Software - EMUI 9.0 with Android 9.0 Pie

The new EMUI 9.0 is Huawei’s latest major version of their skin that is made for their phones. There are lots of clean-up here and there with some UI tweaks along the way – but no major changes.

So far throughout our review period, we’ve gotten two firmware updates. The second update is just WTF. The changelog says something along the lines of “changing the preinstalled apps” and it was about 300MB in size. After updating the app, this is what I got extra on the home screen.

What the heck? Why did they add more bloatware via a firmware update?

Huawei Mate 20 Pro performance mode

Then comes the next big addition to EMUI 9.0. About a month or so ago, there’s a controversy surrounding Huawei/Honor and its devices where they cheat benchmarks.  Huawei acknowledged it and said that the new EMUI 9.0 will have something called “performance mode”. Yes, we found it.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro notifications panel shortcuts

There’s no easy way to toggling the performance mode off/on easily. I have to go all the way to the settings menu and into battery modes to change it. Just add a quick toggle in the notifications panel, for crying out loud.

At this point of time, we saw many gaming phones come out to the market already. Even non-gaming smartphones have features like recording gameplay and block all notifications. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro with EMUI 9.0 does not have any of these features.

Speaking about gaming, how’s the performance of the Mate 20 Pro anyway?