Huawei has officially launched its latest line of flagship smartphones, the Mate 20 series. It not only has the top-end hardware, but also offers some industry-first specifications and features. The series consists of the Huawei Mate 20, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, the Huawei Mate 20X, and the Huawei Mate 20 RS.
These smartphones belong to the same Mate 20 series. Moreover, they all have the next-gen Kirin 980 processor that is built on the 7nm fabrication process. These smartphones also pack the ‘Square Leica Three-shot’, which is a revolutionary imaging system. But given the naming scheme, it becomes a little difficult to set the devices apart. Hence, we at MSP Gear are trying to offer a comparison between the Huawei Mate 20, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, and the Huawei Mate 20X. The Huawei Mate 20 RS is the Porsche Design Edition and is essentially, the Mate 20 Pro in all-premium glass-metal-leather body.
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Huawei Mate 20 vs Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs Huawei Mate 20X Build, Display
The Huawei Mate 20 could be considered the base model in the Mate 20 Series. It sports a body made from dual-glass with metal frame. The device has IP53 Certification for dust and splash resistance. The smartphone features a 6.53-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD with 2244×1080 pixels resolution and 381PPI pixel density. The display has a waterdrop notch. There’s a standard fingerprint scanner placed at the back of the Huawei Mate 20.
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is the middle variant. The device has an identical glass-metal shell. But it gets the higher IP68 certification for dust and water resistance. Interestingly, the device features a slightly smaller but better quality display. The Mate 20 Pro sports a 6.39-inch QHD+ HDR OLED display with 3120×1440 pixels resolution. The higher resolution and slightly smaller dimensions boosts the pixel density to 539PPI. Incidentally, the device has a wide notch. It also features an in-display fingerprint scanner.
The Huawei Mate 20X is the largest variant in the series. Strangely, it sports the largest display and identical glass-metal body but gets the IP53 Certification. The premium large-screen flagship Android smartphone features 7.2-inch Full HD+ HDR OLED display with 2244×1080 pixels resolution. The large dimensions and HD-only display bring down the pixel density to 346PPI. The smartphone has a waterdrop notch as well and has the fingerprint scanner at the back like the Mate 20.
Huawei Mate 20 vs Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs Huawei Mate 20X Hardware, Performance
The one thing common in all the three flagship Huawei smartphones is the Kirin 980 processor. The octa-core processor has two A76 chips clocked at 2.6GHz and the other two at 1.92GHz. The rest of the chips are A55, and they are clocked at 1.8GHz. The powerful processor works with Mali-G76 MP10 GPU. Incidentally, the SoC has dual NPUs to significantly boost AI features. Mate 20X has the Huawei SuperCool system that helps the device keep its temperature in check even after heavy-gaming.
The Huawei Mate 20 comes in 4GB or 6GB RAM variants, but both the models get 128GB internal storage. Buyers can expand the onboard storage by inserting a Nano SD card (miniaturized micro-SD card) into the Hybrid Dual SIM slot.
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro comes in a single variant that packs 6GB RAM and 128GB internal memory. The Mate 20X too gets the same 6GB/128GB memory configuration. The same provision for memory expansion is present in these devices as well.
Huawei Mate 20 vs Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs Huawei Mate 20X Camera Features
There have been multiple reports that praise the astounding camera prowess of the Huawei Mate 20 Series. While smartphone enthusiasts could be tempted to assume all the premium Android handsets in the Mate 20 Series possess the same camera configuration, that’s not the case. Although, all the three devices sport the signature ‘Square Leica Three-shot’ that comprises three individual camera sensors with a powerful LED flash; though the specifications of the lens differ.
The triple-camera setup on the back of the Huawei Mate 20 comprises of 12MP primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture. There’s a 16MP sensor ultra-wide angle 17mm lens, and f/2.2 aperture. There’s also an 8MP 3x telephoto 52mm lens, and f/2.4 aperture. The camera setup lacks dedicated OIS. There’s a single 24-MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture alongside the components that enable 3D Face Unlock, 3D Live Emoji, and 3D object scanning. The rear camera can capture 4K video, and also record in 720p resolution at 960FPS super-slow motion.
The triple-camera setup on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and the Mate 20X are identical and superior to the Mate 20. The setup comprises of the 40MP primary sensor which has wide-angle 27 mm lens with f/1.8 aperture. There’s a 20MP sensor ultra-wide angle 16mm lens and f/2.2 aperture. There’s also an 8MP 3x telephoto 80mm lens, and f/2.4 aperture. The camera setup has dedicated OIS and EIS for clear and unshaken images. There’s a single 24-MP front-facing camera. The rear camera has a variable aperture, Portrait mode, 5x optical zoom, and other features.
Huawei Mate 20 vs Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs Huawei Mate 20X Battery, OS
All the three Huawei smartphones in the Mate 20 Series run on Android 9 Pie operating system with Huawei’s EMUI 9 custom skin on top. The software has several AI-powered features, many of which, rely on the industry-leading dual NPUs. However, the battery capacity is slightly different.
The Huawei Mate 20 packs 4000mAh battery. It supports SuperCharge Fast Charging. Huawei claims the device can charge with a 22.5W output charger. There’s no mention of wireless charging.
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro packs 4200mAh battery. The device supports SuperCharge Fast Charging up to 40W. There’s also 15W fast wireless charging. Huawei has also packed reverse wireless charging support, which can charge other smartphones i.e., you can charge your friend’s iPhone XS with your Mate 20 Pro.
The Huawei Mate 20X has a massive 5000mAh battery. Strangely, the device can charge with a 22.5W output charger. There’s no mention of wireless charging. Given the size of the battery, a higher Fast Charging wattage would have made a big difference.
Huawei Mate 20 vs Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs Huawei Mate 20X Conclusion
The latest Huawei smartphones may appear similar, but they have some fundamental differences. Interestingly, the Huawei Mate 20 has the 3.5mm headphone jack, a feature missing in the other two. Given the large screen, the Huawei Mate 20X supports M-Pen, which appears similar to Samsung’s S-Pen.
While the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is the only smartphone with the in-display fingerprint scanner, while the other two have rear-mounted scanners. The premium Huawei smartphones also support Voice ID Unlock as well. All the three devices have an IR blaster.
So when it comes to ‘Which phone should you buy?’, as of now Huawei confirmed that only Mate 20 Pro is launching in India. Let’s hope they launch their cheaper variants too in India soon.
Meanwhile here is the review of Huawei P20 Pro.