Chinese smartphone maker Huawei is set to launch Mate 20 Pro, its flagship rival to Apple iPhone XS and Google Pixel 3 in India today. The smartphone was launched globally last month and will be the first device in the Mate series to debut in India. With Indian consumers willingly spending on expensive smartphones, Huawei is doubling down on the success it saw with the P20 Pro early this year.
Huawei is riding high on the success in its home market of China and strong demand for devices in markets like Europe. It has defeated Apple to become second largest smartphone maker globally for two straight quarters and has now set its sights on the Indian market where Xiaomi leads overall and OnePlus leads in the premium segment.
We already know that Huawei is planning to launch the Mate 20 RS Porsche Design as well in the country. The Mate 20 Pro features a 6.39-inch Quad HD+ OLED display and is powered by 7nm Kirin 980 chipset. In India, it will be launched with 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage while Porsche design will come with 8GB RAM and 256GB or 512GB storage. It has triple rear camera setup but drops monochrome sensor on the P20 Pro for an ultra wide-angle sensor. It features both an in-display fingerprint sensor as well as facial recognition system.
The Mate 20 Pro runs EMUI 9 based on Android 9 Pie and is backed by a 4,200mAh battery. Huawei has introduced new technologies like super fast charging with 40W adapter and Qi wireless charging rated at 15W. The smartphone also supports reverse wireless charging and can be used to charge other wireless charging capable smartphones like the iPhone Xs and Pixel 3. With Pixel 3 starting at Rs 71,000 and iPhone XS starting at Rs 99,900, the key thing to watch would be how Huawei prices its flagship smartphone? Stay tuned for live updates from Huawei’s big announcement in India.