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Huawei Mate 20 spotted in the wild, set for October 16 official reveal

The Mate 20 has been captured in the wild ahead of its official launch. (Source: Teknofilo)
The Mate 20 has been captured in the wild ahead of its official launch. (Source: Teknofilo)
The Huawei Mate 20 has been spotted in the wild by a keen observer during IFA in Berlin. The device features a distinctive square rear camera arrangement, so the photo looks legitimate. That said, it is not especially surprising a Huawei representative would have the device in hand given its official launch in London next month.

Huawei’s Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro are set to officially debut at a special launch event in London on October 16. However, it has already surfaced in the wild thanks to a Huawei employee casually holding a Mate 20 while on the floor at the IFA trade show in Berlin. This didn’t go unnoticed by a keen-eyed observer who quickly recognized the telltale square triple camera and flash arrangement on the rear of the device in question, taking some happy snaps to mark the occasion.

The device will be powered by the just-announced Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 980 processor, which promises to be a powerhouse befitting Huawei’s last flagship release for 2018. The new chip is fabricated on TSMC’s new 7nm node and will be the first to feature ARM’s new high-performance Cortex-A76 cores and its Mali-G76 GPU for big performance and efficiency gains across the board. The CPU will offer 20 percent faster performance with a 40 percent reduction in power consumption while the GPU delivers a 46 percent performance boost while drawing 78 percent less power.

The rest of the Mate 20 specs are equally impressive with a 6.3-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2244 x 1080 pixels and a water-drop notch, a massive 4,200 mAh battery, Android 9.0 Pie (EMUI 9), glass back and that distinctive Leica-enhanced triple camera cluster. Although there hasn’t been a leak tipping a Porsche Design Mate 20 Pro variant, it is almost odds-on that we can also expect to see a special version with more exotic materials like ceramic. All will be revealed next month.

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2018-09- 2 (Update: 2018-09- 5)
Sanjiv Sathiah
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I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have been particularly interested in all things Apple, but also enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture.