Huawei Mate 20 Pro debuted back in October and was critically acclaimed for not only its deluge of flagship features, but also for a couple of truly innovative additions.
Mate 20 Pro offered Android fans a 6.39-inch AMOLED display, a huge 4,200mAh battery and an extremely fast processor.
Moreover, the handset also flaunted a triple-camera system that built upon the solid foundation laid by the Huawei P20 Pro thanks to its addition of a wide-angle sensor.
Mate 20 Pro also came pre-installed with Android 9 Pie, meaning fans of the Chinese OEM were treated to the latest and greatest operating system from Google.
The Huawei handset was certainly a cut above its rivals in many areas and that was one of the reasons it won our coveted phone of the year award for 2018 at Express.co.uk.
However, it appears one of the flagship’s features in particular has been surpassed by a heap of its competition, according to a new report from DxOMark.
DxOMark is an outlet known for reviewing smartphone cameras in laudable detail and assigning a numbered score based on performance.
Previously, the site had only discussed the rear systems offered by smartphones.
However, last week it published its first front-facing smartphone camera reviews for a number of smartphones, including the Mate 20 pro.
The outlet insisted Huawei’s offering had a worse front sensor than the Google Pixel 3, Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9+, iPhone Xs Max and Xiaomi Mi MIX 3.
The Mate 20 Pro’s 24-megapixel front-facing sensor was handed a tally of 75.
This was severely lower than the Note 9 and Pixel 3 that topped the selfie rankings with a score of 92 each.
In its review for the Mate 20 Pro’s lens, the outlet declared “opportunities for improvement remain”, insisting its focus range and white balance were two of the biggest reasons for its number.
DxOMark said: “The Mate 20 Pro shows a nice improvement over the front-camera results of its predecessor, the P20 Pro, with better results in a couple of key areas: dynamic range in high-contrast scenes, colour saturation in lower light, and white balance using flash with additional lighting have all noticeably improved.
“Opportunities for improvement remain, particularly extending the range of focus for better detail in long-range shots; addressing the strong artefacts on faces; and reducing the white balance irregularities that persist outdoors.”
It is worth noting the Mate 20 Pro did score higher than the P20 Pro that was awarded a figure of 72.
In our full review for the product, Express.co.uk noted the Huawei handset’s “most disappointing aspect” was its selfie sensor.
We said: “The most disappointing aspect about the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is its front camera.
“On paper the snapper should be vastly competitive with other flagships on the market.
“But ultimately the 24-megapixel sensor smoothes subject skin over far too much to be appealing, especially in low-light conditions.
“During our usage selfies lacked detail and were far too soft, most notably when using the device’s HDR mode.”
Published at Sun, 27 Jan 2019 07:00:00 +0000