Today Huawei unveiled two new flagship smartphones: the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro. Boasting a next-gen Kirin 980 processor, an AI-powered triple camera crafted by Leica, a truly massive 4200mAh battery and an in-screen fingerprint sensor, the Mate20 Pro is a serious contender for smartphone of the year. Here's everything Australians need to know.
Despite unsubstantiated security concerns, Huawei has continued to make a name for itself in the smartphone space with a succession of highly impressive units. The Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro look to be its best models yet - particularly when it comes to photography. Here are the specs, pricing details and release date for the Australian market.
Huawei Mate20 / Mate20 Pro Specifications
Here's a look at the chief specifications:
|Mate 20 Pro||Mate 20|
|Operating System||Android 9 (Pie)||Android 9 (Pie)|
|Display||6.39-inch AMOLED 3120 x 1440 2K+ display with 19:5:9 aspect ratio||6.53-inch LCD 2244 x 1080 FHD+ display with 18:7:9 aspect ration|
|Body||157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6mm, 189g||158.2 x 77.3 x 8.3mm, 188g|
|Camera||Rear: Triple camera with 40MP wide angle lens (F1.8), 20MP ultra wide angle lens (F2.2), 8MP telephoto lens (F2.4). Front: 24MP wide angle lens (F2.0)||Rear: Triple camera with 12MP wide angle lens (F1.8), 16MP ultra wide angle lens (F2.2), 8MP telephoto lens (F2.4). Front: 24MP wide angle lens (F2.0)|
|Video||Up to 4K UHD, 960fps slow motion capable||Up to 4K UHD, 960fps slow motion capable|
|Chipset||7nm Kirin 980 with dual AI CPU: 2 x Cortex A76 processor(2.6GHz) + 2 x Cortex A76 processor (1.92GHz) + 4 x cortex A55 (1.8GHz), 720MHz Mali-G76 GPU||7nm Kirin 980 with dual AI CPU" 2 x Cortex A76 processor(2.6GHz) + 2 x Cortex A76 processor (1.92GHz), 720MHz Mali-G76 GPU|
|Memory||6GB RAM 128GB + expanded Nano Memory (NM) card up to 256GB||6GB RAM 128GB + expanded Nano Memory (NM) card up to 256GB|
|Battery||4,2000mAh with 40W SuperCharge 2.0 Technology, Qi 15W wireless charging and reverse wireless charging||4,00mAh with SupeCharge technology|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz and 5G enabled), Bluetooth v 5.0 (BLE supported), USB type-C||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz and 5G enabled), Bluetooth v 5.0 (BLE Support), USB type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack|
|Authentication||Lock type: PIN. Biometric lock type: fingerprint scanner (front in-screen), facial recognition||Lock type: pattern, PIN, password. Biometric lock type: fingerprint scanner (rear), facial recognition|
|Audio||aptX/aptX HD and LDAC HD audio capable||aptX/aptX HD and LDAC HD audio capable|
Huawei Mate20 / Mate20 Pro Australian price
The Mate 20 Pro will cost $1599 to buy outright in Australia. The Mate 20 will be set you back a more reasonable $1099. Both phones come bundled with a pair of wireless Huawei Freebuds valued at RRP $199. (The Mate20 Pro also comes with an additional pre-order freebie, which we'll get to in a moment.)
The Mate 20's price point is in that sub-$1200 sweet spot that makes it a very compelling offer; especially if you're buying outright. But you will be missing out on some excellent features beyond a larger screen. This is one occasion where going for the premium model probably makes sense.
As always, you might be able to shave a few bucks off the RRP by buying from online retailers, but don't expect to save much for the first few months. On the plus side, the P20 Pro should drop further in price any day now.
Huawei Mate20 / Mate20 Pro Australian availability
The Huawei Mate20 Pro will be available in Australia on November 1, 2018. You can pre-order the device from today. Customers that pre-order the Mate20 Pro will score a bonus Huawei wireless charger valued at $149.
You'll be able to purchase both models on a variety of plans from Optus and Vodafone. They will also be available from select Aussie retailers including JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman and Kogan.
Keen to know more? You can check out the full launch event by clicking on the video below: