Introduced in October 2018, Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro follows on from last year’s Mate 20 Pro, and builds on the success of the very highly rated (for photography) P20 Pro.
Huawei has two different strands for its top-of-the-line smartphones, the Mate series, and the P series. The latter is generally considered the one to be aimed primarily at photographers, but the former has some very interesting photography specifications which are very appealing to enthusiasts.
Probably the biggest news is the introduction of a wide-angle f/2.2 lens, which gives you a 16mm equivalent and is paired with a 20 megapixel sensor. As with the P20 Pro, the Mate 20 Pro uses a triple-lens setup, with the super wide-angle camera replacing the black-and-white sensor as found in the P20 Pro.
That means that alongside the wide-angle lens, you have the standard f/1.8 lens, which is accompanied by a 40 megapixel sensor and gives you an equivalent of 27mm, plus a telephoto (3x optical) f/2.4 lens, which has an 8 megapixel sensor and focal length equivalent to 80mm.
On the front of the phone, there’s a 24 megapixel f/2.0 selfie camera. Other specifications which are likely to appeal to photographers include the ability to expand memory with a new type of memory card, super fast charging and a huge battery life, and 2K OLED screen.
At the time of writing, the Mate 20 Pro can be bought, sim free, for £899.99. It is also available on a wide variety of different contracts.