Huawei Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro launch highlights: Huawei is expected to launch as many as four phones at its launch event. The Mate 20 series is expected to be launched soon in London at 2pm local time (around 6.30pm IST). As per leaks so far, the Mate 20 series is expected to have a unique rear camera configuration: one that features three lenses in an L-shaped pattern, with a dedicated LED flash module.
Besides the camera module, the Huawei Mate 20 series will be the first to be powered by the Kirin 980 processor. According to teasers of the launch event, the new SoC will increase the focus on artificial intelligence, as the company could be expected to add onto the AI capabilities of the series. These could also come with GPU Turbo 2.0, a processing system that will allow for optimised performance during gameplay and multi-tasking.
Huawei is hosting a live stream of the event, that can be viewed from the company’s YouTube channel. Updates of the event will also be available on the company’s Twitter and Facebook feeds. For those unable to catch the event, we will bring real-time updates for the event, through our live blog below.
Huawei Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro launch highlights
Huawei Mate 20 series launch: Huawei announces accessories for Mate 20 phones, as well as Watch GT fitness tracker
Other than the Huawei Mate 20 series, Huawei has also announced accessories for the new product lineup. Users can also consider buying an In Car 40W SuperCharger, that will allow full charging capabilities on the move. Besides, the company has also unveiled protective cases of different kinds for all the phones, though their availability details remain unknown.
Also the company introduced Huawei Watch GT, that features a 1.39-inch OLED touchscreen display. This is also backed by a GPS tracker, a heartbeat monitor, and an Altimeter to monitor outdoor performance. Users will be able to swim with Watch GT, that offers 50m water resistance fo 30 minutes.
Huawei Mate 20 series launch: Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20X prices, sale dates announced
The company has announced the availability and pricing details for the Mate 20 series of phones. While the Huawei Mate 20 has been priced at 799 euros (Rs 67,910 approx.) for the 4GB/64GB variant, and 849 euros (Rs 72,160 approx.) for the 6GB/128GB variant. Meanwhile, the Huawei Mate 20 X has been priced at 899 euros (Rs 76,405 approx.), while the Mate 20 Pro will retail for 1049 euros (Rs 89,155 approx.). While the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro are already available for sale, Huawei has announced that the Mate 20 X sale will begin from October 26.
Huawei Mate 20 series launch: Huawei Mate 20X launched with 7.12-inch Ultra Large display
Besides the other smartphones, Huawei has also announced the Mate 20X with the other phones. Featuring a 7.2-inch OLED display, Mate 20X provides over 87 per cent screen to body ratio. It is backed by a 5000mAh battery, and comes with vapour chamber + graphic film cooling technology, which the company claims is more secure than conventional colling modes. Mate 20X comes with multimedia support, and can also double up as a portable mobile game pad, like the Nintendo Switch.
Huawei Mate 20 series launch: Porsche Edition Mate 20 RS launched, explained
Huawei will continue its partnership with Porsche, as the companies partner to announce the Porsche Edition Mate 20 RS phone. While the phone will retain the same features as other Mate 20 series phones, it will feature an interface imitating race car designs. The phone will be present in 8GB RAM/256GB and 8GB RAM/512GB storage options. The Porsche edition phone will be available in Red and Blue colour options.
Huawei Mate 20 series launch: Notched display phones will offer support to many AR, AI features
The Huawei Mate 20 series will continue to offer augmented reality (AR) support, for which Google will also extend its AR Play support. In addition, the phones will also support payment verification through facial scans, that can be enabled with Google Pay. Third-party apps can be secured through a host of app privacy features, that will also exhibit Digital wellbeing support, so that users can understand their phone usage patterns, as initiated with Android 9 Pie. The support for more Google-based features are expected to continue for the Mate 20 series.
Huawei Mate 20 series launch: EMUI 9 based on Andriod Oreo announced, features explained
The company has revealed that the Mate 20 series will run EMUI 9 over and above Android 9 Pie. The company has introduced new features with respect to improved app security, and privacy based settings. Besides this, Huawei has claimed that it has tied up with more than 200 e-commerce platforms that will be supported on these phones. Also, the Mate series will be able to support 3D modelling.
Support for Huawei share will continue, as the company has also announced Huawei Share 3.0 for sharing of apps, images, contacts and more across Huawei devices
Huawei Mate 20 series launch: Huawei Mate 20 specifications
Here's a look at some of the specifications of Huawei Mate 20
Huawei Mate 20 series launch: Huawei Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro camera modes
Huawei has confirmed that the Mate 20 series is able to take wide-angle shots across lighting modes, that will allow to focus on shots across distances. This will not only offer great detail, claims the company, but will also allow equal colour representation across images, Not only does the camera allow users to shoot images within a range of 25mm, but also enables underwater capabilities.
Besides this, the notch over the display enables more AI capabilities, besides the front camera functions. Huawei Mate 20 series offers 3D Face Unlock, and facial recognition for enhanced selfies, as well as security support for online payments.
Huawei Mate 20 series launch: Huawei Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro camera configuration explained
Huawei has introduced a modified triple rear camera configuration with the Mate 20 series. While both Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro have three rear cameras, the former comes with a 16MP wide angle lens, a 12MP ultra wide angle lens and an 8MP telephoto lens. Meanwhile, Huawei Mate 20 Pro comes with the same combination of lenses as P20 Pro, which is a 40MP primary lens, 20MP secondary shooter and a 12MP tertiary sensor to offer 5X Optical Hybrid zoom.
Huawei Mate 20 series launch: Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Huawei Mate 20 specifications explained
Huawei Mate 20 will feature a 4200mAh battery, which will also receive support for 40W SuperCharge charging capabilities. This will be extended to other phones in the series, and can offer 70 per cent of battery in 30 minutes. In addition, Huawei Mate 20 Pro comes with wireless charging support for improved performance. Besides this, Mate 20 Pro is the world's first phone to offer wireless reverse charge, which can power other phones that offer wireless charging.
Huawei Mate 20 series launch: Event goes under way, Mate 20 and Mate 20 pro introduced
Huawei CEO brings the Mate 20 series launch event to a start. He explains the technology improvements in the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, such as triple camera configuration, as well as Kirin 980 chipset. Also, the phones will come with in-display fingerprint sensor, as well as waterproof certification. The company has also announced nanoSD memory cards being available for the series, instead of the microSD cards that are commercially available. These phones will offer speaker output through its improved dual-speaker sound technology.