Huawei has definitely caught the attention of the mainstream media. Despite being one of the more expensive companies coming out of China, the company has without a doubt, been one of the most innovative smartphone brands lately. With the Mate 10 starting to sing its tales, fans anticipate for Huawei to launch the successor to the Mate 10, namely, the Mate 20. According to a leak that just came through trusty Ronald Quandt, we finally have a good look at what the Huawei Mate 20 may look like. Not only does it shape up some things here, but it seems like Huawei has more than a jar of cookies before their keynote.
Renders leaked suggest have suggested that the Huawei Mate 20 would pack a triple camera setup at its rear. Similar to what LG has recently done with the V40 ThinQ, Huawei wants to follow along. The leak also showcased a number of changes compared to last year’s model, internally and externally. Not only do we see a new body design with that shiny glass back, but we also get to see the new waterdrop notch inspired by the Essential Phone from back in 2017 and the recently announced Oppo R17. Furthermore, the leak above suggests that the Huawei Mate 20 may lack an under display fingerprint sensor as well as the marginally thick bezels, chin, and forehead found on the Mate 10.
Given that OnePlus and Huawei are following Oppo’s route, this means that neither of these companies have really taken face recognition seriously. While OnePlus has been rumored to pack an under-display fingerprint sensor, it seems like the Huawei Mate 20 may not given the fact that we do notice a fingerprint sensor on the back of the Mate 20’s back. While this may be discouraging for a few, this signals us that Huawei may be more than interested in including under-display fingerprint sensors in their devices for biometric authentication rather than using Face biometrics given how many sensors it requires to be accurate.
What’s exciting about the Huawei Mate 20 is the fact that Huawei’s new Kirin 980 is said to bring massive improvements in performance and is the first SoC to reach the 7nm fabrication process. Not only does Apple now have a conflict with Apple, who also claims to be the first 7nm SoC manufacturer, but analysts and leaks are suggesting that Kirin 980 would perform almost as fast as Apple’s new A12 Fusion chip found in Apple’s iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max.
Regarding internals and performance, we’re pretty confident in how Huawei has this handled. Not only would the Mate 20 get the privilege of packing the Kirin 980, but it would also be a great contender to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 with it’s 4000mAh battery. And given how much Huawei has been giving attention to the spec wars, it’s likely that we may see Huawei launch the Mate 20 with up to 512GB of internal storage and even a headphone jack unlike OnePlus’s recent decision to axe the headphone jack from the OnePlus 6T.
Given how Huawei Mate devices have been priced in the past, it’s likely that the device may run you for around a $799 and may also come in several other variants such as the “Lite” and “Pro”, with the Pro being limited to certain markets and especially in the USA.
As Huawei continues to gain on into the Apple vs Samsung race, it seems like Huawei is continuing in its pursuit to become number 1 manufacturer in the world and this device, along with Huawei’s in-house hardware seem to be dictating the future for Huawei.