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The Mate 20 Pro will wirelessly charge your earbuds

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. Huawei will launch the phone at an event in London, and we now know that there will be some interesting stuff with wirelessly charging earbuds on show too.

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New Huawei Freebuds 2 Pro leak, with wireless charging

We now have marketing images of the upcoming Mate 20 Pro, thanks to Roland Quandt on Twitter. The promotional shots show the Huawei Freebuds 2 Pro, which will launch alongside Huawei's new flagship phone. What's really interesting about these though is not the fact that they look just like AirPods, but that they can be charged wirelessly by the Mate 20 Pro. Yes, your smartphone becomes a wireless charging pad for your wireless earbuds.

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Look familiar? The Huawei Freebuds 2 Pro look very much like Apple AirPods. / © Winfuture / Roland Quandt

It is unlikely that the individual earbuds will charge simply by being placed on the phone as pictured above. The new Freebuds 2 Pro come in a small charging case that can be charged in several different ways. Wireless charging is available via either Huawei's new dedicated wireless charger or via the Mate 2 Pro. You can also charge the case with a cable. Reports suggest that the Freebuds 2 Pro will take three hours to charge fully wirelessly, and two hours by cable. Each earbud weighs 4.1 grams and they are expected to last up to 15 hours in between charges. Prices are rumored to be around €150-160 in Europe.

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Use your Mate 20 Pro as a wireless charger to refill your earbuds? / © Winfuture/Roland Quandt

What do you think about charging your new earbuds from your smartphone? In a way, it's cool that Huawei has beaten Apple to the market with a cool innovation, but styling the new Freebuds 2 Pro so closely to AirPods is a bit lame.


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Huawei is clearly not afraid of the new iPhones

Yesterday evening Apple announced the new iPhone Xs, Xs Max and Xr. Huawei, determined not to be caught cold, was prepared and took the opportunity to remind us on Twitter who is driving innovation in the world of smartphones (according to the Chinese manufacturer).

A second post published by the company thanked Apple yet again, this time for keeping things exactly as they were before (another point which is up for discussion) and for not innovating. Do you agree with Huawei?

Obviously, all the teasers remind us of the presentation date for the Mate 20 range, which takes place in London on October 16. Are you ready to find out how Huawei will bring the fight to Apple?

Leaked dummy unit confirms final design

We've been hearing rumors about a curved OLED display on the Mate 20 Pro for a while, but now a leaked dummy model all-but confirms the design. Huawei has gone for an almost bezel-less display which curves on either side. There are also reduced bezels around the notch and a very sleek chin on the bottom. To the untrained eye, this looks like a Samsung flagship...if you can disregard the prominent display notch, that is.

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The Mate 20 Pro dummy unit confirms the curved display design. / © Phone Arena

The notch looks wide but it is expected to feature a 24MP camera for some kind of Face ID technology that will go up against 3D facial recognition in terms of unlocking the phone with your face. We're also expecting to see an in-display fingerprint sensor on the Mate 20 Pro, providing an impressive overall security package. We still haven't seen any images of the back of the dummy unit, so we are unable to confirm the square-shaped, four-camera setup just yet.

The Mate 20 Pro will launch on October 16 at a special event in London. We are expecting the device to be available for pre-order immediately after the presentation.

What do you think of the Mate 20 Pro design? Are you going to buy one?

Android Pie at launch confirmed by EEC certification

If you were worried about being stuck with Android Oreo, then here's some good news. The next high-end smartphones from Huawei will be launching with Android 9.0 Pie. The Mate 20 (HMA-L29) and Mate 20 Pro (LYA-L29) have now been certified by the Eurasian Economic Commission, and the certification specifies Android 9.0 as the software version. The Mate 20 Lite, on the other hand, was benchmarked running Android 8.1 Oreo recently and wasn't certified by the EEC, so there's a chance it could launch with Oreo.

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Here is the certification showing Android 9.0 will be on the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro. / © Nashville Chatter

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

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Waterdrop notch and triple cameras confirmed

We can now confirm that the Huawei Mate 20 will feature a waterdrop notch at the top of the display and three cameras around the back. The size of the notch, which looks smaller than the style made popular by the iPhone X, will please critics who say notches steal display space.

Thanks to firmware files obtained last month, XDA Developers was able to produce plausible renderings (together with @SRenderr) of what the Mate 20 will look like.

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The 'waterdrop' notch is less invasive. / © Xda Developers

Note: As the XDA guys say, renderings are approximate because the official size of the smartphone is not known, so notches, bezels, and button and camera placement might be slightly different on the released version.

Triple cameras, and an odd sensor layout

The most difficult novelty to digest will probably be the camera module, or rather its shape. Here in the office, opinions are divided. Some say the design is more original and practical than that of the P20 Pro. The three sensors should be the same, though, just positioned differently.

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The camera setup is likely to split opinion. It has in our office! / © Xda Developers

The fingerprint sensor will also be on the back of the Mate 20. Will are still waiting to hear confirmation that the Mate 20 Pro will feature a fingerprint sensor integrated into the front display. Thanks to Chinese microblogging site Weibo, we can see a large, round fingerprint sensor on the back of the Mate 20. This photo is to be considered quite reliable as it confirms all the other leaks so far.

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The fingerprint reader looks like classic Huawei. / © Weibo

The return of the headphone jack?

Despite the Mate 10 Pro ditching the headphone jack last year, it looks as though the Mate 20 will be bringing it back! According to XDA's renderings, the 3.5mm jack will be on the top of the device. Huawei could, of course, take it away again on the Mate 20 Pro. On the bottom, you will find a USB Type-C port and the second speaker for that stereo sound. The back of the phone is glass, which is necessary for wireless charging. Some older rumors, such as those surrounding the battery and chipset, were also confirmed as part of this latest leak.

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It's a pleasure to see the 3.5mm jack on the Mate 20. / © Xda Developers

What do you think about this huge photo module and design of the Mate 20?

The notch 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.

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

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. The rumors of ARM Cortex-A77 cores, which do not exist at the moment, were unfounded. The new CPU will be accompanied by 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory on the Mate 20 Pro. New information about the Mate 20 Lite hardware confirmed it will feature a Kirin 710 SoC paired with 6GB of RAM.

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

The latest news has confirmed that a 4200 mAh battery is indeed 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
RAM 6GB
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? What do you think of the triple camera setup?

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  • Apple doesn't innovate. They just take whatever already exists and make it better.


  • Sorin 3 months ago Link to comment

    It is very interesting to win the second place (!!), semifinalists being Apple and Samsung, one with a completely unapproved name for the phone, the other having a strong tradition and a large number of fans.
    Because the occupant of the first place is far from the others, offering top performance at a very fair and reasonable price.


  • Since it will officially LAUNCH with Android 9, does that mean it will officially support Treble? If so, you can load your own custom rom, as long as you can unlock the bootloader? Since Huawei stopped doing that, how much of an issue is this?


    • it will be an issue going forward. not only have they stopped offering bootloader codes, they are beginning to lock down the bootloaders completely. as of the august update, my mate 10 will not be able to unlock bootloader. luckily, i haven't updated and i am currently running carbon rom on it.


  • great information..


  • yknot 3 months ago Link to comment

    Was really looking forward to the mate 20 pro and now they're saying there will be a notch... guess I'm looking elsewhere, I refuse to do the notch.


  • 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.


  • storm 4 months ago Link to comment

    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
    safely.


  • 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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