The Huawei Mate 20 series, including the top-end Mate 20 Pro, was launched in October and is widely considered the most feature-filled and capable Android smartphone at the moment. And like a few other manufacturers such as HMD Global-owned Nokia and OnePlus that have seen success thanks to a focus on software, Huawei seems to be taking a similar approach. The company’s latest phone, the Mate 20 Pro, is said to be receiving a software update that is bringing camera improvements, and the October 2018 Android security patch.
According to reports, the update is 491MB in size, and adds the October 2018 security patch. However, some manufacturers are already rolling out the November patch, so Huawei isn’t exactly at the top of the game in this department for now. Key changes in the update come in the form of camera improvements, with new filters and effects for stills and videos, as well as the addition of the AI zoom feature. Considering that the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is being touted for its photography chops, camera updates will likely be the focus even going forward.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro specifications and features
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro comes with a 6.39-inch OLED screen that runs at a 2K+ resolution – 3120×1440 pixels, 538ppi, and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. At the heart of the Mate 20 Pro runs Huawei’s home-brewed HiSilicon 980 SoC built on 7nm fabrication, and has an octa-core CPU. This makes Mate 20 Pro the first Android smartphone to be powered by a 7nm chipset. It also comes with a dedicated NPU for handling AI enabled tasks.
The highlight of Mate 20 is the triple rear cameras out of which one is a 40-megapixel primary sensor of f/1.8 aperture. The second is a 20-megapixel sensor of f/2.2 aperture with an ultra-wide angle lens. Lastly, the sensor has 8-megapixel resolution with f/2.4 aperture, and it comes with a telephoto lens for portrait mode and optical zoom.
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The Mate 20 Pro comes with a 4,200mAh battery with fast charging and wireless charging feature. Connectivity options include dual-SIM card slots with 4.5G VoLTE connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, GPS and Bluetooth. You also get a USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer. The smartphone is IP68 certified for water and dust resistance. On the software front, it runs Android 9 Pie with EMUI 9 skin on top.