Connectivity & Ports
The Mate 20 Pro had quite a big change when it comes to the loudspeakers. That’s because there is no speaker grill. Sound emits out of the USB-C port, which opens another can of worms. It sounds terrible compared to Huawei’s P20 or P10 smartphone.
Imagine charging your phone overnight and you’ve set your alarm. That means your alarm will sound muffled and crappy – potentially missing your alarm since the volume has been cut down.
Following the latest trends in smartphone technology, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro has an under-display fingerprint sensor as well. Not a fan of it since I can’t use fingerprint scanner gesture to pull down the notifications panel with just one hand.
The Huawei Mate 20 series of smartphones are also the first to be using the new NM card that Huawei themselves have developed. This NM card, or Nano Memory card, does have some merit points, but plagued by worrisome issues. Learn more about NM cards here.
In short, NM cards are expensive but they do open up a new method to how expandable memory is connected inside the phone, thus saving space. The Mate 20 Pro does support dual-SIM, but you’ll have to sacrifice the NM card slot.
Even with saved space, Huawei still excluded the 3.5mm audio jack from the Huawei Mate 20 Pro – and that’s why you can see a USB-C to 3.5mm audio jack dongle included in the box. At least Huawei has the courtesy to included the dongle in the box, unlike Apple.
Other than that, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro supports up to AC-WiFi, and surprisingly has a total of what seems to be a triple microphone setup. We’ve seen triple microphone setups on the OnePlus One from many years ago, ASUS ZenFone 5, ZenFone 5z, and also the ROG Phone.
At the top, we can also see an IR blaster. Not sure if anyone still use this feature, but it’s a great feature to have.
Also, the Mate 20 Pro is IP68 certified – which means it’s dust and water resistant.