Huawei Mate 20 to feature Kirin 980, on-screen fingerprint reader

Huawei Mate 20

Huawei’s Mate 20 is the next upcoming flagship from the world’s third-biggest handset maker. If the company follows past schedule. We expect the series to get refreshed sometime in October. There’s still some time before we have that, but XDA Developers have uncovered some juicy details about the Mate 20 chiefly, with the help of firmware files handed out to them by @FunkyHuawei. Here’s what they found.

The software according to the findings is Android P based on EMUI 9.0. It also seems that the UI/UX will get a significant makeover. What these changes will be is not currently known but we’ll get to know this later on.

XDA confirms that the Mate 20 will feature a new HiSilicon Kirin flagship CPU. That’s the upcoming Kirin 980 that is widely thought to be debuting on August 31st. Although not a lot about the new CPU is known, it is likely to be based on the 7nm FinFET process and promise of up to 2.8GHz clock speeds. Rumours suggest the chip will improve performance by 20% and power efficiency by 40% which sounds impressive.

Huawei Mate 10

Huawei Mate 9

The publication also states that the battery will be bumped up to 4,200mAh. This isn’t a surprise as the Mate series usually comes with big batteries. The Mate 10, for example, had a 4,000mAh battery. The display is said to be a typical 6.3-inch panel. Also, XDA says that it will be an OLED screen, however, they don’t describe the resolution, but if it is QHD+, then these are panels probably procured from Samsung.

Another outstanding feature is wireless charging, which in turn hints at a glass coated back of the phone. XDA says the Mate 20 firmware files they obtained has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Although we can easily see an 8GB variant too.

The source doesn’t have much info about the other variants but it does say that the Mate 20 Pro will likely feature an in-display fingerprint reader. Also as per earlier leaks, it will have a massive 6.9-inch OLED display.


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