As it attempts to topple the likes of Apple and Samsung, Huawei has unveiled its latest flagship series, the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series, said to represent a “momentous milestone in the history of the HUAWEI Mate Series”.
The HUAWEI Mate 20 Series is powered by Huawei’s densest and highest performing system on chip (SoC) to date, the Kirin 980. It was manufactured with the 7nm process incorporating the Cortex-A76-based CPU and Mali-G76 GPU. Compared to Kirin 970, the latest chipset is equipped with CPU that is 75% more powerful, GPU that is 46% more powerful and NPU that is 226% more powerful.
The CPU is 58% more efficient, GPU is 178% more efficient, and the NPU is 182% more efficient. The Kirin 980 is the world’s first commercial SoC to use the Cortex-A76-based cores. Huawei has designed a three-tier architecture that consists of two ultra-large cores, two large cores and four small cores. This grants the CPU the flexibility to allocate the optimal amount of resources to heavy, medium and light tasks for varying levels of efficiency, simultaneously improving the performance of the SoC while enhancing the battery life. The Kirin 980 is also the industry’s first SoC to be equipped with Dual-NPU, granting it On-Device AI processing capability to support any and all AI applications.
The new 40W HUAWEI SuperCharge, 15W HUAWEI Wireless Quick Charge and large batteries work in tandem to provide users with the longer battery life.
The Matrix Camera System includes Leica Ultra Wide Angle Lens that lets users see wider and closer with a new macro distance capability.
At the back, there is the Hyper Optical Pattern on the glass back plays with light and shadows, producing an iridescent optical effect. The Matrix Camera System adopts the Four-Point Design.
The HUAWEI Mate 20 Series is shipped with the customized Android P-based EMUI 9 operating system,.
Available in 6.53-inch, 6.39-inch and 7.2-inch sizes, the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series encompasses four devices: HUAWEI Mate 20, HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro, HUAWEI Mate 20 X and PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS.
HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro is the world’s first smartphone to support the 4.5G LTE Cat. 21 standard, allowing consumers to download speeds of up to 1.4Gbps. It also supports dual-band (L1+L5) GPS positioning technology.
The HUAWEI Mate 20 Series also features improvement on battery life. The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro houses a high-density 4200mAh battery, and supports 40W HUAWEI SuperCharge, which gives the device 70 percent charge in 30 minutes. The safety of the technology is certified by TÜV Rheinland.
Moreover, HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro supports 15W HUAWEI Wireless Quick Charge and Wireless Reverse Charge, which enables the device to work as a power bank for selected electronic devices supporting wireless charging.
The HUAWEI Mate 20 X supports a 5000mAh battery, and is equipped with a HUAWEI cooling system that uses a combination of graphene film and vapor chamber to deliver cooling performance.
The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro is equipped with a 40MP main camera, a 20MP ultra wide-angle camera, and an 8MP telephoto camera. Together, the trio of lenses supports a wide range of focal lengths (equivalent to the performance of a 16-270mm zoom lens).
The HUAWEI Mate 20 Series also features an AI Portrait Color video mode.
HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro and PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate 20 RS both support 3D Face Unlock.
The HUAWEI Mate 20 Series comes with EMUI 9.0, an operating system based on Android P.
The flagship series comes in a new Emerald Green colorway. The Hyper Optical Pattern on the glass back uses a hairline pattern to produce an iridescent effect.
HUAWEI, of course, needs to make a big splash, considering that – earlier this year – the heads of six major US intelligence agencies warned people (particularly American citizens) not to use products and services made by the company (along with ZTE). According to a report from CNBC, the intelligence chiefs made the recommendation during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, where they expressed worries about “the capacity to maliciously modify or steal information” and “the capacity to conduct undetected espionage.”
In June, HUAWEI – along with Lenovo, Oppo and TCL – was also among the numerous handset makers that were reportedly given access to Facebook data in a “controlled” way approved by Facebook. The company that was founded by former Chinese military officer Ren Zhengfei has long denied that its products pose security risks.