China's Huawei Debuts Mate 20 Series to Rival AppleHuawei Lobs New Mate 20 Series at Samsung and Apple
Liao Shumin
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China's Huawei Debuts Mate 20 Series to Rival AppleHuawei Lobs New Mate 20 Series at Samsung and Apple

(Yicai Global) Oct. 18 -- Chinese smartphone maker Huawei Technologies has released its Mate 20 series, which features a battery upgrade to graphene, Leica triple camera set-up and pricing close to Apple's latest iPhones. 

Huawei unveiled the Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 20 X and the Porsche Design Mate 20 RS in London yesterday, Tencent's tech news website reported. All four models are powered by the latest Kirin 980 chipset -- the world's first 7-nanometer mobile chip, which is much smaller and more powerful than predecessors.

Huawei has been focusing on adding higher value to its products lately to compete with rivals Samsung Electronics, the global leader in smartphone sales, and Apple. The Shenzhen-based company surpassed Apple in the second quarter to become the world's second-biggest smartphone producer. It sold 30 percent more handsets than the Californian company, according to data from IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. 

Compared with the iPhone XS's A12 chip, Huawei's Kirin 980 is narrowing the gap between Huawei and Apple in terms of user experience, said Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst with KGI Securities.

The Kirin 980 has more than double the artificial intelligence capabilities of Snapdragon 845 and 88 percent more energy efficiency, according to the Chinese phone firm.

The Mate 20 has a suggested retail price of EUR799 (USD922). That for the Mate 20 Pro, which comes with a fingerprint scanner and a larger screen, is EUR1,049 (USD1,210). The most expensive Porsche-branded Mate 20 RS, which has 8GB in RAM and 512GB of storage, is likely to be priced at EUR2,095 (USD2,417) or more.

The Mate 20 Pro features a quick charge function that allows 70 percent of the battery to recharge in just half an hour. The phone also works as a wireless battery charging station for other handsets -- a function the firm demonstrated on the iPhone X at yesterday's event. 

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