Huawei launches new flagship phones in bid to keep No. 2 spot

Yolanda Curtis
October 16, 2018

It's widely rumoured that the triple-camera setup on the Mate 20 Pro won't be the same found on the company's P20 Pro - the current flagship - and that it will have some innovative new features such as an in-screen fingerprint scanner.

Huawei was the first smartphone manufacturer to release a smartphone with three rear cameras when it launched the P20 and P20 Pro earlier this year - a trend which has since carried on to the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro.

The Mate 20 Pro will be available in five colors - Classic Black, Twilight, Pink Gold, Midnight Blue, and Emerald Green.

The Mate 20 X looks like an oversized Mate 20.

The Mate 20 Pro's 4,200 mAh battery is the largest ever on a Huawei device.

Alongside the Huawei Mate 20 and Huawei Mate 20 Pro, the company has also revealed the massive Huawei Mate 20 X and seriously expensive Porsche Design Huawei Mate 20 RS. The Mate 20 Pro will start at €1,049 ($1,217) in Europe, which is cheaper than the iPhone XS in the region but on par with Samsung's Galaxy Note 9.

Huawei Mate 20 could feature a 6.3-inch (2244 x 1080 pixel) AMOLED display. It's no surprise that they're not super cheap, starting at 799 euros for the standard Mate 20 equipped with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable storage. The Mate 20 Pro has a nano-memory card slot like the Mate 20, making them both the first phones to support the new memory card size. However, it is the camera specifications that set it apart.

The Mate 20 has a 16-megapixel ultra wide angle lens, a 12-megapixel wide angle lens and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens with 2 times zoom. In the mix is a 24MP RGB camera, a dot projector (for 3D sensing), flood illuminator, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, and an IR camera. This makes it the cheaper way to get the 40MP quad Bayer sensor, plus the 3x optical zoom of the 8MP telephoto camera and the 20MP ultra-wide angle camera. Besides this, Mate 20 Pro is rumoured to have a 4200mAh battery, that will support SuperCharge 2.0 technology, and could be bundled with power inputs of up to 15W capacity. The smartphones are also expected to come with Android 9.0 Pie operating system out-of-the-box.

Most impressive, however, is the Pro's reverse wireless charging compatibility, which allows you to send charge to any other phone with wireless charging enabled. There will be more to the story, so be sure to stay tuned in for more details on the matter.

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