DEAL: Huawei Mate 20 Pro is now enjoying a 23% discount

Launched in 2018, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro was one of the most-talked-about smartphones ever. This was namely due to the fact that it came with a pretty impressive camera system that gave more established companies, such as Samsung, a run for their money. Unfortunately, it wasn’t exactly the cheapest phone either, at least until now.
For those who are interested in owning the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, the handset’s price has been cut to an all-time low of $689. Given that the handset was launched with a price of $899, this means that you’ll be saving yourself about $200 for what was an excellently-reviewed handset.
We should point out that the model offered is the international variant of the phone in emerald green with 128GB of storage. This means that the phone does not have warranty in the US, and that it is only compatible with GSM networks, so those of you on Sprint or Verizon will be out of luck, but if you’re on AT&T or T-Mobile, you should not have any issues using it. So if you’d like to get your hands on the phone at a bargain price, head on over to Amazon’s website.
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Help us choose the best smartphones of 2018

With the end of 2018 in sight, we thought this would be the perfect time to choose the best smartphones of the year. If you haven’t been paying close attention, 2018 has delivered quite a few outstanding devices. Sure, the notch has been present on most of them, but that really didn’t detract too much from the amazing cameras, performance and battery life that nearly all flagship devices packed in this year. 

Our team is working on our official list of best smartphones for 2018, but we also want your input for our official “Reader’s Choice Awards: Best Smartphones of 2018” article which will be going up early next week. 

What we need from you is your vote and a comment. The results of the poll will determine the winners and select comments about individual devices will be included for each device in the final article. If the device you want to vote for is not listed in the poll, feel free to add it in the poll’s comment section. 

We’re slowly working through our selection process for the best devices of 2018, but we’d really curious to see which smartphones you guys think is worthy to be crowned best smartphone of 2018. 

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Huawei Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20 X spec comparison

Huawei has released its Mate 20 flagship lineup which features three new smartphones — the Huawei Mate 20, Huawei Mate 20 Pro and the Huawei Mate 20 X. These three devices are powered by the same Kirin 980 SoC and have 6GB of RAM, but they also have their differences.
The main thing that sets these devices apart are their display sizes/resolution, battery capacity, and cameras. Take a look at the details specification list below to see exactly where the differences are between these three phones.
 

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Huawei Mate 20
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Huawei Mate 20 X

Screen size
6.53 inches
6.39 inches

7.2 inches

Resolution
1080 x 2244
1440 x 3120
1080 x 2244

Density
381ppi
538ppi
346ppi

Processor
Kirin 980
Kirin 980
Kirin 980

RAM
4 / 6GB
6GB
6GB

Storage
128GB
128GB
128GB

Battery
4,000mAh
4,200mAh
5,000mAh

OS
Android 9.0
Android 9.0
Android 9.0

Rear camera
Triple cameras: Standard 12MP, f/1.8, 27mm, Wide-angle 16MP, f/2.2, 17mm, Telephoto (2x) 8MP, f/2.4, 52mm
Triple cameras: Standard 40MP, f/1.8, 27mm, Wide-angle 20MP, f/2.2, 16mm, Telephoto (3x) 8MP, f/2.4, 80mm
Triple cameras: Standard 40MP, f/1.8, 27mm, Wide-angle 20MP, f/2.2, 16mm, Telephoto (3x) 8MP, f/2.4, 80mm

Front camera
24MP, f/2.0, 26mm
24MP, f/2.0, 26mm
24MP, f/2.0, 26mm

Bluetooth
v5.0
v5.0
v5.0

NFC
Yes
Yes
Yes

Dimensions
158.2 x 77.2 x 8.3mm 
157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6mm
174.6 x 85.4 x 8.2mm

Weight
188g
189g
232g

Water Resistance
IP53
IP68
IP53

Wireless Charging
No
Yes
No

Special features
3.5mm headphone jack, Fingerprint Scanner
3D Face Unlock, Reverse Wireless Charging, In-display Fingerpring Scanner

3.5mm headphone jack, Fingerprint Scanner, Vapor Chamber & Graphene Film cooling system

 
 

Huawei Mate 20, the cheaper alternative to Hauwei’s true flagship

If you’re looking for a smartphone with all the bells and whistles, you’ll want to check out the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. It offers pretty much every smartphone feature you’ve ever wished for, but it also sells for 1,049 Euros. The good news is that Huawei also has a new flagship smartphone that starts at 799 Euros and most of the cool stuff that the Mate 20 Pro does.
Huawei Mate 20 – stripped down but still good
The standard Huawei Mate 20 is powered by a Kirin 980 and comes with the option of 4 or 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The phone also has a triple camera setup on the back, but its sensors have been downgraded to 16MP for the main sensor, a 12MP sensor that’s paired with the wide-angle lens and an 8MP sensor with the 2X telephoto lens.

