Huawei Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro and Mate 20X Singapore: All Hands Review

Its been no secret that Huawei has been making huge splashes in the ocean that is the smartphone industry. They have outpriced, outnumbered, out-teched and ultimately outclassed the likes of Samsung and Apple

Their string of phones that have been making heads turn and wallets lighter is from the Mate series.

The Mate 20 Pro has had the rumour mills buzzing about its tech and cameras. The Mate 20 and Mate 20X Singapore have also been in the limelight.

Huawei Mate 20 vs Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs Huawei Mate 20 X (Singapore Prices)

Huawei Mate 20 Singapore

Huawei Mate 20

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Singapore

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Huawei Mate 20 X Singapore

Huawei Mate 20 X

Let’s see the specs of all these phones and find out what they are capable of.

 

Huawei Mate 20 vs Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs Huawei Mate 20 X (Singapore Review)

The Looks and the Screen

Mate 20

 

At the outset, this is a very good looking phone. With thin bezels around the display and glossy-gradient finish make you want to buy this phone and not put a case on it. It has a teardrop notch that we’ve come to expect on latest devices.

The teardrop notch gives space for more icons to appear on the notification bar. A lot of people might not like the idea of cluttering your notification bar, but it doesn’t affect the UX.

The phone rocks a 6.5 inch LCD screen that’s bigger than the Pro. Although the LCD screen is inferior to the OLED, you don’t see the quality of content diminish on the Mate 20 device.

 

Mate 20 Pro

 

The Mate 20 Pro is definitely a looker and the best looking of the lot. It ships in 4 colours and the best among them is Emerald Green and Twilight that gives it a distinctive look. The screen is a 6.4inch AMOLED display with a slightly bigger notch. The notch encloses the facial sensor of the phone.

The glass finish seals the deal in terms of a premium look.

 

Mate 20 X

 

The Mate 20 X is a good looking phone but doesn’t pack a punch like the Mate 20 or the Mate 20 Pro. Where it beats the other two is its sheer size. At 7.2 inches, its one of the largest smartphones out there. It also rocks a OLED screen that is one-up on the Mate 20.

It has a similar teardrop notch and thin bezels. The display is captivating and it truly stands out.

Its available in Midnight Blue and Phantom Silver and this is where we feel Huawei could have added a few more colours.

 

Under the Hood

 

Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20 X – Kiring 980 Processor with 7nm process technology and Dual – Neural Processing Unit.

 

This is probably a disappointment for Mate 20 Pro fans because it has the same processor as the Mate 20.  

In terms of raw power, the Mate 20 performs slightly better than the Mate 20 Pro because it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles that the latter phone carries.

According to tests conducted, the power of this phone is equal to the likes of Pixel 3 and the One Plus 6.

The Software

Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20 X – Android 9.0(Pie) with EMUI 9.0

 

All the models run on Android 9.0 and on top of that is Huawei’s EMUI 9.0. A lot of users have been concerned with the extra additions that OEM’s make to stock Android that bloats the device.

But, Huawei has worked extremely hard in improving the UI and UX of the device. They have made significant improvements in the system speed and opening of apps, app smoothness and the menus have been changed and finally, have added their own gesture control system called the Digital Wellbeing System.

A lot of iOS-esque features have been added to the EMUI 9.0. The best part? You are not stuck with the gestures of EMUI 9.0 and you can choose to use stock Android’s gesture controls.

Having said that, the EMUI 9.0 still has a few niggles to fix such as the way notifications are handled aren’t comfortable for the everyday user.

For a person who likes to know everything about their phone and set it up in a way they want to, then EMUI is perfect. It takes a bit of tinkering to get it the way you want to.

 

The Camera

Mate 20

The primary camera’s specs are as follows

 

  • 12MP with a f/1.8 aperture
  • 16MP ultra-wide lens with a f/2.2 aperture
  • 8 MP telephoto-lens with f/2.4 aperture

 

The selfie camera’s specs are

  • 24MP with a f/2.0 aperture

 

Mate 20 Pro

 

The primary camera’s specs are as follows

  • 40 MP with f/1.8 wide camera
  • 20 MP with a f/2.2 ultrawide lens
  • 8 MP telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture and 5x optical zoom

 

The selfie camera’s specs are

  • 24MP with a f/2.0 aperture

 

Mate 20 X

 

The primary camera’s specs are as follows

  • 40 MP with f/1.8 wide camera
  • 20 MP with a f/2.2 ultrawide lens
  • 8 MP telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture and 5x optical zoom

 

The selfie camera’s specs are

  • 24MP with a f/2.0 aperture

 

All the 3 phones have 3 primary cameras.

 

First of all, Steve Jobs would be very impressed with the way the primary cameras have been placed. It is in a square box with 3 cameras and one flash. It isn’t cluttered. It is beautifully placed with a neat look.

Thee numbers should give you an idea of what the cameras are capable of, but we’ll delve into the features one by one.

One of the most epic and useful features is powered by the AI in the phone that automatically recognizes a setting that it thinks needs the wide-angle lens and recommends you to switch with a button. You can choose to reject that option.

Although it has a similar camera set-up as the Mate 20 Pro, the Mate 20’s handling of daytime light can be certainly improved and that can be attributed to the lower pixel count.

Considering it has so many lenses and settings, the app can’t be easy to use. But, surprisingly its rather intuitive and simple to use.

The camera makes video shooting more interesting that lets you take videos with backgrounds in it. The sad part is, there are only 3 background modes available.

All the three phones have Leica optics in them that make these cameras stand out.

 

The Battery

 

Mate 20

4000 mAh with SuperCharge feature.

 

Mate 20 Pro

4200 mAh with quick charge feature

 

Mate 20 X

5000 mAh battery with SuperCharge feature

 

The batteries are sufficient for each of these models and the Kirin Processor enables battery life to last for 2 days. For the Mate 20 and the Mate 20x,  SuperCharge system charges the phone up to 60% in under 30 minutes.

Two features that the Mate 20 Pro has that the other two don’t have is the Reverse Charging feature that lets you use the phone as a charging device and it also has the wireless charging feature.

 

Final Thoughts

Huawei’s phones are out to take the world by storm with their powerful cameras, strong processors and everlasting batteries.

Check out our range of Huawei’s Accessories too.

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