Leaps and Bounds

Thanks to its com­mit­ment to re­search and devel­op­ment, Huawei con­tin­ues to raise the bar on smart­phone tech­nol­ogy.

The Peak (Singapore) - - Power List -

W ith 10 per cent or more of its an­nual rev­enue fun­nelled back to re­search and devel­op­ment, it is no won­der that Chi­nese tech gi­ant Huawei has been mak­ing big strides in the smart­phone world. The num­bers are tes­ta­ment to this. In the sec­ond quar­ter of this year, Huawei sold a stag­ger­ing 49.8 mil­lion phones, and now holds the spot as the world’s sec­ond largest seller of smart­phones af­ter Sam­sung. And its lat­est launch is set to be a con­ver­sa­tion piece.

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is a beau­ti­ful piece of en­gi­neer­ing that’s de­signed – and, pos­si­bly, des­tined – to over­shadow the com­pe­ti­tion. The phone is armed with the new Kirin 980 chipset, which, ac­cord­ing to speed tests on GSM Arena, could well be faster than the A12 Bionic that pow­ers Ap­ple’s new sta­ble of phones, mak­ing the Mate 20 Pro the fastest phone on the planet for now.

The Mate 20 Pro boasts both form and func­tion. It comes with a sleek 6.39-inch curved Oled dis­play with min­i­mal bezels for max­i­mum screen es­tate. It has a huge 4,200 mAh bat­tery, the largest in the mar­ket so far, that su­per­charges from zero to 70 per cent in 30 min­utes with a 40W charger. And the Mate 20 Pro’s wire­less charg­ing sys­tem is able to re­verse-charge com­pat­i­ble ac­ces­sories and any smart­phone that sup­ports this type of bat­tery re­pow­er­ing.

Huawei has also kept both avid and ca­sual pho­tog­ra­phers in mind while de­sign­ing the Mate 20 Pro. The phone fea­tures an f2.0 front cam­era and an AI-pow­ered triple-cam­era sys­tem on the back, which in­cludes an 40MP ul­tra wide-an­gle Le­ica lens with an f1.8 aper­ture for ex­cel­lent low-light per­for­mance ( pic­tured). The su­pe­rior AI not only keeps sub­jects in fo­cus and in frame, it also pulls in­for­ma­tion from the In­ter­net about sub­jects in the photo.

All th­ese bound­ary-push­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties are rea­son enough to im­press, but the kicker is the price. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro comes with a rec­om­mended re­tail price of $1,348.

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