The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is Huawei's flagship smartphone, and one of the best phones currently available at the moment, and in case you were wondering how the phone handles being scratched, bent, and how it fares in a number of other tests, well, JerryRigEverything has published the Huawei Mate 20 Pro durability test on his YouTube channel. This video has a duration of approximately six and a half minutes, and it will put the phone through a number of tests, similar to other similar videos that were published on that channel. Having said that, the very first test that was performed in the video that is embedded down below is the scratch test, read on.
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro's display is protected by Corning's Gorilla Glass, but Huawei did not specify which version. In any case, the phone's display area is scratching at a level six (pick), with deeper scratches at a level seven, just like most other flagships out there, so no surprises there. The phone's front-facing camera and other sensors are hidden behind a glass that is placed on the front, while the phone's earpiece is covered by metal, and is tucked firmly into place, you won't be able to pry it out easily at all. The frame of the phone is made out of anodized aluminum, and the same can be said for the phone's physical keys, and a SIM card tray as well. The phone's triple camera setup on the back is covered by glass, and the same goes for an LED flash which is placed in the same arrangement as those three cameras, two rows, and two columns.
The phone's back cover is quite interesting, it's not your regular glass back, at all. The phone's back cover is textured, and not only is it resistant to fingerprints, but it's also scratch resistant as well. Jerry tried to scratch the phone using a razor blade, but the back side of the device did not yield, it did not scratch at all, which may actually deter some people from using a case on the device. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro has an OLED panel, and even though it did last 25 seconds under fire from a lighter, its pixels never recovered, but that was to be expected considering that this is an OLED panel. Now, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro did not exactly impress in the bend test, as the phone's display cracked when Jerry applied pressure from the back. This happened partially due to the fact the phone's display got scratched, but also because the Mate 20 Pro sports a curved display, and that display may be a bit more snug with the frame than it is on other phones, like the Galaxy S9 or the Galaxy Note9, for example. Having said that, the phone remained to function normally after the bend test, even though its display cracked. It is also worth noting that the phone's in-display fingerprint scanner does not work when the display is cracked.
Background: The Huawei Mate 20 Pro was announced back in October along with the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 X. The Mate 20 Pro is the most powerful out of the three Mate 20-branded smartphones, and is the company's flagship offering. This device is made out of metal and glass, and despite the fact it has a 6.39-inch QHD+ display, it is quite narrow at 72.3mm, mainly due to its thin bezels and display aspect ratio (19.5:9). The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is fueled by the Kirin 980 64-bit octa-core processor, Huawei's all-new flagship processor. The device comes in both 6GB and 8GB RAM variants with 128GB and 256GB of storage, respectively, though the availability of those variants is market-dependent. Android 9 Pie comes pre-installed on this smartphone, while you will find Huawei's Emotion UI (EMUI) 9.0 on top of Google's operating system.
40, 20, and 8-megapixel cameras are located on the back of the device, and these are wide, ultrawide, and telephoto lenses that we're looking at here. Leica's optics are a part of the offering yet again, while a 24-megapixel camera is included on the front side of the phone. The Mate 20 Pro ships with stereo speakers, while Bluetooth 5.0 is also a part of the package. A 3.5mm headphone jack is not included on the device, but Huawei does include a Type-C USB to 3.5mm dongle. The phone is IP68 certified, and it comes in both single SIM and dual SIM (hybrid setup) variants, and the availability of those variants is market-dependent. A 4,200mAh battery is also included in the Mate 20 Pro package, that battery is non-removable, and it supports fast charging (40W), while fast wireless charging is also supported (Qi standard, 15W charging). On top of that, the Mate 20 Pro also supports reverse wireless charging, so you can technically wirelessly charge other devices which support Qi charging using this phone, though do keep in mind that if you utilize this form of charging, a device that you are charging using the Mate 20 Pro will charge rather slowly.
Impact: The Huawei Mate 20 Pro will be a candidate for a phone of the year for a number of people out there, not only due to a ton of features that it packs in, and its design, but also because of its camera capabilities. The Mate 20 Pro is one of the best camera smartphones out there, and considering how many different sensors it has, it's quite versatile when it comes to taking pictures. The Mate 20 Pro is also one of the fastest phones in the market at the moment, and its battery life is also really good. On top of everything, this phone ships with Android 9 Pie out of the box, and if you don't intend on putting unreal pressure on the phone, its display probably won't crack, and the rest of the device passed the durability test without a problem. All in all, the Mate 20 Pro is a really good option for a number of people, though the device is not cheap, of course, and there are a ton of other smartphones that you can consider in that price range, as the competition is fierce.