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Mate 20 Pro Review: Best Mobile Of 2018? Not Quite


Mate 20 Pro Review: Best Mobile Of 2018? Not Quite Chris a with a phone that doesn't reallyneed an intro it's had so much coverage and rightly so they mate 20 pro fromHuawei is a top Android flagship phone it has to be in the top five it has asix point three nine inch OLED screen with a resolution of thirty one twentyby 1440p my version has eight gigabytes of RAM and 128 gigabytes of superfaststorage that breaks 900 megabyte reads that's really quick in fact the fastestI have seen the build looks a lot like my Samsung Galaxy S9 plus but I wouldhave to say that it actually feels in hand a little bit more refined and thebuilding ever so slightly bitter the same goes for the screen there now thosecameras on the rear we have a three times optical zoom sensor which is a twomegapixels and it takes a good photo it's great for getting in close veryhandy just like the two times optical I have on my Samsung galaxy s9 plus a 40megapixel main sensor and then we have a also very handy wide lens on there whichis 20 megapixels now the cameras as a package when you look at it as a packagefactoring in focus video bitrate and audio quite disappointing in termsof video quality as you see later on in this review I feel that's a massiveletdown one of the weaknesses of Huawei's is mate 20 Pro so what do you get in thebox you get their super charger this is rated with a maximum output of 40 wattswhich is massive for this charges the phone in just one hour in 10 minutes inmy testing from completely flat in 30 minutes you get around 68 percent sothat's exceptionally quick you're gonna instructionally fit therethat one's all in Chinese because I have the Chinese version you get a clear casesome in-ear headphones and of course the type C charger cable and then a type C 23.5 millimeter adapter mate 20 Pro comes out to be eight point six millimetersthin and weighs 190 grams but that's not bad considering it has a 4200 milliamphour battery so we do have a little bit of a top bezel and of course we havethat wide notch now this notch is not as ridiculous as the Google pixels threesnotch which I laughed at when I first saw install but here we've got a 24megapixel camera the earpiece there is a bunch ofother sensors on here so there's a dot projector and everything else they needfor that 3d face unlocking and of course if you really hate that knotch then youcan hide it because it's got an OLED screen the blacks look very dark and itlooks pretty much like the top bezel you get on the samsung galaxy s 9 plus asyou can see up the top you will find an IR transmitter great to have this onhere two antenna lines and then one of three microphones this is use the coursefor noise cancellation and in video and our buttons these are on the right sideso we have a red power button in the volume up and down they are both madeout of metal they have a good feel to them and they don't rattle around not onthe bottom you will see the two distinct and tenor lines which as I mentionedlook a lot like Samsung's and then we have a type C port with a speaker behindit Allisyn tray which will house two nanoSims or one nano sim and their micro SD card but it's not actually a micro SDit's their own format from Huawei so it's a glass covered back and I have thesilver version here which is very prone to finger prints very slippery as wellbut if you go for say the midnight blue and has those lines on itwhich gives it a little bit of texture tiny a little bit more grip and resistsfingerprints a little better and here's what the case looks like on the phone soit is going to protect the cameras only just you can see is about a millimeterdifference between where the cases and then that camera module which sticks outa little bit it offers protection for the buttons aswell and the screen if you do place it and face down will not actually betouching the table here for example so the bill quality is premium and comparedto the samsung galaxy s 9 Plus on the leftit feels ever so slightly better because it's a little bit more narrow and I findthat it's just easier to get access to the button and not only that the edgesthe way they've done the inches on them 820 Pro they're just a little bit morerounded off a little bit smoother feel better in hand and overall it just givesit a slightly better feel to the s9 plus here face unlocking is also much quickerthan my use loan plus as I'll demonstrate now tap the button veryquick do that again most of the time it is quick just asyou've seen taking a look now at the end screen fingerprint reader so you tap thescreen first that'll wake it up you see the little icon here hopefully that'snot going to get burnt into the screen I'll place my thumb on there which was abit awkward for me and you can see it unlocks so how long did that take it'sabout one to two seconds it can be a little bit slower at times now sometimesyou don't get