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Huawei Mate 20 vs Mate 20 Pro vs Mate 20 X: Which one to get?




Huawei has launched their newest and most powerful smartphones last night, and you might be wondering about their differences so you could decide which device to get. So we’re putting the Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, and the Mate 20 X, side-by-side in a specs comparison, to see what they have to offer.

 Huawei Mate 20Huawei Mate 20 ProHuawei Mate20 X
Display6.53" 18.7:9 RGBW IPS LCD, FHD+ (1080 x 2244), 381ppi, 18.7:9, 88.0% screen-to-body ratio6.39" 19.5:9 OLED, 2K+ (1440 x 3120), 538ppi, 87.6% screen-to-body ratio7.2"18.7:9 OLED, FHD+ (2244 x 1080), 346ppi, 87.9% screen-to-body ratio
CPUKirin 980 2.6GHz octa-core processor (2x Cortex A76 2.6GHz + 2x Cortex A76 1.92GHz + 4x Cortex A55 1.8GHz)Kirin 980 2.6GHz octa-core processor (2x Cortex A76 2.6GHz + 2x Cortex A76 1.92GHz + 4x Cortex A55 1.8GHz)Kirin 980 2.6GHz octa-core processor (2x Cortex A76 2.6GHz + 2x Cortex A76 1.92GHz + 4x Cortex A55 1.8GHz)
GPUMali-G76 MP10Mali-G76 MP10Mali-G76 MP10
RAM4GB, 6GB6GB, 8GB6GB
Storage128GB128GB, 256GB128GB
Expandable storageup to 256GB via NM cardup to 256GB via NM cardup to 256GB via NM card
Rear camera12MP (Wide Angle Lens, f/1.8) + 16MP (Ultra Wide Angle Lens, f/2.2) + 8MP (Telephoto, f/2.4) Leica Triple cameras, AI Stabilization40MP (Wide Angle Lens, f/1.8) + 20MP (Ultra Wide Angle Lens, f/2.2) + 8MP (Telephoto, f/2.4) Leica Triple cameras, AI Stabilization40MP (Wide Angle Lens, f/1.8 ) + 20MP (Ultra Wide Angle Lens, f/2.2) + 8MP (Telephoto, f/2.4) Triple Leica Camera, AI Stabilization
Front camera24MP, f/2.024MP, f/2.0, 3D Depth Sensing24MP, f/2.0
Camera Features~ Underwater shooting mode
~ AI portrait color mode
- AI portrait color mode
~ Underwater shooting mode
~ AI portrait color mode
~ 3D Depth Sensing Mode
~ 3D Live Emojis
~ Underwater shooting mode
~ AI portrait color mode
~ 3D Depth Sensing Mode
SIMDual SIMDual SIMDual-SIM
LTE4G LTE Cat. 214G LTE Cat. 214G LTE Cat. 21
Wi-FiWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (wave2), 2.4GHz and 5GHzWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (wave2), 2.4GHz and 5GHzWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4GHz and 5GHz
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0, BLE, SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC and HWA AudioBluetooth 5.0, BLE, SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC and HWA AudioBluetooth 5.0, BLE, SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC and HWA Audio
GPSDual GPS, AGPS, Glonass, BeiDou, Galileo (E1 + E5a dual band), QZSSDual GPS, AGPS, Glonass, BeiDou, Galileo (E1 + E5a dual band), QZSSDual GPS, AGPS, Glonass, BeiDou, Galileo (E1 + E5a dual band), QZSS
NFCYesYesYes
Biometrics~ Fingerprint scanner (rear mounted)
~ Face Unlock
~ In-screen fingerprint scanner
~ 3D Face Unlock
~ Fingerprint scanner (rear)
~ Face Unlock
3.5mm audio portYesn/aYes
IR BlastersYesYesYes
Features~ IP53 resistance
~ Invisible Dual speakers
~ App Twin
~ IP68 resistance
~ Invisible Dual speakers
~ App Twin
~ IP53 resistance
~ Invisible Dual speakers
~ App Twin
~ Graphene Film with Vapor Chamber
~ Huawei M-Pen
USBUSB Type-C 3.1USB Type-C 3.1USB Type-C 3.1
Battery4,000mAh battery with SuperCharge~ 4,200mAh battery with SuperCharge
~ Wireless Charging Support
~ Wireless Reverse Charging
5,000mAh battery with SuperCharge
OSEMUI 9.0 (Android 9.0 Pie)EMUI 9.0 (Android 9.0 Pie)EMUI 9.0 (Android 9.0 Pie)
Dimensions, Weight158.2 x 77.2 x 8.3 mm, 188 g157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6 mm, 189 g174.6 x 85.4 x 8.15 mm, 232 g
ColorEmerald Green, Midnight Blue, Classical Black, Twilight, Pink GoldEmerald Green, Midnight Blue, Classical Black, Twilight, Pink GoldMidnight Blue, Phantom Silver

