While many are familiar with Samsung, I'm pretty sure most Americans could not name the second-largest smartphone OEM. It is actually Huawei, and they have recently published a datasheet Dream of a phone in the Mate 20 Pro. So of course we wanted to see how it is compared to the best offer from the biggest OEM.
During the Huawei launch event, they highlighted how their cell phones stack up against their biggest rivals: the X  S  Max and the Galaxy Note 9. Huawei knew these were the two phones which most consumers would like to compare to, and set out to beat them in most categories. The result is a cell phone that surpasses at least the Galaxy Note 9 in most categories on paper and offers features for Android that previously did not appear in other phones.
Huawei is one of the few Android OEMs that her Create your own SoC. Samsung is the other manufacturer, though their Exynos processor does not make it to the US models of their phones. On the other hand, Huawei on all their phones Kirin processor, and thus helps to distinguish their phones from the sea of other Android flagships.
The Mate 20 Pro is the first Huawei device with the new Kirin 980 SoC release. This was the first 7 nm SoC announced and the second to hit the market. Thanks to this smaller process, the Kirin 980 has improved performance by 20% over its predecessor and is 40% more energy efficient. The Kirin 980 is also the first SoC to support up to 2,133MHz RAM, which the Mate 20 Pro uses.
As for the GPU, it is the first SoC using the new Mali G76. This is a 20-core GPU that is 46% more powerful than the previous generation and [179%] more powerful. Huawei also doubles artificial intelligence by incorporating not one but two NPUs into this SoC. The result is faster AI processing for faster machine learning enhancements.
GPS performance is better than other SoCs (including the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 in the Galaxy Note 9) thanks to its dual band (L1 + L5). With these two bands you can track your movement even in hard-to-follow areas such as tunnels. Finally, one of the key enhancements to this SoC is the new Cat. 21 modem, a premiere for smartphones. This is 1.7Gbps or 500Mbps faster than the Galaxy Note 9 modem.
As for the Galaxy Note 9, it uses the same SoC as any other flagship Android smartphone in 2018, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 This is a 10 nm SOC with an octa core setup using the big.LITTLE configuration. This means that the cores are divided into two categories: gold and silver. The gold cores are clocked at a higher frequency and used for larger loads, while the silver cores are clocked at a lower frequency and used for light tasks such as reading this article.
As for the grade 9 GPU, the Adreno 630 is on board. This is a dual-core GPU with a 100 MHz higher clock than last year's Adreno 540. The result is a 30% performance increase in most benchmarks. It also improves the power efficiency by the same percentage.
Where the Mate 20 Pro sets itself apart from the competition is biometrics. Huawei rewrites how Android users unlock their phones with the Mate 20 Pro and offers a selection of them.
Many cell phones, including the Galaxy Note 9, use a physical fingerprint scanner as an easy way to unlock your device. And with consumers demanding smaller displays, many OEMs have placed the scanner on the back cover, including Samsung. This decision angered some long-time fans who prefer the fingerprint scanner in the front. Here comes Huawei's help.
The Mate 20 Pro uses an in-display fingerprint scanner. The scanner is under the display and can scan your finger if you place it at a specific point on the screen. And while this technology appeared for the first time in January 2018 during CES and was released on some phones (and will soon be released on the OnePlus 6T), other phones use the slower optical version. The Mate 20 Pro uses an Ultrasonic In-Display Fingerprint Scanner that is faster and can work on thicker displays.
With the release of Face ID from Apple, many Android users have turned to the Android version of the technology waited. Well, thanks to Huawei, we finally have it. The Mate 20 Pro is the first Huawei device to use its new Point Cloud Depth Camera, the improved version of Apple Face ID technology.
Unlike some cell phones that are unlocked with the front camera, this is a secure authentication method. So sure Google can authenticate Google purchases. This is because Huawei uses a cloud of dots to create a 3D scan of your face, which is then compared to a 3D map stored locally in a safe zone. All this happens in 0.6 seconds for fast but secure authentication.
The Galaxy Note 9 has an iris scanner in addition to its back-mounted fingerprint scanner. This scanner will scan your eyes and compare the image of your eyes to authenticate you. Unfortunately, that was ridiculously easy to trick with the use of a photo. Therefore, while it is safe to do so, it is better not to use this feature.
Fast & Wireless Charging
Another outstanding feature of the Mate 20 Pro is its fast charging technology. Huawei introduced a new SuperCharge 2.0, the next generation rapid charging technology based on Oppos SuperVOOC. With this technology, Huawei can use a 40W power adapter to charge the Mate 20 Pro. And with all this power, the Mate 20 Pro (with its 4,200 mAh battery ) can charge 0-70% in 30 minutes.
While Samsung's rapid charging technology has always been behind the curve, it's in comparison to the Mate 20 Pro downright embarrassing. The Galaxy Note 9 uses Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging, a technology based on Quick Charge 2.0. This technology can adjust the wattage based on the phone (hence adaptive), giving the Galaxy Note 9 about 15 W of power. And while it charges the 4,000 mAh battery at about the same time as its other flagship phones with smaller batteries, it does not come close to loading the Mate 20.
As with wireless charging, this is the first time that Huawei has included wireless charging in the Mate series, and they decide to go big. Just like the Galaxy Note 9, it supports up to 15W Fast Charging for charging times similar to the wired Galaxy Note 9 charging. However, it has a feature that no other phone has, inverse wireless charging.
In recognition of the Mate 20 Pro's large battery capacity, Huawei has included the ability to turn your Mate 20 Pro into a wireless charging system. Once you activate the switch, put another phone (like, say, a Galaxy Note 9) on the back and the Mate 20 Pro will charge it.
Huawei has unveiled the new Matrix System with the Mate 20 Pro, a unique array their back cameras that both attract attention and support photography. Instead of a traditional horizontal or vertical arrangement, the Mate 20 Pro uses a small square consisting of three cameras and a flash. These cameras are located in the center, making it easier to take pictures of one of the cameras and make it easier to use different focal lengths for hybrid zooming.
The Mate 20 Pro is Huawei's second triple-camera flagship. This time, Huawei has changed the organization of the cameras. In the Mate 20 Pro you have a wide-angle lens, an ultra-wide lens and a telephoto lens.
The 40-MP wide-angle lens has an aperture of 1: 1.8 and can take more than a conventional reversing camera. The 20 MP ultra-wide dial has an aperture of f / 2.2 and allows shots that are not possible on most smartphones due to the larger field of view. Finally, the 3x optical zoom telephoto camera has an 8 MP sensor with a aperture of 1: 2.4. This is the only lens with OIS, with the other two adopting Huawei's AI image stabilization. However, thanks to the different focal lengths, Huawei is able to create a 5x hybrid zoom that uses the data from multiple cameras for an additional 2x zoom that is less loud than the standard digital zoom.
The Galaxy Note 9 does not have such a sophisticated camera arrangement. Instead, Samsung brought back the double arrangement of the rear camera, this time with a variable aperture on one side.
As with the Galaxy S9 +, a lens supports either aperture f / 1.5 or aperture f / 2.4. You can change this manually or allow the system to do this for you. Each opening represents a different amount of light that can be captured, resulting in some interesting photos. As for the second lens, it is a standard 12-MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom and f / 2.4 aperture. Unlike the Mate 20 Pro, both lenses have OIS.
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro has the best specs for any phone this year. While the Galaxy Note 9 has a larger maximum internal memory and a headphone jack, it loses in just about every other category. Huawei designed his phone intentionally to defeat the Galaxy Note 9, and the results speak for themselves.