A long-term review of the most ambitious phone in 2018

The first time I put my hand on the Huawei's Mate 20 Pro in October, I thought it was the most ambitious phone I've seen in years. It ticked almost every feature you'd like on a 2018 phone: a built-in fingerprint reader, 3D facial ID, three-camera configuration, a screen without a bezel, expandable storage, a gigantic battery, good design … the list goes on. It was a phone with everything except the kitchen sink (or, a headphone jack).

But I reviewed the phones long enough to know that the experience tends to deteriorate over time. The phone slows down, the camera is not really great or the battery starts to empty quickly.

I'm happy to announce that the Mate 20 Pro is not one of these phones. Four months later, the Mate 20 Pro may have some scratches, but its initial brightness is not yet exhausted.

Disclaimer: Yes, we are aware of the ongoing drama with Huawei and his "troubled" relationship with the United States and other Western countries. I will allow you to read about it and draw your own conclusions, but for the purposes of this review, I treat the Mate 20 Pro like any other smartphone.

That said, let's recap the impressive list of specifications:

  • Curved OLED Screen 6.39 inches
  • Resolution 3120 x 1440
  • HDR support
  • Kirin 980
  • 6 GB of RAM
  • 128 GB of storage
  • Expandable storage via a new 'nano memory card & # 39;
  • 4,200 mAh battery
  • Wireless charging – which you can use to charge other phones
  • 40W charge support
  • 40MP F1.8 27mm primary camera
  • 8MP F2.4 80mm telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom
  • 20MP F2.4 16mm ultra-wide
  • Front camera 24MP F.20
  • IP68 water-resistant
  • 3D face unlocking
  • Fingerprint scanner under the screen
  • Android Pie / EMUI 9
  • No headphone jack …
  • … .But an IR blaster!
  • Colors: emerald green, midnight blue, dusk, rose gold, black

Once again, it's packed with features. No other phone on the market really comes close to the extravagance of Huawei's features, with the possible exception of Samsung's Galaxy Note 9. Even in this case, the combination of specifications of the Mate 20 Pro is unique. In addition to the missing headphone jack, this phone has the necessary hardware to satisfy almost all experienced users.

In one way or another, Huawei has managed to integrate all these features into a relatively slender and attractive smartphone. Huawei has launched the trend of degraded glass on smartphones, and the Mate 20 Pro continues this tradition successfully, although I personally am a fan of the more adherent texture of the blue model. The Mate 20 Pro is a little thicker than most of its immediate competitors, but the curved edges prevent you from noticing it. It feels all the premium on the phone. And I really dig the red power button.

Like any sandwich glass phone not kept in a case, the Mate 20 Pro has accumulated a lot of scratches. The grippier texture on the blue model is supposed to mitigate that, but I did not spend a lot of time with this model.

To complete the exterior, the display is good, although there is nothing remarkable for a flagship product. It's not quite as good as Samsung's panels, but I doubt that anyone complains a lot. Huawei also allows you to adjust the color balance in the phone settings, so that you can adjust the screen at your leisure.

The phone also has a decent sound to accompany the screen. Huawei has an interesting trick for its lower speaker: it is hidden in the USB-C port. The sound that comes out will not be up to the speakers of Google or Samsung, much less that of Razer, but a decent stereo image. You will just have to be careful not to cover the harbor with your palm.