the position a hundred percent correct and it will not workevery single time so speak tit to work maybe eight out of ten times and here itseems to be working for me quite well overall I don't have any real issueswith it it's just not as fast as those rare fingerprint readers from the likesof SATA one plus six I'll take a look now at the screen in details so I knowthere's been something going around with glue gate there's been a problem withthe glue between the glass and then the OLED panel below luckily for me withthis unit it's perfectly fine now you're gonna get this right here you can seethat the edge screen is exactly the same as my Samsung Super AMOLED panel that'sin the explain plus you get that discoloration you get the color shiftingout now that's just a trait there of the screen it's not really too much of anissue but if you're really fussy about your screens then that may bother younow light leakage bleeding and things like that I'm not seeing a problem herenot like the some of the IPS panels that I look at that often have like a darkshadow ring around the knotch that is not happening here now you willsometimes see this shimmering happing see those lines going across like pulsewidth modulation flicker this is only happening on camera it's like whenever Irecords OLED screens or Samsung AMOLED panels this happens you can see thatthis green is flickering away here at the moment but again this is only oncamera so we've got our color temperature mode and your white balancethat you can see it so out of the box it's on vivid to me which is that's notreally that accurate normal is probably the best the more accurate the whitebalance is more correct there and we also have eye comfort mode so that's ablue light filter so you know you don't keep yourself awake at night the otheruseful option here too is the text and display slider so you can slide this upso if you find that it's too small you can increase it you find it allowed todecrease it and also the display size this is very handy to have now the gammais one this screen is completely off no matterwhat sitting I use here it should be 2.2 or closer to 2.2 but it's miles off herehovering around 1.4 as you can see brightness tops out at 790 lux which isa little bit lower than the 830 I messaged on the mate20 X dark colors on the screen when you're showing them they do look verygood because this is an OLED panel of course and overall it is a really nicescreen a premium screen that only complaint there is the the gamma beingquite off for some reason when you take a look at the touchperformance that is also excellent it goes with your finger there's nostuttering it is very smooth they seem to have it synced perfectly with therefresh rate of the screen which is great the UI performance is decent nowthis UI comes with a huge amount of bloatware I will just show you what Irecorded of how much bloatware had had on here blow wet applications so you cansee right here from the screenshot when I first got it then it actually hasabout 16 crappy applications on there that you're not going to want you'regonna want to remove and even under top apps you'll find a lot more so it takesa good 15 20 minutes to uninstall all of those I did also receive this firmwareupdate now this brings it up to Android 9 security patch level December the 1stwhich is really good so it's up to date and it may have possibly fixed thedisplay dimming issues so when you went into certain applications you're on amanual brightness setting that it would dim down the display even though youdon't want it to do that and that seems to be fixed because it's not happeningto me now if you do buy the Chinese version beware it will not have GooglePlay installed but it is a very easy fix you go into the app gallery which ismostly all in Chinese in fact a hundred percent Chinese search Google you'llfind there in the Google Play Store it will then install that and you can seeit's running fine I haven't had any problems with it it is very fast theperformance there so I have the full screen gestures at the moment enabled soyou swipe up and hold to get your recent apps and go through and multitask youjust swipe up to go home and then if you're in an application for example togo into gallery here and then I swipe from the side that takes you back it'svery easy to get used to and prefer it over the on-screen menu keysthat you can use chrome scrolling performance I have found to be very fastand smooth in fact better than the mate 20x that I just finished reviewing andthat is probably aided by the fact that this version I have has 8 gigabytes ofRAM that model has the karin 980 but with the 6 gigabytes so that 8 gigabytesof RAM to me makes it feel just ever so slightly faster and a little bitsmoother and that is also reflected in synthetic benchmarks for example this isan - - and we're getting a score of almost 270,000 where I got about 260,000on the make 20x with only 6 gigabytes of RAM and like them 820 X that