The newest member to Huawei’s smartphone line was unveiled at a launch event in London on Tuesday 16th October and rumours leading up to the big reveal suggested that this device could be one of the best Android phones of 2018. Here are 5 features that may be the reason why:
First of its kind mobile processor
In a heated race to release the first mainstream 7-nanometer mobile processor, Huawei took home the gold from Apple. The race ended at the IFA trade show in Berlin in September when Huawei’s consumer head, Richard Yu, unveiled the flagship chipset, the Kirin 980.
The Kirin 980 is the world's first 7-nanometer mobile chipset with 5G support, according to Forbes. It consists of 6.9 billion transistors in an area of less than 1 square centimetre, combines multiple technological innovations and leads the AI trend to deliver users with remarkable mobile performance.
Artificially Intelligent (AI) Camera
The phone boasts three cameras featuring 40-megapixel, 20-megapixel and 8-megapixel lenses which are
positioned in a matrix on the back of the device. “This wouldn't be the first time that Huawei has featured impressive camera technology, but the Mate 20 Pro could push the firm's camera credentials to a new level,” according to the UK’s Express.
Tech reporter Chaim Gartenberg writes in The Verge that the Kirin 980 allows the camera to quickly adapt to AI scenes such as face and object recognition while the power of a dual-core NPU makes 4500 images per minute possible.
With an ultra-wide angle, macro lens and special effects like bokeh (the effect of a blurry background behind a focused object), the triple camera is a virtual playground for amateur photographers.
Huawei enthusiasts were raving when a leaked image of a Huawei Mate 20 Pro charger suggested that the flagship phone will support wireless charging. And fortunately, these rumours were confirmed at Tuesday’s launched when Richard Yu demoed how the phone can conveniently charge without a wall charger. Additionally the phone boasts with wireless reverse charging, which enables the device to work as a power bank for selected electronic devices that support wireless charging.
“Power efficiency is key for the smartphone because power consumption and better life is so important for today’s smartphones,” Yu said. With a slogan of “born fast, stay fast”, Huawei is staying true to their ethos as they’ve also introduced super charging at 40 watts which will allow you to charge 1% in 30 seconds.
Of all the show stopping features that smartphones have brought us over the years, HiVision is right up there among the trailblazers. From identifying landmarks to translating words on the spot, HiVision can be mobilised to make life so much easier for the consumer. At the launch in London, Yu showcased how the Mate 20 Pro can even calculate your calorie intake based on food recognition and volume measurement.
For anyone who’s ever had to frantically hope that a bowl of rice will fix their water-damaged phone, you’ll be please to know that there’s another addition to the limited number of water-resistant smartphones. The Mate 20 Pro is water-resistant for up to 2 metres for 30 minutes. And for those avid divers, a special case can easily allow you to take photos up to 5 metres under water.
The local launch of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro will tentatively take place in Johannesburg on the 23rd of October.
This post is sponsored by Huawei produced by Business Insider Studio for Business Insider.