Huawei’s day has finally come and, with it, its last laugh at its rivals. It has snatched the second spot away from Apple and it’s ramping up its competition with the world’s top smartphone makers. Its gamble is the Huawei Mate 20 and especially the Mate 20 Pro. Designed specifically to differentiate itself from the Huawei P20 earlier this year, the Mate 20 pretty much puts the focus on the same thing as its predecessor. Almost every new feature and design all ties back to its centerpiece: those three cameras.

In fact, the odd design of the Huawei Mate 20 is thanks to that camera. Whereas the P20 was designed to be held horizontally like a camera, the Mate 20 is designed to be used more in portrait mode, thus putting its camera along the “spine” of the phone. The corners of the body itself matches the corners of the camera square. Maybe Huawei would have made the Mate 20 square as well if it could get away with it.

While the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro share the same general design language, it is at the front that the two differ the most. The Mate 20 has a larger 6.53-inch 2244×1080 18.7:9 display that’s slightly more square and slightly wider than its Pro companion. It also has a “dewdrop” notch. The Mate 20 Pro, in contrast gets a smaller 6.39-inch 3120×1440 19.5:9 OLED screen. It also has a more traditional cutout to make room for the biggest feature on that side of the phone: the 3D Depth Sensing Camera.

As you might have guessed, that hardware is put at the service of face unlock, claimed to now be 30% faster. It pretty much uses the same technical features as Apple’s TrueDepth sensor, using a dot projector, flood illuminator, and time-of-flight (TOF) proximity to accurate map and recognizes faces. But unlike Apple, Huawei isn’t limiting users to only using one kind of biometric security. It still offers fingerprint scanning and on the Mate 20 Pro it even put a “Dynamic Pressure Sensing” in-screen scanner.

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