Last night at Kyalami Conference Center in Johanessburg, Huawei launched the brand new Mate 20 Pro. Packed with a boatload of killer features such as a new Kirin 980 CPU, a triple-lens camera system, under-screen fingerprint scanner, and of course a gorgeous 6.39-inch curved OLED display with a resolution of 3120×1440, the Mate 20 is the next generation of smartphones built for today.
Huawei also revealed South African pricing and availability for the Mate 20 Pro. The device starts at R18,999 in SA with various contracts available across the market.
- Vodacom: R799 PM x24
- MTN: R799 PM x24
- Telkom: R699 PM x24
- Cell C: R1,399 PM x 24
Best news of all. Pre-orders for the device go live today with the first 500 customers to receive a Huawei Watch GT valued at R5,499 for free. If you plan on picking up the Mate 20 Pro then this would be the best time to do so as the Watch GT comes at a pretty steep price tag and you will be able to get it for free alongside your new Mate 20 Pro.
Huawei touched on some key features at the launch event with the camera being the standout one. The sheer power and flexibility of the camera system will make all photos look better than any device on the market and as an iPhone owner, I can admit that it knocks it out of the park. In general, the Mate 20 Pro has some really great specs and features:
- The Kirin 980 system, which powers the Huawei Mate 20 series, strikes a perfect balance between high performance and state-of-the-art power efficiency, even when running graphically-intensive games.
- A 40MP main camera, a 20MP ultra wide-angle camera, and an 8MP telephoto camera.
- A 16mm Leica Ultra Wide Angle Lens, which creates a sense of spaciousness and adds a three-dimensional effect to images.
- A camera that supports macro distance, so users can take crisp, precise photos of objects that are placed as close as 2.5cm to the lens.
- AI Portrait Colour video mode, which can isolate and highlight the colours of a subject by desaturating everything else.
- A 4200mAh high-density yet very slim battery. Combined with highly efficient hardware and software, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro can sustain a full day’s worth of work or play without needing to be recharged.
- The 40W Huawei SuperCharge, which gives the device 70 percent charge in 30 minutes
- Huawei’s Wireless Quick Charge, the industry’s fastest wireless charging solution. A 10-minute wireless charging session tops up the battery by 12-percent.
- Wireless Reverse Charge, which enables the phone to work as a power bank for selected electronic devices supporting wireless charging.
- The HiTouch function, which recognises objects in photos, so that users can purchase them online.
- The HiVision function, where users can point their smartphone camera at certain landmarks and works of art from around the world, and their descriptions and backgrounds will pop
up. In addition, HiVision gives instant translation when the user points their phone at any text in a foreign language that they need to be deciphered.
- The Huawei Mate 20 Pro’s 3D Face Unlock solution recognises a user within 500 ms, with an error rate below one in a million. In addition, the smartphone’s on-screen fingerprint sensor has been integrated more seamlessly and can pinpoint the location of a user’s finger on the screen.
Let us know what you think of the Mate 20 Pro and whether or not you will be picking one up?