Clearly, one smartphone comes out on top.
The announcement of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro last week proved that the company has got what it takes to deliver a true flagship device that can match the likes of the Apple iPhone XS Max and the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. These smartphones are great no doubt, but the Huawei Mate 20 Pro still managed to impress us by including new technologies that are a definite first only flagship smartphone that’s currently out in the market.
The Mate 20 Pro comes with a Leica triple camera setup that’s composed of a 40-megapixel wide angle sensor, a 20-megapixel ultrawide sensor and an 8-megapixel telephoto sensor. The combined hardware and software enhancements easily make this the best camera you will ever find on a smartphone.
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro runs on the Kirin 980 chipset and delivers the best performance without compromising battery life. Along with that, the smartphone is currently one of the few flagships that now includes an in-display fingerprint sensor hidden behind the gorgeous 6.39-inch OLED display – something that the iPhone XS Max and the Galaxy Note 9 doesn’t have.
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro also has one of the best charging capabilities on any device. Why? Because that massive 4,200 mAh battery supports Huawei’s SuperCharge that will let you fast charge up to 70 percent in just 30 minutes. What’s more, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro supports fast wireless charging as well. Once you dock to a compatible wireless charger, you’ll easily get a 30 percent increase in just 30 minutes.
But probably the most awesome feature of the Huawei Mate 20 is its support for wireless reverse charging – meaning that it can also wirelessly charge other supported devices, including the iPhone XS Max and the Galaxy Note 9!
If ever you don’t feel like using your fingerprints to unlock your smartphone, the Mate 20 Pro also supports face unlock. A 3D Depth Sensing Camera will scan your face and automatically unlock the smartphone when it detects a perfect match.
Here’s a rundown of some of the specifications and features of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro compared to the iPhone XS Max and the Galaxy Note 9:
|Specifications||Huawei Mate 20 Pro||Apple iPhone XS Max||Samsung Galaxy Note 9|
|SoC||Kirin 980||A12 Bionic||Exynos 9810|
|Battery||4,200 mAh||3,174 mAh||4,000 mAh|
|RAM/Storage||6 GB / 128 GB||4 GB / Up to 512 GB||Up to 8 GB / Up to 512 GB|
|Rear Camera||40 MP (wide angle, f/1.8)
20 MP (ultrawide, f/2.2)
8 MP (telephoto, f/2.4, OIS)
|12 MP (wide angle, f/1.8. OIS)
12 MP (telephoto, f/2.4, OIS)
|12 MP (f/1.5=2-2.4, OIS)
12 MP (f/2.4, OIS)
|Front Camera||24 MP (f/2.0)||7 MP (f/2.2)||8 MP (f/1.7)|
|Digital Zoom||5x Hybrid Zoom + 10x||10x||10x|
As mentioned, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro includes a Leica triple camera setup that’s coupled with the advanced capabilities of the Kirin 980 SoC in order to deliver some of the best images you’ll ever take on a smartphone.
Look at the portrait image above. While the iPhone XS Max took a decent-looking image, the image taken from the Mate 20 Pro has an even skin tone and focused on the subject in clearer detail. The beautification enhancements also mean that your face will always look smooth and even so you don’t have to worry about what your selfies would look like.
In this close up image, both images look similar in terms of shadow and lighting – but once you zoom into the image you can see that the shot from the Mate 20 Pro has more detail compared to the iPhone XS Max.
Low light photography is probably where the Mate 20 Pro excels. The iPhone XS managed to deliver a good image from the shot, but with the Mate 20 Pro, there are more details in the dark areas that the iPhone couldn’t capture.
Look at another shot of this plant that’s placed against a colored background. If you look closely, the Mate 20 manages to preserve the white tone of the plant unlike what the iPhone XS Max has captured. Even the close up of the Mate 20 Pro’s shot reveals more detail that the iPhone XS Max simply can’t do.
In this shot of the sunrise, both smartphones managed to capture the sun and the surrounding areas but if you look closer, the Mate 20 Pro also managed to capture the foreground grass in great detail, which is unfortunately lost on the image taken on the iPhone XS Max.
Here is where the Mate 20 Pro truly shines. Both images were taken with HDR turned on, and while the iPhone XS Max took an okay image overall, the shot taken by the Mate 20 manages to keep the clarity and detail even when you zoom into the image.
Without a doubt, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro again excels on all aspects especially the camera. With a hardware like this, you can probably expect a price that should be at least similar to what the iPhone XS Max and the Galaxy Note 9 cost. We’ll only know once Huawei reveals the price on its official launch here in the UAE on October 24th so stay tuned!