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Huawei Mate 20: Web Browsing And General Compute Benchmarks

For our first round of tests with the Mate 20 we're using the JetStream benchmark for Javascript performance and RightWare’s Web Test 3.0 for comprehensive, mixed-media web performance analysis, including HTML5 rendering. Here we'll primarily determine how the Mate 20's Kirin 980 processor handles these browser-based workloads, in conjunction with the phone's 6GB of RAM and the Chrome web browser.
JetStream And Basemark Web 3.0
JavaScript and Browser Testing
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huawei mate 20 basemark

Scores on JetStream are a good indicator of the performance users would perceive when browsing the web or running web apps on their smartphones, so the Mate 20's first place finish bodes well for the device. This, along with a solid showing in Basemark, means the Mate 20 came to play and will offer a good experience when web browsing, using apps, and some casual gaming. You'll have to wait until the next page too see if the Mate 20 has any serious gaming chops though.

GeekBench
Synthetic CPU Benchmark

In the GeekBench test, we're stressing only CPU cores in a handset (not graphics), with both single and multi-threaded workloads. The test is comprised of encryption processing, image compression, HTML5 parsing, physics calculations, and other general purpose compute processing. 

huawei mate 20 geekbench

The Mate 20 once again was solid when it came to both multi and single core performance in our general purpose testing. The only phone we've tested that was faster than the Mate 20 was the iPhone X, which is a couple hundred dollars more expensive than the Mate 20.

Futuremark PCMark For Android
General Purpose Pocket Computing Performance Metrics
Futuremark's PCMark for Android is a new benchmark addition here for us, so we have fewer results in our database of tested phones to show you. However, this is an excellent suite of tests that we highly recommend for benchmarking performance of a handset with heavier-duty tasks for things like image and video editing, as well as lighter-duty workloads like email, and web browsing. When you see the test running live it's clear the scripted application tests are carefully selected and tuned to make use of the platforms involved in a very controlled way. 

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The Mate 20 didn't handle PCMark's workloads as well as expected, looking back at some of the other numbers. Some of the individual tests, such as writing and video editing were good, but the deltas separating today's flagship phones and the Mate 20 were abundantly clear in this benchmark. 

AnTuTu 7
Platform Benchmarks

AnTuTu’s latest benchmark returns a number of metrics ranked with somewhat nebulous scores, rather than frame rates or time to complete. We tested with the latest version of AnTuTu across all platforms including Android, iOS and even Windows Phone. AnTuTu returns four top level performance metric results that we are including here: CPU, RAM, 3D, UX (or User Experience), along with a total score. 

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Antutu paints a very different picture than PCMark. The Mate 20 has a robust CPU along with an abundant amount of fast memory. However, the GPU score is substantially lower than the majority of other phones we have tested. With this being the case, general computing will likely be on pace with other flagship phones on the market, but gaming and graphics performance won't be at the same level. Of course, we won't know until we load up some gaming benchmarks and see just what the Mate 20 can do, so let's tackle that next...
AnTuTu’s latest benchmark returns a number of metrics ranked with nebulous scores, rather than frame rates or time to complete. We tested with the latest version of AnTuTu across all platforms including Android, iOS and even Windows Phone. AnTuTu returns four top level performance metric results that we are including here: CPU, RAM, 3D, UX (or User Experience), along with a total score.

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