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IP68 water and dust proof rating up to 1.5m
157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6 x 189g. (158.2 x 77.2 x 8.3mm x 188g)
In-screen (under glass) fingerprint reader (Pro only)
3D face unlock within .5 seconds

The in-screen fingerprint is fast and accurate. 3D face unlock works in low light as it projects dot over the face.

Mate 20


Android 9 and two-years OS and three-years security updates
EMUI 9.0
Phoneclone hassle-free smartphone switching and transfer
Wireless desktop mode (like Samsung Dex) using industry standard Miracast and DLNA.

Our first look at EMUI 9.0 showed a light, almost minimalist overlay with lots more flexibility than EMUI 8.1. You can set it up for Android 9 gesture mode, or Android 8 app tray, or pretty much as you want it. In all its more polished, simpler, customisable and lighter.

For example, if you don’t like the Notch then turn it into a black band across the top. It supports knuckle and tap gestures and more. It has new Digital Balance features that allow users to monitor and better understand how they use their phones. It has language translation as well.

I particularly like the Miracast and DLNA feature that allows you to use it as an Android desktop – just add a monitor.

Mate 20


$1099 for Mate 20 (pre-order to 31 October includes FreeBuds at $199) From Vodafone (single sim) and dual sim from JB Hi-Fi, Mobilecity and Kogan in Black Website here

$1599 for Mate 20 Pro (pre-order to 31 October includes Wireless Freebuds and Wireless charger valued at $348)
From Optus (single sim), Vodafone (single sim) and dual sim from JB Hi-Fi, Mobilecity, Harvey Norman and Kogan in Midnight Blue and Black Website here

GadgetGuy’s take – Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro are impressive

We will be reviewing the tri-camera Mate 20 Pro over the coming weeks. At the same time, we have the single-camera Pixel 3 XL so it will be interesting to compare.

I suspect Huawei will sell an awful lot of these devices. They are good value for what they offer.

Huawei is now the world’s second largest smartphone maker. It shipped 54 million units with a phenomenal 41% growth this year. By comparison, Apple shipped 41 million and Samsung 73 million with flat growth.

I also suspect the Mate 20 Pro will up the ante in the DxOMark camera ratings.

The P20 Pro was good but not perfect. The Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro are closer to perfection.

Would I buy one?

Yes, without hesitation. Until we see the next round of smartphones early next year like the Samsung Galaxy S10 or those using the 7nm Qualcomm 855 processor, Huawei appears to have a giant lead over the rest.

All of the so-called spying issues relating to Huawei, ZTE and other Chinese companies relate to critical infrastructure supply like routers and networking for energy, telecoms and utilities. It is perfectly safe to use a Huawei phone with no more concern about being listened into than any other brand.

You can watch the launch here