Huawei Mate 20 Pro First Impressions: In one word, Impressive

Huawei has launched the Mate 20 Pro in India at an event in New Delhi. Here are our first impressions on the phone

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro sports a notch up front

Huawei has finally launched the Mate 20 Pro in India at an event in New Delhi. The Chinese smartphone manufacturer has brought a Mate-series phone for the first time to India. Priced at Rs. 69,990, the Mate 20 Pro offers a lot more than the competition. How? Let’s find out in our first impressions.

Specifications

Huawei Mate 20 Pro sports a 6.39-inch AMOLED display with a notch up front. It is powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 980 processor paired with Mali-G76 MP10 GPU. The dual-SIM handset packs in 6GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage which is further expandable using a nano-memory slot. Under the hood, there is a 4,200mAh battery which supports Huawei’s latest Super Charge technology.

As for the optics, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro features a triple camera setup at the back consisting of a 40-megapixel f/1.8 primary sensor, a 20-megapixel f/2.4 Wide-Angle lens and an 8-megapixel f/2.2 telephoto lens. Up front, there is a 24-megapixel selfie snapper with f/2.0 aperture.

First Impressions

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro features a triple camera setup at the back

Just like most smartphones these days, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro also features a glass sandwich design, which of course gives it a more premium look. The gradient back design on the Twilight Blue variant looks beautiful. Unlike the P20 Pro, the Mate 20 Pro has left a matrix design to its triple camera setup, which looks quite impressive. Up front, the phone comes with a notch and it is here for a reason.

The Mate 20 Pro has a curved glass design at the front which makes holding the phone a bit easier. It also gives the phone an even more premium look. The notch right above consists of the earpiece, front facing camera and a 3D sensor that is used to bring a more secure face unlock to the phone.

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It also comes with an in-display fingerprint scanner

Once you go through the list of features the Mate 20 Pro has, you will remain awestruck. It comes with a 40W Super Charger right inside the box, reverse wireless charging, triple camera setup powered by Leica, in-display fingerprint scanner and much more.

During our time with the device, we were able to test out some of these features. The in-display fingerprint scanner worked flawlessly and seemed to be quite quicker than the other phones with similar tech. The reverse charging also worked as advertised when I placed by Samsung Galaxy S8 on the back of the Mate 20 Pro.

With the triple camera setup on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, we were able to grab a few shots around the event. While clicking the picture of the chandelier, when we turned on the wide-angle mode, it brought in way more details into the frame. Even the portrait mode seemed to work quite well with a couple of toys.

In a nutshell, the 15 minutes that we got with the device were enough to impress us. The number of features that the Huawei Mate 20 Pro packs are much more than most other smartphones. However, we will have to spend more time with the device before giving our final verdict.

Disclaimer: The author is currently in New Delhi on behalf of Huawei India to attend the launch of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro

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