A device identified as the Huawei Mate 20 appeared in the database of mobile benchmarking tool AnTuTu earlier this month, having been listed with a synthetic score of nearly 357,000 points, or a 67-percent increase compared to the average testing performance of the 2017 Mate 10 series. The listing is in line with recent reports suggesting that the new Android phablet from Huawei will utilize the Kirin 980 manufactured by the company's semiconductor subsidiary HiSilicon, with the chip itself being the firm's second take on a mobile SoC focused on artificial intelligence and similar emerging technologies. The Kirin 980 is said to be manufactured on the 7nm process node from Taiwan's TSMC and improve on the neural processing unit of its predecessor, though that AI-dedicated chip isn't believed to have impacted the benchmark scores of the alleged Mate 20 prototype.
The Mate 20 name has first been mentioned in late 2017 after one of Huawei's former Middle Eastern product partners leaked the company's entire 2018 product roadmap. Much like the Mate 10 family, the series meant to succeed it is likely to emphasize on-device AI and versatile photography features as its two main selling points, with Huawei opting for a similar product strategy with the recently released P20 and P20 Pro. It's presently unclear whether the Mate 20 is intended to retain the triple-lens setup of the P20 Pro, a Leica-designed industry first that some critics claim is the best mobile camera ever created. Huawei's Mate lineup is the company's secondary flagship series that's released on an annual basis in the early fourth quarter of each year and is somewhat comparable to Samsung's Galaxy Note series, though it lacks a dedicated stylus. As such, the line usually outperforms both of its P-series peers, primarily due to the inclusion of a more powerful HiSilicon-made chip.
Mate devices are also the only high-end products from Huawei that are officially available for purchase in the United States through Amazon and Best Buy, though the latter will reportedly be dropping the Chinese tech giant in the coming weeks. Huawei is still unable to launch its offerings through a major stateside carrier, having been effectively blocked from doing so by Washington due to security concerns that it claims are unfounded.