hassuperfast ufs 2.1 spec storage take a look at the sequential reads here over900 megabytes per second that's going to be faster than a lot of people's laptopsif you're still using a set of 3 SSD that's almost double the read speedsthere that you'll be able to get sequential writes also good and then therandom writes are impressive for a mobile phone GPS performance is solid nocomplaints and only hovers around 4 meters of accuracy and locks on toalmost all of the satellites it sees with good signal strength if you arepurchasing the global version then you've got global LTE band coverage andhere in Spain it's working fine the Chinese version it's got to even outeBay in 20 as well the other people would need if you were gonna buy theChinese version although I wouldn't recommend it I'll go for the global oneso good 4G speeds it's LTE plus there that itmanaged to lock on 4G plus it's alright I mean not the fastest of course butthat's my provider and here we have wireless performance so no problems hereas well so the signal strength the range that I'm getting is all good it allchecks out on to battery life so it is very good this is way better than mysamsung galaxy s 9 plus I've got 9 hours of screen on time I had 14 percentbattery left I could possibly get 10 now I was using the screen set to 200 Luxand this is my year so it was heavy use I did a bit of gaming so Pub G by theway pub G I don't know if it's because of the turbo boost but it burns throughthe battery very quick pub G YouTube streaming prime video as well I waswatching that Play services was using a little bit ofbattery chrome and general use overall the battery holds up really well it'sgoing to be a two day mobile phone for most people and maybe even three now ifyou're gonna buy the Chinese version you need to be aware of this if you want touse a third-party launcher and that is Nova Launcher for example okay it'srunning oh that's great swipes up you can see all your appsperformance is really good but what happens when you go home it brings backhuawei's launcher there emui you can't override it because they will not letyou sit nova launcher as the default launcher or any third-party launcher Ihave some good news for those of you out there that like to use netflix on yourmobile phone that drm info tells us that has security level with Widevine levelone what that jargon translates into is netflix will run in HD Full HD it's notgonna be stuck and standard definition and it works really well and for thosewondering about a notification LED there is one that is up here but as far as Ican tell it's not a multicolored one definitely not as good as the one on mysamsung galaxy s 9 plus now your notifications you can have the icons asyou can see right now or you can actually change it over to numbers ifyou want so you can see how many you have now on to gaming performance so asexpected it performs really well this is on the ultra frame rate on HD and youdon't notice really any performance dips at all until it gets hot after gamingfor it about 30 minutes or so when you go in with the scope that's all veryfluid and smooth overall excellent top performance from the keren 980 here sothis phone like mini flagships has dual loudspeakers because the earpiecedoubles as a loudspeaker we've got the type C speaker placement which is alittle bit awkward but when you have a cable plugged in as you will hear justnow then it doesn't actually muffle it too much so to me it's not a dealbreaker and the speaker sounds decent it has a nice level of base and theloudness as well as good but here's that sample so as you can hear from that that whenyou plug in a cable to charge it and use that I'll speak at the same time it'snot actually muffling it at all much hardly anything just a tiny little bitnow the 3.5 millimeter headphone output when you use the type C adapter or typeC headphones it's good it's clean it is loud and overall I like it there'snothing really wrong with it at all you can't fault it a voice call quality aswell as excellent it's good no problems moving over to the cameras now sothere's still camera very good good performance overall takes a very decentimage and sometimes the exposure is a little bit off but when you have a lookat the video performance but I'm showing you now this is 4k with electronic imagestabilization you can see the stabilization is OK but I have noticedthat you do get some shutters in the video that the electronic imagestabilization is not as good as other flagships quite disappointing also thebitrate with 4k not as high as it could be it often offers around 30 megabitsper second 33 I feel a Chevy a bit high you do see some artifacts and then theaudio quality from those microphones you often get like a reverb or some sort ofnoise cancellation effect that comes in which is quite distracting anddespawning as well now if you do look at this video on a 4kmonitor on a 4k TV you'll notice compared to again other flagships thatthe quality