Huawei unveils Mate 20 series, takes aim at Apple, Samsung

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Posted at Oct 16 2018 10:03 PM | Updated as of Oct 16 2018 11:51 PM

Huawei Consumer Business Group CEO Richard Yu showcases the Huawei Mate 20 Series at the ExCel convention center in London on Oct. 16, 2018. ABS-CBN News

LONDON (UPDATE) -- Huawei's Mate 20 series is the first phone that can charge other phones wirelessly from its own battery and during its launch here Tuesday, the company flashed on a giant stage a photo of its new flagship powering up Apple's new iPhone XS Max. 

Huawei Consumer Business Group CEO Richard Yu took aim at the iPhone XS and Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 with the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, packing his keynote here with benchmarks pitting the flagship phones in terms of power, performance, artificial intelligence and camera technology.

Shenzhen-based Huawei overtook Apple in terms of sales, placing second behind Samsung, but that was before the launch of the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR. The Mate refresh is among the last flagships to be unveiled before the end of the year. 

Huawei Consumer Business Group CEO Richard Yu showcases the Huawei Mate 20 Series at the ExCel convention center in London on Oct. 16, 2018. ABS-CBN News

The Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro are the first to be powered by Huawei's own Kirin 980 processors, which has twice the number of onboard neural engines compared to 2017's 970.

The Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro are also the first Huawei devices to ship with Android 9 Pie, overlaid with its EMUI skin, with a simpler interface and gesture navigation. 

A 7.2-inch Mate 20 X, a refreshed Porsche Design Mate RS and the new Watch GT with 2 weeks battery life were also announced.

Unlike the Apple and Samsung flagships, however, the Mate 20 has Leica-engineered triple cameras on the back and an in- display fingerprint sensor on the Pro model.

The Mate 20 Pro's 4,200 mAh battery is the largest ever on a Huawei device. Its fast charging was also upgraded, capable of adding up to 1 percentage point of battery life in 30 seconds. 

The Mate 20 has 6.53-inch display while the Pro has a 6.39-inch screen, compared to 6.5 inches on the iPhone XS Max and 6.4 inches on the Note 9. The Mate 20 Pro has an iPhone-style cutout that allows for three-dimensional face unlock. 

Huawei Consumer Business Group CEO Richard Yu showcases the Huawei Mate 20 Series at the ExCel convention center in London on Oct. 16, 2018. ABS-CBN News

The smaller Mate 20 has a "teardrop" style cutout. It also retains the back-mounted fingerprint scanner, lacking the advanced front camera in its more expensive sibling.

The 2018 Mate line improves upon the Leica-engineered triple cameras of the P20 series from earlier in the year. The Pro has a 40-megapixel wide angle lens, a 20-megapixel ultra wide angle lens and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens with up to 3 times zoom. 

The Mate 20 has a 16-megapixel ultra wide angle lens, a 12-megapixel wide angle lens and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens with 2 times zoom. 

The lenses are stacked in a square module, along with the flash, unlike the vertical, side mounted shooters on the P20 line.

The water and dustproofing were upgraded to IP68, at par with the iPhone XS line and the Galaxy Note 9. It will come in Emerald Green, Midnight Blue, Black and Huawei's signature Twilight gradient.