Smartphone cameras are in a tailspin and it needs to stop

Florence Fletcher
October 20, 2018

It's impressive stuff! The front-facing camera isn't to be sniffed at either, boasting a 24Mp sensor that should suffice for all those Instagram selfies and Skype calls. The Huawei Mate 20 X comes with a massive 7.2-inch display and support for Huawei's M-Pen stylus. In confirmation of one of the rumors, Huawei has introduced the world's first nano memory card, said to be 45 percent smaller than the microSD card. The display is only a 1080p panel, but Huawei is pushing the phone's gaming prowess hard and there's a new "graphene film cooling technology", something Huawei reckons will keep the Mate 20 X's Kirin 980 SoC cool even during long gaming sessions. With the feature enabled in settings, you can plop another smartphone down on the Mate 20 Pro ( iPhone XS or a Google Pixel 3 XL) and it will charge it. In comparison, the Mate 20 Pro starts at €1,049. It is priced at Euro 899 (about 377,000 Naira) and will be available in select European markets from October 26.

If the Mate 20 Pro is too much phone for you, there's also the standard Mate 20. It is expected to be made available in four color options, including Twilight, Black, Blue, and Green. The Kirin 980 chipset is the first 7nm chip for Android devices and also the first one to couple with new Cortex-A76 cores. It packed with Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery which supports 25W fast charging feature.

The leather clad smartphone sports a triple rear camera setup with 40MP+20MP+8MP sensors. The primary sensor comes with a 40-megapixel lens with a f/1.8 aperture along with 20-megapixel ultra-wide angle with f/2.2 aperture and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture.

Connectivity options on the Mate 20 include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, and a USB Type-C port.

The Mate 20 Pro comes with a a 6.4-inch curved OLED screen with 3120 x 1440 resolution, 19.5:9 aspect ratio and 86.90% screen-to-body ratio.

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There are only a couple of hours left before the Huawei Mate 20 launch event.

Other than the P20 Pro launched this spring, also a Huawei creation, few flagship smartphones features a triple-lens camera system. The rear cameras come with LED flash and Super HDR.

The Mate20 phones also feature 3D facial recognition so a user can unlock their phone with their face, similar to Face ID on the iPhone XS and XS Max. Speaking of battery, the Mate 20 Pro has a splendidly cool feature built-in; reverse wireless charging. Gamers also have the Mate 20 X, which joins the small list of smartphones that are designed for gaming.

Chinese mobile manufacturer Huawei announced the Huawei Mate 20 today, along with the Pro and X versions of the device.

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