Look Out, Switch: New Smartphone Doesn't Shy Away From Pinpointing Its Competition


In case you missed the news, Huawei finally has wireless charging on a device other than the Porsche Design Mate RS.

So what do you think of the new Huawei Mate 20 Pro?

The HUAWEI Mate 20 X with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage will cost 899 Euros.

The X has the biggest battery in the Mate 20 family, with a 5,000mAh capacity. It also has AR emojis, just like Samsung and Apple's last couple of phones. But the company has made another option in the form of its new "hyper-optic pattern", available in midnight blue and emerald green, which they say has more grip in your hand and on other surfaces. Well, we thought we'd ask you - would you own a smartphone with a 7.2-inch screen? This is definitely not a one-handed device, although it did feel nice and light when I picked it up.

The Mate 20 X has the same dewdrop notch on its display as the Mate 20. The Mate 20 Pro also has an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance.

Huawei is also targeting Samsung's Note flagships with the introduction of the M-Pen. The stylus will be sold separately and there's no slot in the Mate 20 X to house that stylus.

The Mate 20 Pro packs in a massive 4,200mAh battery pack, which is a smidge larger than the 4,000mAh cell in the P20 Pro... although the larger, higher-resolution screen will most likely suck up all of that additional power. If the Kirin 980 lives up to Huawei's boasts, it should be very close to Apple's new A12 Bionic chip, or potentially even faster. That makes Vodafone the only telco (so far) to have the regular Mate 20 on plans. The majority of games you will play on this phone will be designed for mobile and nowhere near console quality. But overall, my first impressions of gaming on the Mate 20 X were impressive.

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The Mate 20 X's camera is particularly interesting.

The Mate 20 Pro has three back-facing cameras.

The "standard" Mate 20 has the following three lower-spec Leica cameras in the back array: 12 MP (Wide Angle Lens, f/1.8 aperture) + 16 MP (Ultra Wide Angle Lens, f/2.2 aperture) + 8 MP (Telephoto, f/2.4 aperture), supports autofocus, supports AIS. It features a vapor chamber and graphene film created to keep the chips working at lower temperatures.

While the device is a powerhouse, the talking point is the cooling system under the hood. You'll also get a free Huawei Watch GT and wireless charging Dock worth €249 with this purchase.

The battery can also 23 hours of video playback, according to Huawei.

Still there are inconsistencies in messaging around cameras across phones, with some manufacturers telling us that a particular feature is hardware enabled - the depth effect control on the iPhone XS for example - which only appears on phones with the A12 Bionic processor.

In our first test, the performance of the Porsche Design Mate 20 RS was extremely fast and as flawless as expected from a luxury smartphone. The problem is it may not be getting as big a rollout as its size demands.