Tech Thursday: Huawei Mate 20 Pro


The remarkable smartphone that understands what it takes to get you real world ready… and makes it happen



The exceedingly saturated smartphone market means tech giants have their work cut out for them. But one brand in particular has managed to earn a cult favorite status amid the cutthroat battle of the smartphones. We’re talking about China’s leading mobile phone brand Huawei; suffice to say, it’s also won over the rest of the world.


Once the dark horse in the running, Huawei has stayed ahead of the pack (keeping a safe distance, to boot, as a vanguard in the industry). Its newest Mate 20 series, the first phones powered by Huawei’s high-performing mobile chipset the Kirin 980, only proves this. And here, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro takes the cake.


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Among the smartphone releases thus far, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is a wonderful rarity: it not only sets the bar high in terms of innovation, but meets and exceeds the high expectations set for it.


It boasts a lot of firsts for the brand: It’s the world’s first smartphone to support the 4.5G LTE Category 21 standard, with which users are able to experience extremely fast download speeds of up to 1.4Gbps. It’s also the first smartphone to feature a reverse-charging capability. With this ground-breaking wireless technology, people can use their phones as a power bank for other devices and share battery life. What’s more, since the Mate 20 Pro is co-engineered with Leica just like its predecessors, it also belongs to the first line of smartphones to feature a specialized triple camera system: built with a 40MP main camera, a 20MP ultra wide-angle camera and an 8MP telephoto camera that all work together to create stunning imagery… almost like a DSLR camera you also make calls with.


The prowess in this advanced piece of technology lies in its 7nm mobile AI chipset, the first of its kind in the world. The Kirin 980 in the Mate 20 Pro packs roughly 6.9 billion transistors into a fingernail-sized form factor, offering up unparalleled performance across the board: It’s 75% more powerful and 58% more efficient than the previous generations of Huawei smartphones.


“The Kirin CPU subsystem uses an intelligent flex-scheduling mechanism to create a three-tier energy efficiency architecture consisting of two ultra-large cores, two large cores, and four small cores,” the brand shared. With the Mate 20 Pro, it isn’t only about being lightning fast; it’s also about being spot-on efficient. “This solution is well designed to handle both immediate, intensive workloads and every day, light activities with extreme power efficiency.”


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Though the Mate 20 Pro is easily Huawei’s most feature-packed phone to date, navigation on its own has never been such a breeze. In fact, if there is one smartphone that makes a strong case for loyalists of other tech brands to make the switch to Android, this is it. 


Navigate with Ease: All You Need, All in One Glance

With the Mate 20 Pro, mobile apps can easily be arranged on panes on either side of the home screen. Swipe left, swipe right and you can access all your apps straight away. Swipe down to search or access frequently used apps. Zoom out using two fingers to access yet another cool shortcut: This enables you to customize the wallpaper, widgets, transitions and other home screen settings all in one go.




All The Useful Apps Imaginable Are Here: Have It All, Do It All

Download the multitude of apps available on both Google Play Store and Huawei’s flagship AppGallery, where productivity, social media, entertainment, utilities, fun and games are predictably all covered. Even with a handful of apps running all at once, performance speed is never compromised. Neither is the Mate 20 Pro’s monster 4200mAh battery life.




Even Self-Care in the Digital Age Is Thrown in the Mix

Here’s another way Huawei is redefining customer care: meet the HUAWEI SmartCare® solution on the Mate 20 Pro. Apart from troubleshooting everyday concerns involving communication, this snazzy feature offers phone usage stats (so you know what apps you use most and for how long), reminders on daily tasks and a built-in monitor for data usage.




High Intelligence Meets High Definition

Users can now enjoy their favorite shows and movies on streaming platforms like Netflix the way they deserve to: in stunning high definition. Graphic-heavy activities like mobile gaming and hobbies like mobile video editing can altogether be a more striking experience, too. The Mate Pro 20’s standard 3120 x 1440 resolution displayed beautifully on its 6.39-inch curved OLED screen lets that happen.




A Supreme Smartphone Camera

The aforementioned tri-lens camera of the Mate 20 Pro is one of the most talked about, scene-stealing features and with good reason. Images pop even in tricky photography settings like low light, dealing with action shots and other scenarios that require more versatile camera settings. Luckily, the Mate 20 Pro boasts the most comprehensive camera features on a smartphone. It squashes its rivals in this category.




Your Phone, Your Way: Everything Customizable 

Impressive specs and advanced features are nothing without long-term usability in mind and with the Mate 20 Pro, the end goal is to keep phone owners comfortable and render blue light exposure as customizable as possible for those who likely work on their phones for an extended period of time. In the Mate 20 Pro’s extensive display setting, users have the option to switch to natural tones, adjust the color mode and temperature and filter out blue light for eye care.


Screen resolution, meanwhile, is just as customizable; users can switch between low, medium and high resolution or opt for the built-in smart feature, which automatically lowers screen resolution to help save power.





It’s difficult to imagine that these feature (the ones mentioned only skim the surface of what the Mate 20 Pro can do) all live in a design so slim, sleek and compact. Huawei certainly has found the secret behind fusing aesthetics and innovation without having to scrimp on one or the other.



Blur the lines between what you can dream and what you can do with the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, which comes with a FREE Huawei Wireless Charger valued at P3,990 when purchased online through the Globe Shop


Hypercharge the experience with Globe Postpaid’s ThePLAN, the most customizable postpaid subscription available in the Philippines, and set the bar higher with ThePLAN’s larger-than-life data. You can get the Huawei Mate 20 Pro at P2,799 with ThePLAN 1999  with an easy P800 monthly cashout. Meanwhile, get the Huawei Mate 20 at P2,399 with ThePLAN 1999 with a P400 monthly cashout.



Words Nicole Blanco Ramos

Art Alex Lara

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