- A new report claims to have information on the unannounced Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro.
- The story says that the phones may be the first to have Huawei’s Kirin 980 processor inside.
- It adds that the Mate 20 Pro could also have an in-display fingerprint sensor.
We haven’t heard much from the internet grapevine about plans for Huawei to launch a successor to its Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, which first went on sale nearly a year ago. However, that has now changed. A new, unconfirmed report from XDA-Developers claims to have information on the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro. The information comes from firmware files for the phones that have been allegedly secured by Twitter user @FunkyHuawei.
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According to the firmware info, the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro will both have the the Kirin 980 processor inside. That’s the next-generation mobile chip from Huawei’s in-house HiSilicon division. Previous rumors claim the Kirin 980 will be built using TSMC’s 7nm manufacturing process, compared to the 10nm process used for the current Huawei flagship chip, the Kirin 970. XDA-Developers claims the Kirin 980 may be as much as 20 percent more powerful than current high-end mobile chips, while also offering 40 percent better power efficiency.
The story adds that, according to the firmware, the standard Huawei Mate 20 might have a 6.3-inch display, while an older rumor on The Bell suggests the Mate 20 Pro could have a huge 6.9-inch screen. The regular Mate 20 may have a large 4,200mAh battery, support for wireless charging, and one model could have 6GB of RAM and 128GB of on-board storage. Perhaps the most interesting thing about this firmware info rumor is that the Mate 20 Pro could join the small but growing number of smartphones with an in-display fingerprint sensor. Finally, the firmware indicates that the Mate 20 models might launch with Android P, with Huawei’s EMUI 9.0 skin on top.
Keep in mind that this report has not been officially confirmed by Huawei, so take all of this with a grain of salt. However, it’s possible that the company could officially reveal both the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro during the big IFA 2018 trade show in Berlin, Germany. It’s scheduled to kick off one month from today on August 31.