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Huawei Mate 20 vs Huawei Mate 20 Pro: An in-house competition

17 October 2018 5

After tons of leaks and rumors, Huawei finally unveiled the Mate 20 series. The month of October is full of new flagships. LG started the month with the latest phablet V40 ThinQ. Later on, Google took the stage to unveil new Pixel 3 lineup phones on Oct 9th. Samsung and Razer also unveiled new phones on Oct 11th, Samsung unveiled the first phone in the market with four rear cameras whereas the Razer Phone 2 is the new gaming-centric phone in the market. So far we have four new flagships in this month and OnePlus is also gearing to announce the T-variant later this month.


So if you are looking for a new flagship phone you have tons of options, the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro could be your next flagship companion as both are bringing the latest design with premium hardware under the hood. Despite the fact, both the devices are latest premium phones from Huawei but still, there is a number of aspects which differentiates both the devices.

Like always we will put the latest phone in head-to-head comparison to know how well the latest phone competes against its predecessor. Today we will compare the latest Mate 20 against the Mate 20 Pro to know the real differences between the two devices. We are hopeful this comparison will help you better decide which smartphone amongst the two is better in what aspects. Without any further delay, let's start with the design.

72.3 x 157.8 x 8.6 mm
6.39 inches - 3120x1440 px
77.2 x 158.2 x 8.3 mm
6.53 inches - 2244x1080 px
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Design

The prominent differences between the two devices are not on the rear side but also on the front-facing design as well. The Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro both have metal chassis with glass covering the front and rear side, however, the finish is way different on both the devices.

The Mate 20 has a flat display with ultra-thin bezels around the corner. Following the latest trend, the Mate 20 has ultra-thin waterdrop notch at the top of the display. On the front, you will find almost none-bezels. The Mate 20 Pro comes with a prominent bezel on the bottom and also a traditional notch at the top of the display. The display screen on the Pro variant is curved from the edges.

The P20 Pro has triple cameras on the top left corner whereas the Mate 20 series comes with a new square box setup accompanying triple cameras and LED flashlight. The LED flashlight on the Mate 20 is on the right side of the camera whereas the flashlight on the Mate 20 Pro is on the left side of the camera. Another prominent difference on the rear is a fingerprint scanner on the Mate 20 whereas the Mate 20 has an in-glass fingerprint scanner.

The Mate 20 dimensions are 158.2 x 77.2 x 8.3mm and weigh 188g, on the other hand, the Mate 20 Pro is slightly less tall and wider at 157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6mm and weighs 189g. Both the devices will be available in five striking color options including Emerald Green, black, Twilight, Midnight Blue, Twilight and Pink Gold colors. Both the devices have a traditional 3.5mm headphone jack and USB-C port for connectivity.

Display

Surprisingly this year Mate 20 Pro is smaller than the Mate 20 in terms of size. The Mate 20 has an RGBW display of 6.53-inches with a Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2244 pixels. The display is flat from the edges like traditional phones in the market. The Mate 20 Pro has 6.39-inches OLED display with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 3120 pixels. It is curved from the edges like the Samsung's flagships.

That is why the Mate 20 Pro is overall slightly smaller than the Mate 20 despite having bezel at the bottom and substantial notch. With the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, the company is targetting two different kinds of customers, the Mate 20 Pro will attract those who like dual edges display despite having a bezel on the bottom whereas the Mate 20 is offering bezel-less design. No matter which smartphone you opt you will find both are sharper with pretty good brightness. However the Mate 20 Pro has the advantage of better tech and Quad HD+ screen resolution.

The Mate 20 aspect ratio is 18.7:9 whereas the Mate 20 pro's aspect ratio is 19.5:9. The good things are both the devices support HDR content.

Hardware


Being the latest flagships both the devices are packed with the latest Octa-core Kirin 980 chipset. The company claims it is the first 7nm SoC in the Android market. It comes with dual Neural processing units to handle AI tasks which makes it one of its kind SoC in the market. The Mali-G76 is on board to take of graphics. Last but not least it is the first chipset which can handle 1.4Gbps speed thanks to the Cat.21 modem. The latest Huawei's SoC is not only better in daily driver tasks but also works efficiently in handling AI tasks.

The latest Huawei flagship SoC has tri-cluster design, the first cluster has four cores clocking at 1.8Ghz, the second cluster has dual-cores clocking at 1.92Ghz whereas the last cluster has dual performance cores with max clocking at 2.6Ghz.

