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Huawei Mate 20 Pro: Five features that wow

The device not only brings with it impressive specs but more importantly, interesting features and technologies.

 |  4-minute read |   27-11-2018
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2018's coming to an end, but the big ticket launches in the flagship segment of the smartphone market don't seem to be coming to an end – the latest being the Mate 20 Pro launched in India for a price of Rs 69,990. 

From the barracks of China's biggest smartphone maker, Huawei, this latest offering brings with it not only impressive specs, but more importantly, interesting features and technologies – some of which are firsts for the industry. 

Let's take a look at the five most interesting ones. 

Rear camera set-up

One of the more interesting things about the Mate 20 Pro is its rear camera set-up built in the form of a square. Now, you may be thinking that this means the phone comes with a quad-camera set-up like the Samsung Galaxy A9.

Yet, that's not the case. 

In fact, the Mate 20 Pro only brings with it a three lens system with the fourth slot in the set-up being dedicated to the phone's camera flash.

The three cameras include Leica-branded lenses – 40-Megapixel wide-angle lens with f/1.8 aperture, a 20-Megapixel Ultra wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture and an 8-Megapixel telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture. As far the features are concerned, this triple lens set-up also supports laser and phase detection autofocus as well as AIS (AI-based stabilisation).

On the front, Huawei has again used technology that's far from basic with the Mate 20 Pro sporting a 24-megapixel 3D depth-sensing camera.

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In-display fingerprint scanner

Now, this is not the first time we are seeing an under-display finger-print scanner on a phone. Yet, the fact remains the technology is still very cool, and as of now is not available on any flagship phones from Samsung and Apple. 

The Mate 20 Pro has a scanner that uses a dynamic pressure sensor which unlocks the phone once a user applies a slight amount of pressure to the panel. The sensor can also recognise when a user’s hand is slightly above the screen. As with other in-display fingerprint scanner phones available in the market, the device flashes a little fingerprint indicator to help the user with where to place their finger.

However, if for some reason you're not happy with the in-display fingerprint scanning mechanism, Huawei also offers face unlock technology with the phone. 

Ultra-efficient 7nm process SoC

Another interesting thing about the Mate 20 Pro is the use of the Kirin 980 – the world's first commercial SoC, created using the 7nm fabrication process. The more sophisticated process allows Huawei to pack in 6.9 billion transistors on the chip and add Cortex-A76-based CPU, along with Mali-G76 GPU and as well as LPDDR4X RAM, clocked at 2133MHz, all the while keeping the SoC extremely energy and heat-efficient. 

Reverse wireless charging

Now, this is a technology that has not been seen on a smartphone before — and one that will most likely not be seen on any other device in the near future too. 

Even as the majority of the smartphone market is trying hard to add support for wireless technology standards with their phones, Huawei has added support for reverse charging to the Mate Pro 20 that you can use to charge the likes of Galaxy S9, Note 9 or even iPhone Xs. 

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Real-time translation and IR blaster

With AI becoming the new buzzword for the smartphone industry, the Mate Pro 20 too sees Huawei use interesting AI features to set this phone apart from the others available in the market.

Although machine learning and AI find roots deep in the device's software, it is quite interesting to see that Huawei Mate 20 Pro also supports real-time translation – both verbal and written – across many Indian languages including Hindi, Bengali, Tamil and Telugu, with the help of Microsoft's Translator App. 

The phone also comes with an IR blaster.

Now, this may not seem like a big thing, but the convenience of controlling your air-conditioners, TVs, even set-top boxes, straight from your phone is a convenience that is only available on the Mate 20 Pro in the flagship segment.

And as such, it is a feature that is sure to be highly appreciated by end users. 

Also read: IBM announces the world's fastest quantum computer - what does it mean?

 

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