Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review: The People's Choice!


  • Published on: 2018-12-15
  • hey what's up guys of kabhi HD here and a little do you know for the past week I've been using this guy as my daily driver so the day after 1:00 my blind smartphone camera test I figured you know what it's legitimately the People's Choice so I might as well give it a shot it is not coming to the u.s. officially but I'm gonna try it anyway so I put my sim card in the huawei mate 20 Pro and this is the last phone to be reviewed before the smartphone Awards and this one's been getting a lot of hype I gotta say I did that first impressions video when it first came out that I sort of laid off it and it slowly started racking up phone of the Year awards and it was people's Cop choices for 2018 so I brought it back out the won the contest so I gotta try it and I gotta say I like it quite a bit now I don't love it and that that's really only because of one thing but I like it a lot so here's why yeah we're off the bat while we've really leveled up their design game with this phone I think the hardware is on point it's kind of closer to Samsung design actually than anything with the shape of the phone the glass on both sides curving over the sides they're really thin rails this is gonna be a slippery phone without a case on it so I'm warning you that right now but it does have a slight texture like this subtle raised pattern in the glass it's kind of hard to describe but it makes this sound when you drag your fingernails across it I actually like it to fix the slipperiness though you might be better off covering it up with a skin from our channel sponsor addy brand personally I think going with the red on the back even though it's a little loud it matches the red power button pretty well but they have plenty of other options as well so of reds too loud for you I'll link the rest of those below but anyway yes I love the colored power button that's a strong move right there and then the triple cameras plus the flash on the back kind of look like bug eyes but I think in the middle it looks fine and since the power and volume buttons are all on one side the left is totally smooth and blank but yeah overall it just feels in the hand like a galaxy s 9 has a baby with an iPhone meaning you get mostly Samsung design features and then that knotch and then there's an IR blaster at the top if you're into that I haven't had an IR blaster and a phone in a really long time but these used to be super useful ip68 water resistance check USB C port check in glass fingerprint reader check thin bezels check speaker grille no check so the speaker is actually behind the USB C port in this phone so there's no other speaker grille it seems like a cool idea for about five seconds but then it turns out to be a horrible idea like the speaker's themselves aren't that bad it's the one in the earpiece and on the one at the bottom behind the port but putting it behind the USB C port makes it extremely easy to block the whole thing by accident at any time and even though I do mostly while I was charging with this phone how do you expect it to sound when you're plugged in its muffled all the time so this figure behind the port was not the move otherwise though all-around great hardware and then you get a great display at the front too so a six point four inch OLED and it's 31 20 by 1440 so super sharp and it gets plenty bright in daylight and like I said it has this Samsung look so shape sort of curves over on both sides and then the back does it too and it also has a notch up top which again at this point I don't really mind anymore almost every phone has one of some sort plus you get all the same face ID sensors so at least are using that space well for something but the weird part is on the size of the display there's this little bit of light fall-off like it gets a bit darker and discolored on the very edges in a way that I don't think I see really on samsung phones and there's also a pretty obvious color shift off axis like some other ohlet's it's a pretty good display but it's not perfect and then performance is great now again since it's not coming to the US you'll notice this is one of the few phones that's not rocking a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip it's actually the Kirin 980 so it's a seven nanometer chip and there's six gigs of RAM and 128 gigs of storage and it's pretty smooth for the most part I'd say on par with any Samsung phone like an s9 or something no problems with multitasking opening and closing apps etc where the chip really shines however is definitely battery life the best part of this mate 20 pro 100% is not the camera it is the battery so it's a 4200 milliamp hour cell even though the phone is not that thick and why weighs power management is pretty aggressive about trying to save power it's changing the resolution of the screen when you're not using it much it's pretty pretty active about killing apps in the background but the result has been by far the best battery life in any phone I've used this year this has been a two-day phone for me a couple times I don't get to say that much so that's really impressive a lot of the other flagships this year that had the best battery life for my heavy use we're getting like 5 to 6 hours of screen on time which is really impressive May 20 protein a where I ended with four and a half hours of screen on time at about 1 a.m. and there was 58% battery left Wow I really do not ever think about charging this phone there's constantly more battery than I need I usually end with 6 7 hours of screen on time before I have to charge and when I do I pop it on the wireless charger it's unreal this is a no one can convince me this isn't an a-plus-plus battery life phone and it also has this head-turning feature reverse wireless charging it is a gimmick that all pretty much never use but it also hilarious and amazing and I'm glad it works and I'm glad they did it basically an extremely useful troll for people and you also get to offer them a charge but of course the most hyped part about this phone was the camera and for good reason so I rock and triple cameras on the back with a flash you get a 40 megapixel main sensor an 8 megapixel telephoto sensor and a 20 megapixel super wide angle those are big-boy numbers honestly to me with the results it's an a-minus camera meaning it's pretty good almost great but not quite the best I definitely sticks to what won the blind contest which is bright photos pictures from the may 20 Pro are often very bright sometimes overexposed but it has good enough dynamic range to not lose a bunch of highlight detail and are basically never any shadows now the detail on the sharpness our A+ which I love to see and the colors were a bit muted at times so there's definitely a different sort of color science with this Huawei processing but really when there's a lot of light there's just no contrast absolutely no shadows no blacks when you get down to low-light it holds up pretty well though and this with the night mode a little bit as well which did better noise reduction but really the best part about the camera is just the extra focal lengths having that super wide angle camera sometimes is pretty cool the telephoto yeah less useful to me but I'm glad it's there but really it's just all-around super versatile and I don't think anyone capable of a little photo editing will really hate it and also it's probably gonna end up the highest ever DxO mark score again if they ever review it so if you care about that there you go so clearly there are a lot of reasons to like this phone but I said at the beginning there was something that didn't quite measure up and for me that's the software so this phone runs emui on top of android pi so i'm glad it's the latest version of android and has all kinds of quirks and usability things some of them are nice some of them you may like but others I'm really not into I'll be real I had to put a little extra work to get it just the way I want so I installed a Nova Launcher I uninstalled a bunch of other duplicate apps some others don't go away so I have to disable them or hide them I changed the keyboard I change the default apps all kinds of stuff like that sort of built my way into it it takes more work for some phones for others but I got it the way I wanted and I've been using it and then there's just a lot of bugs so the multitasking one is my personal least favorite every time I try to open the second most recent app with one tap it just closes multitasking not sure why it does that and I hate it because that's something I want to do all the time but it won't let me the notification tray also is always filled up even when I have no notifications so if I get one or two I don't know which ones they are and what order they are unless I open the tray and scroll down through them pour ease of the notch there and you can disable the knotch but as well doesn't fix that problem and there's still all the blatant copying of iOS this share sheet with Huawei share instead of airdrop still all that bloatware duplicate apps all of that so I'm still not a fan of the Mui that hasn't changed but everything else about this phone is really damn good the only downsides that I can point to about the actual physical hardware or the speaker like I mentioned and the in glass fingerprint reader is a little bit slow just like the other first gen ones that are out right now hopefully that will get faster but the rest of the phone is very complete I think I would love this phone with oxygen OS or even pixels like stock Android with a bunch of those features but either way this is still the best phone Huawei's ever made hands down better than p20 pro and if you don't mind paying the premium and importing it then this is worth a look definitely worth checking out either way that's pretty much it I guess now that we've reviewed this last phone we can dive into the smartphone Awards for 2018 that's upcoming either way thanks for watching catch you guys in the next one peace
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