Huawei's Mate 20 is coming in October with the new Kirin 980 processor
Huawei's had two major flagship brands which have seen multiple iterations in recent years, somewhat echoing Samsung's Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series with the Huawei P series and Huawei Mate series. The latest phablet is coming in October, according to leaked details, as the Huawei Mate 20.
The Huawei Mate series has consistently been somewhat more impressive than the Huawei P series, despite sharing a lot of the same features, the Mate has regularly knocked it out of the park when it comes to battery life and camera capabilities, particularly the former, which has put the firm up there with the best of the market in terms of long-lasting devices on a single charge.
The main package of juicy leaked details comes via reputable source XDA-Developers forum, where leakster @FunkyHuawei shared firmware files containing a glut of information on the upcoming launch handsets.
Yes, plural; somewhat unsurprisingly, as per the Huawei Mate launch last year, there will be at least three Huawei Mate 20 handsets wearing exactly the same monikers as the 2017 range.
That's the Huawei Mate 20, the Huawei Mate 20 Lite, and the super-premium Huawei Mate 20 Pro. We wouldn't be at all surprised if there was a repeat of the special Porsche Design edition as well, but that has not been tipped just yet.
The firmware files leaked specifically detail the standard model, the Huawei Mate 20, which means you can expect the Huawei Mate 20 Lite to have a slightly reduced spec in some areas from this, while the Huawei Mate 20 Pro will have a few extra perks.
Huawei Mate 20 Specs & Hardware
The signature feature of the spec sheet is the Huawei own-brand HiSilicon Kirin 980 processor, this is the latest powerhouse CPU from the firm and it is based on the 7nm semiconductor architecture. Rumours include a 2.8GHz clockspeed, a 20% performance hike, and a 40% boost in battery efficiency. The chip itself is pegged for a big announcement at IFA 2018 in Berlin, Germany, expected on August 30, while the phones running it should be announced at a later date.
The battery is BIG, a massive 4,200mAh. The display is also big at 6.3in, and despite the fact that the Huawei Mate series last year all had the same size display, there is a rumour the Huawei Mate 20 Pro might have a 6.9in screen, but this is unconfirmed.
The files for the Huawei Mate 20 showed a handset with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage, but this doesn't rule out the possibility of higher tier models, particularly now that Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 has gone for 512GB and 8GB RAM.
Other tips suggest the Pro model will have an in-display fingerprint scanner, and the whole range will run Android Pie with a new edition of Huawei's Emotion UI (EMUI).
More details have since emerged regarding the Kirin 980, which has been benchmarked in China, showing an octa-core CPU with four Cortex-A77 cores clocked at 2.8GHz and four Cortex-A55 cores. It also has LPDDR4X RAM and an ARM Mali-G72 MP24 GPU; that doubles the number of GPU cores found on the previous model.
A second-generation NPU (Neural Processing Unit) for the AI features Huawei has been shown to have a massive amount of enthusiasm for.