Huawei Mate 20 Pro Vs Huawei P20 Pro Comparison: Price in China, Specification, Reviews, Features

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro Vs Huawei P20 Pro – Which One Should I Choose? – Both are premium flagship smartphones from Huawei but which one is best for photographers?

Huawei Mate20 Pro & Huawei P20 Pro

Huawei is now a force to be reckoned with in the premium smartphone category, particularly where photography is concerned, as they are making devices that not only look good, they can capture cracking photos – pushing the boundaries of what was once considered possible and really opening photographer’s eyes to what a smartphone can achieve.

As it only seems like five minutes since Huawei introduced the Huawei P20 Pro, we thought we’d give you a little more information into the background of both this smartphone and newer Huawei Mate 20 Pro.

Basically, Huawei release new smartphone ranges twice a year and these are the Huawei P series and the Huawei Mate series. The P20 Pro still remains the top flagship for Huawei in the P series and the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is the flagship sitting at the top of the Mate range. In fact, with it’s updated camera system, it’s probably fair to say that the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is the ‘best of the best’, sitting at the top of the ever-growing Huawei pyramid of excellent smartphones.

In The Hand

As you’d expect, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro feels and looks like a premium smartphone with an excellent build quality and some nice design touches such as an on-screen fingerprint reader and “invisible” stereo speakers.

Dimension-wise, it’s a big smartphone but with so many now having similar dimensions, it’s probably not considered to be over-sized any more. Plus, the phone is quite thin which makes it easier to hold and the curved glass back, as well as the curved edges of the screen also help give the impression that the smartphone is thinner than it actually is.

The black and twilight versions have a smooth glossy back, that is slippery and prone to fingerprints. The green and blue versions have a slightly textured back that is designed to be slightly less slippery, as well as disguise fingerprints. Whichever phone you pick, you’re going to want to buy a case (or skin) for the phone to protect against scratches and damage, which is a shame, as you then end up hiding the phone in an ugly case. Unfortunately, this is unavoidable these days if you want the phone to survive being accidentally dropped.

The slightly older Huawei P20 Pro also feels solidly built, but again, you will most likely want a screen protector and case to protect the glass on the front and back of the smartphone. This will also protect it from fingerprints, of which, the back of the smartphone is a magnet for.

The metal sides and buttons give a premium feel and for such a large smartphone, like the Mate 20 Pro, the Huawei P20 Pro is surprisingly slim – measuring just 7.8mm in thickness, which is thinner than the newer Huawei Mate 20 Pro. The phone is also smaller than both the Google Pixel 2 XL and Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus. Although, the screen isn’t quite as big as the one built into the Huawei Mate 20 Pro which is also slightly smaller in height offer a bigger screen-to-body ratio.

The Screen

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Vs Huawei P20 Pro

The Huawei P20 Pro has a 6.1inch FullHD+ display which is nice but it’s not quite as nice as the Huawei Mate 20 Pro with its 6.39inch curved OLED screen. The resolution is superior on the Mate 20 Pro, too, sitting at 3120×1440 compared with the 2240×1080 on the Huawei P20 Pro.

The top-notch is wider on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, but it’s something you don’t really notice when using it and you can hide it within a black band, created by the software, should it really annoy you. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro can, also, intelligently switch between different resolutions in order to save power. Some of the earlier smartphones with a high resolution were stuck on the highest resolution, resulting in awful battery life. Whichever screen resolution you pick, the phone will automatically adjust the text and icon size so that nothing is ever too small.

The Camera

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Vs Huawei P20 Pro

Huawei’s smartphones pack a punch when it comes to cameras and both the Mate 20 Pro and the P20 Pro offer camera features to keep the most demanding of photographers happy.

The Mate 20 Pro features the same 40MP wide-angle lens as well as the same 8MP telephoto lens as found in the P20 Pro but the monochrome lens has been replaced with a 20MP ultra-wide-angle lens for those super-wide shots and close-ups (something the Mate 20 Pro is really good at).

Other features both smartphones share include the 3x optical zoom, 5x hybrid zoom, OIS, manual controls, RAW shooting, a good ISO range, dual-tone LED flash and Phase Detection Focus.

Quick Summary:

  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro: Leica Triple Cameras (Rear), 20mp f/2.2 Ultra-Wide-Angle Lens, 40mp f/1.8 Standard Lens, 8mp f/2.4 Telephoto Lens, AI IS, 24mp  f/2.0 selfie camera, Dual-tone LED flash, 2.5cm macro focus, Super HDR, personalised bokeh.
  • Huawei P20 Pro: Leica Triple camera (on rear), Leica f/1.6 lens for 20mp monochrome sensor, Main f/1.8 lens for 40mp (Quad Bayer) 1/1.78inch sensor, Telephoto f/2.4 lens with 8mp sensor, 24mp f/2.0 selfie camera, Laser and Phase Detection Focus, 4D predictive focus, 5x Huawei Hybrid Zoom, Dual Tone LED Flash, wide-aperture mode.

Photo Quality

Woods | 1/100 sec | f/1.8 | 4.0 mm | ISO 400
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Trees | 1/50 sec | f/1.8 | 4.0 mm | ISO 160
Huawei P20 Pro

A shaded wood, where a lot less light is available, didn’t prove to be any problem for both Huawei smartphones. Detail is pretty good in both, but there is purple fringing in places and the Huawei P20 Pro does offer slightly better sharpness (most likely down to the monochrome lens). However, the colours are better in the image captured with the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and the image is warmer, too. Our favourite, just, is the newer Huawei Mate 20 Pro as the image just looks more natural (if not quite as sharp).

