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Differences in size sometimes…

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro may be an excellent smartphone (even in the long run), but we can’t stop time from passing. The Huawei P20 Pro offers an aesthetic strategy that differs from its predecessor in several ways. It’s not a silly idea, it makes it possible to distinguish visually between the P and Mate ranges.

The family resemblance is undeniable, but the P20 Pro remains true to the logic of the P range: the fingerprint reader remains at the front under the screen. This is not a new strategy, but originally Huawei placed it at the back, as the Mate 10 Pro still does. Each one has his own tastes, in both cases he is very fast.

Another notable difference is the presence of the much decried notch, introduced by Essential with its Essential Phone then popularized by Apple with its iPhone X. If on the web many users are bent on criticizing it, many others, quieter, are less demanding and buy the many devices offering a notch.

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… but sometimes very slight or even non-existent

For the rest, the two devices share many things in common. Admittedly, on the screen we have 0.1 inch difference, the P20 Pro being slightly larger, but the technology on board is the same: AMOLED. The definition is slightly different, 1080 x 2160 for the Mate 10 Pro, 1080 x 2240 pixels for the P20 Pro, i.e. in both cases Full HD+. In practice, the display of both devices is excellent on all levels. If you like attention to detail, you may appreciate the P20 Pro more because in addition to better definition (the difference is not noticeable to the naked eye) it also offers a better screen ratio since the screen covers 82% of the device’s surface. On the battery side, in both cases we have a 4000 mAh battery, but my colleague Jessica is adamant: although the autonomy is good on the P20 Pro, it is excellent on the Mate 10 Pro.

At the system level, both devices run Android Oreo but the version used is not quite the same: the more recent P20 Pro has Android 8.1 while the Mate 10 Pro has Android 8.0. Notice to those interested in security: both devices have received an update and are currently benefiting from the March security patch. They also both have the help of Artificial Intelligence. Note, however, that the P20 Pro supports facial recognition technology, unlike the Mate.

  • Here’s how facial recognition works on our smartphones.

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The fingerprint reader is not in the same place. © AndroidPIT

With the exception of the camera, the hardware features are the same. On the SoC side we have of course the powerful Kirin 970, with its NPU chip for artificial intelligence, its octocore processor (maximum speed of 2.4 GHz on its 4 Cortex A73 cores, 1.8 GHz on its Cortex A53 cores) and its Mali G72 graphics chip (12 pipelines). For the rest, an internal memory of 128 GB (UFS 2.1) and a 6 GB RAM. Same configuration WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), USB Type-C, stereo speakers etc. Regrettable: the absence of a mini-jack socket in both cases. Some slight differences are present, for example EDR support for Bluetooth, but on the whole the average user won’t notice any difference.

Huawei P20 Pro vs. Huawei Mate 10 Pro – Technical data

 

Huawei P20 Pro

Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Dimensions :

155 x 73.88 x 7.65 mm

154.2 x 74.5 x 7.9 mm

Weight:

174 g

178 g

Battery Capacity :

4000 mAh

4000 mAh

Screen size :

6.1 inches

6 inches

Display technology :

AMOLED

AMOLED

Screen:

2240 x 1080 pixels (408 dpi)

2160 x 1080 pixels (402 dpi)

Front camera

24 Megapixels

12 Megapixels

Rear view camera :

40 Megapixels

20 Megapixels

Flash:

LED

Dual-LED

Android version :

8.1 – Oreo

8.0 – Oreo

User interface :

Emotion UI

Huawei EMUI

RAM:

6 GB

6 GB

Internal memory :

128 GB

128 GB

Removable Memory :

Not available

Not available

Chipset:

HiSilicon Kirin 970

HiSilicon Kirin 970

Number of hearts :

8

8

Maximum clock frequency :

2.36 GHz

2.36 GHz

Connectivity :

HSPA, LTE, NFC, Dual-SIM , Bluetooth 4.2

HSPA, LTE, NFC, Dual-SIM , Bluetooth 4.2

An even better camera

You only have to look at the shells of the smartphones to see a difference in size: the P20 Pro has three cameras while the Mate 10 Pro has only two. Specifically, the Mate 10 Pro uses a 12-megapixel 1/2.9 sensor with f/1.6 aperture combined with a 20-megapixel sensor with f/1.6 aperture. The photos are very good, you can have a look at our Mate 10 Pro album.

  • Mate 10 Pro Photo Gallery
  • P20 Pro Photo Gallery

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The P20 Pro is the editor’s favourite photophone. © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

The P20 Pro, on the other hand, uses two wide-angle modules, one in colour (40 megapixels, aperture f/1.8), the other is monochrome (20 megapixels, aperture f/1.6), and an 8 megapixel telephoto lens (aperture f/2.4). The presence of 3 cameras can pass for a marketing mode like I have the most sensors, but they make a difference. Since our test, the P20 Pro has become a real reference: its technical features combined with software optimization and Artificial Intelligence are an excellent combination. From the Bokeh effect to the 5x hybrid zoom and the long exposure time, both the average and advanced user will be delighted with the results. The icing on the cake: it can adapt very well to light conditions, which allows for quality photos when the light is bad.

  • We loved the camera in the P20 Pro

As far as video is concerned, we find on the whole the same features as on the Mate 10 Pro, namely recording at Full-HD (30/60 fps) and 2160p (at 30 fps). The P20 Pro also features slow motion recording at 960 fps in 720p resolution. Not necessarily useful for the average person, but some users will appreciate this feature, which was first launched on the Sony Xperia XZ Premium and then used on the Samsung Galaxy S9. 

All in all, the P20 Pro has a few advantages but unless you are a true photography fan they don’t justify the price difference of 200 euros.

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