Huawei’s new Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro smartphones are coming soon, and they’ll be some of the first Android devices powered by 7nm processors, Huawei’s latest phones with three cameras on the back, and the Pro model includes a couple of nifty new charging features.

It supports 40W fast charging with a wired charger: Huawei says you can get a 1 percent charge in just 30 seconds. There’s also support for 15W fast wireless charging, and the Mate 20 Pro also supports reverse wireless charging — you’ll be able to use your phone as a wireless charger for another phone if you want to share some of the power from the phone’s massive 4,200 battery.

The Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro should be available later in October.

Both phones feature Huawei’s Kirin 980 processor, which is a 7nm, octa-core processor featuring:

  • Dual 2.6 GHz ARM Cortex-A76 CPU cores
  • Dual 1.92 GHz ARM Cortex-A76 CPU cores
  • Quad 1.8 GHz ARM Cortex-A55 CPU cores
  • 720 MHz ARM Mali-G76MP10 graphics
  • Neural Processing Unit

The Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro will ship with Android 9 Pie software and the EMUI 9.0. The phones feature 128GB of storage and have a “nanoSD” card slot, which sounds nifty until you realize it’s going to make finding compatible storage tough.

Eventually the goal is to make nanoSD into a new standard. For now, Huawei is working with Toshiba to offer cards up to 256GB.

Other common features include 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and 24MP front-facing cameras. But the Huawei Mate 20 Pro has a few bonus features including the reverse wireless charging and 40W fast charging mentioned above. It also supports 3D face scanning using the front camera system.

There is one stand-out feature for the non-Pro model though: the Huawei Mate 20 has a 3.5mm headphone jack, while the Mate 20 Pro does not. It also has a smaller notch (since it lacks the 3D depth-sensing camera system on the front).

Here’s an overview of specs for each model:

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

  • 6.39 inch, 3120 x 1440 pixel OLED display
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 40MP f/1.8 primary camera
  • 8MP f/2.4 3x telephoto camera
  • 20MP f/2.2 wide-angle camera
  • 4,200 mAh battery
  • 40W fast charging
  • Qi wireless charging
  • USB-C
  • IP68 waterproof
  • In-display fingerprint sensor
  • 6GB/128GB for 1,049 Euros (~$1,215)

Huawei Mate 20

  • 6.53 inch, 2244 x 1080 pixel LCD display (up to 820 nits)
  • 4GB or 6GB of RAM
  • 12MP f/1.8 primary camera
  • 8MP f/2.4 2x telephoto camera
  • 16MP f/2.2 wide-angle camera
  • 4,000 mAh abttery
  • 22.5W fast charging
  • Qi wireless charging
  • USB-C
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • IP53 water and dust resistance
  • Rear fingerprint sensor
  • 4GB/128GB for 799 Euros (~$799)
  • 6GB/128B for 849 Euros (~$980)

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7 replies on “Huawei Mate 20 smartphones feature triple-cameras, 7nm chips, crazy charging tricks”

    1. Look at the Porsche version of this (RS20). We’re talking more than 2000 Dollars for a phone. If you want premium, you have to pay premium money.

  1. I heard that Samsung has had the ability to wirelessly provide power to another device in their Galaxy phones for at least 2 generations, but never enabled the feature. Not sure if the coils they had would support that, but the silicon allowed for that feature. I would not be surprised if the next Galaxy phone can wireless charge another device.

  2. One percent battery in 30 minutes? I think you’re missing some zeros there….

        1. It says “upto”… that means this is going to be slower than 50 minutes for 100% charge.
          Which isn’t impressive. I don’t see how this is equal/better than Apple’s or Qualcomm’s fast charging solution.

          Look at the new SuperVOOC, people have tested it get charged from 20% -> 80% in less than 15 minutes for a 3,400mAh battery. Or in other words, 2000mAh in under 15 minutes, aka 133.34mAh per minute.

          Huawei’s charger might be doing 1% of 4,200mAh in 30 seconds. So in conversion, its achieving “upto” 42mAh every 30 seconds… aka 84mAh per minute. That means Oppo’s solution is actually +60% faster, which is a huge difference.

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