Huawei Mate 20 coming to NZ in November

Huawei Consumer Business Group (CBG) New Zealand as announced that the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series, one of the most highly anticipated smartphone series of the year, will be available to Kiwi customers next month.

The next evolution in the HUAWEI Mate Series, the Mate 20 Series includes the company’s most innovative devices to date. Designed with the industry’s most powerful and sophisticated process technology, the latest Huawei flagship devices set a new bar for smartphone manufacturers.

Stepping up from the rest – HUAWEI Mate 20 Series key features:

  • Huawei’s highest performing system on chip (SoC) to date—the Kirin 980. Manufactured with the advanced 7nm process incorporating the powerful Cortex-A76-based CPU and Mali-G76 GPU, the SoC offers improved performance and an unprecedented smooth user experience.
  • New 40W HUAWEI SuperCharge, 15W HUAWEI Wireless Quick Charge and large batteries work in tandem to provide users with the best battery life and gives the device 70 percent charge in 30 minutes
  • Matrix Camera System, which includes Leica Ultra Wide Angle Lens that lets users not only see wider, but also closer with its new macro distance capability. The camera system adopts the iconic Four-Point Design giving the device a unique visual identity that is recognisable even at a distance.
  • Hyper Optical Pattern on the glass back plays with light and shadows, producing an iridescent optical effect that is immediately captivating.
  • Android P-based EMUI 9 operating system, on which consumers can enjoy all productivity and entertainment features easily and conveniently with a few simple taps and swipes.

Available in 6.53-inch and 6.39-inch pre orders for the HUAWEI Mate 20 (Black) and Mate 20 Pro (Emerald Green) will begin Friday, 19 October and devices will be available to New Zealand customers in store on Friday, 2 November for an RPP of SIM, respectively.

“Smartphones are an important entrance to the digital world. The HUAWEI Mate 20 Series is designed to be the best ‘mate’ of consumers, accompanying and empowering them to enjoy a richer, more fulfilled life with their higher intelligence, unparalleled battery lives and powerful camera performance,” said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei CBG.

Matrix Camera System

Building on the foundation of HUAWEI P20 Series’ camera system, the HUAWEI Mate 20 is equipped with a powerful addition—16mm Leica Ultra Wide Angle Lens. This wider perspective creates a sense of spaciousness and a three-dimensional effect to images.

The new camera system also supports macro distance, which produces crisp images of objects that are placed as close as 2.5cm from the lens. The added ultra-wide-angle lens and macro support completes the feature set of the camera system, elevating it to a truly all-round camera.

The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro has a 40MP main camera, a 20MP ultra wide-angle camera, and an 8MP telephoto camera. Together, the trio of lenses supports a wide range of focal lengths (equivalent to the performance of a 16-270mm zoom lens), enabling it to mimic the results from professional cameras.

The HUAWEI Mate 20 Series features an AI Portrait Color video mode. Using AI, the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series can isolate human subjects and desaturate the colors around them to dramatically highlight the person. AI Spotlight Reel identifies clips with a shared theme and auto-generates a montage, made entirely of highlights.

HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro also supports 3D Face Unlock. The solution quickly and securely authenticates users within 0.6s at a false acceptance rate of below 1/1,000,000. Using the 3D Depth Sensing Camera System located at the front, the two devices can accurately read the facial features of a subject and recognise small details.

Ultimate performance and battery life

Manufactured with the cutting-edge 7nm technology process, the SoC fits 6.9 billion transistors within the size of a fingernail. Compared to Kirin 970, the latest chipset is equipped with CPU that is 75 percent more powerful, GPU that is 46 percent more powerful and NPU that is 226 percent more powerful. Furthermore, the efficiency of the components has also been elevated: the CPU is 58 percent more efficient, GPU is 178 percent more efficient, and the NPU is 182 percent more efficient.

The Kirin 980 is the world’s first commercial SoC to use the Cortex-A76-based cores. Huawei has innovatively designed a three-tier architecture that consists of two ultra-large cores, two large cores and four small cores. This grants the CPU the flexibility to allocate the optimal amount of resources to heavy, medium and light tasks for unprecedented levels of efficiency, simultaneously improving the performance of the SoC while enhancing the battery life. The Kirin 980 is also the industry’s first SoC to be equipped with Dual-NPU, granting it higher On-Device AI processing capability to support all AI applications.

HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro is the world’s first smartphone to support the 4.5G LTE Cat. 21 standard, allowing consumers to experience download speeds of up to 1.4Gbps. It supports the world’s fastest Wi-Fi connection speeds–2GB footage requires only 10 seconds to download. The Mate 20 Pro also supports dual-band (L1+L5) GPS positioning technology. The AI GPS Satellite Selection technology enhances the positioning accuracy across a wide range of scenarios.

The HUAWEI Mate 20 Series also features groundbreaking improvement on battery life. The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro houses a large, high-density 4200mAh battery, and supports 40W HUAWEI SuperCharge, which gives the device 70 percent charge in 30 minutes.

Moreover, HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro supports 15W HUAWEI Wireless Quick Charge, the industry’s fastest wireless charging solution, and Wireless Reverse Charge, which enables the device to work as a power bank for selected electronic devices supporting wireless charging.

EMUI 9 optimising performance

The HUAWEI Mate 20 Series comes with EMUI 9.0, a smart operating system based on Android P. Through AI self-learning algorithms, an integrated and granular resource allocation system, and a highly optimised Android environment, EMUI 9 delivers an “evergreen” experience—it remains smooth even through extended use.

EMUI 9.0 incorporates a unified, ergonomic design and a streamlined settings menu. The new gesture navigation support allows users to effortlessly interact with their devices using just taps and swipes. It also introduces new AI features that enable the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series to perform or enhance a range of tasks from object identification to food calorie counting[1]. Using 3D Live Object Modeling, consumers can even create a fun digital avatar to dance or interact with.

Futuristic design

As an expression of the HUAWEI Mate Series DNA, all devices carry a FullView display with a high screen-to-body ratio. The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro’s chassis is curved on all eight sides – creating a sleek and aesthetically pleasing design.

The Matrix Camera array on the back of the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series features a four-point design with the three cameras and sensor encircled in a polished metal frame. The flagship series comes in a new Emerald Green colorway. The Hyper Optical Pattern on the glass back uses a complex hairline pattern to produce an iridescent effect that is not only highly durable, but also makes the device easy to grip and fingerprint resistant. The devices retain a clean look even when they have been used extensively.

Pricing and availability

The HUAWEI Mate 20 will come in Black for New Zealand customers and will have a RRP of $1,199. The device is available for pre order from 19th October, 2018 and in stores from 2nd November, 2018.

The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro will come in Emerald Green for New Zealand customers and will have a RRP of $1,499. The device is available for pre order from 19th October, 2018 and in stores from 2nd November, 2018.

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