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Huawei Mate 20 Pro

By Samrat Amatya

Huawei is the next big thing! After conquering the mid-tier market, the Chinese tech giant has set a firm foot in the flagship segment. Their latest flagship, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, is a proof of how far they have come. Taking attention away from the big players, the new flagship from Huawei has demonstrated its premium attire. But is it really good enough to give up the already “premium phone” inside your pocket? Well, let’s find out!

Multi-media Experience

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is a beast! The phone packs all the hottest display trends, like a notch, edge display, in a slender form factor. The 6.39-inches Quad-HD AMOLED display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio will just jump out right at you. I can’t help but be mesmerised by the almost bezel-less design of the phone. It’s just that good! Watching movies, catching up on some YouTube videos and playing games have been an enjoyable experience on the device.

Speaking of gaming, the Mate 20 Pro with its 6GB of RAM and Mali G76 MP10 GPU flew through every title I threw at it. I also didn’t notice any visible lags or shutters while doing so either. Overall, the multi-media experience has been excellent and I enjoyed my time with the phone.

Photography Experience

Following the footsteps of the Huawei P20 Pro, the phone packs a rear triple camera set up. The Mate 20 Pro, however, ditches the old monochrome sensor for an ultra-wide lens. Besides the new sensor, the phone packs a f/1.8 40MP wide and a f/2.4 8MP telephoto lens.The combination of these three lenses produce some stellar images. I might go as far as to say that the cameras on the Mate 20 Pro are the best on any smartphone right now.

The device also comes with f/2.0 24MP front-camera for all your social media ready selfies. Just like its rear counterparts, the camera takes some amazing selfies with a layer of beautification added. That said, the selfie-cam is one area than Huawei needs to further improve upon. Don’t get me wrong, it is by no means bad! But a simple boost in image processing would take the results of the camera to a whole new level.

Day-to-day Experience

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is an amazing smartphone that was able to keep up with all my day-to-day needs. Performing tasks like scrolling through Facebook and browsing the web was no problem for the phone. The octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 980 processor deserves applause. On a side note, the phone packs 128GB of internal storage and supports storage expansion via a new NM card up to 256GB.

Another area worth talking about the phone is its in-hand feeling. Made with metal sandwiched by two glass sheets, the phone feels very premium. But unlike other glass back phones, the Mate 20 Pro is not that slippery. This is all thanks to the patterned design that makes gripping the slippery phone much easier. It is an engineering marvel!

Besides performing and feeling great, the Mate 20 Pro also packs an amazing battery life. The 4200mAh non-user removable battery easily provides an all-day backup. It also comes withHuawei’s patented supercharge technology that charges 70% of the phone in just 30 mins. And to make the deal even sweeter, the Mate 20 Pro packs wireless and reverse wireless charging technology. Talk about being the popular guy in the group to revive a null phone!

Software Experience

At the software end, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro runs EMUI 9.0 based on Android 9.0 Pie. This iteration of EMUI is minimal in appearance but packed to the gills with features. All the usual like the Hi-board, Game Suite and the customisable navigation keys make a return. These features perfectly co-exist with one another making using the phone an experience. And to top it all off, the UI on the phone now comes with theming capabilities. You can change various aspects of the UI as per your taste.

Verdict

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is an amazing smartphone that perfectly blends technology and art. It not only looks great but also performs similarly. The phone is a symbol of how far Huawei has come as a brand. There is a reason why it is the second largest brand in Nepal! Speaking of which, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro easily beats the big-name flagships in almost every aspect. Although the price is a bit too high at Rs 1,29,900, the phone definitely is worth every rupee. This phone might very well be the stepping stone to making a jump to Huawei!

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