IFA starts next week and we will likely see some amazing new consumer technology. There are several big events being held with Sony and Samsung having something scheduled on 30th August and Huawei on the 31st.
The Huawei event will almost certainly be the announcement of the new Kirin 980 SoC which will be the processor behind all of the flagship devices from Huawei and Honor in the next year.
Rumours suggest they may also launch the Mate 20 alongside this, though I would say this is unlikely, last year they launched the Mate 10 a month later at an event in Munich.
Either way, it is launching soon and the hype along with leaks are building fast. So what can we expect from this new flagship device?
The Mate 20 will definitely feature the latest Kirin 980 SoC though specifics of the chip have not been confirmed. We know that it will be the first commercially available 7nm chipset which logically means it should require less power than the previous generation. Rumours say that the Kirin 980 will feature an octa-core CPU comprising four A76 cores and four A55 cores, with the larger cores running as fast as at 2.8GHz. It will reportedly offer a 20 per cent boost in performance and will make the chip 40 per cent more power efficient than its 10nm counterpart.
Leaked benchmark results for AnTuTu 7 show even more impressive figures with the Mate 20 scoring 356,918, compared to 214037 for the Mate 10 Pro. If true, that represents a massive increase of 66.8%.
According to the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), which certified the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro with model numbers LYA-L29 and HMA-L29 respectively, both devices will be running the latest Android 9.0 Pie operating system out-of-the-box. This will be heavily modified, as usual, with the custom interface EMUI 9.
The phones are also expected to come along with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. The Pro variant could also come with 8GB RAM model. Some rumours suggest this years model may include microSD, but I would say this is unlikely.
It is expected Huawei will continue to offer industry leading battery capacities and the new model will come with a 4,200mAh battery giving you an extra 5% bump from last years model.
As for the screen, we see evidence for a 6.3-inch AMOLED panel earlier leaks point towards the Pro model having a massive 6.9-inch OLED panel. A notch screen is more or less guaranteed with some product renders suggesting it will have a very small teardrop-shaped notch. It is quite possible that the pro model will include an in-screen fingerprint scanner.
The leaked renders also show a 3.5mm headphone jack on top which is unexpected as the Mate 10 left this feature out.
According to the firmware, the standard Huawei Mate 20 supports wireless charging with other rumours also claiming the device will have a glass back which is required for this type of charging.
The camera is reported to follow the trend set by the P20 Pro and will be a triple lens set up, though the layout of these cameras will be different. The exact specification of the cameras is unclear but I would expect it to be similar to the P20 Pro with 40MP/20MP/8MP offering 3x optical zoom