Huawei to go

The world’s sec­ond big­gest smart­phone man­u­fac­turer has just re­leased a beast of a phone

Grimsby Telegraph - - Tech Now -

THEY’VE re­ally done it this time – Huawei has gone for broke with its lat­est An­droid smart­phone – and it’s a beast. The Mate 20 Pro is, I’d say, the most pow­er­ful An­droid phone you can buy, has the best cam­era in any An­droid de­vice, and, well, it looks pretty spe­cial, too.

It’s a brand a lot of peo­ple might not have heard of un­til quite re­cently (much less ac­tu­ally know how to say out loud), but Huawei is no young up­start. It is the sec­ond big­gest man­u­fac­turer of smart­phones.

The Chi­nese com­pany has grown dra­mat­i­cally from its home­land in re­cent years, and now com­mands a place at the top ta­ble of global telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pa­nies. And there is no doubt that the Mate 20 Pro is the pin­na­cle of its achieve­ments in the smart­phone world.

Ob­vi­ously, a run down of the specs does not tell the whole story, but if it did it would be a glo­ri­ous and epic tale.

The 6.4in OLED screen boasts a pixel den­sity of 538ppi – it’s su­per sharp and bright, al­though the nov­elty of the curved edges wears a bit thin when edge-toedge text oc­ca­sion­ally be­comes un­read­able.

The power at the heart of the thing is Huawei’s own Kirin

980, it’s in­no­va­tive, fast and re­spon­sive, as well as be­ing power-ef­fi­cient, and is backed up by 8GB of RAM to help make ev­ery­thing as snappy as pos­si­ble.

And then there’s the wire­less con­nec­tiv­ity – I could throw stats at you, but let’s just say no phone is ca­pa­ble of faster down­load speeds via cel­lu­lar or wifi con­nec­tiv­ity. It’s a screamer.

It looks sen­sa­tional, too, with a unique tex­tured glass fin­ish, com­ing in four colours, which re­flects light beau­ti­fully and re­sists fin­ger­print marks.

Then there’s the bat­tery – a 4200 mAh unit that, frankly, is noth­ing less than this pow­er­house de­mands. There’s fast wire­less charg­ing as well, which can pump the power up to 70% of the bat­tery’s ca­pac­ity in just 30 min­utes.

You can add in to that mix an amaz­ing fin­ger­print scan­ner, which sits un­der the screen and is in­vis­i­ble (don’t worry, an on-screen prompt tells you where to put your fin­ger). You may never even use that, though, as the Mate20 Pro also in­cludes iPhone-es­que fa­cial recog­ni­tion un­lock­ing.

You should have guessed by now that Huawei have thrown the kitchen sink at this thing... and we haven’t even men­tioned the cam­era yet. In-keep­ing with the theme that more is more, the Mate20 Pro’s back cam­era boasts three Le­ica-lensed cam­eras – a 40MP (yes, 40MP) main RGB lens is the main pow­er­house, and there’s also an 8MP tele­photo lens to bring things up close, and a new 20MP ul­tra wide an­gle to help with land­scape im­ages.

And what pho­tos it takes! The AI magic that helps the phone process the cam­era set­tings ac­cord­ing to the scene works sen­sa­tion­ally, and while the por­trait mode set­ting with blurred back­ground might be a lit­tle too ag­gres­sive for some tastes, there’s no deny­ing the re­sults are im­pres­sive.

In movie mode, too, there are some nice touches, like a se­lec­tion of film fil­ters that run on your video in real time and give a unique look to the footage.

I am not a fan of Huawei’s EMUI An­droid skin, which lay­ers a look and feel to the de­vice over the stan­dard look of An­droid (which I much pre­fer), or the com­pany’s stan­dard apps, which in most cases are in­fe­rior to the stock apps from Google. So there’s a lit­tle bit of sort­ing out to be done in that re­gard. But when you ally Huawei’s mag­nif­i­cent hard­ware with Google’s soft­ware, great things can hap­pen. I can’t pic­ture a more ca­pa­ble An­droid de­vice at this point, and I don’t ex­pect to see one any time soon.

If An­droid is your bag, and your dig­i­tal life is lived through Google, you won’t find more power any­where else.

■ The Huawei Mate20 Pro is avail­able from Oc­to­ber 26 and costs £899.

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro, left, has some fan­tas­tic fea­tures in­clud­ing a cam­era that will take stun­ning pic­tures like this one

The por­trait mode set­ting on the Mate 20 Pro’s cam­era pro­duces im­pres­sive re­sults

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