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Huawei Mate 20 to use a 6.9-inch screen

14 June 2018

"According to a new report from Korea, Huawei has placed orders for 6.9" AMOLED panels with Samsung Display. The report notes that the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro phones feature 5.8-inch and 6.1-inch displays, while the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro have 5.9-inch and 6-inch screens, respectively.

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro, as part of the Mate range, is always going to be a larger device, but you might be surprised by just how big.

The device is said to be powered by Huawei's proprietary Kirin 980 chipset, a triple-lens camera arrangement on the back of the phone and an in-display fingerprint scanner. There are still some outliers in the 5.5 to 6-inch range, and Samsung's Note line has always pushed the boundaries, but the days of the almost-tablet (remember phablets?) are over. A report by MacRumors has quoted Ming-Chi Kuo, a noted analyst, who has also revealed the price brackets of these devices.

Huawei's reasoning for such a shocking move apparently has to do with its home market. One reason why Chinese consumers love big screen phones is because of the large text area occupied by the Chinese characters. Smartphone makers have been offering devices with larger screens each year in a bid to give you more screen real estate. It's now the leading brand there, and wants that status quo to continue. As for the specs, we don't know much about the handset right now. In 2017, the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro arrived in October, suggesting we should expect the replacement phones to come around the same time this year.

The new phone is likely to be featured for Huawei's flagship Mate series or come in a separate model. A Weibo user posted the first round of information about the Mate 20.

Huawei Mate 20 to use a 6.9-inch screen