Huawei Mate 20 preview: Everything we know so far

UPDATED: More leaked details and an even better look than before

The Huawei P20 Pro currently sits atop our list of the best smartphones in the world, and while an unexpected pick, its triple-camera setup, sleek design, and other high-end elements make it stand out from the pack.

Can Huawei repeat the feat later this year with the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro? We really liked last year's Mate 10 Pro, even if the design now feels awfully dated compared to the sleek P20 Pro, and we're looking forward to seeing Huawei's next-gen take on the handset.

Huawei has already confirmed an October debut for the handsets after launching the Mate 20 Lite at IFA 2018, and we've heard plenty of rumours and reports about what to expect. Here's the latest.

What will the Huawei Mate 20 look like?

We've already seen the Mate 20 Lite, which was announced at IFA 2018, but leaks suggest that the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro will vary from that design in some key ways.

Purported leaks of both devices from Weibo (via BGR) suggest a new kind of approach for the triple-camera setup from the P20 Pro. Instead of aligning them vertically on the left side of the phone, we see them arranged in a backwards "L" shape in the upper center, with the flash arranged to complete the square pattern.

It's an eye-catching tweak, and supposed photos of live devices spotted at IFA (see further down, via Teknofilo) seem to confirm that unique approach. The Mate 20 also drops in a fingerprint sensor beneath the back camera array.

On the front, you'll spot further differences, but both seem to have a notch. The Mate 20 has a very small, teardrop-like notch, according to a display panel glass leak (seen below), while the notch on the Mate 20 Pro (seen above) is closer to the Apple iPhone X. Why? It's rumoured to have the same kind of 3D facial unlocking feature.

At the bottom, we see very little "chin" below the display, unlike most notched Android phones thus far. The purported Mate 20 Pro render leak (seen above) suggests an iPhone X-like near-absence of bezel. That could be a huge move for Huawei in the Android space.