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Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs P20 Pro: In-house flagships tussle

27 November 2018 5

A few weeks ago Huawei took the stage to announce four new Mate 20 lineup phones including standard Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20X and the special edition Mate 20 Porsche Edition. All new Mate 20 lineup phones are targetting special niche of customers. The Mate 20 is for those buyers who are looking for a premium flagship phone but don't want to spend a hefty amount. The Mate 20 Pro will attract those who are looking for the best in class and don't have issues regarding the pricing.

This year gaming becomes a new niche that's why we have seen many OEMs releases at least one gaming phone this year. The Mate 20X is specially optimized for gamers. Last but not the least the special edition Porsche edition is special amongst all with special Porsche themed design and interface. Undoubtedly the latest Mate 20 Pro is better than the predecessor in all aspect.

The Mate 10 Pro was one of the best flagships of 2017 but later on Huawei P20 Pro steals the show with its gradient finish and number 1 camera setup. It reins the camera-centric phones market until Mate 20 Pro announced. The P20 Pro scores 109 at DxoMark to be the best camera phone in the market, So far none of the phone this year able to achieve this score. After the Mate 20 Pro announcement, Huawei announces they won't be releasing the Mate 20 Pro DxoMark scores as no one was even able to beat the P20 Pro. Certainly the Mate 20 Pro will perform every better.

This year Huawei indeed stepped up their flagships phone game that's why both the P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro are amongst the best in the market. It will be an interesting battle to see whether Huawei's latest flagship Mate 20 Pro is able to dethrone the Huawei's already best P20 Pro or not. Without any further ado, let's start with the design.

72.3 x 157.8 x 8.6 mm
6.39 inches - 3120x1440 px
73.9 x 155 x 7.8 mm
6.1 inches - 2244x1080 px
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Following the latest trend both the phones are packed with a notch at the top of the display, how the finish is different. Huawei introduced gradient color with the P20 series, they retained it for the latest Mate 20 Pro as well. One of the key aspects of the Mate 20 Pro design is Huawei opted the winning formula (glass and metal clad design) with a few more refinement to make the phone attractive amongst all.
The P20 Pro was indeed one of the most striking phones of this year but the Mate 20 Pro is even most attractive with its curvy design. On the front-facing side, the P20 Pro has a thin notch accompanying selfie snapper and earpiece whereas the Mate 20 Pro has slightly wider notch pretty much similar like the iPhone X. The Mate 20 Pro comes with 3D facial tech that's why it has a number of other sensors as well in the notch. Another key improvement on the front is minimal bezel on the bottom.

The P20 Pro was criticized due to prominent bottom bezel. Despite reducing the top bezel, Huawei P20 Pro has the physical home button on the bottom which has a fingerprint scanner embedded under it. The Mate 20 Pro fingerprint scanner is embedded under the display that's why it has an ultra-thin bezel on the bottom.

The rear edges on the P20 Pro are flat whereas the Mate 20 Pro edges are gently curved to give it an impressive look. The Mate 20 Pro can be easily handled with a single hand thanks to curvy rear body. On the rear side, the P20 Pro has triple cameras setup, the dual sensors are combined setup on the top left corner whereas the third sensors sit below the dual sensors.

The Mate 20 Pro has one of its kind square box on the rear in the center with triple cameras and LED flashlight. The first row has LED flashlight and camera sensor whereas the bottom row has dual camera modules. In terms of looks, the Mate 20 Pro looks quite unique and capable to stand out amongst the crowd.

Both the phones don't have the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. The P20 Pro is an IP67 certified phone whereas the Mate 20 Pro is an IP68 certified phone. In terms of resistance against water, the Mate 20 Pro can bear 0.5 meters more underwater as opposed to P20 Pro.


As expected to be the latest phone the Mate 20 Pro has an advantage here. The Mate 20 Pro comes with a 6.39-inches display with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 3120 pixels. The display pixels density is 538 pixels-per-inch. On the other hand, the P20 Pro has slightly smaller 6.1-inches display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2244 pixels. The display pixels density is 408 pixels.

Despite the fact, both the phones have OLED displays but the Mate 20 Pro has the upper hand due to better pixels density. In terms of colors accuracy, contrast ratio and deep blacks both the phones are on the same level.

Both the phones have a notch display but the Mate 20 Pro has a slightly wider notch as opposed to the P20 Pro. The good thing is a notch on the phones can be hidden with a black bar from display settings. So it's up to you whether you prefer the traditional look or the display with a notch.


Being the latest best from Huawei, the Mate 20 Pro is packed with the latest Huawei chipset. Under the hood, the Octa-core Kirin 980 is powering the phone. It is the first chipset in the Android market built on the 7nm process. Unlike its predecessor, it has dual neural processing units to handle AI tasks efficiently.

