Last week, I wrote about my first credit card in Thailand from Bangkok Bank. And guess what I swiped it for the first time.
If you can’t tell by the title, yes, I bought a new smartphone by Huawei. To be specific, it’s the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, which according to my techie colleagues, is on the top list of the best smartphones this year.
My Old Phones
To share a little bit of my background in terms of mobile phones ownership, I only had one smartphone prior to this. I had and still have a Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S since 2012. It is my first ever smartphone. It is also very significant to me because I bought it from my first 13th-month pay. It’s a product of my hard work. With excitement, I remember going to SM to buy it for around 17,000 PHP. Before it, I transitioned from the old models of Nokia so owning a smartphone at that time was very exciting.
I can’t believe it lasted this long, to be honest. I was waiting for it to not work anymore before planning on buying a new one which didn’t happen yet. As I am writing this post, it’s still functional for texts and calls. But boy, it has been very very slow like an old snail for the past years and I can’t download apps anymore. So to say the least, it’s pretty much very outdated.
My old beloved phone with its cracks and all but I loved it!
Reasons for Buying a New Phone
The primary reason I decided to get a new phone is obviously that I badly needed to replace my ancient one. I mean 7 years is quite a long time for phones, don’t you think too? Kudos to Sony Ericsson for manufacturing this durable phone. But I think I want an operational and a fast working phone for a change. The second reason is that I want to be able to take photos conveniently for my blog. You see how I truly love blogging, for even considering this. Ha! It’s because when I travel, I use my old DSLR (Nikon D90). But, it is heavy which can make our long walks a struggle sometimes. Though I love using it, I was hoping of bringing a smaller gadget on some trips.
The determining feature I was looking for a new phone was a good camera/s which produce great quality photos. I am in no way techie about it so I asked my geek friends their recommendations. They suggested apple, google, Oppo and Huawei brands. I say these brands are all great and extraordinary. However, I chose Huawei in the end because of its cameras and other amazing features.
So, here goes my review of this product and please no judging. All the information below was taken from the Huawei website.
Width:72.3 mm , Height:157.8 mm , Depth:8.6 mm , Weight: Approx. 189 g
I like the size. It’s not so big to my hand. I find it a little heavier than the other phones I held before. But considering all the things it can do, I guess the weight isn’t that important anymore.
Midnight Blue, Black Emerald, Green Twilight
On the day I bought my phone, black was the only available color. Since I couldn’t wait any longer, I bought it but green was what I was originally eyeing for.
The display is perfect for me for reading and browsing. It’s wide and it looks spacious enough. I even tested it for writing my blog articles.
16.7 million colors
See? millions…Ha! It’s really colorful though. I love looking at my homepage photo.
I heard about a Huawei screen problem, where it turns green on the sides. I was informed by a good colleague about it and he immediately insisted for me to download an app identifying the specific manufacturer of my device. There’s a possibility that I’ll be having the same problem. Luckily, after checking it in the dark for greenish color, it didn’t happen and hopefully will not happen to my phone. Well, I’ll just let you know then.
2K+ 3120 x 1440, 538 PPI
HUAWEI Kirin 980
2 x Cortex-A76 Based 2.6 GHz + 2 x Cortex-A76 Based 1.92 GHz + 4 x Cortex-A55 1.8 GHz
It’s the updated version of android so I guess it’s better than 8 or 7? Heh!
6 GB RAM + 128 GB ROM
8 GB RAM + 256 GB ROM
NM card: support up to 256 GB
Huawei is generous with their storage. I just love the fact that I have this available space to use for my files, photos, and videos.
It is a dual sim card phone. At the moment I only use one and it’s a nano sim card.
With my old smartphone, I was using the old regular sim card so I had to have it cut to a nano size to work with Huawei. In order to do that, I went to my mobile services so they could cut it for me. One thing I’d like to mention is that in Thailand, they require a passport and will take your photo when buying a sim card. I think it’s for everybody’s security and for identification purposes.
