their displays. But the Mate 20 unlocks in the blink of an eye.
You can pick the former flagship in a number of colours. Our favourite is the Pink Gold option. The others available are the:
Whichever one you choose, there will be a metallic like effect on its rear.
Does the Mate 20 come with a microSD slot? The answer is yes. It houses a 3.5 mm headphone jack as well.
Let’s talk about its display. There is an IPS LCD panel in place. If you’ve read our reviews before, you’d know that IPS LCDs don’t produce the most vibrant colours. Other than this, the Mate 20’s display is pretty good.
It’s incredibly sharp. You’re met with a 1080 x 2244-pixel front; you won’t notice any pixilation even if you look closely.
As its display is so huge, immersing in whatever you’re watching would be easy. There’s barely any bezel action going on as well. Its screen-to-body ratio is 88%.
What about its insides? Huawei placed the powerful Kirin 980 chip. It’s a processor that’ll handle whatever you throw at it. The amount of RAM it comes with makes using its systems even easier.
You can purchase the Mate 20 with either 4 or 6 GB of memory.
ROM-wise, 64 or 128 GB of space are available. If you remember, there is a microSD slot. You’ll be attaching a nano microSD card to it. The microSD card won’t be available out of the box. You’ll have to buy it separately.
You can expand its storage by up to 256 GB.
Out of the box, it runs Android 9. You’ll be able to upgrade it to the latest Android 11.
Being so thin, you’d expect it to have a small battery. The Huawei phone houses a 4,000 mAh unit. Expect it to last a day and a half. But you can prolong it a bit longer with its expert battery saving modes.
How will you charge it? Via a 22.5 W fast charger. It’ll have to be plugged inside of its USB-C entry. The Mate 20 goes from 0-100% in around a little over an hour.
Unfortunately, reverse charging isn’t a feature you get. Wireless charging won’t be possible either.
As you can imagine, its battery is non-removable.
Huawei flagships are known for their superb cameras. The handset is no exception. On its rear, a triple set-up is present. It consists of a 12 MP primary wide lens, an 8 MP secondary telephoto lens and a tertiary 16 MP ultrawide lens. Shots are great even in low-light.
What helps it take pictures in low-light is the presence of the powerful dual LED flash.
Sadly, the LED flash isn’t available on its selfie camera. You’ll be using a single 24 MP wide lens.