Huawei Mate 20 Pro: When beauty meets technology

How power blends with aesthetic



A phone shouldn’t just excite us on specs, but also with its design. The latter can ultimately become the deciding factor in choosing a new smartphone.

That’s why Huawei made sure the Mate 20 Pro is powerful both in specs and design. Let’s dive into what makes the phone a jewel.

A forged masterpiece

The first thing anyone would notice once they see a Mate 20 Pro is its gorgeous display. It uses the most advanced display technology available and has an incredibly high resolution. The screen’s pixels are practically invisible to the naked eye; that’s how sharp the display is.

Huawei claims to feature that world’s first “flowing” design on a smartphone. The complexity of designing a sports car has come to our mobile devices. The Mate 20 Pro has subtle curves on eight sides giving it a streamlined look.

This approach benefits the users not just through visual, but also in physical contact. The body of the Mate 20 Pro is marvelous and is a pleasure to hold in the hand. The phone’s 3D glass is seamless that it’s effortlessly comfortable for every user.

Moreover, Huawei’s designers attempted to capture the grace of nature’s free-flowing elements. The handset’s symmetrical and simplistic design makes it look aesthetically pleasing.

The luxury four-point design

If there’s anything the Mate 20 Pro uniquely has, it’s the use of a distinctive matrix camera arrangement. When smartphones started having multiple cameras, manufacturers had to be creative with where and how to place the lenses on the phone. The two-by-two camera array of the Mate 20 Pro is something that other devices don’t have.

Putting in so many lenses on the phone can be tricky, but Huawei has been creative. The company’s partnership with Porsche is not just about car-branded phones, but also car-inspired designs.

Porsche’s four-point principle for its headlights has been applied to the Mate 20 Pro’s camera module. Fans would know that this is a unique feature of top Porsche models. Each of the lenses is encircled in polished metal frames which add a visual impact. Also, it makes the phone look more premium and balanced.

New rich colors

It’s no secret that Huawei pioneered the use of gradient as color options. Other brands have already copied this, so it’s high time for Huawei to introduce something new.

As a tribute to nature’s rich colors, the Mate 20 Pro is available in new shades called Emerald Green and Midnight Blue. It even has what Huawei calls Hyper Optical Patterns in the phone’s glass body which reflect light beautifully.

Glass attracts fingerprints and other unsightly smudges, but Huawei knows how to take care of that. The phone’s special glass texture resists smears and even makes it less slippery.

Of course, the Twilight gradient color is available as well. If you want a more formal-looking color, the phone also comes in black.

There’s more to love about the Mate 20 Pro, so be sure to watch our hands-on. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is now available in stores for PhP 49,990.

This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei Philippines.

SEE ALSO: Huawei Mate 20 Pro review: Almost too much


Xiaomi Mi 9 Hands-On: 2019 Flagship Killer?




Top of the line specs, amazing cameras, and high-speed wireless charging. MWC hasn’t even officially started yet, so it might be premature to say this but has Xiaomi just unveiled the 2019 flagship killer?

We recently got to spend time with Xiaomi’s latest flagship and this is our hands-on video.

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Samsung Galaxy M20 hands-on: Give the users what they want

Awakening of the sleeping giant



Samsung has been the smartphone market leader for half a decade now, and its flagship phones continue to be an inspiration for everyone. However, while the brand is dominating in developed markets, it has taken a massive beating in the developing ones.

Thanks to players like Xiaomi, the South Korean brand has consistently lost market share in countries like India. Samsung slowly prepared itself to change strategy by the end of last year and intends to go hard in 2019. It announced the new Galaxy M-series lineup of phones in the budget segment and the M10 and M20 are the first ones to roll off the shelf.

The M20 has been launched in India for INR 10,990 (US$ 154) and comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. The option with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage costs INR 12,990 (US$ 182). The phone goes up against the Redmi 6 Pro, Realme U1, and even the Mi A2.

To start with, Samsung has opted to go with a basic design, consisting of a plastic body that is curved at the edges and is pretty glossy. The phone is extremely comfortable to hold, and the build quality is top-notch. Even the buttons are very tactile and bezels are smaller.

On the front is a 6.3-inch TFT display with a Full HD resolution and small water-drop style notch on the top. This is the first Samsung phone to feature a notch, and the display quality is surprisingly good. The color production is vivid and satisfying, while the viewing angles are perfect. It is easily visible even under direct sunlight.

For authentication, a fingerprint scanner is located on the rear and it is fast enough. You also have the option of face unlock and it works quickly in well-lit conditions. It has dual-SIM support and there’s a separate slot for microSD card, as well.

Powering the phone is an octa-core Exynos 7904 processor, which is considered to be on par with the Snapdragon 636. It is a very power-efficient processor with more emphasis on the cameras. Day-to-day tasks are handled smoothly and games like PUBG are playable with low graphics.

It has a dual-camera setup on the rear, consisting of a 13-megapixel primary shooter and a 5-megapixel wide-angle sensor. The pictures clicked during daytime are decently saturated but lack sharpness. Even focus tends to get slow in low-light conditions. The wide-angle lens works best in bright surroundings only and is a very handy tool. For selfies, it has an 8-megapixel shooter with built-in beauty enhancements.

It ships with Samsung Experience 9.5 out of the box and is actually well optimized. There is barely any lag and the UI offers a plethora of customizations and features. The company announced that the Android Pie update will be landing soon. Lastly, it has a massive 5000mAh battery that’ll get you through two days of usage.

Xiaomi has been successful because it offers users a balanced product that suits everyone’s needs. With the M20, Samsung goes down the same road. While the recently announced A-series phones were for photography enthusiasts, the M20 is good enough for everything.

The M20 is no disruptor, but an indication that Samsung is gearing up. And as a generation-one product, it’s performing fairly well.

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Fujifilm Instax SQ20 hands-on: How good is it?

Trying out the new Motion Mode on doggies!



Fujifilm’s sequel to their first ever digital/analog hybrid is here and it’s looking better than ever. The Instax SQ20 is one classy-looking instant camera but what can it do? With a set of built-in filters and new features like the Motion Mode, it looks like a promising device.

I finally try it out, with help from some doggies, on our hands-on video.

The SQ20 retails for US$ 199 in the US, PhP 12,999 in the Philippines, and SG$ 299 in Singapore.

In case you’re having trouble viewing, watch HERE.

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