Church Door | 1/100 sec | f/1.8 | 4.0 mm | ISO 160
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Church Door | 1/50 sec | f/1.8 | 4.0 mm | ISO 100
Huawei P20 Pro

It’s a close one and at first glance, it’s hard to spot much difference between the two. However, flick between both for a while and you soon start to see that the Huawei P20 Pro shot is sharper (maybe slightly over-sharpened). There is, clearly, better detail in the trees at the back of the shot and the overhanging leaves, though. Colour is a smidge better in the image captured with the Huawei Mate 20 Pro as greens aren’t as toxic but the sky has been blown out in both shots (due to exposure focusing on the darker foreground). Again, it’s close but we’re actually going to give it to the older Huawei P20 Pro.

Church Sign | 1/100 sec | f/1.8 | 4.0 mm | ISO 64
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Church Sign | 1/50 sec | f/1.8 | 4.0 mm | ISO 64
Huawei P20 Pro

ISO Comparison

  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro – ISO50-102400
  • Huawei P20 Pro – ISO50-6400

Huawei Mate 20 Pro – Using the standard camera, noise performance is good up to ISO400, where noise starts to become visible. At ISO800 and ISO1600 noise is visible but is quite fine. At ISO1600 colour saturation drops off. At ISO3200 noise increases more, and gets quite ugly at ISO6400. At ISO12800 and above, the shutter speed is limited, with the fastest shutter speed available being 1/15s – so you’ll need to be in really low-light conditions to need these settings. The results are reasonable considering.

When using the telephoto camera, noise is noticeable at every ISO setting, so ISO50 or ISO100 is the best choice here. Noise performance from the ultra-wide-angle camera is good until you get to the highest ISO speed, ISO3200, which should be avoided.

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Huawei P20 Pro – If you shoot at the 40mp image size, then the highest ISO speed you’ll want to use is ISO400, as noise starts to become strong. Above this speed, images become softer, although ISO800 may still provide usable images. At 10mp, results are good up to ISO800 / ISO1600. At ISO3200 and above, colour saturation drops off. Shooting with the 20mp black and white camera, results are quite good even at the highest ISO speeds of ISO1600 and ISO3200 / ISO6400, making it a good option in low-light conditions.

You can switch between 40mp and 10mp photos, and in Pro mode, you can also shoot raw images. You can’t shoot raw images with the 20mp monochrome camera, or the 3x telephoto camera.

White Balance Comparison

Huawei Mate 20 Pro – Auto White Balance (AWB) performs well in all lighting conditions, whether using Tungsten lighting, Fluorescent lighting or mixed lighting. The only way we could get a result that wasn’t good, was by selecting the fluorescent white balance setting, which gave a magenta/orange colour cast to the image.

Shooting at 40mp you can get slightly more detail, however, the JPEG processing and noise reduction reduces detail noticeably, and to get the maximum detail from images you are best shooting raw. For many, this will make the 40mp mode too much hassle, and for most people, it’s best simply to stick to the 10mp mode. The camera struggled to focus correctly for some of these shots, so we had to reshoot them a number of times.

Huawei P20 Pro – Auto White Balance (AWB) performs well under a variety of shooting conditions, whether tungsten, fluorescent or mixed lighting. For most situations, you shouldn’t need to use any of the presets, and the fluorescent preset gave a yellow colour cast. You can set the white balance manually, with the camera letting you set the Kelvin (K) from 2800K to 7000K.

In 10mp mode you can shoot with 1x, 3x or 5x zoom. Images taken with the telephoto lens were sometimes okay, but other times we were left disappointed with the colour and saturation in images when compared to photos taken with the wide-angle lens. The 5x zoom looks like digital zoom and rarely impressed. If you’re simply going to be sharing the images on social media websites, then it may provide you with usable images.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Huawei P20 Pro
4K Video Yes Yes
Full HD Video  Yes Yes
Image Stabilisation Electronic apart from on telephoto lens Electronic apart from on telephoto lens
Slow-Motion Video Yes Yes

 

Battery

  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro: 4200mAh (GeekBench: 3383 Single Core, 10092 Multi-Core and An Tu Tu: 300763, 258205 without performance mode)
  • Huawei P20 Pro: 4000mAh ((Geekbench: 1921 Single Core, 6540 Multi-Core and AnTuTu: 208210)

 

Processor

  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro: Kirin 980
  • Huawei P20 Pro: Kirin 970

Other Features

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Huawei P20 Pro
MicroSD Slot Yes Yes
Water Resistant  Yes Yes
Headphone Socket No No

Size & Weight

  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro: 157.8mm x 72.3mm x 8.6mm
  • Huawei P20 Pro: 155mm x 73.9mm x 7.8mm

Price

  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro: $370
  • Huawei P20 Pro: $315
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Ratings

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

“The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is a true flagship smartphone, pushing the boundaries of what’s considered possible, with a stylish design, in-screen fingerprint reader, face recognition, 3D scanning (coming soon), impressive battery life, extremely fast processor, plenty of storage and more. With three cameras it offers a variety of shooting possibilities, and will certainly keep the majority of people very impressed.”

Highly Recommended – 

 

Huawei P20 Pro

“The Huawei P20 Pro is a stylish high-end smartphone and the first to feature three cameras on the back, however, the results don’t necessarily live up to the hype.”

Highly Recommended – 

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