Design

Alright, where do we start when it comes to the Mate 20 Pro’s design? Let’s start with the overall design of the Mate 20 Pro. Honestly speaking, it has an uninspired design and it’s a copy of its competitor, the Galaxy S series of smartphones. I thought it was the Galaxy S9+!

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

This particular unit of the Mate 20 Pro that we have – it’s in Twilight color. However, the Twilight on the Mate 20 Pro is very different from the P20’s Twilight.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

For one, the P20’s Twilight color is a gradient that changes from a soft purple to emerald-ish green. On the Mate 20 Pro however, the gradient is from indigo to hard purple, ending with black. Of course, aesthetic is something subjective – but we personally like the P20’s Twilight color gradient a lot more.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Then comes the finishing that the Mate 20 Pro has on the back. For some reason, only the Emerald color option of the Mate 20 Pro has a glazed back texture – which means the Twilight option is plain… and the glass back feels cheap.

Compared to other smartphones with a glass back, the Mate 20 Pro Twilight’s glass back feels thin and when I scrubbed on it with my fingertips, it’s just not smooth. Knocking on the glass back feels bad as well.

Ergonomically, the high friction back is actually beneficial since the removal of the fingerprint scanner means you can’t use fingerprint scanner gestures to bring down notification. Using the Mate 20 Pro one-handed is impossible, to be frank.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Then there’s the included case. It’s okay as the buttons are accentuated further and provide enough protection for the phone. Also, it has the dots inside as well.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro