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Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro: Which Pro is worth your money?

14 November 2018 5

A few weeks ago the Chinese giant and world number two manufacturer Huawei wraps off the cover from their new flagship Mate 20 series. Huawei announced five variant of Mate 20 lineup. The entry-level model is Mate 20 Lite, the standard variant Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro and Mate 20 Porsche Edition and last but not the least the Mate 20 X dedicated for gamers. Last year Huawei ditched the unibody metal design in favor of glass and metal clad design with the Mate 10 lineup.

This year Huawei took it to next level by introducing Mate 20 Pro with curvy glass design, attractive aesthetics, solid cameras, gigantic battery, and best-in-class hardware. The Mate 20 Pro has all the goodies to attract premium segment buyers. The Hauwei's P20 Pro was rated as the best camera phone this year and now Mate 20 Pro is taking the battle to next level with its superb triple rear cameras. Like always to be the best in the market the device needs to prove its strength against the best from other companies.

We already compared the latest Mate 20 Pro against a number of premium phones, today we will put it against the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro. The Mi 8 Pro is currently the Xiaomi's latest flagship offering with striking design, dual AI rear cameras, OLED display with an under-glass fingerprint scanner and attractive price tag. The good thing is Mi 8 Pro is not only available for the Chinese buyers but also the company is entering new global markets with the Mi 8 Pro leading from the front as flagship offering.

Let's find out how latest Mate 20 Pro stacks up against the Mi 8 Pro. We are hopeful this comparison will help you better deciding which flagships amongst the two is better in what aspects.

72.3 x 157.8 x 8.6 mm
6.39 inches - 3120x1440 px
74.8 x 154.9 x 7.6 mm
6.21 inches - 2248x1080 px
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Design

From the look of the things both the OEMs followed the legacy of 10th gen iPhone X. Both the phones have a notch on the front-facing side pretty much same like the last year's iPhone X. Apart from having almost similar notches both the phones also have infrared 3D facial recognition. All other bezels are extremely thin.

On the rear side, the Mate 20 Pro edges are gently curved which makes it an easy device to hold single handily. The triple rear cameras are enclosed in a square box with different texture as opposed to rest of the rear body. The primary sensor and LED flashlight are on the first row whereas the bottom row has dual sensors. The bottom bezel on the Mate 20 Pro is slightly more trimmed than the Mi 8 Pro. The dual rear sensors on the Mi 8 Pro are aligned vertically on the top left corner with LED flashlight between the sensors.

The rear side on both the devices look quite fantastic. On the other hand, the Mate 20 Pro comes in all Twilight variants which Huawei introduced with the P20 Pro. The chassis on both the devices is made up of aluminum with glass covering the rear side. No matter which design amongst the two you prefer but both looks special and premium.

Both the devices lack the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. The Mate 20 Pro is an IP68 certified phone which means it can resist under 1.5 meters deep water for 30 minutes without any damage whereas the Mi 8 Pro lacks IP ratings.

In terms of dimensions the Mi 8 Pro measures at 154.9 x 74.8 x 7.6 mm and weighs 177 grams whereas the Mate 20 Pro is slightly taller and thicker at 157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6 mm and weighs 189g.

Display

The good thing is both the companies opted OLED display panels that's why both are pretty good. The Mi 8 Pro features a 6.2-inches display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2248 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 19:9 and the pixels density is 402 pixels-per-inch. Samsung provided the OLED display panels for the Mi 8 Pro. The colors accuracy, contrast ratio, and deep blacks are all quite impressive. The Mi 8 Pro also supports HDR.

The Mate 20 Pro display is slightly larger at 6.39-inches with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 3120 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 19:9 and the pixels density is 538 pixels-per-inch. The Mi 8 Pro display is pretty good but the Mate 20 Pro has the edge due to a larger display with better resolution. Both are amongst the best displays in the market. Both the phones lack the traditional fingerprint scanner instead both have an under-glass fingerprint scanner.

Hardware

Being the flagship phones both are packed with the top of the line hardware, however, both use different chipsets. The Mate 20 Pro comes with the company's own latest Kirin 980 chipset. It is the first chipset in the Android market built on the 7nm process and also it has dual neural processing units on board to handle AI tasks efficiently.

The Mi 8 Pro is powered up by the Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipsets. This chipset is powering almost all Android flagships of this year, it is built on the second gen 10nm process. Both are ultra fast chips but the Kirin 980 has the advantage of being the latest best whereas the Snapdragon 845 SoC successor is due in the first half of 2019.

The Mali-G76 is on board as graphics processing unit on the Mate 20 Pro whereas Mi 8 Pro has the Adreno 630. Both the phones have 6GB RAM and 128GB native storage. The Mi 8 Pro is also available in 8GB RAM configuration with same storage. The built-in storage on the Mate 20 Pro is further expandable via NanoSD card whereas the Mi 8 pro lacks support for memory expansion.

As daily driver both the phones is amongst the best, you won't disappoint with the performance of either of the phones. In terms of RAW power, the Mate 20 Pro takes lead here.