The standard Mate 20 is available in two configurations, the base model has 4GB RAM whereas the top-tier model has 6GB RAM whereas the Mate 20 Pro is only available in 6GB RAM configuration only. The native storage on both the devices is 128GB and it can be further expanded up to 256GB using the nanoSD card instead of traditional MicroSD.

Specs Mate 20 Mate 20 Pro
Display 6.53-inches 6.39-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2244 pixels 1440 x 3120 pixels
Chipset Kirin 980 Kirin 980
RAM 4,6GB 6GB
Storage 128GB Expandable via MicroSD 128GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear camera 20MP+12MP+8MP 40MP+20MP+8MP
Front camera 24MP 24MP
Battery 4,000mAh 4,200mAh
USB Type-C Type-C
OS Android Pie with EMUI 9 Android Pie with EMUI 9
3.5mm headphone jack Yes Yes

Software

As OS both the devices is pre-installed with Android Pie straight out of the box with EMUI 9 skin over it. Huawei improved their custom UI drastically since the EMUI 8, the removed much of the bloatware but still, it isn't amongst the light custom UI. You will have to bear many Huawei bloatware apps, however, all are meant to enhance your user experience. Its good to see Huawei latest flagship is running on the latest flavor when Samsung, LG, and Razer yet to roll out the latest version of Android OS.

Camera


The P20 Pro's triple camera setup performed pretty great that's why Huawei opted triple rear cameras for the Mate 20 series as well. As expected despite having three camera sensors on the rear both the devices have different cameras configurations.

The primary rear snapper on the Mate 20 is an ultra-wide 16MP module with f/2.2 aperture, the secondary sensor is a wide-angle 12MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture, the third sensor is an 8MP telephoto sensor with f/2.4 aperture and optical zoom up to 2x. Only the telephoto sensor has Optical image stabilization.

Surprisingly Huawei opted the telephoto sensor as the third module instead of the monochrome sensor. So far all Huawei phones have a monochrome sensor as the secondary camera. Its good to see Huawei trying something different with the Mate 20.

On the other hand, the Mate 20 Pro has more powerful setup, the primary sensor is wide-angle 40MP with f/1.8, the secondary sensor is an ultra-wide 20MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture and the third sensor is an 8MP telephoto sensor with f/2.4 aperture, It has optical image stabilization and optical zoom up to 3x. The first two sensors have higher megapixel sensors whereas the third sensor has better optical zoom capability. Up front, the selfie snapper on both the devices is a 24MP module with f/2.0 aperture.

Battery

The Mate 20 lights are kept on by a 4,000mAh battery whereas the Mate 20 Pro has a slightly larger 4,200mAh battery. Although the Mate 20 Pro has a slightly smaller display it has more power under the hood. It is understandable considering the Mate 20 Pro has a Quad HD+ OLED panel instead of LCD. The good thing is both the devices have enough juice under the hood to last one day on a single charge.

The Mate 20 Pro comes with the latest 40W SuperCharge tech whereas the Mate 20 comes with 22.5W charging setup. According to Huawei, the Mate 20 Pro charges up to 70% in 30 minutes whereas the Mate 20 gets 40 to 45% juice in the same period.

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Price

At the announcement, the company confirmed the prices for the European region only. The Mate 20 4GB RAM model will be available for €799, the 128GB model can be purchased at €899. On the other hand, the Mate 20 Pro is significantly expensive at €1049. Both the devices will be available for purchase from Oct 16th.

Conclusion:

Undoubtedly both the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro are one of the most attractive flagships in the market. However, the Mate 20 competes pretty well against the Pro model in almost all aspects. The Mate 20 has its own glory with the bezel-less design whereas the Mate 20 Pro retains the traditional look but it has an in-glass fingerprint scanner. The Mate 20 lacks in screen resolution and flat edges whereas the Pro model takes lead here.

In terms of power under the hood, both are premium phones. No matter which smartphone you opt you won't disappoint with the performance. Both the flagships have solid camera setup, however, we can't claim which one is better on the basis of specs sheet, it seems like the Pro variant will take lead here as well. As OS both are on the latest flavor of Android OS. In the end, the difference in the price tag could play a vital role here. The base model Mate 20 is around €250 cheaper than the Mate 20 Pro.

Feel free to share your thoughts regarding Mate 20 Pro vs Mate 20 in the comments section below, Stay tuned for more comparisons.

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