8.6/10
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The Huawei Mate 20 currently has an Informr score of 8.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 21 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Verdict

The Mate 20 provides an all-in-one package of sleek design, a beautiful display, great performance, and amazing battery life. While it cut features from the more expensive Mate 20 Pro, it is one of the better Android smartphones available on the market.

What's good

  • Great battery life
  • Beautiful display
  • Clean, modern design
  • Decent camera
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Speedy performance

What's bad

  • Display not color accurate
  • Camera image details a little muddy on zoom
  • No water- and dust-resistance

With the Mate 20 Pro receiving high praise from tech outlets that doesn’t mean the Mate 20 isn’t worth your time. While it might not have the trendy features of its more expensive sibling, it holds its own against other smartphones in the looks and power department.

The Mate 20 design is almost identical to the Mate 20 Pro -- right down to the square camera housing unit. But, it’s only splash resistant so make sure you don’t drop it into any puddles. 

There is a variety of different colors to choose from, but only the Midnight Blue and Emerald Green provide Huawei's "vinyl" textured back. While barely noticeable, the texture provides a better grip than the standard smooth glass you’ll find on the other color options.

A 6.53-inch IPS display takes up most of the phone's face with an 88% screen-to-bezel ratio. At 2,244-by-1,080 pixels, it isn't the sharpest panel available. But, for most people, it’s sharp enough. And thanks to an RGBW stripe configuration, it looks sharper than its 381 PPI suggests.

There’s more to a screen than its sharpness. Fortunately, the Mate 20 delivers on most counts. Colors are bright and vibrant. Despite not sporting an OLED display, blacks were dark. Sadly, the colors themselves aren’t super accurate and whites have a bluish tint.

Like the Mate 20 Pro , the Mate 20 uses the Kirin 980 octa-core processor and 6GB of RAM. Thanks to the Neural Processing Unit (NPU), the phone can manage tasks effectively leading to what critics consider one of the fastest smartphone experiences available. Whether reviewers were browsing the web or playing 3D games, it worked seamlessly.

Battery life sets the Mate 20 apart from other smartphones in its price bracket. Thanks to the NPU, experts could squeeze almost two-and-a-half days worth of use out of a single charge. Heavy users can go a full day without worrying about their phone shutting down. 

Should you find the battery low, fast charging offers a 50% charge in only 30 minutes.

The phone features a three-lens camera system with a 12MP main lens, 8MP telephoto lens, and a 26MP wide-angle lens. Despite lacking the beefy 40MP lens of the Mate 20 Pro , the camera on the Mate 20 captures excellent images. 

Reviewers were impressed with the performance of all three lenses and captured good images. The only complaints centered on a lack of detail when zooming in. Still, for how most people will use the phone, image quality is good enough.

Night mode is where the camera really impressed critics. It took very detailed images with little grain. Unfortunately, Huawei ditched the image stabilization, which means you’ll have more motion blur in your images if you are not careful.

While it might not be perfect, experts highly recommend the Mate 20. Android Police states, “... the Mate 20 is one of the best Android phones out there right now…” Stuff.tv adds, “... the Mate 20 is a superb phone. It takes great photos, has oodles of power and a long-lasting battery…”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.6 GHz
Screen Size
6.53"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Android Guys

There’s a ton to love about the Huawei Mate 20. While not the Pro version, it offers a ton of features, fantastic build quality, and top-tier performance and battery life without busting your budget.

- Matt Adams, Android Guys
PhoneArena

It has its kinks and its slight issues and annoyances, but at its core, this phone is solid and reliable. Its battery life is not quite insane, but it will last you more than 99% of the phones out there right now. The camera is a bit unpredictable: it can either impress with some very nice photo at...

- Victor Hristov, PhoneArena
Hothardware

Despite its short comings (in the U.S market at least) the Huawei Mate 20 is one hell of a phone. The battery life is industry leading and the camera is excellent. Picture quality was outstanding in a wide variety of environments and lighting conditions. The Mate 20's screen is also striking. For mo...

- Chris Ledenican, Hothardware
Android Authority

There’s so much to love with the Mate 20, from the cameras, to the performance, to the overall presentation. The Mate 20 didn’t give me much to complain about. Its user experience is clean, apps and services open near instantly, and you have plenty of options for taking great photographs and videos....

- Kevin Parrish, Android Authority
AndroidPIT

It's dazzled me from the beginning to end. It can hold its own without slowing down my daily rhythm. The photos are better than good, the facial recognition is effective. It's beautiful and powerful.

- Silvia Santos, AndroidPIT


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Common Questions


Huawei released the Mate 20 on December 30, 2018.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Huawei Mate 20 user manual here.


Huawei backs up the Mate 20 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Mate 20 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Huawei support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Huawei's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
6.53"

The Huawei Mate 20's screen size is 6.53 inches with 1080 x 2440 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.6 GHz

There is a HiSilicon Kirin 980 Octa core 2.6 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 9.0 Pie operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 24+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128 GB

Internal memory is 128 GB. An external, nanoSD (up to 256 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4000 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 1370 minutes, 1182 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Mate 20 Specs

Overview
Release date December 30, 2018
Regions available UK
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/1800/2600/2300 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 9.0 Pie

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Processor HiSilicon Kirin 980 Octa core 2.6 GHz
Internal Storage 128 GB
RAM 4/6 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.44 W/kg
Body: 0.99 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 878 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 1182 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1370 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 26 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Glass
Colors Black, Midnight Blue, Twilight
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.82 x 7.72 x 0.83 cm (6.2 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 188 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2440 pixels
Pixel density 381 pixels
Size 6.53 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info nanoSD (up to 256 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Self-timer, Second camera(16 MP, Ultra Wide Angle Lens, f/2.2), Third camera(8 MP, Telephoto, f/2.4 )
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
24+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture f/2.0
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AMR, MIDI, MP3, MP4, OGG, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, FLV, MKV, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
More
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Critic Reviews


Android Guys

An excellent phone

from Android Guys

There’s a ton to love about the Huawei Mate 20. While not the Pro version, it offers a ton of features, fantastic build quality, and top-tier performance and battery life without busting your budget.

