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Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro gives the iPhone XS Max and Galaxy S9+ serious competition

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Huawei is now the number 2 smartphone maker in the world, but how does the Mate 20 Pro measure up?

The Chinese tech giant just released its top of the line, most high tech phone that is sure to provide the iPhone XS Max and a Galaxy S9+ with some serious competition. It became available in Singapore on October 27 at all Huawei Concept Stores and local telcos.

The Mate 20 Pro is getting buzz from tech-savvy people, and here’s why. Techies love the Mate 20 Pro’s long battery life, 3D facial recognition, fingerprint scanner, wireless and reverse wireless charging, 3 brilliant cameras, and an excellent screen and processors. How’s that for a list of awesome features?

Here are the Mate 20 Pro’s specifications:
OS: EMUI 9 based on Android 9 Pie
Dimensions: 157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6 mm
Weight: 189g
Screen size: 6.39in QHD+ OLED (538ppi)
Camera: Triple rear camera 40MP, 20MP ultra-wide angle, 8MP telephoto, 24MP front-facing camera + 3D depth sensing camera
Storage: 128 or 256GB plus nano memory card
Processor: octa-core Huawei Kirin 980
RAM: 6 or 8GB of RAM
Connectivity: LTE, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 5 and GPS (dual-sim available in some regions)

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Pretty impressive, right? But for everyday usage, here’s the practical side of things.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro’s battery life is outstanding. When used heavily, it can last up to 35 hours from fully charged to zero. But when not used so heavily, it can last up to 48 hours. The phone also had both power saving or ultra power saving modes, meaning you can make it last for three days without charging if necessary.

Let’s talk about charging. Via its cable, this phone can get fully charged in under one hour. In 13 minutes, the phone already hits 30 percent. Wirelessly it takes a little bit longer.

Because of Huawei’s new Kirin 980 processor, users of the Mate 20 Pro report no lag with opening apps or switching from one app to another. The phone is said to stay cool even when users play games continuously for half an hour.

Like other phones, this one has wellbeing apps that show your length of phone usage. And when speaking of security, the Mate 20 Pro comes with not just one but two biometrics. It has a 3D IR face-scanning system as well as an optical fingerprint sensor. The facial recognition technology unlocks the phone, and fingerprint scanner unlocks apps for the second level of security.

Finally, we come to the camera, and the Mate 20 Pro has three that work beautifully together. The primary one has 40 megapixels, the ultra-wide has 20-megapixels and the telephoto camera has eight megapixels. When used together, they can take 10-megapixel images with fantastic options for zooming.

One more advantage, this camera takes excellent selfies, offers 3D live emojis, and has great low-light performance.

And the price? The Huawei Mate 20 Pro comes in at S$1,348. This is not too bad, considering that the iPhone XS Max starts at S$1,649. The Galaxy S9+ starts at $1,348 as well but could go up to $1,498 with additional storage.

Read related: “You’ll need it” – Huawei trolls Apple by distributing free power banks to folks lining up for iPhone XS

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