Huawei is introducing two additional color options to the Huawei Mate 20 Pro palette, with both new flavors now being listed on the OEM’s online store Vmall alongside the existing five colors unveiled at launch. The two new color options are Red and Comet Blue, with both being scheduled to hit the shelves in China on January 11. Availability could expand into other regions but no official details exist as of this writing. Same as with the original five colors, it’s likely that the two new additions might not become available everywhere around the world and availability could differ from one market to another. Pricing remains unchanged for the new variants and specifications are identical to the original models, but as of this writing, the model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage is unavailable in Comet Blue. It’s unclear whether this is a permanent decision by the company or something that could be changed in the coming days or weeks.
Background: When the Huawei Mate 20 Pro was unveiled last October, the device boasted a total of five color options including Black, Emerald Green, Midnight Blue, Twilight, and Pink Gold. These flavors already covered a wider palette than many other flagship phones on the market but apparently, it still wasn’t enough for the Chinese OEM. Rumors that Huawei might be launching two additional color options for the Mate 20 Pro emerged shortly after New Year’s Eve. They accurately described the flavors as Fragrant Red and Comet Blue, and sure enough, the rumors have now been proven correct by the OEM’s online retail channel. The red flavor with 6GB of RAM will launch in China for the starting price of 5,399 Yuan ($787), whereas the models with 8GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of storage will hit the Chinese market for 5,999 Yuan ($875) and 6,799 Yuan ($992) respectively. The Comet Blue model is priced the same except it lacks the entry-level model with 6GB of RAM. Regardless of RAM, storage and color options, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is powered by the Kirin 980 chipset developed in-house by Huawei’s HiSilicon subsidiary, and sports a large 6.39-inch AMOLED display with a pixel count of 3,120 by 1,440. The back panel is covered in glass and accommodates no less than three cameras with varying resolutions and apertures alongside an LED flash, whereas the front-facing display notch features a 24-megapixel shooter with HDR capabilities.
Impact: Flagship phones across the board are perhaps more similar in terms of exterior design today than they’ve ever been before, and this is largely due to the gradual elimination of screen bezels and sometimes the adoption of similarly-shaped display notches. Having said that, OEM’s now seem to want and differentiate their products from the competition by employing vibrant hues, unique textures or gradients, and attract potential buyers by offering more colors to choose from. The premium smartphone market largely consisted of monochrome shades in the past, but it’s likely that this segment will see a lot more color this year, not only from Huawei but most other OEMs as well. The latest development also suggests Huawei won't be discontinuing the Mate 20 line anytime soon and will still be aggressively advertising it after the P30 series debuts this spring.