The P20 is more than six months old that's why it is running on the company's last year flagship Kirin 970 chipset. Its an Octa-core chipset built on the 10nm process and it has a single neural processing unit. At the moment the Kirin 980 is currently the latest best SoC powering an Android phone, it only lags behind Apple's latest A12 Bionic SoC.

As daily driver both the phones is ultra powerful, however in handling HIFI games, multi-tasking tasks the Mate 20 Pro has an upper hand. The P20 Pro is only available in one configuration with 128GB native storage, it lacks support for memory expansion via MicroSD. The Mate 20 Pro also has 128GB built-in storage, it comes with NanoSD card support for memory expansion. Most likely the NanoSD cards will be expensive than the traditional MicroSD cards. The Mate 20 Pro also brings seamless PC-like experience, all you need a USB-to-HDMI cable.

Specs Mate 20 Pro P20 Pro
Display 6.39-inches 6.1-inches
Screen resolution 1440 x 3120 pixels 1080 x 2244 pixels
Chipset Kirin 980 Kirin 970
Storage 128GB, 256GB Expandable via NMcard 128GB Non-Expandable
Rear cameras 40+20MP+8MP 40+20+8MP
Front camera 24MP 24MP
USB Type-C Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack No No
IP-ratings IP68 IP67
Software Android Pie with EMUI 9 Android Oreo 8.1 with EMUI 8.1


Both the phones have triple cameras on the rear side. The triple rear cameras on the P20 Pro was certainly the key selling aspect of the phone which differentiates it from the other premium phones in the market. The P20 Pro was rated as the number one camera phone with 109 DxoMark score and the Mate 20 Pro is even better. Huawei is so confident they won't be releasing the DxoMark score of Mate 20 Pro as it is even higher than the P20 Pro. The Mate 20 Pro is the new camera king in the market.

Both the phones primary rear snapper is a wide-angle 40MP module with f/1.8 aperture, the secondary sensor on the P20 Pro is a 20MP monochrome sensor with f/1.6 aperture whereas the Mate 20 Pro's secondary sensor is an ultra-wide angle 20MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture. Both the primary and secondary rear sensors of both the phones have optical image stabilization. The third sensor remains 8MP telephoto module with optical zoom up to 3x. The good thing is Mate 20 Pro is also capable to capture monochrome shots with software prowess.

The Mate 20 Pro cameras performance is even more refined so you can expect top-notch performance for all kinds of shots. The ultra-wide angle sensor on the Mate 20 Pro is an added advantage over the P20 Pro. Last but not the least the Mate 20 Pro is one of the best phones to capture shots in low-light scenarios.

So far most of the companies opted the software-based facial recognition which isn't the most accurate and secure system. Following the Apple footstep, Huawei brings complete setup with IR sensor, dot projector, and flood illuminator to provide 3D facial recognition. It also brings 3D Live Emoji to compete against Apple's Animoji. The selfie snapper on both the phones is 24MP with f/2.0 aperture.


The Mate 20 Pro is the Huawei's first phone which is pre-installed with Android Pie straight out of the box wit EMUI 9 skin over it. Being the older phone the P20 Pro was announced with Android Oreo 8.1 based EMUI 8.1. Later on, the device received the EMUI 8.2, however, is yet to receive the latest Android Pie update. We can expect the rollout in the next few weeks but the exact time is still in the dark.


A fairly larger 4,200mAH battery is on board to keep the Mate 20 Pro lights on whereas the P20 Pro has slightly smaller 4,000mAh battery. Although the Mate 20 Pro has a slightly larger battery cell it also has a larger display with higher screen resolution. Both the phones can easily last one day even on hefty usage. On normal usage, you can get more than one-day battery life.

The Mate 20 Pro supports wireless charging which isn't available for the P20 Pro owners. Not just that the Mate 20 Pro is also capable to charger other phones wirelessly which supports Qi standard. It comes with a 40W fast charger which means it has the fastest charger on any phone in the market.


The Huawei P20 Pro was a solid flagship phone but the Mate 20 Pro is a beast with a lot of goodies like best-in-class triple rear cameras, under-glass fingerprint scanner, stylish design. All these goodies make the Mate 20 Pro a future-proof flagship which is capable to stand out amongst the crowd even after a year.

On paper, the Mate 20 Pro is the next gen of Mate 10 Pro but in reality, it brings the next level what Huawei introduced with the P20 Pro. The company ditched the flat edges instead introduced round edges which gives the device a new refreshing look.

As far as the pricing is a concern the P20 Pro was announced at £799 for the UK buyers whereas the Mate 20 Pro is £100 more expensive. The Mate 20 Pro is bringing a lot of goodies to prove its worth as the latest best from Huawei. So if you are looking for a power-packed flagship as a companion for next year the Mate 20 Pro is certainly a better choice than the P20 Pro.

In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the Mate 20 Pro vs P20 Pro in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons.

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