Huawei has a pretty crazy release cycle, far exceeding other major players in the mobile industry such as Samsung, Apple and Sony. While Samsung has a biannual release cycle for their flagship models, the Galaxy and Note range are sufficiently different to justify it, with the note being large, more expensive and more business/pro focussed.

Looking at the differences between the Mate 20 Pro and P20 Pro there is nothing really makes them appeal to one group of users more than another.

While I would never suggest anyone upgrade from the P20 Pro to the Mate 20 Pro, Huawei manages to make some large upgrades each release. Looking at the past three phones it looks like the Mate range focusses on the brand new internal with the latest Kirin chip available, the P series then follows this up with large upgrades to the camera, which then the Mate series (mostly) copies for its next generation. We will have to see if this cycle continues.

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs Huawei P20 Pro & Mate 10 Pro Differences

Design & Display

There have been incremental changes with each device, the larges design improvement was the switch to a notched style display giving a much larger screen to body resolution between the Mate 10 Pro and the P20 Pro. The Mate 20 series improves on this further by dropping the front facing finger scanner and building it into the display.

The screen to body ratio has increased from 81% on the Mate 10, to 82% on the P20, and now 88% on the Mate 20 Pro.

The rear of the devices have changed too, the Mate 10 had a fingerprint scanner, but the P20 moved this to the front. Camera placement has been different with each generation with the Mate 20 Pro having the most interesting option with its square placement in the upper-centre of the phone.

All phones have a glass front and back but the Mate 20 is the first to introduce wireless charging thanks to its glass back.

Each generation gets a little heavier from 178g to 180g and now 189g

The Mate 10 removed the 3.5mm port and this has remained through each generation. However, the Mate 20 now introduces a new nano-memory card slot.

Camera

Huawei prides themselves on camera performance, and each device has been one of the best camera phones available on launch.

The Mate 10 Pro had an exceptional 12 MP  f/1.6, 27mm lens, combined with a 20MP B/W lens that has its 2x optical zoom. The P20 really upped the ante blowing away all the phones on the market with its triple camera set up using a 40MP  f/1.8, 27mm primary lens, combined with 20 MP B/W, and an 8MP telephoto lens, which gave the device a 3x optical zoom. This amazing camera set-up is one of the reasons why many people have classed the P20 Pro as the best gadget this year.

However, the Mate 20 Pro ups things a little further, it uses the same 40 MP, f/1.8 main lens, but swaps out the black and white camera with an ultrawide 20 MP, f/2.2 module and this is also combined with an 8MP telephoto lens. Thanks to some black magic they can achieve a 5x optical zoom.

Processor

The Mate series introduces the latest system on chip each year, so the Mate 10 was the first with the Hisilicon Kirin 970 (10 nm) and the P20 had the same. While the Mate 20 is the first to use HiSilicon Kirin 980 (7 nm)

The Kirin 970 is noteworthy as being the first chip to introduce a dedicated AI processor or NPU in Huawei terms, starting off the AI craze. The 980 doubles down on this and uses two NPUs.

Each phone has the same base memory options of 6GB RAM and 128GB memory, though Mate 20 Pro is the first that can be expanded.

Battery

Another area where Huawei differentiate themselves from other brands is the massive batteries they put in their flagship devices. They have used a 4000 mAh battery for several generations now, while most other brands have stuck to around 3000. This year Huawei have finally bumped it up a little more to 4200 mAh with the Mate 20 Pro.

The Mate 20 is the first to introduce wireless charging.

Software

Huawei are pretty good at keeping their phones up to date, even though the staggard rollout can feel a bit random. The Mate 10 Pro launched with Android 8.0 (Oreo), the P20 launched with Android 8.1 (Oreo) and the Mate 20 with Android 9.0 (Pie)

Each uses the current version of EMUI at the time.

Price

With Huawei making some many improvements each generation, and with the market share increasing, they have also increased prices. Many other brands have too the cheapest iPhone is now £749 while the OLED XS models start at £999.

From a little Googling, it looks like the Mate 10 Pro launched at £699, the P20 launched at  £799, and the Mate 20 Pro is £899.99

I think the Mate 20 Pro justifies the price, they always undercut the competition but they don't really need to now as the features outshine most other options available and they finally have the brand awareness and market share they have been after.