The display on the Huawei Mate 20 features a 6.53-inch FDH+ (2244×1080 pixels) RGBW panel with HDR support and 820 nits of brightness. There is a notch up front, but it’s substantially smaller than the Mate 20 Pro’s notch since it’s only there to house the single 24 MP, f/2.0 front0facing camera. 
The Mate 20 also supports Huawei’s new 40W SuperCharge which can give the phone a 58% charge the phone’s 4,000 mAh battery in just 30 minutes. Unfortunately, there’s no wireless charging. But the standard Mate 20 does have a 3.5mm headphone jack, so you won’t need to use USB-C headphones to listen to your music. The phone doesn’t feature an in-display fingerprint sensor like the Mate 20 Pro, but it does sport one on the back of the phone, right below the triple-camera module.

Huawei Mate 20 pricing and availability
The Huawei Mate 20 is already available for pre-order across Europe for 799 Euro for the 4GB model. If you want to bump that up to 6GB, you’ll need to hand over 849 Euro. Huawei has yet to announce availability across Asia and it’s very unlikely that the phone will officially be making its way to the US market.
 

Huawei Mate 20 Pro leak reveals crazy new smartphone technology

This year’s fall smartphone release cycle looks to be just as exciting at the spring. The upcoming Huawei Mate 20 will likely be one of the most popular devices in Europe and Asia and according to the latest leak, larger Huawei Mate 20 Pro will be packed with new technology which we’ve yet to see in other smartphones.
The Leak
The new Huawei Mate 20 Pro leak appears to be from slides taken from an internal presentation of Huawei’s new phones, confirming that the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro will both be powered by the new Kirin 980 SoC. The base model will feature a 6.53-inch flat screen, 4GB of RAM and a 4,000 mAh battery while the Mate 20 Pro will come with a 6.9-inch curved display, 6GB of RAM and a 4,200 mAh battery. With the launch of the two devices, Huawei will also be rolling out an upgraded version of its Supercharge technology which will deliver a 70% charge to the Mate 20 Pro’s 4,200 mAh battery in 30 minutes thanks to its new 15W charging speed.

One the camera front, the Mate 20 and the Mate 20 Pro will both feature a triple camera setup on the back. The Mate 20’s 24MP sensor setup will likely replicate what is available on the Huawei P20 Pro while the Mate 20 Pro will swap out the 2X zoom lens for an ultra-wide-angle lens – similar to what the LG G7 offers.
As we saw in the last Huawei Mate 20 Pro leak, the phone will feature an in-display fingerprint sensor, but the smaller Mate 20 will still have a fingerprint sensor located on the back of the phone. Huawei’s also touting the capabilities of the Mate 20 Pro’s 3D Face Unlock feature which it claims will be 50% faster than Apple’s Face Unlock.

The most interesting slide in the presentation is the new Bone Voice ID feature which will allow users to use their voice to unlock the phone. In combination with proprietary headphones, the phone would be able to validate the user’s voice through bone conduction. We’re not sure how secure this new security feature will be, but it’s exciting to see a new option being thrown into the mix.
Huawei’s Desktop Mode which allows you to use the phone as a desktop computer by simply connecting it to an external monitor with a USB-C to HDMI cable appears to be getting a wireless upgrade. It’s not clear if Huawei will the feature would require a proprietary dongle of if it would be compatible with some of the wireless display technologies like WiDi. Therese’s also a reference to Nano SD card support. Huawei’s devices would feature support up to 256GB cards, allowing them to save space on the inside of the phones.

Last but not least is the price points of the two devices. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro will sell for NIS 4,000 ($1,108), and the smaller Mate 20 will have a sticker price of NIS 3,000 ($831).
Our Take
We have to admit that there’s a lot to digest in this latest leak. The first half is pretty underwhelming with specs that most of us were expecting. But things get a little questionable halfway through once the Bone Voice ID, Wireless Desktop Mode and Nano SD card details are introduced, butting the whole leak into question.
While some of the slides look like they could come directly from Huawei, more than a few of them look like they were hacked together with images from the web and other phone presentation slides. And you’ll also notice that the phone images used in the slide don’t look like the Mate 20 Pro leaks we’ve recently seen.
The Bone Voice ID feature sounds pretty intriguing, but the graphics on the slide are sketchy at best. The image of the ear canal and voice waves appear to be pulled directly from the web with no real explanation as to how the feature actually works.
A Wireless Desktop Mode is totally feasible, so we have no issues with that detail, but the Nano SD card support is quite preposterous. Nano SD cards simply aren’t a thing. MicroSD cards are already incredibly small, so there’s really not much to gain by introducing a new smaller format. If you do a web search for Nano SD, you won’t find any references for the card format or news articles about when it is expected to come out.
Based on what we know about the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, we’re inclined only to believe the first half of this leak. It would be amazing if Huawei introduced the other features when the two devices are unveiled in October, but we won’t be surprised if we never hear about them again.
Source: Girafa via BGR