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Huawei throws a giant phone party

by on17 October 2018

Hello Mate, here's the Mate20 Pro

Well over 2,000 people, from all over the world, poured into a conference hall in the Excel conference centre in London yesterday to see and listen to a complete bells and whistles exposition of the virtues of Huawei's latest range of phones the Mate 20 and the Mate20 Pro.

We haven't had a chance to put the Pro through its paces yet, but it certainly comes with a bunch of interesting specifications, explored in this article Fudzilla posted yesterday. Huawei said the device also includes some clever artificial intelligences (AI) capabilities – more on this in a separate story.

The Mate20 Pro OLED display measures 6.39 inches and uses the Android 9 operating system and comes with either 6GB of RAM and 128GB of ROM memory, or 8GB+256GB. It also offers a nanomicro card supporting up to 256GB, which you have to buy separately. Huawei claims this nanomicro form factor will be a new standard for the industry.  The Mate20 uses ARM's latest CPU.

It has a dual SIM option and includes a gravity sensor, an ambient light sensor, a proximity sensor, a compass, and a built-in fingerprint sensor and face recognition sensor.

The triple camera is based on Leica technology with a wide angle and an ultra wide angle lens.

Huawei claims that its 4200 mAh battery uses its Supercharge charging technology and that these considerably lengthen both battery life and the speed of charging.

If you want to go scuba diving with your watch, it will survive up to 50 metres deep, according to Huawei executives. It comes in three colours – blue, green and black – and costs £899. There is a less expensive version – the Mate20. And Porsche also showed off its version of the Mate20 family with a leather finish and costing around £2,000 or so, for those who have deep, deep pockets.

Huawei also introduced a digital watch yesterday – it measures things like your heart rate and other biometrics. If you fall in love and your heart goes a-flutter, we suspect the last thing you want to do is to look at your watch. The company claims the watch also has a significantly longer battery life than its competitors - we're pretty sure it means Apple.

Last modified on 17 October 2018
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