In March this year, Huawei unveiled the P20 Pro, a high-end handset with three rear cameras and the sort of look and feel that put it right up there with the other big names in smartphones that it's clearly eager to outshine. Now with the Mate 20 Pro, the Chinese manufacturer has demonstrated the podium’s not good enough: it’s coming for the crown. We got some hands-on time with the Mate 20 Pro at the London launch event, and this is what we found.
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Photography skills aside, there are two things that are particularly interesting about the Mate 20 Pro. First up, there’s no fingerprint sensor around the back, nor is there one in a chin beneath the display. There isn’t even one in the power button on the side. Instead, it’s built into the 2K+ OLED display itself.
Wake the phone by lifting it, and if the oh-so-speedy facial ID doesn’t get it unlocked first (or you’ve turned that off because you have an evil identical twin), a fingerprint image will glow softly on the screen. Press one of your registered fingertips to it and the device will unlock. The in-screen solution feels no less responsive than the physical sensors we’ve used on other phones, and it’s undeniably way cooler than any of them.
The Mate 20 Pro’s other top party trick concerns its battery. First up, there’s a class-leading 4200mAh battery squeezed into its slim shell. Then there&r...