Huawei launches Mate 20, dubbed 'king of smartphones'

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The Chinese smartphone maker is not planning to sell its newest flagship phone in the United States, and the same goes for the non-Pro variant (Mate 20), simple as that.

The Huawei Mate 20 X packs Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 980 chipset with octa-core 2.6 GHz processor, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has Samsung Exynos 9810 chipset with octa-core 2.8 GHz processor.

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro features a large 6.39-inch AMOLED display with a QHD+ resolution and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro has a 40MP main camera, a 20MP ultra-wide-angle camera, and an 8MP telephoto camera.

The Mate 20 Pro is also able to survive water splashes and even if you slip your phone into the pool.

You can read our full review of the iPhone XS here.

After having a rather positive outing with its P20 series earlier this year, Huawei is set to achieve the same with the newly launched Mate 20 series. This is no surprise after the issues Huawei has had with the USA government, especially after carriers dropped the Mate 10 Pro due to government pressure.

Huawei has confirmed that the Mate 20 will not be coming to the USA, with availability having only been confirmed for Europe and Australia. But it supports Huawei's SuperCharge fast charging tech.

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Huawei Mate 20 will be available in two storage variants, while Mate 20 Pro will come with two variants: Mate 20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro (UD).

Google also released a flagship smartphone this year, the Pixel XL 3, but Google hardware is not yet available in SA.

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro, however, has a 6.4-inch OLED screen and its three rear-facing cameras have 40-, 20-, and 8-megapixel sensors.

This device will ship locally in a black and the popular Twilight colour option, with the latter clearly the one Hypertext was seeded.

The frame is metal with a high gloss finish, and there's red accenting and a different, scratchy finish on the power button. Just 12% of the phone's front is bezel and the notch is tiny, so there really is very little distracting you from your content, and games look stellar. It feels good in the hand, there are no buttons or fingerprint scanners (as that is designed into the screen) and the design of the cameras are not in a random position.

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