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The Huawei Mate 20 does not have to hide from its bigger brother, the Mate 20 Pro as we firmly believe that in some cases it surpasses the Pro model, with its impressive battery life and cheaper price. Also in terms of performance, display and camera, it delivers top scores and thus appears very high in the oneCOMPARE mobile leaderboard. Only the equipment is not quite up to the level of the Mate 20 Pro - but you also pay about £150 less, so is it worth opting for the regular Mate 20?
When you first set eyes on the Mate 20 one might think one has been given the Pro model by mistake. In the glass case it looks pretty posh and it's clear immediately that the workmanship is high quality.
The camera on the back looks exactly like the one of the Mate 20 Pro, as it is also symmetrical to the central axis and consists of three lenses. Together with a LED flash, it forms into a square and protrudes minimally out of the case. We agree with this review that it's actually better like this.
One difference with the Mate 20, however, is that the fingerprint sensor sits below the camera on the back and is - unlike the Pro - not integrated into the display. And a quick word on this now that we're onto that camera: let me tell you that it reacts very quickly (more on this later).
The Mate 20 boasts a 18.7: 9 ratio, but one-handed operation is a little difficult if you have smaller hands. The display is huge and Huawei have done well here. It measures 6.5 inches in diagonal and has at the top of the screen a kind of recessed notch shaped like a droplet . The is a little smaller than the Pro model, since Huawei didn't add any 3D face recognition sensor here to cut costs. The benefit of this is that, aside from price, the display is almost borderless.
Since the Mate 20 does not come with an OLED screen, but a cheaper LCD display, it does not portray rich, deep colours as strongly as the Mate 20 Pro. To be honest, this is the only real drawback of this model, but the display still covers 132% of the standard RGB colour space.
The resolution can not quite keep up with the Mate 20 Pro, as you would expect, but it is sufficiently sharp with 2,244 x 1,080 pixels (FHD +) and a pixel density of 381 ppi always. At 443 candelas per square metre, it does not emit as much light as the Pro model (565 candelas per square metre) or the iPhone XS (673 candelas per square metre).
The features of the Huawei Mate 20 are clear, although there are of course a few negatives that Huawei has implemented in the hope that you buy the more expensive Mate 20 Pro model:
The device supports LTE Cat 16, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC. An infrared transmitter for the control of AV devices is also included.
Interested buyers will also be pleased that Huawei continues to rely on the headphone jack connector: Apple, HTC and Google renounced it, and even the Pro model of the Mate 20 has removed it, but the Mate 20 has actually retained it.
Android 9.0 Pie is running on the smartphone at the time of testing under Huawei's user interface EMUI 9.0.
In the UK, the Huawei Mate 20 costs £399, or £20 a month on pay monthly contract with £20 upfront on some networks. Compare prices on the Mate 20 with oneCOMPARE using the table above.
We are currently comparing 2199 Huawei Mate 20 contract deals on SIX major
mobile phone network(s):
We'll shortly be adding Three, Tesco Mobile, Plusnet Mobile and more! No other comparison website offers such
a huge number of possible comparisons.
OneCompare completely gets it, it's not easy trying to understand the differences of each mobile network
operator. Is o2 any better than Vodafone for this smartphone, when it comes to coverage? Or worse? It's a
real minefield. Another example, which is better? A Huawei Mate 20 ee
contract or a Huawei Mate 20 Tesco Mobile contract?
The reality is, it can make a huge difference to your satifaction with the overall product. Who wants to have
cruddy download speeds? But never fear - OneCompare is here. Don't forget to check our latest Blog posts
Before you decide to buy a contract or handset, it's important to know if you'll get a signal. Who wants to
be walking around into mobile network's blackholes?! After all, ordering your brand
new Huawei Mate 20 contract only to find you can't use your data (never
mind going over the allowance!) in your own house will be pretty not cool.
A simple website a number of our visitors have used is Open Signal which maps signal
across all major mobile networks across the UK.
According to Which?, In their latest research, covering June to August 2017, they focused on 4G performance
and found that EE offered the fastest average 4G download speeds of the four networks (EE, O2, Three and
Vodafone). While EE customers enjoyed average 4G download speeds of 29Mbps, those using the O2 network had
to put up with an average speed of just 15.1Mbps.
EE's network was also at the top of the list when it came to the availability of its 4G signal, with
customers able to access it 78.5% of the time. Customers with Three had the poorest access to a 4G signal -
they were able to access it just 57.1% of the time - that's only just more than half the time, 24/7!
OneCompare.com extensive deals & contracts database includes
2199 Huawei Mate 20 deals covering 1 model(s):
In truth, this answer will depend on your personal financial circumstances, in combination with your mobile
phone usage requirements.
Out of our 2199 Huawei Mate 20 deals, our
cheapest Huawei Mate 20 deal over the entire life of the contract is
£408.00, this includes any upfront handset cost and cashback redemption.
We have seen a number of scenarios where our cheapest contract is actually cheaper than buying the phone SIM
free without any contract, this loophole can be a great way to save on your new phone and is largely
possible as the Mobile Networks subsidise the handset cost to gain you as a new customer.
A relatively simple SIM Only comparison calculation is to add up how much
a Huawei Mate 20 SIM free phone would cost, this is where you buy the phone
without a contract and pay for the full cost of the handset upfront. The benefit here is flexibility: you're
able to then compare the SIM Only contract market where Mobile Networks often give you far better usage
allowances and shorter contract terms. Once you've found a SIM Only contract that meets your needs, note the
monthly cost over the course of 24 months and add this to your SIM
Free Huawei Mate 20 handset cost. You're now in a great position to compare
this cost to a regular Huawei Mate 20 Contract.
Pro Tip: A great way to save a few extra pounds when comparing SIM Only contract is to consider purchasing a
pre owned Huawei Mate 20 phone from the likes of Music Magpie who provide
warranties and flexible handset payment terms.