Today at the Grand Palais in Paris, Huawei officially unveiled three new devices, The Huawei P20, The P20 and the P20 Lite.
Choosing Paris to launch flagship devices is no accident for Huawei, Paris is a city globally renowned for it’s style and excellence, which is fitting for Huawei who have made no secret that they aim to become the worlds number one smartphone manufacturer by 2020 and are well on the way to doing so, despite unfair treatment by regulators in the US, the rest of the worlds regulators have realised that there is nothing sinister about Huawei and consumers are switching over to their devices in their droves – including me.
The P20 series devices have a very different design from their predecessors such as the P10 the phone which I currently use. Instead of a metal body, they have glass backs, just like the Huawei Mate 10.
The P20 Pro has a unique camera system with triple cameras which utilises AI to enable even the most novice of photographers to take better quality pictures.
The Huawei P20 is powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 970 system-on-chip which is the same as the Huawei Mate 10.
The Kirin 970 features four ARM Cortex-A73 cores clocked at 2.36GHz and four ARM Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.8GHz, paired with the Mali-G72MP12 GPU. The SoC has a dedicated NPU (Neural Processing Unit). The chip is a competitor to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and not the newer Snapdragon 845 (which has the Cortex A75/A55/DynamIQ/Adreno 630), which does leave the P20 series with a disadvantage in terms of performance. The SoC is paired with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, along with a hybrid microSD/dual SIM slot.
The most distinctive feature about the Huawei P20 is its display, which has a notch. The phone has a 5.8-inch Full HD+ (2240×1080) IPS display with an 18.7:9 aspect ratio, a PenTile RGBW matrix, and 429 PPI. Unlike the Apple iPhone X, the P20’s display notch does not contain dedicated facial scanning hardware. Instead, the notch contains the earpiece, the proximity, and ambient light sensors as well as the front camera. (The P20 still has face unlock, which uses the phone’s high-resolution front camera. Huawei also states that the P20’s Face Unlock is 2x faster than the iPhone X’s Face ID.)
The Huawei P20 opts to go for a dual-camera configuration. The dual cameras come with Leica branding and are said to be the third-generation Leica Dual Cam system. The phone has a 12MP primary RGB camera with a 1/2.3? sensor, 1.55 micron pixels, f/1.8 aperture, a dual LED flash, and optical image stabilisation (OIS). It includes 4-way autofocus (laser, PDAF, contrast and depth detection), and an infrared RGB sensor. The secondary camera is a 20MP monochrome sensor.
The camera can record 4K video. It also has Super Slow-motion video recording as it can capture 960FPS in 720p resolution. The Huawei P20 has a 24MP front camera with “Light Fusion” technology that can brighten the image content using the AI capabilities of the processor.
The Huawei P20 is powered by a 3400mAh battery. Both the P20 and P20 Pro have their fingerprint sensors placed on the front of the device. It ships with EMUI 8.1 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo, and it comes in Black, Blue, Twilight and Pink Gold colors. It costs €679 in Europe.
The P20 Pro uses the same Kirin 970 SoC as the regular P20. The phone has 6GB of RAM with 128GB of storage, along with a hybrid microSD/dual SIM slot. The differences between the phones are pronounced when it comes to the display. The P20 Pro has a 6.1-inch Full HD+ (2240×1080) AMOLED display, and it has a notch just like the P20. The display is 0.3-inches bigger than the P20’s display, and the display type is different as well (AMOLED vs. LCD).
One of the noticeable differences between the P20 Pro and the P20, is its Leica-branded triple rear camera setup. The phone has a 40MP primary camera with a huge 1/1.7? sensor and a f/1.8 aperture. The cameras can do 5x “hybrid zoom” and 3x optical zoom, thanks to the 8MP camera telephoto lens, which has almost 3x magnification. There is also a 20MP monochrome camera with a f/1.6 aperture. The P20 Pro has a colour spectrum sensor and also has a maximum ISO of 102,400.
The P20 Pro has the same connectivity options as the regular P20. This means that it doesn’t have the 3.5mm headphone jack either and boasts an IP67 rating for water resistance.
The phone is powered by a 4000mAh battery — the same battery capacity as the Huawei Mate 10 series, which has received much acclaim from tech critics, on youtube there are many videos that demonstrate this battery life is unbeatable by ANY smartphone currently available.
The device comes with EMUI 8.1 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo. It comes in Black, Blue, Pink Gold, and Twilight colors. It costs €899 in Europe, which means that it’s €220 more expensive than the regular P20. In layman’s terms for the extra money you will get, AMOLED display; a triple rear camera setup; IP67 water resistance; and a bigger 4000mAh battery. Money well spent if you ask me 😉
UK pricing is yet to be announced but it’s likely the P20 Pro will cost around £800. It is expected that the standard P20 to cost around £650 when it arrives later next month.
Huawei P20 Lite
The lower-end Huawei P20 Lite went on sale in a few markets last week, so its specifications are already known. The phone has the Kirin 659 system-on-chip, which is used in the Huawei Mate 10 Lite etc.
It has eight ARM Cortex-A53 cores and the Mali-T830MP2 GPU, which means that its specifications aren’t anything to write home about in 2018. The SoC is paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, along with a microSD card slot.
The phone has a 5.84-inch Full HD+ (2280×1080) IPS display. It’s the first Huawei “mid-range” phone to feature a notch. It has dual rear cameras, with a 16MP primary camera paired with a 2MP depth sensing secondary camera for portrait mode. On the front, the device has a 16MP camera.
The P20 Lite’s fingerprint sensor is placed on the back of the device. It’s powered by a 3000mAh battery, and it runs EMUI 8.0 on top of Android 8.0 Oreo. It costs €369 in Europe and will be available in the continent by the end of March.
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