Packaging and accessories
In a rather small, minimalistic box, Huawei placed a 5V-2A/9V-2A/10V-4A charger, a USB-C cable and earphones with a remote for receiving calls and controlling the volume. All accessories are in the white colour. It is a pity that we cannot find even the simplest silicon etui or an adapter to the minijack in the box (at least there were none in the set sent to our office).
Housing and display
Assessing the looks is always a subjective criteria – I definitely have a positive opinion about it. The phone is slim, neat, appropriately curved and it lies in hands perfectly. It has a slightly Pixel looks, with the backs in two colours and a finish, its display is curved – which is supposed to look prestigious, and the whole is dust- and waterproof – the smartphone can boast with an IP68 standard.
The front of the device shows that we are dealing with a higher shelf smartphone. Narrow bezels, a small notch in the shape of a water drop, curved display near edges, the lack of a cavity of the speaker, in which dust can gather – the whole looks nice. The effect is better after unlocking the display. There is a 6.47-inch OLED with a Full HD+ resolution, which gives a pixel density on the level of 398 ppi. We can of course complain about why there is not more, like a higher resolution, just like in Mate 20 Pro. In practice this would not have translate into a better image detail – you cannot see a single pixel with your eyes – and the power consumption would have been higher than with 2K+ or FullHD+. Colours are deep and saturated, the contrast or brightness levels and the display responsiveness are impeccable. We can change the colours mode and their temperature in their settings. I will add that the panel supports HDR10, it has a 19.5:9 ratio, and the display has a preinstalled protective foil.
Under the display there is an optical fingerprint scanner, located in the lower part of the panel. It is a fast one and it does not generate that much errors – for 10 scans maybe one was faulty, and mostly because I held the finger on the display too short. For many of you it will be a much more comfortable solution than a scanner at the back (for example while driving a car with the phone placed in a holder), though in practice it is slightly slower than traditional ones. This is not the only biometrical security – the facial recognition works great, it usually managed to recognize me even before I managed to touch the screen. But this is not some advanced solution like Face ID, but a less reliable one that uses the image captured by the camera for selfies.
The display is surrounded by a relatively narrow bezel, and in its upper part there is a notch with the camera for selfies, which is responsible for the facial recognition. The notch can be hidden by finding an appropriate function in settings – a dark bar will be displayed, making the notch invisible. You will not see a cavity of the receiver – because there is none. The speaker is hidden under the display (Acoustic Display Technology). There is no notifications LED as well. Its function is taken by the Always-On Display function, which shows the hour, date, battery level and notifications from apps.
The backs of the device look equally attractive, though they have some flaws. I like the differentiation of patterns and colours on the back panel. The upper part is shiny and can be used as a mirror, but it catches fingerprints instantly. In its vicinity we can find cameras and the LED flash. Three lenses are in a common module, which stands above the housing a lot, unfortunately. The fourth camera, along with the LED flash, is placed next to it and they are levelled with the glass layer. The upper part of the housing is matte, with a toned, blue colour, and it is very nice in touch. We will see here some printed information about the camera and the smartphone, as well as some certificates and markings – but they are subtle enough not to be noticeable. It is a pity that Huawei did not add a cover in the set, that could protect the backs from any damage or dirt.
The metal edge of the device is intersected with antennas’ bars and it has all typical elements and sockets. On the upper one there is a microphone and an infrared sensor. On the right side there are physical buttons for volume control and a power/lock button (with a characteristic red accent). They are noticeable and have a good click. On the lower edge there is an external speaker – it is covered by 5 round holes, there is a USB-C socket, a microphones hole and a slot for SIM and memory drives cards. The smartphone stores nanoSIM cards, out of which one can be exchanged for NM (Nano Memory). The left side has no additions.