GPS (L1 + L5 dual band) / AGPS / Glonass / BeiDou / Galileo (E1 + E5a dual band) / QZSS (L1 + L5 dual band)
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (wave2), 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz
Bluetooth 5.0, BLE, SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC, and HWA Audio
I can link it with other devices through Bluetooth like speakers, earphone, etc.
Type-C, USB 3.1 GEN1*
Type-C ear jack
PC Data Synchronisation
The phone came with a cord to connect to a pc. I did try it when I copied songs from a computer. It was easy and straightforward. You can also do the same with other files, videos, and photos.
Ambient Light Sensor
In-Screen Fingerprint Sensor, Hall sensor, laser sensor, Barometer, Infrared sensor, color temperature sensor
I haven’t explored what the other sensors are for yet but I am really liking the fingerprint sensor. The fact that it is on the front screen and that you use your thumb is just cool and effective. It’s also amazing that a “fingerprint” icon shows up on the screen.
Leica Triple camera:
40 MP (Wide Angle Lens, f/1.8 aperture) + 20 MP (Ultra Wide Angle Lens, f/2.2 aperture) + 8 MP (Telephoto, f/2.4 aperture), supports autofocus (laser focus, phase focus, contrast focus), supports AIS (Huawei AI Image Stabilization).
Support 3D Depth Sensing Camera.
24 MP, f/2.0 aperture
As I said, this is the part that I love the most from Huawei Mate 20 Pro. I guess, I also have to acknowledge Leica because what they created is really something phenomenal. There are a lot of options to choose from and the photos it produces are quality pictures. So when I post in my Facebook or Instagram, it’s okay not to edit anymore which is perfect because I’m lazy doing it sometimes.
I am still learning and exploring all its camera features but so far, I am giving it 5 stars.*****
Here are a few samples:
Audio File Format:
mp3, mp4, 3gp, ogg, amr, aac, flac, wav, midi
The audio is just okay for me, average quality. The volume isn’t very loud when I increase it. It’s not as special as the other smartphones but I know it’s not the phone’s specialty anyways.
I downloaded music so when I’m commuting or traveling and bored, I can listen to it. It’s working as it’s supposed to be.
Video File Format:
Wow! This feature came to me as a surprise. I wasn’t expecting it but the video looks professional to me like being taken using a good video camera.
4200 mAh (typical value)*
Wire Charging: MAX 40 W HUAWEI SuperCharge
Wireless charging: 15 W HUAWEI Wireless Quick Charge**
The battery in the phone is non-removable so if there are any problems to it, better have it fixed with Huawei’s tech support. The charging feature is another big wow for me because it’s supercharging which means it’s fast charging, usually about an hour or so.
Once it’s fully charged, it takes a long time before it gets empty again. To give an example, I once brought my fully charged phone at work and used it only for basic messaging, chat and browsing. I don’t really like downloading many apps or games, just keeping it simple and basic. When I got home in the afternoon, the battery is 85%. With the way I use it these days, I think I can keep it up for 2-3 days before charging again.
Have you ever heard of wireless charging? This phone is also capable of it but I need to buy a wireless charger. For now, I’ll just stick with the old-school charging.
SPLASH, WATER, AND DUST RESISTANT
Apparently, it is also resistant to water, splash, and dust. How cool is that? Good to know these stuff because for certain, I’ll splash water to it or it’ll get wet for some reasons.
IN THE BOX
Handset x 1
Type-C Earphones x 1
Charger x 1
Type-C Cable x 1
Eject tool x 1
Quick Start Guide x 1
Protective case x 1 (not for WEU and NEU)
Warranty card x 1- The warranty for my phone is 1 year and the replacement for the glass is 1 week.
Type-C to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter x 1
Price and payment: I bought it for 31,990 THB. With a credit card, I could pay it in 10 months.
Freebies: There are two options for me to choose from. Option 1 has a speaker, Bluetooth earphone and power bank. Option 2 is a luggage. Guess what I chose.?…. 2 ..=)
This is quite a longer post than usual. For my techie readers, please be gentle to me. He! I don’t mind being corrected or if I lack information which I am, please don’t hesitate to comment below.