Huawei phones do devalue quite quickly compared to others, especially the iPhone, the Mate 10 Pro can be bough for just £379.99 on Amazon and if you don't mind buying from Amazon Italy the P20 pro can be bought for around £520 or £594.99 on Amazon UK.

If you pre-order the Mate 20 Pro you will get a Huawei Watch GT in black and Huawei Wireless Charger in white at no extra charge. This is a great deal and probably worth well over £200

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ModelMate 20 ProP20 ProMate 10 Pro
LAUNCH2018, October2018, March2017, October
Dimensions157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6 mm (6.21 x 2.85 x 0.34 in)155 x 73.9 x 7.8 mm (6.10 x 2.91 x 0.31 in)154.2 x 74.5 x 7.9 mm (6.07 x 2.93 x 0.31 in)
Weight189 g (6.67 oz)180 g (6.35 oz)178 g (6.28 oz)
BuildFront/back glass & aluminum frameFront/back glass & aluminum frameFront/back glass, aluminum frame
SIMSingle SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)Nano-SIM
- IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 2m for 30 mins)- IP67 dust/water resistant (up to 1m for 30 mins)- IP67 dust/water resistant (up to 1m for 30 mins)
DISPLAYAMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colorsAMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colorsAMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size6.39 inches, 100.2 cm2 (~87.9% screen-to-body ratio)6.1 inches, 93.9 cm2 (~82.0% screen-to-body ratio)6.0 inches, 92.9 cm2 (~80.9% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution1440 x 3120 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~538 ppi density)1080 x 2240 pixels, 18.7:9 ratio (~408 ppi density)1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~402 ppi density)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass (unspecified version)Corning Gorilla Glass (unspecified version)
OSAndroid 9.0 (Pie)- EMUI 9.0Android 8.1 (Oreo) - EMUI 8.1Android 8.0 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie) - EMUI 8.0
ChipsetHiSilicon Kirin 980 (7 nm)Hisilicon Kirin 970 (10 nm)HiSilicon Kirin 970 (10 nm)
CPUOcta-core (2x2.6 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2x1.92 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A55)Octa-core (4x2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)Octa-core (4x2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
GPUMali-G76 MP10Mali-G72 MP12Mali-G72 MP12
Card slotYes, NM card, up to 256GB (uses SIM 2)NoNo
Internal256 GB, 8 GB RAM or 128 GB, 6 GB RAM128 GB, 6 GB RAM128 GB, 6 GB RAM or 64 GB, 4 GB RAM
MAIN CAMERA40 MP, f/1.8, 27mm (wide), 1/1.7", PDAF/Laser AF40 MP, f/1.8, 27mm (wide), 1/1.7", OIS, PDAF/Laser AF12 MP, f/1.6, 27mm (wide), 1/2.9", 1.25µm, OIS, PDAF & laser AF
20 MP, f/2.2, 16mm (ultrawide), 1/2.7", PDAF/Laser AF20 MP B/W, f/1.6, 27mm (wide), 1/2.7", OIS, PDAF/Laser AF20 MP B/W, f/1.6, 27mm (wide), 2x lossless zoom, OIS, PDAF & laser AF
8 MP, f/2.4, 80mm (telephoto), 1/4", 5x optical zoom, OIS, PDAF/Laser AF8 MP, f/2.4, 80mm (telephoto), 1/4", 3x optical zoom, OIS, PDAF/Laser AF
FeaturesLeica optics, dual-LED dual-tone flash, panorama, HDRLeica optics, LED flash, HDR, panoramaLeica optics, dual-LED dual-tone flash, panorama, HDR
Video2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS), 720p@960fps2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS), 720p@960fps2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps
SELFIE CAMERA24 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide)24 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide)8 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide), 1/3.2", 1.4µm, AF
FeaturesHDRLeica optics
Video1080p@30fps1080p@30fps1080p@30fps
3.5mm jackNoNoNo
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspotWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspotWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth5.0, A2DP, aptX HD, LE4.2, A2DP, LE, EDR, aptX HD4.2, A2DP, aptX HD, LE
GPSYes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSSYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEOYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
NFCYesYesYes
Infrared portYesYesYes
USB3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector; USB Host
FEATURESFace ID, fingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compassFingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, color spectrumFingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Po 4200 mAh batteryNon-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh batteryNon-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery