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Massive Mate 20 Pro will have a curved display and notch

Huawei looks to be really pushing the boundaries of the Mate line with rumors indicating a Mate 20 Pro with a huge display and a new larger battery. Plus, images show multiple methods of unlocking the device with an integrated fingerprint sensor and biometric authentication. Ready to be surprised?


The notch will play a central role

It's been a few months since news started to filter through about the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and the latest leaks from the assembly line (or alleged to be, at least) suggest the phone will come with a notch, and that it will play a central role.

The leaked image shows a 6.3" AMOLED display with curved edges. If previous rumors are to be believed, it is likely produced by Samsung. There's also a noticeable notch on the Mate 20 Pro which looks like it could play a key role. In addition to the space taken up by the front-facing camera and the speaker for calling, this time the notch will also feature the sensors needed for unlocking the phone with 3D facial recognition, which is done using structured light technology.

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A mixture of the Galaxy S and the iPhone X? / © SlashLeaks

The presence of the notch is not enough, however, to avoid a more pronounced lower edge. Unlike the P20 Pro, however, it looks like there will be no fingerprint sensor. As previously rumored, the leaked images show a fingerprint sensor integrated into the screen. The curved screen with an integrated fingerprint sensor is reminiscent of the Mate RS, previously presented by Huawei.

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Go Huawei, we are ready to be amazed! / © SlashLeaks

We have to expect a real change of style for Huawei's Mate range which, at least in the Pro version, should use the some of the best technologies available on the market today.

Would you like a Huawei Mate 20 Pro similar to the Mate RS?


Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Lite: breaking down the variants

Huawei's future phablet will likely be available in four different variants, probably with different firmware depending on the market in which it is sold:

  • HMA-AL00
  • HMA-L09
  • HMA-L29
  • HMA-TL00

For the Mate 20 Lite, six different versions have surfaced yet there is no indication of a Pro model yet:

  • SNE-AL00
  • SNE-AL00B
  • SNE-LX1
  • SNE-LX2
  • SNE-LX3
  • SNE-TL00

Android Pie and a new EMUI

Thanks to the good guys at XDA Developers, we know a little more about what kind of software to expect on the new models. The Mate 20 and its variants should already be launching with Android 9.0 Pie, which will, of course, be customized with Huawei's EMUI interface. The new EMUI version is expected to contain a lot of design innovation due to the fact that the XDA modders were unable to boot any of the pre-installed Mate 20 apps on a Huawei Mate 10 Pro running a preview of Android P.

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We hope EMUI 9.0 will be more similar to Android stock. / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

A new, world-class display

The first rumors surrounding the display of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro come from The Bell, South Korea's online magazine. The screen is one of the most crucial components of smartphones, the first that catches your eye especially after the adoption of the new 18/19:9 formats and increasingly wide diagonals. If the report is to be true, Huawei will do for display diagonals what it did for rear cameras: push the numbers to a new extreme.

There's multimedia at the heart of everything: photos and videos are the meat and potatoes of smartphones for most users and Huawei wants to maximize the enjoyment of this content. It seems that Huawei wants to order OLED panels directly from Samsung to be integrated on its next flagship. The South Korean manufacturer allegedly sent several samples to the Chinese company, including 6.9-inch OLED panels. OLED displays, compared to LCD displays, tend to offer brighter colors and deeper blacks.

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The Mate 10 Pro also integrates an OLED display. / © AndroidPIT

Although the Mate 20 Pro is not explicitly referenced, considering the wide diagonal of the display and the traditional lineup of Huawei flagships, everything points to the next generation Mate. The phablet, if it follows the family traditions, should be released in autumn, between late autumn and early November, but for the moment we have no official date.

Fingerprint reader in the display, but only for Mate 20 Pro

The top-of-range version of the Mate 20 will come with a fingerprint sensor integrated into the display. Huawei could go the way of the Mate RS Porsche Design by using a fingerprint sensor in the display and another on the body of the phone, but no information is available at this yet. 

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Will Huawei be able to sell this technology? / © Digital Trends

New Kirin chipset on the horizon

This is certainly not the first time we have heard about a new SoC Kirin 980 coming to IFA. Further confirmation of the existence of the SoC comes as the same software was made available by FunkyHuawei to developers at XDA.

Whilst we still don't have any specific information about the chip, we know that the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro will have new HiSilicon hardware while the Lite variant will probably use a less powerful SoC. The CPU frequency should be around 2.8GHz and this chip should be one of the first to be made with a 7nm production process. There are also rumors of ARM Cortex-A77 cores, which do not exist at the moment, so take this information with a pinch of salt!

The new CPU will be accompanied by 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory on the Mate 20. No information on the Lite or Pro variants or on different versions with more RAM than the Mate 20.

A new, larger battery

News hints at a new, larger battery for the Mate 20 Pro. A poster produced by the Chinese manufacturer appears to suggest that the Mate 20 Pro will outperform both the Mate 10 Pro and the P20 Pro in terms of battery life. Both of those models featured a 4000 mAh battery that performed well, but an upgrade would be even better!

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The Mate 20 Pro will outperform its predecessor in terms of battery capacity. © Pocket Lint

Rumors continue to indicate that a 4200 mAh battery could be on the cards for the Mate 20 Pro - not a huge jump forward but enough to outperform high-end rivals such as the Honor Note 10 and the Xiaomi Mi Max 3.

Huawei Mate 20 (Pro): technical specifications

Huawei Mate 20 (Pro) Technical Specifications
Display 6,3" AMOLED (6,9" Pro)
Processor HiSilicon Kirin 980
Internal Memory 128GB
Battery 4200 mAh
OS Android 9.0 Pie, EMUI 9.0

Curious to discover what else will the Mate 20 Pro offer? Do you want to see a triple camera like on the P20 Pro?



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  • Man, I'd love to get one with the larger battery. I've loved the 4,000mAH ones in the 2, 8,9 but I'm worried after the government in the USA tossed Huawei into the trash, how they might just overlook (for good reason) supporting anything here.

  • EMUI in the US at least and their update rate are downers for me. There is a ton of wasted bloat in it and it adds no real function.

  • I currently have a Google Nexus 6P by Huawei and it has been an incredible device. However, I do wish it was bigger, and if the Huawei Mate 20 Pro becomes reality with high specs there is no doubt in my mind I will buy it even being priced north of $1000.00 USD.

  • Bring it on. Bigger can be better. Not for every one, but there is a niche market as long as the specs are high end. Will most certainly purchase!!!

  • I was one of the first to get a large screen phone, in 2010, when, MOST phone screens were the iPhone, at 3.5". I bought the Dell Streak 5, because I didn't want to SQUINT or have pinch zoom or scroll to do what I needed. Shoot, the screen, was bigger than most phones of the time. Constantly I'd get THAT, is your phone?
    But, I've found the sweet spot for me, is between 5.6-5.9". Anything over 6" screen, is just to big to lug around, even if it is a belt clip case. The problem is, I don't like to have to grab my phone while in the car, so I have a windshield mount. The Mate9, currently my phone, is almost too big to mount to the windshield, without impacting seeing out of my car

  • So, tablets are obsolete? I keep an 8" tablet for nearly everything around the house, and carry a nice pocketable 5" phone. Would I haul this monster around in a "man bag"? No.

    • Huawei's quest to be the #1 phone manufacturer is very real. Plus their using their heads going after Samsung's OLED display technology. That in itself is a very good move. Plus a 4200mamp battery. I say bring it on!

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