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As most of you will know I’ve been using the Huawei Mate 20 Pro for the past month and will not stop raving about it. I was even lucky enough to attend the international launch in London. But, in case you haven’t been following me on Instagram or Twitter, and haven’t seen the wonderful things this phone can do, I thought I’d better do a full Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review for you. Here’s everything you need to know, without getting too techy!

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Review

About the Huawei Mate 20 Pro

The Mate 20 Pro is my new favourite accessory. It is both incredibly functional and very pretty. It comes in Black, Emerald Green, Midnight Blue and the beautiful TWILIGHT. I have the Emerald Green colour but the Twilight would definitely be my colour of choice. I was a little bit sad to put my P20 Pro Twilight back on the shelf when the Mate 20 Pro came along, purely because of the colour. The back of the phone is slightly textured to give it a better grip, but to be honest you’d still need a case on it, so that feature is a bit unnecessary. However, it does feel lovely!

One of the features I love about this phone is that it has dual SIM functionality – my dreams of becoming an international woman of mystery with two phone numbers have finally come true! Or I could just use it for foreign SIMs while travelling.  The phone itself has a large enough screen, 6.39 inches, perfect for watching movies or editing videos.

Huawei mate 20 pro review

Photo via Huawei

Not much chance of you running out of memory with the Mate 20 Pro, like the P20 Pro it has 128GB of memory. Which is perfect for people like me who take 100,000 photos every other day (slight exaggeration). People lost their minds over the fact that the Mate 20 Pro has an in-screen fingerprint sensor/scanner. Like I said before, I don’t use fingerprint scanners, but it’s certainly nice and futuristic feeling. 

Huawei mate 20 pro review

Me and my Mate 20 Pro.

When it comes to battery life the Mate is destroying the competition with its 4200 mAh battery and super charging capabilities. You can charge this device to 70% in about 30 minutes. So handy for charging on the go while travelling. Wireless charging is possible but the wireless charger does not come in box, you have to buy it separately. 

The BIG DEAL about the Mate 20 Pro is that it can wirelessly charge other phones!! Any other brand of phone that is wireless charging enabled. All you have to do is turn on the option, hold your phone against another device and watch as you pass on the battery love to your friend. Popularity/lots of new friends are nearly guaranteed, NEARLY.

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro Camera (The STAR of the Show)

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Photo via Huawei

OK, so basically I’ll be waxing lyrical about how fantastic the camera on this phone is for the next few paragraphs. So settle down and get ready to be wowed. This phone has so many modes on its camera that you could nearly get lost. But I appreciate that. I love that, in fact. Since I’m all about the photos for Insta and the blog. Plus I hate having to carry equpiment with me when I travel, so if I can get fantastic photos on my phone, then it means I get to leave my camera behind. 

Huawei mate 20 pro review

Using the portait heart lights mode at Wild Lights in Dublin Zoo.

My favourite mode is the new and improved portrait mode. It has a few more options than the P20 Pro did. There’s a mode where you can choose the blur shape of lights in the background. You can choose circles, hearts, swirl or discs. This works incredibly well with fairy lights in the background, so great for Christmas. It is also possible to change the lighting in portrait mode. You can choose from 5 different options including stained glass and folding blinds. As with the P20 Pro you can choose whether to have the beautify setting on or not and to what degree. 

Huawei mate 20 pro review

Took my Mate 20 Pro to Philadelphia with me and snapped this beauty at about 10pm at night.

Night Mode on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is very impressive. I got some stunning low light city shots when I was in Philadelphia. Potentially better than I would have gotten on my hand held mirrorless camera. And I didn’t have to fiddle around with settings for ages. You do need to keep your hand still, but you definitely don’t need a tripod. If you have steady enough hands you’ll be fine.  

Then I took it to Georgetown in DC 🙂

On the other hand you certainly will need a tripod for the Light Painting and Silky Water modes or everything will end up a bright blur. The camera also has a Time Lapse and a Slow-Mo mode.  One of my FAVOURITE features is the underwater camera mode, which I imagine adds a red filter to cancel out the overwhelming blue. This mode can only be used with the waterproof case though. But once you have the waterproof case you can bring your phone diving with you up to 50m. DREAM!

Huawei mate 20 pro review

The Christmas Lights on Grafton Street in Dublin.

There is only one complaint I have about the camera on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro; the Panorama mode only lets you go from left to right, you can’t go from right to left. It’s just odd because most phones allows you do it from either direction. It’s not a big deal, but it is a slight and unnecessary inconvenience.  

Huawei mate 20 pro review

Using the wide angle lens to fit me AND the Discovery space shuttle into the one shot in Virginia.

With regards to specs, if you’re into that kind of thing the Mate 20 Pro has a rear Leica triple camera – 40MP Wide Angle, 20MP Ultra Wide Angle and 8MP Telephoto. The front camera  is 24MP. I am in LOVE with the wide angle option on this phone. It can zoom out up to x0.6 and it’s SO good for capturing city scenes, or, you know, for fitting a space shuttle into one frame. 

Huawei mate 20 pro review

Can you tell I’m a fan of the night camera on this phone? Took this at the launch in October.

There are plenty of other handy settings like Audio Control, where the phone will automatically take a photo when it hears you says “Cheese” or when you’re voice reaches a certain decibel level. And when it comes to video there are some fun filters that you can shoot in, the most fun one being AI Colour. This is where the camera will pick out a person and leave them in colour while the background is black and white. It makes for a striking video.

How Much Does it Cost?

I guess this is what you’re all really interested in – how much does it cost? Well you can buy it for €899 from Three as Pay as You Go. Or if you need it to be unlocked Harvey Norman also sell it, but at a higher price (€1049.00 I believe) and their link seems to be broken at the moment on their website so you’ll have to go in store to get it. I would say that if you take a lot of photos, are really into photos or use your phone for business then this it is definitely worth it. For me the Mate 20 Pro is MILES above any other smart phone I’ve used in the past year. It is definitely my number one phone of 2018. 

If you need any further info about the devide check out the Huawei website HERE.

*Huawei did gift me the Mate 20 Pro. However, all views and opinions are, as always, my own.*


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