is a little bit soft it's not so sharpnow you can swap over to the other lenses this is now the wide lens I'llshow you but when you pan around with this one you'll notice it will start todrop frames and the video performance it's quite choppy I mean the lensprobably ideally is not set up really for a video and then when you move overto the 3 times zoom well it's great to zoom in you can see the quality reallydoes drop off and is quite disappointing now let's have a look now at thefront-facing camera so this is the front-facing camera it has electronicimage stabilisation and because it is using that it has to crop the image it's1080p and right now I've got to push my arm right out to get it now what I wouldcall like a reasonable kinda normal thing that you would get facing camerayou can see the electronic image stabilization works reasonably well it'skeeping which didn't and good to have thoseflagship cameras phones Mobile's should all have image stabilization with thefront-facing cameras a lot of them still don't and when I walk along you can seeit's doing a good job here overall a standing out the image I find that thefront-facing camera can be a little bit soft at times and it is focusing andkeeping my face in exposure which is good when you can see the backgroundthere with the Sun it's very bright but it's mean to do it's not going tooverride this of course if I tap the screen then it's now focused onto thebackground and that is adjusted the exposure and everything yeah now you'llnotice that their mic sometimes they have this funny kind of effect to themlike almost like noise cancellation or a bit of reverb or something like thatbecause the way I'm holding up perhaps blocking the mics a little on the end iswhy this happens so video performance in low light you can see now is not good atall it's actually very poor look at the grain look at the artifacts it'sdropping frames now if you swap over to the three times then you'll see what Imean there look how bad that is it's all washed out we're losing a lot of detailand indoors low light you can see now the front-facing camera has a lot moregrain to it the electronic image stabilization also doesn't work as wellbut of course this is to be expected in these difficult conditions all right now quickly recapping so billquality's great great battery life excellent performance it's right upthere it's very very good really good screen on it the build quality I thinkis actually slightly better than my Samsung Galaxy S 9 plus that's all greatnow the downsides to it are very minor well there's a couple of minor ones inone big one so the minor ones would to be thefingerprint reader so it's sometimes a little bit hard to find so at night whenyou go to find it and then it's only going to work about seven to eight timesout of ten which is a little bit disappointing and it takes about twoseconds so it's not a big issue because we do have very good faced unlockingwhich is 3d mapping face unlocking to with this so it's more secure the UIthat it has okay so am UI from Huawei has a lot of bloatware that they'vealready pushed on there a lot of silly applications I counted about 16applications of junk on there and the Chinese version will not let you use athird-party launcher you can run it but you can't set it as the default launcherwhich is the big issue they won't let you away for security reasons they saywhich is it's just kind of wrong I wish they would let us over right there butthat's why you go for the global version and to get no bloatware so the cameraswhen you look at these cameras as a package the whole package not just stillimages not just low-light I find them to be disappointingokay front-facing camera even though you disable all the beautifying effects soyou set all the sliders and everything to zero and off it still looks like it'stoo soft it's got some beautifying there always that's a little disappointing tome but the biggest disappointment has to be the video so video has low Bret bitrate and average focus the focus is not really that good in it electronic imagestabilization again not fantastic dropped frames it's not very good andthen the microphones as well so it's like five things with video that arejust wrong with this so very poor video performance on this flagship expensivemobile phone so if you're gonna be spending this kind of cash on this phoneyou'd expect to have really decent great 4k video quality 1080p 1080p is a lotbetter but 4k compared to the other flagships big letdown so that's thereason not to go for the phone for everything else yes if you want thegreat performance build quality the screenthis is one of the ones to go for if you can afford it that is of course andyou're not going to be shooting any video so thank you so much for watchingthis lengthy review and if you haven't already do check out my review of thelarger 7.2 inch version of this phone which is the Mate 20 x .

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