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HUAWEI Mate 20 review: Packing premium performance for a high price

Is the HUAWEI Mate 20 worth the money? We blaze through benchmarks and photos to find out if it's worth the high cost.

Published onDecember 16, 2018

HUAWEI Mate 20

In the last few years, I’ve mainly used Samsung’s Galaxy phones. I also have an iPhone X on hand for a tasty iOS vs Android comparison. The new Mate 20 is my first hands-on experience with a HUAWEI device outside a trade show.

Honestly, I really like this phone. It’s a breath of fresh air in a crowded smartphone market and a great entry point if you’re new to the Android platform. But it doesn’t come cheap, with a starting price of 700 pounds ($876). We dig into HUAWEI’s Mate 20 to see if it’s worth the big bucks.

HUAWEI Mate 20 home screen

HUAWEI provided us with a review unit for testing, model HMA-L29. It included 6GB of system memory, 128GB of storage, dual-SIM connectivity and EMUI 9.0 (build C432E10R1P16) running with Android’s October 2018 security patch. I used the device mostly on my home network along with AT&T outside the house.

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