Huawei Mate 20 review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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What to expect

Huawei slices out a few features from the Mate 20 Pro to make the slightly cheaper Huawei Mate 20, but it's overall an exceptional handset for those on a tighter budget.


Huawei Mate 20 at a glance
When did the Huawei Mate 20 come out? Launched on 16 October 2018, available from 1 November 2018 in Australia.
What’s new about the Huawei Mate 20? Kirin 980 processor, 4,000 mAh battery, teardrop notch display.
How much does the Huawei Mate 20 cost? $1,099.

The Huawei Mate 20 series will be Huawei's second flagship series for the year and brings plenty of power – both for processing and battery life – into its range of large-screen smartphones.

The non-"Pro" version of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro drops the camera quality, screen display and charging features of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. It's not quite the flagship that the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is, but at its price point, it's a superb phone anyway.


Design

  • Teardrop notch
  • Aussies only get the black model
  • Has a headphone jack
  • LCD rather than OLED

Camera

  • Triple camera has been dialled down, but is still very good
  • Good night-shooting capabilities for its price range
  • Camera AI mostly works
  • Portrait lighting remains clunky and daft
  • No monochrome lens

Performance

  • Kirin 98 provides excellent performance
  • Still a shadow over Huawei's benchmark honesty.
  • EMUI is still divisive
  • NM storage card format

Battery life

  • Good battery life, although precisely how good is hard to pin down
  • Fast wired charging
  • Lacks wireless charging

Verdict

  • A very good phone for the asking price
  • A return to more regular pricing form for Huawei

Pricing and availability

    • The Huawei Mate 20 launched on 16 October 2018 and went on sale in Australia from 1 November 2018.
    • Pricing is $1099 outright, or on contract with Vodafone.
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OS Android 9
Display size (inches) 6.53
Display resolution (pixels) 2244 x 1080
Pixels per inch (PPI) 381
Processor Kirin 980
Height (mm) 158.2
Width (mm) 77.2
Depth (mm) 8.3
Weight (g) 188
Battery size (mAh) 4,000
Wireless charging No
Internal storage 128GB
MicroSD expansion 256GB
Fingerprint scanner Yes
RAM 6GB
Water resistance N/A
Rear camera (1) resolution 12
Rear camera (1) aperture f/1.8
Rear camera (2) resolution 16
Rear camera (2) aperture f/2.2
Rear camera (3) resolution 8
Rear camera (3) aperture f/2.4
Front camera (1) resolution 24
Front camera (1) aperture f/2.0
Front camera (2) resolution
Front camera (2) aperture
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 21
NFC support Yes
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Updated December 14th, 2018
Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage Provider in CTA
Kirin 980
6.53
2244 x 1080
128GB
Kirin 980
6.39
3120 x 1440
128GB
Huawei Mate 20 X
Huawei Mate 20 X
Kirin 980
7.2
2244 x 1080
128GB
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
Huawei Mate 20 Lite
Kirin 710
6.3
2340 x 1080
64GB
Kirin 710
6.3
2340 x 1080
128GB
Kirin 659
5.8
2280 x 1080
64GB
Kirin 970
6.1
2240 x 1080
128GB
Kirin 970
6
2160 x 1080
128GB
Kirin 970
5.9
2560 x 1440
64GB
Kirin 659
5.9
2160 x 1080
64GB
Kirin 960
5.1
1920 x 1080
64GB
Kirin 960
5.9
1920 x 1080
64GB

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Alex Kidman

Alex Kidman is a multi-award-winning consumer technology journalist and the Tech & Telco Editor at finder.com.au. He's been writing about consumer technology topics for more than two decades, and enjoys breaking down complex topics into their component parts. He has written for just about every major Australian technology publication, and is a former editor of Gizmodo Australia, PC Mag Australia, and CNET.com.au.

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