Huawei’s next flagship family is looking awfully exciting.
It can be difficult to keep up with all the phones Huawei releases over the course of a year, but one that continues to stand out from the pack is the Mate 10 Pro.
The Mate 10 Pro is a gorgeous and powerful piece of tech that made a splash in various countries but was unfortunately held back from greatness in the U.S. thanks to continuous pushback from the government.
Huawei’s expected to follow-up on the Mate 10 Pro’s greatness with the Mate 20 Pro and two other versions to accompany it, and even if it once again gets heat from the States, it’ll still likely be one of the best phones you can get early next year.
The latest Mate 20 news
September 19, 2018 — The back of the Mate 20 will wirelessly charge Huawei’s take on AirPods
When Huawei unveiled the P20 series this past March, it also released a new accessory called the FreeBuds — essentially Huawei’s take on Apple’s popular AirPods. WinFuture discovered that the company will be launching the FreeBuds 2 alongside the Mate 20, and while they’re still AirPods clones, there’s one nifty feature we haven’t seen before.
The case for FreeBuds 2 will support wireless charging, and as seen in the render above, placing the case on top of the Mate 20 will essentially turn the phone into a wireless charger and allow the earbuds to juice up.
It’s unclear if you’ll be able to charge other gadgets on the back of the Mate 20, but even if this is limited to the FreeBuds 2, it’s still a great idea and should help the Mate 20 stick out in a market that gets more competitive with each passing day.
September 10, 2018 — Huawei sends out invites for Mate 20 in London on October 16
Hold on to your butts — Huawei’s confirmed when we’ll be able to learn more about the rest of the Mate 20 family!
The company started sending out press invites today for an event that’ll be held on October 16, 2018 in London. The tagline on the invite is "A Higher Inteligence Is Coming" with the outline of a phone and the Kirin 980 processor shining through at the heart of it.
Who’s excited for next month?
August 31, 2018 — Mate 20 Lite announced, coming to the UK September 5
During IFA 2018, Huawei officially announced the first member of the Mate 20 family — the Mate 20 Lite.
As expected, the Mate 20 Lite is a mid-tier phone that looks to offer a solid combo of specs and value. There’s a 6.3-inch notched display with a resolution of Full HD+ and dual 20MP + 2MP cameras on the back. Inside is the Kirin 710 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 3,750 mAh battery.
Other specs to round out the phone include 64GB of expandable storage, 24MP selfie camera, and Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.2 layered on top of it.
The Mate 20 launches in the United Kingdom on September 5.
August 20, 2018 — New Mate 20 renders show an incredibly small notch
After getting a good look at the affordable Mate 20 Lite a few days ago, the folks at XDA Developers have now provided device renders of the more premium Mate 20.
Looking at the front of the phone, the thing that sticks out the most is the notch. Despite housing a front-facing camera and speaker grill that’ll likely support stereo audio, it’s considerably smaller than notches we’ve seen on the OnePlus 6, Pixel 3 XL, etc. The top of the phone is home to a 3.5mm headphone jack and microphone while the bottom is where you’ll find the USB-C port, another speaker grill, and another microphone.
Moving over to the back of the Mate 20, the camera housing holds three rear cameras and an LED flash in one compact area. The renders are based off photographs that XDA obtained, and since the pictures in question didn’t show the entire back of the Mate 20, it’s unclear what the rest of this side will look like or where the fingerprint sensor will be located.
August 14, 2018 — Huawei Mate 20 Lite appears in a leaked render
The Huawei Mate 20 Lite, the cheapest of the Mate 20 trio, is the first of this phone family to rear its head in a leaked press render.
Evan Blass shared the above photo early in the morning on August 14, and to not much surprise, the Mate 20 Lite looks like any other phone that’s been released in the past few months. There’s an all-glass back, dual cameras on the front and back, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, a bezel-light display, and a notch.
Even if this design isn’t breaking any new grounds, the Mate 20 Lite does look like a fairly attractive phone. It’s unclear if this design language will carry over to the regular Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, but we’ll let you know as soon as we learn more.
August 1, 2018 — Leaked firmware suggests the Mate 20 will ship with Android P, have a 4,200 mAh battery, and use the Kirin 980
We’re likely a couple months out from an official announcement from Huawei regarding its Mate 20 phones, and just in time, the rumor mill has kicked into full gear with a ton of info that was recently shared in firmware files obtained by XDA Developers. The files outline three phones — the Mate 20 Lite, Mate 20, and Mate 20 Pro — but focuses mostly on the mid-tier option
The Huawei Mate 20 will reportedly ship with a large 6.3-inch OLED display, and as expected, use Huawei’s next-generation Kirin 980 processor. To accompany this, we’re expecting 6GB RAM, 128GB of internal storage, and a seriously huge 4,200 mAh battery.
And, to help you charge that battery pack, Huawei is finally going to jump on board the wireless charging train.
All three phones will likely ship with Android P and Huawei’s EMUI 9.0 skin on top of it.
All the big details
How many phones will there be?
Similar to last year, we’re expecting three different versions of the Mate 20 family — including the Mate 20, Mate 20 Lite, and Mate 20 Pro.
The Mate 20 will be the mid-tier option, whereas the Mate 20 Lite is the most affordable and the Mate 20 Pro is the most expensive/powerful.
If Huawei follows a similar launch pattern compared to the Mate 10, we’ll only get the Mate 20 Pro in the U.S.
What are the specs?
The Mate 20 Lite has already been announced, and as such, you can check out the full specs here. Details on the Mate 20 Pro’s specs are still up in the air, but when it comes to the regular Mate 20, here’s what the rumor mill is telling us to look forward to.
|Operating system||Android 9 Pie
|Processor||HiSilicon Kirin 980|
|Rear cameras||Three sensor setup|
How much will the Mate 20 cost?
Before we can speculate about how much the Mate 20 family will cost, we need to first look at last year’s pricing.
- Huawei Mate 10 Lite — £280
- Huawei Mate 10 — £699
- Huawei Mate 10 Pro — £799
The Mate 10 Pro started off with a $799.99 price in the U.S., but right now, can be purchased on Amazon directly from Huawei for just $549.99.
The Mate 20 Lite has been confirmed to cost £379 in the UK, showing a year-over-year increase of about £100 compared to the Mate 10 Lite. Should this hold true for the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, we’ll be looking at £799 and £899, respectively.
When will it be released?
If you’re interested in the Mate 20 Lite, the phone has already been launched in the UK and can be purchased right now.
As for the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, Huawei’s holding an event on October 16 in London where we’ll likely learn more about the remaining two phones.
Updated September 19, 2018: Refreshed this guide with the latest available info.
September 19, 2018 at 10:28AM