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Tue, 16 Oct 2018 09:30:00 -0400

Huawei's Mate 20 Pro can wirelessly charge other phones

Over the past few months, all major smartphone manufacturers have laid down their last hands and stepped away from the table for the rest of the year. Apart from Huawei, that is, which -- as usual -- is getting the last word in by spilling the beans on the new Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro today. Historically, the Mate series was intended as direct competition to Samsung's Note family, but these days it's more like Huawei's fall flagships, filling in the gaps between the spring, P family launches. It's no great revelation, then, that the Mate 20 Pro features the high-end camera system Huawei's become known for. Beyond that, though, the company's crammed all the best smartphone tech it could into the Mate 20 Pro, including special charging features you can't find anywhere else.

According to Huawei, 40W fast-charging will take the Mate 20 Pro from 0 to 70 percent in 30 minutes, and 15W wireless charging transfers power at speeds well above the industry standard. What's more, the Mate 20 Pro can charge other devices, not just Huawei's new wireless Freebuds 2 earphones. Practically anything that supports the Qi standard can be charged wirelessly by the Mate 20 Pro, so you can juice up your friend's phone at the bar so they've got enough power to order their Uber home. You may never find much use for this, but it's not often you get a smartphone with a truly unique and kinda fun feature, so kudos to Huawei for thinking of this one.

Larger-than-average displays have always been a part of the Mate proposition, and nothing's really changed in that regard. The 20 Pro has a 6.39-inch OLED HDR display that's very crisp thanks to its high resolution (3,120 x 1,440). The screen stretches out to the handset's edges in all directions, save for the slice the notch carves out, and falls over the curved sides much like the display does on the Galaxy S9. In fact, the general feel of the Mate 20 Pro -- the way the contours on front and back pinch at the sides -- is extremely similar to the Samsung flagship.

A 6.39-inch display might sound gargantuan on paper, but it doesn't seem that way in the hand. The 19.5:9 aspect ratio and bezel-free design makes the device tall, but not so broad it's uncomfortable to use. The back of the handset is ever-so-slightly textured with what Huawei calls a hyper-optical pattern. This finish, the company says, offers better grip than slick glass and makes it more resistant to fingerprint marking, though it doesn't immediately feel that different.

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