Mate 20 Pro: Huawei Springs a Surprise with New Gaming Phone Reveal
Huawei had a surprise in store at a recent event. In addition to the two new phones that the event was always going to revolve around, there was a third phone announced: the Mate 20 Pro, a 7.2 inch smartphone that the president of the firm, Dong Yu, bragged is better than the Nintendo Switch. He does have a point, as it compares favourably with the Switch in a number of areas: it has a larger battery (5,000mAh), higher resolution (1080p), and a larger screen (7.2in). After taking attendees through the gadget’s battery life, design, and display, Yu talked about how it’s more suited to mobile games and even compared it to the Galaxy Note 9.
Smartphones are undoubtedly becoming more game-friendly, with mobile games becoming more popular on handheld devices. Games such as PUGB Mobile and Clash of Clans have caught on in a big way in recent years. Then there those classic games that never go out of style like Solitaire, Blackjack, and Angry Birds. While the Mate 20 Pro looks set to compete with the best gaming phones on the market, it also offers a number of other competitive features.
Unfortunately, as has been the case with all Huawei smartphones, the Mate 20 Pro will only be given a limited release in the U.S. due to the firm’s conflicts with Amazon security services. It does, however, come with a number of special features that you wouldn’t be able to find on any other smartphone. One of these features, which is somewhat bizarre, is that it can charge other phones wirelessly. That can be handy for those with multiple phones, obviously. In practical terms, one could charge their new Mate 20 Pro on a wall outlet while charging their iPhone at the same time. We don’t know why you would need both but it’s an option, at least. It’s also one that your iPhone-owning friends with terrible batteries would be indebted to you for.
Three rear camera lens
Cameras are the most important aspect for many smartphone owners these days, and the industry has responded. Some firms, such as Nokia and Samsung, are giving their customers more physical camera while others like Google are looking towards advanced computational photography with the Pixel 4. Huawei is responding in its own way with the Mate 20 Pro providing three cameras: super wide-angle, wide-angle, and telephoto. The extra wide-angle allows for fish-eye style views of landscapes and subjects.
3D object manipulation
Each of the new Huawei phones works with Google’s ARCore apps, which opens things up when it comes to augmented reality. Huawei has its very own camera feature: 3D Live Emoji. The phone takes advantage of the front-facing depth-sensing camera by scanning objects and creating scans just like what we used to see from Google’s Tango technology. Only now that scan can also be converted into an animated emoji.
Huawei isn’t the only smartphone company to tap into the lucrative gaming market. It isn’t all that long ago when both Razer and Asus released phones specifically for gaming. Samsung and Apple have also talked up the importance of gaming on their mobile products whenever they’ve released a new device.