Performance & Gaming

The brand new Huawei Mate 20 Pro is the first to ever use the new HiSilicon Kirin 980 chipset and also utilizes the new 7nm manufacturing process. They’re the first to announce, but not first to the market. Apple’s new iPhones were the first to market with 7nm chipset.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Anyway, the Mate 20 Pro has these hardware in its specs list for the particular unit what we’re reviewing:

  • 6.39-inch AMOLED display with 3120×1440 pixels in resolution
  • HiSilicon Kirin 980 chipset
    • 2×2.26GHz Cortex-A76 + 2×1.92GHz Cortex-A76 + 4×1.8GHz Cortex-A55
    • Mali-G76 MP10 GPU
      • 10 GPU cores at 720MHz
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB UFS 2.1 internal storage
  • 4,200mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie with EMUI 9.0

Take a look at the benchmarks of the Kirin 980. We’re testing with the highest resolution with Performance Mode turned on. Keep in mind that the Kirin 980 is considered a “next generation” chipset compared to the Exynos 9810 and Snapdragon 845.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Geekbench benchmark Huawei Mate 20 Pro VRMark benchmark Huawei Mate 20 Pro 3DMark benchmark Huawei Mate 20 Pro Antutu benchmark

Comparing with other smartphones, the Mate 20 Pro’s GPU performance on OpenGL is still inferior to Snapdragon 845. Vulkan API performs better, but there are little (if not none) mobile games using Vulkan now.

CPU performance on the Mate 20 Pro is quite good. The single-core and multi-core scores are pretty good.

Tweaking around with the performance mode does yield a big difference as well. We see a huge dip in GPU scores for both OpenGL and Vulkan API.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro comparing against itself in VRMark benchmark Huawei Mate 20 Pro comparing against itself in Geekbench benchmark Huawei Mate 20 Pro comparing against itself in Antutu benchmark Huawei Mate 20 Pro comparing against itself in 3DMark benchmark

For everyday use, we recommend turning Performance Mode off. That way, the phone will not get hot and also get a longer battery life.

Gaming

Like any other phones, we’re testing it with 3 of our most played games. Honkai Impact 3, Asphalt 9, and PUBG Mobile.

Honkai Impact 3 ran perfectly fine at the highest settings. At this point of time, we can start to see that this particular game has already hit its graphical limits and all flagship smartphones can run it without issue.

Then comes Asphalt 9. The Mate 20 Pro can run it at highest settings as well, but gets uncomfortably hot.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro PUBG Mobile

As for PUBG Mobile, it’s the worst of the bunch. For some reason, PUBG Mobile detected that the Mate 20 Pro can only run at the lower settings. Lowest.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro PUBG Mobile
The highest settings I can go for the Mate 20 Pro.

I can’t even get past medium settings – and it says the device is not supported. For a smartphone with GPU Turbo 2.0 and PUBG Mobile being one of the games that Huawei partnered for GPU Turbo 1.0, this is just unacceptable.

I was told that users of Mate 20 Pro will have to wait for the next update to fix this issue – which is said to come at the end of November. Until then please use GFX Tools.