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Higher intelligence with the new Huawei Mate 20 Series

Huawei is rolling out the red carpet for their Mate 20 Series, sporting improved specs and other nifty features. They’ve taken the best of the P20 Pro and improved on it with some new additions.

[Update: 25 October 2018 @ 18:30 GMT]

If you’ve been looking to get a piece of ‘a higher intelligence’, then your prayers have been answered by Huawei. Ooredoo Qatar and Ooredoo Oman have just announced pre-orders for the Huawei Mate 20 Series and they’re offering.

Inside the UAE, Etisalat is also adding a 6-month subscription to Starz Play Arabia accompanying the bundled gifts (while stocks last). Better check it out before it’s too late.


We’re now riding the wave of new smartphone launches leading up to the holiday shopping season. No matter where you look, some are just playing the constant cat-and-mouse game. Huawei is playing the calculated strategy of making significant improvements in each of their line-ups,

Huawei is not looking to disappoint as they’ve unveiled four new models under the Mate 20 Series. Aside from minor differences unique to each model, all of them share commonalities.

Mate 20 Series powered by Kirin 980

An all-new Kirin 980 SoC based on the 7nm fabrication process powers the Mate 20 Series, with 2 NPUs (Neural Processing Units) to accelerate AI-powered tasks/workflows from photography to system management and improved CPU/GPU performance with better power efficiency. You’re looking at an octa-core (8) arrangement that will easily balance between power-efficient and high-performance cores for your apps:

  • 2 x 2.6 GHz Cortex-A76
  • 2 x 1.92 GHz Cortex-A76
  • 4 x 1.8 GHz Cortex-A55

The new Kirin 980 also supports higher throughput speeds on LTE connectivity and more LTE frequency bands, which will really please frequent travellers wondering about compatibility with different 4G/LTE networks worldwide.

Better Leica-powered camera system

Having used the P20 Pro, can Huawei further improve the triple-camera system co-engineered with Leica? Yes, they did.

If you recall that the P20 Pro had a monochrome lens, it’s now been replaced with a new ultra-wide lens. The camera lenses are now arranged in a square formation rather than the long strip on one side as the P20 Pro, also known as the Matrix Camera System (for the math nerds out there, it almost resembles a numerical matrix).

Everything else

The entire Mate 20 Series allows users to upgrade the built-in storage using a new nano memory card that can support up-to 256GB of storage. If you’re planning to do a lot of smartphone photography and record 4K video, it will definitely come in handy when you least expect it.

Where do the differences begin?

Where they all share the most of the internal traits, each of the 4 must have unique features that set them apart from each other. Rather than boring you with words, I’ve put the four different Huawei Mate 20 Series models in a sleek table for easy perusing.

 Mate 20Mate 20 ProPorsche Design Mate 20 RSMate 20 X
Display6.5-inch FullHD (381 ppi)6.39-inch OLED (538 ppi)6.39-inch OLED (538 ppi)7.2-inch OLED FullHD
Rear Camera12 MP (Wide Angle Lens, f/1.8) + 16 MP (Ultra Wide Angle Lens, f/2.2) + 8 MP (Telephoto, f/2.4)40 MP (Wide Angle Lens, f/1.8) + 20 MP (Ultra Wide Angle Lens, f/2.2) + 8 MP (Telephoto, f/2.4)40 MP (Wide Angle Lens, f/1.8) + 20 MP (Ultra Wide Angle Lens, f/2.2) + 8 MP (Telephoto, f/2.4)40 MP (Wide Angle Lens, f/1.8) + 20 MP (Ultra Wide Angle Lens, f/2.2) + 8 MP (Telephoto, f/2.4)
Front Camera24MP (f/2.0)24MP (f/2.0) + 3D Depth Sensing Camera24MP (f/2.0) + 3D Depth Sensing Camera24MP (f/2.0)
Battery4,000 mAh
4,200 mAh4,200 mAh5,000 mAh
Memory4 GB and 6 GB6 GB and 8 GB8 GB6 GB
Storage128, 256128, 256 (expandable with up-to 256GB nano SD cards)256, 512128
Connectivity802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz); NFC; Bluetooth 5.0; USB3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector; headphone jack802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz); NFC; Bluetooth 5.0; USB3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz); NFC, Bluetooth 5.0; USB3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz); NFC; Bluetooth 5.0; USB3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector; headphone jack
BiometricsRear-mounted fingerprint readerIn-display fingerprint reader; Face IDIn-display fingerprint reader; Face IDRear-mounted fingerprint reader
ColoursMidnight Blue, Black, and TwilightMidnight Blue, Black, Emerald Green, and TwilightBlack and RedMidnight Blue and Phantom Silver
Additional notesDoubles as a wireless charging mat with Wireless Reverse Charging - allows you to wirelessly recharge other Qi-compatible devicesLiquid multi-dimensional cooling system with Vapour Chamber (VC) and Graphene Film for improved cooling; GPU Turbo 2.0 for improved gameplay performance

Some features like the phone becoming a wireless charging mat is exclusive only to the P20 Pro, and it can charge Qi-compatible. So if someone is running low on power and you’ve got the Mate 20 Pro, they can just keep their device on the back and it’ll start charging. In addition, the Mate 20 X comes with a different cooling solution that makes it a worthy handheld gaming replacement.

With respect to availability, the Middle East region should start seeing the new Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro on the shelves soon, and we’ll know more about the pricing. The Mate 20 RS and Mate 20 X have a different release date.


Image credit: Huawei Mobile

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