Huawei has been hitting gold with its recent releases, and now it’s time to ask how the new Huawei Mate 20 will hold up against the Huawei P20. Both are amongst the most powerful, high-end smartphones in the market, but which one is better?
Design & Construction
From the front, you can easily spot which one is the P20 and which is the Mate 20 because of the slight size difference and its notches. Both are encased in sleek aluminum frames that are resistant to splashes and dust. If we are to judge from design alone, the Mate 20 takes the cake with its triple rear camera and slightly larger screen. Another win for the Mate 20 is that it retains the much more preferable 3.5mm earphone jack, while the P20 would need an adapter to fit standard earphones.
The Mate 20 dons a huge 6.53-inch LCD display, while the P20 clocks in at 5.8 inches. While both phones are built with the same capacitive screen type and aspect ratio, the P20 aces this round because of its higher pixel density. It has 429ppi, which is significantly higher than the Mate 20’s 381ppi.
Between the two, the Mate 20 is obviously more geared towards mobile photography. It boasts an awe-inspiring set of triple Leica camera lenses that work together to capture stunning images that are almost of professional quality. Its main camera is composed of a 12MP wide angle lens, a 16MP ultrawide angle lens, and an 8MP telephoto lens. At the front, it has a 24MP selfie camera that can shoot high-resolution pictures and videos.
On the other hand, the P20 also has an impressive set of Leica cameras but is still overpowered. The dual rear camera is composed of a 12MP and 20MP wide angle lens. Like the Mate 20, it’s equipped with a 24MP front camera you can use to take great selfies with.
In terms of processing power, the Mate 20 can be seen as a huge upgrade from the P20. In a span of a few months, Huawei was already able to improve upon its signature chipset. The Mate 20 is powered by a Kirin 980 processor, a Mali-G76 MP10 GPU, and comes with a 4GB and 6GB RAM variant plus 128GB of storage. Compared to the P20’s Kirin 970 chipset, Mali-G72 MP12 GPU, 4GB RAM and 128GB of storage. The Mate 20 also has a larger battery capacity at 4,000mAh, over the P20’s 3,400mAh.
Huawei Mate 20 vs Huawei P20 Specs Comparison
|Chipset||Kirin 980||Kirin 970|
|GPU||Mali-G76 MP10||Mali-G72 MP12|
|Display||6.53 inches, 1080 x 2244 resolution, 381 ppi, IPS LCD Capacitive Touchscreen||5.8 inches, 1080 x 2240 pixels, 429 ppi, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen|
|OS||Android 9.0||Android 8.1|
|Rear Camera||12MP (wide angle lens), 16MP (ultra wide angle lens), 8MP (telephoto lens)||12MP, 20MP|
|Memory & Storage||4GB/6GB RAM, 128 Storage||4GB RAM, 128GB Storage|
|Sensors||Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass||Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, color spectrum|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery||Non-removable Li-Po 3400 mAh battery|
|Network||GSM / HSPA / LTE||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|Dimensions||158.2 x 77.2 x 8.3 mm||149.1 x 70.8 x 7.7 mm|
In conclusion, the Huawei Mate 20 is the better phone on paper. But if we are to factor in the pricing, the Huawei P20 can offer amazing value for a roughly Php 15,000 difference and can be considered as a close substitute. Though the Huawei Mate 20 is yet to be released locally, it might retail for an estimated Php 49,990, while the Huawei P20 currently retails for Php 34,990.