Huawei Mate 20 Pro review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Quick Verdict

Huawei's been talking up the capabilities of its flagships for some years now, but with the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, it's finally taken an absolute market leading position, with great battery life, superb performance and an exceptional camera. It's Huawei's most expensive smartphone to date... and it's worth it.

The good

  • Amazing camera.
  • Battery life that easily beats any other handset.
  • Kirin 980 processor is top notch.
  • Reverse wireless charging.

The bad

  • We didn't need a new storage format.
  • Fingerprint sensor needs a fair amount of force.
  • No headphone jack.
  • Some colours aren't coming down under.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro at a glance
When was the Huawei Mate 20 Pro released? Launched in Australia on 1 November 2018.
What’s new about the Huawei Mate 20 Pro? Kirin 980 processor, 4,200 mAh battery, triple cameras, bi-directional wireless charging.
How much does the Huawei Mate 20 Pro cost? $1,599 or on contract.

Huawei's Mate 20 Pro lives up to the hype with a superb camera, outstanding battery life and exceptional style.

Huawei's strategy for its Mate phones in the past was to focus on the productivity features of its larger phones, leaving the more fun features for the stylish fashion-forward P series handsets. That all changes with the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, which switches to a fun new design, exceptional camera and market-leading battery performance.

It's Huawei's most expensive phone to date, and while not everybody needs a premium flagship, if you're in the market for one, you must consider the Huawei Mate 20 Pro.


Design

  • Notched design.
  • Blue or Black are the only colours coming to Australia.
  • Protective case included.
  • No headphone jack.
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Camera

  • Triple camera gives exceptional results.
  • Macro mode works well.
  • Great video stabilisation.
  • Camera AI that (mostly) works.
  • Some portrait effects are silly.
  • No monochrome lens.
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Performance

  • Kirin 980 beats out the Snapdragon 845 – but not the A12 Bionic.
  • Still a shadow over Huawei's benchmark honesty.
  • Overall performance is very good.
  • EMUI on top of Android Pie is odd.
  • NM storage card format.
  • Fingerprint sensor needs some force.
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Battery life

  • Best battery life on any phone, hands-down.
  • Very fast wired charging.
  • Fast wireless charging.
  • Reverse wireless charging.
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Verdict

  • An astonishingly good phone.
  • High priced for Huawei.
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Pricing and availability

  • The Huawei Mate 20 Pro will launch in Australia on 1 November 2018.
  • The Huawei Mate 20 Pro will cost $1,599 outright, or on contract.

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro will go on sale in Australia from 1 November 2018 through Kogan, JB Hi-Fi, Mobileciti and Harvey Norman at $1,599 in a dual SIM configuration.

It will also be available through Optus and Vodafone as a single SIM phone. You can view Optus' Huawei Mate 20 Pro contract options here.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Huawei's flagship camera phone

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro combines the power of Huawei's own Kirin 980 chip, an exceptional battery and a class-leading triple camera array.

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OS Android 9
Display size (inches) 6.39
Display resolution (pixels) 3120 x 1440
Pixels per inch (PPI) 538
Processor Kirin 980
Height (mm) 157.8
Width (mm) 72.3
Depth (mm) 8.6
Weight (g) 189
Battery size (mAh) 4,200
Wireless charging Qi
Internal storage 128GB
MicroSD expansion 256GB
Fingerprint scanner Yes
RAM 6GB
Water resistance IP68
Rear camera (1) resolution 40
Rear camera (1) aperture f/1.8
Rear camera (2) resolution 20
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 November 13th, 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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