Huawei Mate 20 Pro ri­vals top phones with good cam­era, dis­play

Mint ST - - GLOBAL - [email protected] NEW DELHI

If 2018 has proven one thing, it’s that smart­phone cam­eras will be mostly about soft­ware in fu­ture. In the early days, soft­ware would aug­ment hard­ware but com­pa­nies are adding mul­ti­ple sen­sors and lenses now to aug­ment their soft­ware and fea­tures. And that’s not nec­es­sar­ily a bad thing, which the Huawei Mate 20 Pro proves. The phone has three cam­eras on the back, a fast pro­ces­sor and some fea­tures that Huawei hopes will be enough to con­vince In­dian buy­ers.

Cam­era: The Mate 20 Pro can ri­val any of the top phone cam­eras. Like the Google Pixel 3 or the iphone XS, the phone de­pends on ma­chine learn­ing (ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence) soft- ware to take good pho­tos and is eas­ily one of the best in the mar­ket. Its soft­ware tries to au­to­mat­i­cally de­tect scenes when you’re shoot­ing.

So, if you point the cam­era on your lap­top’s key­board, you will see it go into the “Su­per Macro” mode, which helps in close-up shots. The fea­ture is depend­able usu­ally, though it can oc­ca­sion­ally bor­der on the ridicu­lous too. What mat­ters though is that the fi­nal im­age is al­most al­ways ex­cel­lent. Un­less com­pared side-by­side, it’s hard to tell the dif­fer­ence be­tween pho­tos clicked by a Mate 20 Pro and a Pixel 3. Google’s phone is bet­ter and more depend­able but the Mate 20 Pro is a wor­thy com­peti­tor.

De­sign: For many, the slight dif­fer­ence in cam­era could be over­come by the fact that the Mate 20 Pro has a more pleas­ing de­sign. It is sim- ilar to Sam­sung’s flag­ships with a screen that’s curved on both sides, a glass back, tall and nar­row form fac­tor (that is eas­ier to hold but re­tains the large screen) and strik­ing colours.

Per­for­mance: The Mate 20 Pro is also one of the fastest An­droid phones in to­day’s mar­ket. Huawei’s Kirin 980 chipset is built on a 7nm man­u­fac­tur­ing process, which makes it more ef­fi­cient than the Snapdragon 845. The phone also has 6GB RAM and to­gether with the pro­ces­sor, this will al­low it to re­tain its speed for longer .

Soft­ware: The phone’s real weak­ness is in Huawei’s EMUI (formerly known as Emo­tion UI) soft­ware. It takes some get­ting used to and has pre­loaded apps that you’ll never use. More­over, the in-dis­play fin­ger­print sen­sor is slow and of­ten misses your fin­ger­print.

Ver­dict: The Mate 20 Pro is worth con­sid­er­ing. Once you get used to Huawei’s soft­ware, you will en­joy this phone and it can ri­val any flag­ship phone from any top man­u­fac­turer.

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