Huawei Mate 20 Pro – Final Review

There is no doubt in my mind that the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is one of the best phones on the market, but using it for a whole month has made me doubt my prior stance. Is it still the best phone on the market? Let’s see. But, first, check out my week-long review here, where I mention some things I don’t in this one .

Specs

The specs of the Mate 20 Pro are nothing short of incredible. The Kirin 980 is the single most intelligent chip on the market and will be, until CES, when the first Snapdragon 855 phones are expected to release, or Samsung’s launch event, expected to be on February 20th. It constantly amazes me what this phone can do, so far ahead of the competition

However, something that I have noticed with this phone is that memory management is very aggressive. As I already mentioned, it closes youtube in the background when it is chromecasting, even when I only open 1 app. With 6GB of RAM, that is not good. I have noticed little to no difference between this phone’s RAM and my Pixel 2’s, which is bad since the Mate 20 Pro has 1.5x more than the Pixel 2. On the upside, though, that means more battery life, which I’ll get to later.

Design

I still love the design of the Mate 20 Pro. In my opinion, it is the second best looking phone on the market, second only to the Oppo Find X. The buttons are so thin and sharp that it makes them stand out from every phone I have ever used. The back of this twilight version caught so many eyes in my everyday life that I never want to put a case on it.

One of my few gripes about this phone though, are the fingerprints that the back glass collects. It ruins the back design of the phone. If Huawei had released a fibre-optic version of the twilight phone, I would have adored it. It didn’t help that the clear case I got collected more dust, dirt and fingerprints than the phone itself.

Battery

This phone has the single best battery life of any phone I have ever tried. This was consistently a two-day battery for me. In fact, I nearly never charged this phone overnight, because when I woke up, I plugged the phone in for 20 minutes, and it would have gone from 40% to 80%, which is more than enough charge for my use.

The battery of this phone doesn’t really need much explanation. 40 watt fast charging and 15 watt wireless charging are both about double the industry standard for a flagship right now. I have absolutely no complaints right now. None.

Software

The software is still the worst part of this otherwise great phone. It feels disorganised, it has more bloatware than a Samsung phone, and it is very unintuitive. However, those things can either be fixed or overlooked. Bloatware can be uninstalled, launchers can be installed and the incredible speed with which everything functions never fails to amaze me.

Put simply, if you are moving from a phone like a Pixel or iPhone, you will almost certainly be disappointed. However, if you are coming from a Samsung, LG or the like, you will be pleasantly surprised.

Cameras

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro has, in my opinion, the best camera hardware in any phone. If you have any idea how to frame shots, adjust settings or have knowledge of Leica cameras, this will be perfect for you. For me though, who has none of those, I cannot get a photo out of this camera that is anywhere near what my Pixel 2 could.

Now just to be clear, that is nothing against Huawei. A single glance at Huawei’s Twitter page shows the brilliant photos that come out of it. All that this is is that I know nothing about their cameras, or cameras in general.

However, with the Pixel 2, that didn’t matter. No matter how little I knew about taking photos, they came out good. But I think that is a benefit Google’s phone, not a downside of Huawei’s.

Price

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro starts at £899. That is really expensive. I make a point of not accepting phones with prices around £1000, but at least it is cheaper than the latest from companies like Apple or Samsung.

Verdict

So, after a whole month of using this phone, what do I think of it? It is really good. If you can afford it, it is a great choice. I, unfortunately, cannot. After I send this retail model back, I won’t be able to get my own. However, for anyone looking to buy a phone for a steep price, I would immediately recommend this one.

So what do you think of the Mate 20 Pro? Will you be picking one up? Let me know in the comments below.

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