Huawei launches Mate 20, dubbed 'king of smartphones'

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Since the Mate 9, Huawei has been synonymous with big screens, big batteries and big megapixel counts, and, we're pleased to report, nothing has changed with its latest flagships: meet the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro.

The Huawei Mate 20 Series is powered by the Kirin 980 chip, which offers improved performance and a smooth user experience, even after extended use.

The Mate 20 Pro, starting at €1,049 ($1,215), is more feature-packed than the $1,099 iPhone XS Max, with on-screen fingerprint recognition, facial recognition, built-in artificial intelligence, and an impressive triple-lens camera that takes lovely macro and wide shots. Each model of the Huawei Mate 20 series will be available in four colour variants: Emerald Green, Midnight Blue, Twilight and Black. "While global variants of the Mate 20 Series may be available on some U.S. online retail sites, we encourage individuals to carefully read the details about the warranty and network compatibility before purchasing", Huawei told Business Insider. Here we have listed top 7 features of the Mate 20 Pro that you should know about.

One of the other elements we were intrigued to check out on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro was its processor performance. Both the Mate 20 Pro UD variants will have in display fingerprint scanner feature.

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The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro comes with a large, high-density 4200mAh battery, and supports 40W HUAWEI SuperCharge which can charge the phone 70% in just half an hour. On the front of the handset there is a 24 megapixel camera for video calls and selfies.

Google also released a flagship smartphone this year, the Pixel XL 3, but Google hardware is not yet available in SA. It also looks cool - according to us - although so too does the gradient twilight finish on the device we reviewed. The battery life of the Watch GT is 420 mAh and can run up to a month in a special watch mode and two weeks in normal mode.

Weighing 188g, the Mate 20 is actually lighter than expected, undercutting smaller devices like the Sony Xperia XZ3; it's also more than 10g lighter than the Note 9 and iPhone XS Max. It feels good in the hand, there are no buttons or fingerprint scanners (as that is designed into the screen) and the design of the cameras are not in a random position.

Huawei certainly sells a lot of smartphones around the world, but the presence of the company in the United States is quite limited for reasons of national security.

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