Whether you’re a fan or not, it’s clear that Huawei is here to stay. Not straying away from what works, the Chinese tech giant took to the stage in London on the night of 16 October 2018 to unveil its latest smartphones, the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro. However, that is not all that Huawei brought onto the stage. It also featured two new devices: the Huawei Mate 20 X and the Porsche Design Mate 20 RS, a signature of the brand on a yearly basis.
Every year, whether it was for its Mate or P smartphone series, Huawei have continuously introduced new technological innovations into its smartphones. While some may not be groundbreaking, Huawei chooses instead to improve the overall performance of the said innovation while ensuring it becomes one of its own. Being one of the pioneers of the dual-camera setup, Huawei has since pushed through the boundaries last year with its triple-camera setup.
This time around, Huawei outdoes itself yet again with its latest range of smartphone devices, aimed at making it significantly more AI-driven than before. Huawei also builds on the overall design of its smartphones, ensuring you get the most out of it.
Instead of giving the regular spiel about what the latest smartphones could do, we compiled a list of the latest technological marvels one can find in a Huawei device. The list of innovations ranges from the latest hardware the smartphones are running to the device acting as a makeshift power bank.
All-new neural processing unit
One of the reasons that Huawei has been able to make its way into the top three smartphone brands in the world is due to its use of its Kirin processors inside the smartphones. This year’s Mate series of smartphones is no different, housing the Kirin 980 processor. It will be the world’s first ever dual neural processing unit (NPU) design, which means greater artificial intelligence (AI) assistance within the smartphone. This allows for greater facial recognition, object identification, image segmentation, and greater translation. Of course, this translates through a single use – the camera.
New and improved triple camera setup
Earlier this year, the Huawei P20 and P20 shocked the world by becoming the first smartphone to carry three cameras at the back. This time, it makes another appearance for the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro. Of course, it is again co-engineered by Leica. Both smartphones will come with an ultra-wide angle lens, a wide angle lens, and telephoto lens. However, the Mate 20 Pro does get the better end of the bargain with higher megapixel counts on each lens. With the help of the dual-NPU Kirin 980, it produces even greater images than before, specifically catered towards vibrant and vivid colours with crisp and stunning imagery.
Integrated in-screen fingerprint scanner
Huawei is only the second Chinese tech giant to break the barrier when it comes to introducing an integrated in-screen fingerprint scanner into its smartphone, with the first being Vivo. Unfortunately, only the Huawei Mate 20 Pro comes with this latest piece of technology. Due to the ergonomic design and shape of the Mate 20 Pro coupled with dynamic pressure sensing technology, all one has to do is place your finger onto the screen to unlock the phone instantly. This also means that the Mate 20 Pro comes without a visible fingerprint scanner on the back of its device, unlike the Mate 20.
Wireless charging made better
Wireless charging has been all the rage for the past few years with many brands slowly picking it up. This year, we see both Apple and Google finally taking the leap to introduce wireless fast charging technology into its smartphones and Huawei has since followed suit. Both the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro come with wireless charging capabilities in just 30 minutes to get a more than decent battery life for the rest of the day. The Mate 20 Pro does it one better as it also acts as a makeshift power bank. Its wireless reverse charge technology allows the Mate 20 Pro to charge other devices without the need for a cable or a dongle.
EMUI 9.0 is Huawei’s very own iteration of the Android OS 9.0 Pie, the latest to come out for Android devices. Through EMUI 9.0, Huawei aims to keep its user interface simple and easy-to-use for all, while ensuring that it doesn’t compromise on its performance. Whether it’s daily browsing on social media or shopping, EMUI 9.0 has got your back for the entire journey. Plenty of AI features have also been added in with EMUI 9.0, which allow the device to perform a series of tasks like object identification or even calorie counting.