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There’s a ton to love about the Huawei Mate 20. While not the Pro version, it offers a ton of features, fantastic build quality, and top-tier performance and battery life without busting your budget.

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PhoneArena

Criminally underrated

from PhoneArena

It has its kinks and its slight issues and annoyances, but at its core, this phone is solid and reliable. Its battery life is not quite insane, but it will last you more than 99% of the phones out there right now. The camera is a bit unpredictable: it can either impress with some very nice photo...More

It has its kinks and its slight issues and annoyances, but at its core, this phone is solid and reliable. Its battery life is not quite insane, but it will last you more than 99% of the phones out there right now. The camera is a bit unpredictable: it can either impress with some very nice photo at night, or completely disappoint you even when light is plentiful and the conditions for taking a picture are great.

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Hothardware

A high performance smartphone with a killer camera

from Hothardware

Despite its short comings (in the U.S market at least) the Huawei Mate 20 is one hell of a phone. The battery life is industry leading and the camera is excellent. Picture quality was outstanding in a wide variety of environments and lighting conditions. The Mate 20's screen is also striking. For...More

Despite its short comings (in the U.S market at least) the Huawei Mate 20 is one hell of a phone. The battery life is industry leading and the camera is excellent. Picture quality was outstanding in a wide variety of environments and lighting conditions. The Mate 20's screen is also striking. For most users  the Mate 20 is an extremely snappy and relatively affordable phone that will handle daily smartphone duties with aplomb. 

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Android Authority

Packing premium performance for a high price

from Android Authority

There’s so much to love with the Mate 20, from the cameras, to the performance, to the overall presentation. The Mate 20 didn’t give me much to complain about. Its user experience is clean, apps and services open near instantly, and you have plenty of options for taking great photographs and...More

There’s so much to love with the Mate 20, from the cameras, to the performance, to the overall presentation. The Mate 20 didn’t give me much to complain about. Its user experience is clean, apps and services open near instantly, and you have plenty of options for taking great photographs and videos. The only real big beef with the Mate 20 was audio playback through both speakers in landscape mode, and the hit-or-miss performance of the phone’s facial recognition.

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AndroidPIT

One of the best options available

from AndroidPIT

It's dazzled me from the beginning to end. It can hold its own without slowing down my daily rhythm. The photos are better than good, the facial recognition is effective. It's beautiful and powerful.

Read full review

It's dazzled me from the beginning to end. It can hold its own without slowing down my daily rhythm. The photos are better than good, the facial recognition is effective. It's beautiful and powerful.

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TrustedReviews

Equipped for the fight

from TrustedReviews

The Huawei Mate 20 offers lightning-fast performance and a comprehensive list of features, with a clever bill of compromises to help meet its £500 price tag. It’s a genuine OnePlus 6T rival.

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The Huawei Mate 20 offers lightning-fast performance and a comprehensive list of features, with a clever bill of compromises to help meet its £500 price tag. It’s a genuine OnePlus 6T rival.

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Digital Trends

You’d be crazy to dismiss the Huawei Mate 20 as an amateur

from Digital Trends

The Mate 20 lives in the shadow of the Mate 20 Pro, but this doesn’t mean it’s not worthy of consideration. We prefer the traditional fingerprint sensor, and love the minimal bezels and tiny notch, but the camera and design can’t match the Pro.

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The Mate 20 lives in the shadow of the Mate 20 Pro, but this doesn’t mean it’s not worthy of consideration. We prefer the traditional fingerprint sensor, and love the minimal bezels and tiny notch, but the camera and design can’t match the Pro.

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Ausdroid

A truly gorgeous device

from Ausdroid

With excellent design, fantastic hardware and performance there’s very little missing from the Mate 20. Sure the Mate 20 Pro exists and has slightly improved cameras, QI charging, OLED QHD display and if they’re on your must-have list take a gander at the Mate 20 Pro, but otherwise the Mate 20 is worthy of serious consideration.

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With excellent design, fantastic hardware and performance there’s very little missing from the Mate 20. Sure the Mate 20 Pro exists and has slightly improved cameras, QI charging, OLED QHD display and if they’re on your must-have list take a gander at the Mate 20 Pro, but otherwise the Mate 20 is worthy of serious consideration.

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Notebookcheck

Excellent value for money

from Notebookcheck

The Huawei Mate 20 is a fantastic smartphone, but one which forgoes some of the Mate 20 Pro’s premium features. The 200-Euro (~$225) saving is worth it in our opinion though.

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The Huawei Mate 20 is a fantastic smartphone, but one which forgoes some of the Mate 20 Pro’s premium features. The 200-Euro (~$225) saving is worth it in our opinion though.

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Neowin

Great all around

from Neowin

It's got a beautiful display, a wonderful camera, and great battery life. I also love the design, with its textured back. My biggest complaint with the device would be that it still lacks wireless charging. In my opinion, there's no reason to have a glass back if there's no wireless charging.

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It's got a beautiful display, a wonderful camera, and great battery life. I also love the design, with its textured back. My biggest complaint with the device would be that it still lacks wireless charging. In my opinion, there's no reason to have a glass back if there's no wireless charging.

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User Reviews


Gloria

I love this cell phone because it's sleek design and large face was something I was missing from the Samsung Mega

Love this phone speed and agility class of cell phone