• Comparison: Huawei Mate 20 Pro vs Huawei P20 Pro

    By Samantha Watson , October 17, 2018 - Leave a comment

    Have you had time to absorb it all yet?

    Huawei has finally announced the eagerly-anticipated Mate 20 Pro at their launch event in London and, whilst we haven’t managed to get our hands on a demo model yet, it promises a lot.

    As you may have heard, Huawei recently overtook Apple to become the second biggest smartphone seller in the world, owing a lot to the success of the Huawei P20 Pro.

    So how do the two devices and compare? Is the Huawei Mate 20 Pro worth the upgrade?


    Design and Display

    Huawei is synonymous with crafting devices that are not only feature-packed but are unique and striking to the eye. The P20 Pro’s Twilight variant had a stunning chameleon finish that transitioned from blue to purple and has been a big hit here at Clove. The trademark look has been carried over to their Mate 20 range.

    The Mate 20 Pro has been designed with an impressive 6.39-inch curved OLED display that offers an incredible screen-to-body ratio. The 6.1-inch Full View display of the P20 Pro is hardly slacking, although offers a lower pixel resolution at 2244 x 1080 compared to the 3120 x 1440 Quad HD+ display of the Mate 20 Pro.

    The bezels of the Mate 20 Pro, particularly the bottom chin, are also noticeably slimmer. The new device is currently the only global-market device to offer an in-display fingerprint sensor, allowing Huawei to almost completely remove the chin. Again, this probably isn’t a deal-clincher but provides a clear upgrade to the P20 Pro.

    Some are upset that not only have Huawei kept the notch on the Mate 20 Pro, but it is significantly bigger than the “waterdrop” notch of the P20 Pro. This is with reason, however. Mate 20 Pro’s notch houses the technology required for 3D secure face unlocking.

    The extraordinary camera array on the back of the Mate 20 Pro is now organised within a square shape, rather than the more traditional vertical line arrangement of the P20 Pro. The new device is also slightly heavier at 189g versus the 180g of the P20.



    Headlining Huawei’s P20 Pro was undoubtedly the industry-leading Leica triple lens camera to the rear of the device. As such, it’s of very little surprise to see Huawei adopt similar technology within their upgraded device, sporting a 40MP, 20MP and 8MP rear setup, 24MP front camera, as well as 3x optical zoom and 5x hybrid zoom.

    That said, Huawei have ditched the 20MP secondary monochrome lens of the P20 Pro in favour of an ultra-wide secondary RGB sensor that allows you to capture wide shots as well as images as close as 2.5cm from the subject.

    Software upgrades see new shooting modes, including Cinema Mode that allows you to add certain pockets of colour – pretty cool but maybe not necessary.


    As expected, with a new device comes a new chipset. Huawei claims that their Kirin 980 processor offers a speed improvement of up to 20% over the P20 Pro. This is coupled with a 40% improvement to power efficiency.

    Bettering the P20 Pro’s 4,000 mAh battery and impressive 22.5W fast charging, the Mate 20 Pro comes with a 4,200 mAh power pack and is the first on the market to offer 40W SuperCharge fast charging. This delivers a 70% charge in only 30 minutes.

    The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is also the first of Huawei’s devices to come with Wireless Charging. It’s also an industry-first in offering Reverse Wireless Charging; allowing you to power other Qi-enabled products from itself.



    Clove currently stocks the Huawei P20 Pro in Dual SIM (EU) and Single SIM (UK) variants. These are available in for £575 ex-VAT and £624.17 respectively.  All devices have 128GB of internal memory and no expandable storage.

    The first stock of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro will be shipping from Clove on 26th October. This is available for pre-order now! The Single SIM variant is £749.17 ex-VAT in Black or Twilight, with 128GB of internal storage and 6GB RAM. Storage is expandable via Huawei’s new Nano SD cards (availability TBC).

    All UK pre-orders will come with a FREE Huawei Watch GT and Huawei Wireless Charger!

    Order Huawei Mate 20 Pro

    Huawei Mate 20 Pro | Single SIM | 128GB | £899 (£749.17 ex VAT)

    Buy Huawei P20 Pro

    Dual SIM | EU Model | 128GB| £690 (£575 ex-VAT)

    Single SIM | UK Model | 128GB | £749 (£624.17 ex-VAT)



    Samantha Watson


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