Review it When I predicted Huawei four years ago to eat Apple and Samsung's lunch, anxiety quickly followed. Or it could not, or it would take a long time. For years, Japanese and Korean cars were nasty little tin sheets, jokes on wheels, remember?
But smartphones are not cars. The Chinese wonder of production, and the inability of America to protect its inventions, means that technology is quickly copied and produced in incredible proportions. Google gave the platform. Thank you, tell the Chinese engineers. Lets go out of here.
One example is Apple's FaceID, developed at a high cost, announced on November 3, 2017. And here's Huawei a year later with a copy that works better. Huawei does more than just copy, however, there is something that Apple and others have avoided: a reliable fingerprint sensor. Only on Pearl River, BKK's OnePlus has one. And reverse wireless charging, which means you can complement the iPhones and galaxies of other people from your phone.
These are some of the features in the Mate 20 Pro, and some are unique to the product. Just six months ago, Huawei introduced a rather surprising trick – long-lasting exposures that emerge from low light without the usual noise and blurry that destroy such images. Huawei is accelerating and is quite spectacular to the witness.
Apple has probably made two assumptions with FaceID. He must have thought that Apple would have an indisputable lead for several years to Apple's absurd reversal of the sensor (IR camera, proximity sensor, flood sensor, and dots). These things are heavy and expensive to copy. And an even more obvious alternative, recognizing fingerprints under glass, was a couple of years away. Both assumptions were false. Huawei also includes both (iFikit's Theardware reveals a series of identical iPhones).
But is Mate worth competing with Samsung and Apple, or a collection of great technologies? Read on to find out.
Since five very different Mate 20s, four times when you turn off the Porsche branded oligarch model. "Ordinary" retains the language of the "station wagon" design of the previous Mates, while Lite is trying to squeeze what can in a chassis below 400 euros. At the top of the scale is a funny big 20 Ks, 7.2-inch monster phablet – bet that you have not heard this word for a while – intended for players.
Think of the Mate 20 Pro as a quick update of the P20 Pro, a phone that intends to rival Galaki S8 + if you want.
Mate's recording unit is the most obvious thing about it
Turn off Ks and Porsche Mate. The three remaining "mainstream" models are very different in character, separated from $ 400 at a price and only have the name "Mate" in common.
The main difference from the P20 Pro is that the Mate 20 Pro is a bit longer and completely separated with discrete fingerprint, forward or backward sensors. Samsung has pioneered a curved glass display using its own AMOLED panels, and the industry is focused this year, maximizing the visible area. I found him as a Galaki, but without a known bunch of sensors.
Removing a discrete, visible sensor really fills Samsung's look. So, almost 88 percent of the front of the phone covers a gorgeous 6.39-inch OLED display (up to 1440 to 3120).
To the left, configure the face unlock, privacy notifications to unlock the face, power settings
The M20P is the third phone I used with the sensor under the glass, narrowly defeating the other two – OnePlus 6T and Ksiaomi Mi 8 Pro to the British market. Everyone works really well, at least in terms of entering you, and Huawei is the fastest. All three of you require that you press a thumb in a certain area below the glass.
Huavei's face unlock was quick and worked very well. Like Apple's iPhone, Huawei's face recognition works well in low light conditions and is quickly released. In the end, I left most of my time in my test period.
Unusual, there is no grill. The USB-C port contains a speaker
Biometry is inherently insecure and I have not seen any statement about how reliable a fingerprint sensor is from any of the three manufacturers – whether it can be fooled by a tape that carries someone's fingerprint, for example. Maybe it's a catastrophe waiting to happen. But the fact that all three have been released leaves Apple's reliance on FaceID strange.
Notch is pretty confident, only Google with its Picel 3 has more cuts in the face. Although I do not specifically refer to Notch, I can say that it is better to use the weekly OnePlus 6T (a review that comes with), with a much smaller "teardrop".
Regular Mate 20 also has a cutout in style, as there is no advanced line of Face recognition Pro. All notched phones have a problem downloading a notification, which is simply unusual. But then more and more anachronism: now it's hard to read them. Do you remember when Vindovs Phone completely made that upper bar? It was not the end of the world, was it?
The screen does not have saturated Saturn's plates, but performs very well on the open air in sharp sunlight.
One very smart part of the design stands out with a comprehensive speaker grille. Huawei built the loudspeaker into the USB-C socket, and for that it is not bad.
Instead of simply turning to others, Huawei went to a very fine texture on the back of the glass, which looks and feels like a vinyl record. Grab the nail over it and sound like vinyl scratched. I can not say that this has made the phone more vulnerable, as Huawei claims, but it is subtle and undesirable.
Anyone who wants to use a headphone jack should not look here. Regular Mate 20 is reasonably retained, but as with the P20, it is omitted.
And one decision about the design looks brave or as a mistake. Huawei introduces a new memory card format, NM or Nano memory card. The idea is great: it is the same size as the nano SIM card, reducing the size of the electronics needed for reading. Unfortunately, we have not seen one in the wild yet, no public data is available, and no indicator of Huawei is taught this through the body of standards. And only four new Mate 20 models (and not Lite) support it. So, for now, consider the Mate 20 Pro phone with no portable memory, such as the iPhone or Pic. Because that's really what it is.
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The reviewers, I am not an exception, tend to be completely yielding to Huawei's EMUI – like on phones like Part VII. That was a small part of the entire proposal. This proposal was a great value, and people can withstand a lot of eccentricity. Now that Huavei does not just want to play with big boys, at the same price, but hitting them and demanding the laurels of the champions, we should judge them a bit tougher. Here's where Huawei did not get out.
Long list of settings (composite image)
EMUI is still sticky and dogmatic, designed to receive a system of ideological characters, not a western alphabet. The settings list is still very long (and reproduced here). The thematic engine is stuck in the distant past. The home screen still shortens the icon icons to one line – unless you download the third-party tool – when you discover that it can happily display two lines, but Huawei does not want it. Samsung's beautiful UI, discovered last week, has been thinking a lot about it, and the second is a major overhaul of the Samsung UI for four years.
Some poorly-featured features are added. Click to enlarge
But the user experience has more than visual images. More than any previous Huawei, this has damaged the claims on behalf of some of the poorly-lit "smart" or AI features, asking you to see your contacts (no) or your call logs (no) or whatever you are watching on the screen (go astray) .
This includes HiVoice, HiSearch, some backup service or other, and HiTouch, a facility for identifying objects in partnership with Amazon. If you dare to leave HiTouch, almost any two-finger movement will call the screens on the board. Off does not mean Stai Off.
None of these features really do. HiSearch is a good old built-in search feature that helps you find an app, but now it's sending its data to the cloud somewhere. "If you are underage, you must obtain permission from your guardian to use this application," HiSearch tells your child the innocent claim of a calculator application.
It's all clumsy and aggressive.
To say that EMUI needs a thorough reorganization is underestimation. It's starting to define Huawei brand. The British will do a lot to praise their shopping in the pub, but this intrusive and clumsy IM needs to be dropped.
With a lot in common with a seven-month P20 Proom, there's not much news to add. The gesture experiment continues, with better visual feedback for "reverse" strokes (which is coated from the right edge of the display, and not one for left-handed). As I found it with another gesture design, there are too many similarities between "recents" (drag and hold) and "home" (drag, but do not hold). Only that brought me back to the traditional navigation bar. Moving means losing a double touch to return to the previous application (Samsung thing originally) at Huavei, while OnePlus was thinking enough to give it its own gesture.