$300-$420 Mate 20 Pro a great buy

“It’s pretty badass,” Andrew Hoyle says in his CNET review. “The Huawei Mate 20 Pro’s impressive list of features puts it unquestionably among the top phones of the year.”  (emphasis added.) In particular, the triple camera is excellent.

It recently sold at prices from $700-$1,000. Telefonica/O2 in the U.K. is now selling the phone for an implicit price of well under $400. For £20.00, you get unlimited voice and messages – and the phone.

The total, including an upfront £99.00, is £579. (US$721.) When you put in any sensible valuation for the service, the effective price of the phone is half what it has recently cost.

The Mate 30 Pro is due soon, possibly October or November. Price drops on older models are common. Huawei presumably has a large inventory of Mate 20’s given the recent problems. Rumours have the Mate 30 with a quad camera, a more advanced processor built on TSMC’s 7 nm EUV, and possibly the new Ark/Hongmeng OS, a fast alternative to Android.

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