Specs Mate 20 Pro Mi 8 Pro
Display 6.39-inches 6.2-inches
Screen resolution 1440 x 3120 pixels 1080 x 2248 pixels
Chipset Kirin 980 Snapdragon 845
RAM 6GB 6,8GB
Storage 128GB Expandable via NanoSD 128GB Non-Expandable
Rear cameras 40MP+20MP+8MP Dual 12MP
Front camera 24MP 20MP
USB Type-C Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack No No
Battery 4,200mAh 3,000mAh
OS Android Pie with EMUI 9 Android Oreo 8.1 with MIUI 10

Camera

The Mi 8 Pro primary sensor is a 12MP module with f/1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization. The secondary sensor is a 12MP telephoto sensor with f/2.4 aperture and optical zoom up to 2x, however, the secondary sensor lacks OIS.

On paper, Xiaomi tries to follow the iPhone X footprint in the camera department. Overall results are pretty impressive and also it works great in low-light scenarios. Xiaomi tuned the dual cameras with AI to enhance the capturing experience that's why sometimes the results are too vibrant as opposed to natural shots from Pixel 3.

The Mate 20 Pro setting a new standard bar for being the best camera in the market. The primary sensor is a 40MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture whereas the secondary camera is an ultra-wide 20MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture. Both these sensors have OIS. Last but not the least third sensor is an 8MP telephoto module with optical zoom up to 3x. The Mate 20 Pro also brings hybrid zoom up to 5x. The triple camera's results are not only impressive in stable lightening conditions but also results are extraordinary in low-light scenarios.

It is important to mention that Mate 20 Pro is currently considered as the best camera phone in the market. It is pretty much capable to outclass any phone in the camera department. The P20 Pro was the best camera phone in the market before Mate 20 Pro and as per DxoMark, the Mi 8 Pro camera falls behind the P20 Pro. So we can easily determine which phone capturing capabilities are better.

Apart from selfie snapper on the front both support 3D facial recognition. The selfie snapper on the Mate 20 Pro is 24MP with f/2.2 aperture whereas the Mi 8 Pro has 20MP snapper with f/2.0 aperture.

Software

The Mate 20 Pro is the Huawei's first flagship with Android Pie straight out of the box with EMUI 9 skin over it. From past few years, Huawei is reducing the bloatware level and undoubtedly the latest version is so far the lightest skin from Huawei. Its good to see Huawei bringing latest flagship with the latest flavor of Android. On the other hand, the Mi 8 Pro is running on the Android Oreo 8.1 based MIUI 10. The amount of bloatware on the Xiaomi's custom skin is higher than the Huawei's EMUI. The Mi 8 Pro will eventually receive the Android Pie update but the exact time is still in dark.

Price

As far as pricing is a concern the Mate 20 Pro was announced for the European region at €1049. In the UK the device can be purchased at £899. The company officially confirmed Mate 20 Pro won't be released in the US however you can purchase global variant from e-retailers around $1,150. The device is available in five striking colors including Pink Gold, Black shades, Emerald Green, Twilight and Midnight Blue.

The Mi 8 Pro is available in three colors Sunset Gold, Black and Transparent Titanium. For the UK buyers, the device is available at £499. In terms of availability, the Mate 20 Pro will be more widely available across the globe as opposed to Mi 8 Pro.

Battery

The Mi 8 Pro lights are kept on by a 3,000mAh battery cell. On normal usage it can last one day, however, you may require a top up on heavy usage. It supports Qualcomm's Quick charge 4.0+ but despite having glass rear it lacks wireless charging support.

The Mate 20 lights are kept on by a 4,200mAh cell. It easily lasts more than one day on a single charge and even on hefty usage, it can easily end the day. It also supports wireless charging. Not just that it comes with one of its kind tech which allows it to recharge other phones wirelessly. All you need to attach both the phones from the rear side. It features 40W fast charging which pops-up up to 70% battery in just 30 minutes.

Conclusion:

Both the phones are pretty amazing flagships with striking design and top-tier hardware. As far as display is a concern it's up to you whether you stick with the Full HD+ panel of Mi 8 Pro or opt the quad HD+ Mate 20 Pro. In the hardware department Mate 20 Pro has the upper hand due to more RAW power but that doesn't mean Mi 8 Pro is not fast.

The Mate 20 Pro has best-in-class triple cameras setup whereas the Mi 8 Pro has dual cameras on the rear side. In the battery and software department, the Mate 20 Pro has an upper hand due to the larger battery cell and latest Android Pie straight out of the box. Last but not the least the Mi 8 Pro is a budget-friendly flagship phone which cost a fraction of Mate 20 Pro pricing.

Considering the Mi 8 Pro is significantly cheaper than the Mate 20 Pro that's why you can't expect the best in the market from it. However, at £499 it is certainly one of the best phones in the market. At this pricing, it is offering stylish design, OLED display, top-tier hardware, solid cameras, and enough battery juice to last one day. However, if the pricing isn't your problem and you are looking for the best of the best the Mate 20 Pro is a certainly a better choice.

In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the Mate 20 Pro vs Mi 8 Pro in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons.

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