The new Huawei Mate 20 Pro ranks as one of the best, if not the best smartphone, of 2018. It’s innovative, and it’s beautifully crafted. It is powered by the latest HiSilicon Kirin 980 SoC (based on the 7nm process), featuring a large curved DCI-P3 and HDR10-compliant display, in-display fingerprint sensor, and three high-resolution cameras with Leica optics.
The reverse wireless charging is also one of kind. It let users charge another wireless charging-capable phone by slapping it on the back of the Mate 20 Pro. With all these amazing features, the Mate 20 Pro will cost one a whopping $1200 (including tax). And one should also expect a great build quality from Huawei.
Zack Nelson of JerryRigEverything YouTube channel is notorious for its “bend test”. Earlier this year, Nelson has tested Huawei’s first flagship, the P20 Pro, which failed to pass the test. It’s a bit of a lesson for Huawei. For years, smartphone makers have been upping their durability game, justifying the ever-increasing prices for smartphones. Even the $300 Pocophone F1 survive this infamous bend test. However, instead of taking notes from the previous failure, it seems like Huawei hasn’t put much of it on its second flagship.
The durability test starts as usual. Nelson scratches the display, yielding at the level 7. He then proceeds to scratch the beautiful fingerprint-resistant backplate which impressively bears no scratch. The burn test left a white mark on a display. This is a problem all AMOLED display shares. No big deal.
Then comes the notorious bend test. Nelson was able to crack the display in a single bend, damaging the in-display fingerprint sensor. In comparison, the in-display fingerprint sensor on Vivo’s X20 Plus UD continues to work even after crack and scratches were introduced. To see things in action, watch the full video above.