Display

The three devices have varying display sizes, panels, and resolutions. The Mate 20 X has the largest screen at 7.2-inches, followed by the Mate 20 at 6.53-inches, then the Mate 20 Pro at 6.39-inches. However, the Mate 20 Pro has the highest resolution at 2K+ (1440 x 3120) or equal to 538ppi. The Mate 20 and Mate 20 X is tied at FHD+ (2244 x 1080). The Mate 20 Pro and the Mate 20X also has the same OLED panel, while the Mate 20 uses IPS LCD. So if you want the best display quality, and if you don’t mind the thick notch, the Mate 20 Pro is the best choice.

RAM and Storage

Since the three devices have the same chipset, we can set it aside and look at their memory. The three models offer different RAM and storage configurations. The Mate 20 is a good starting point for those who want the base model as it starts at 4GB RAM and 128GB storage but with a 6GB option which puts it at par with the Mate 20 X. But if you want a largest RAM and storage among the three, the Mate 20 Pro is the one to get for having an 8GB RAM and 256GB storage model.

Cameras

All three models sport Leica triple rear cameras. The Mate 20 Pro though, is the lesser powered one at 12MP (main) + 16MP (ultra-wide) + 8MP (telephoto). The Mate 20 Pro and Mate 20 X share the same 40MP (main) + 20MP (ultra-wide) + 8MP (telephoto), so you can either go with these two if you want the best imaging performance possible.


As for selfies, all of them have 24MP sensors, however, the Mate 20 Pro has the 3D Depth Sensing camera for face unlock and other special features like 3D Live Emojis.

Biometrics

The three devices have fingerprint scanners with face unlock features, however, the Mate 20 Pro does it differently as it uses an in-screen fingerprint scanner and 3D Face Unlock, unlike the others with the standard rear-mounted scanners and ordinary face unlock.

Battery

This is where things get interesting. All three smartphones have big batteries with the Mate 20 at the base for having a 4,000mAh battery, followed by the Mate 20 Pro with 4,200mAh, then the Mate 20 X at 5,000mAh. At this point, it looks like the Mate 20 X is the best choice in terms of capacity, but let’s not forget that the Mate 20 Pro supports wireless charging and reverse wireless charging. So if you want capacity, go for the Mate 20 X, but if you want freedom from cables and the ability to charge other devices that support wireless charging, go for the Mate 20 Pro.

Other features

The Mate 20 and the Mate 20 X has support for the 3.5mm audio jack and has IP53 water resistance. The Mate 20 Pro, on the other hand, does not have the jack but comes with a better IP68 water resistance.

The Mate 20 X is a special case though as it features a liquid multi-dimensional cooling system with Vapour Chamber (VC) and Graphene Film. So if you’re a hardcore mobile gamer and want the best thermals, the Mate 20 X is for you.

So which one to pick?

If you just want the Kirin 980 and lower price, then the Mate 20 is a good starting point. But if you want something that is more suited for heavy gaming and want a stylus, get the Mate 20 X, but if you want balance as well as the best features that Huawei has to offer, then go for the Mate 20 Pro.

Huawei Mate 20 series price:
• Mate 20 (4GB + 128GB) – 799 Euros
• Mate 20 (6GB + 128GB) – 849 Euros
• Mate 20 X (6GB + 128GB) – 899 Euros
• Mate 20 Pro (6GB + 128GB) – 1,049 Euros

Check this out –> Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Comparison Review



This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

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1 Response

  1. wing says:

    this should be “The Mate 20 though”, not mate 20 pro
    All three models sport Leica triple rear cameras. The Mate 20 Pro though,

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