The Huawei P20 is now official and signifies the latest premium device to come from the company following on from previous year’s Huawei P10 series of smartphones. The standard P20, and P20 Pro — are packed with innovative design and digital camera novelties that really feel fresh and unique compared to the rest of the market.
The brand new P20, and the bigger, extra feature-packed P20 Pro, were introduced at an event in Paris that suggested the Chinese firm is seeking to match the competitors Apple and Samsung and boost the third-largest smartphone maker’s premium endeavours.
The P20 has a 5.8in FHD+ LCD and the larger P20 Pro features a 6.1in FHD+ OLED display, each having a notch towards the top much like Apple’s iPhone X that contains a 24-megapixel selfie camera. But Huawei also offers a feature that allows you to turn the notch “off.” Plain and simple, this setting changes the status bar to black, which effectively hides the notch. Both phones have a fingerprint scanner on the front but no headphone jack in the bottom.
The P20 and P20 Pro each have Huawei’s Kirin 970 processor, AI co-processor, 128GB of storage and 4GB or 6GB of memory respectively, however only the P20 Pro is water resistant to IP67 standards. Battery life on the Huawei P20 will not let you down because the device will come loaded with a 3,400mAh capacity battery which keeps the smartphone powered.
The P20 and P20 Plus come in pink gold or a blue twilight gradient color finish that is similar to pearlescent paint seen on some tuned cars – a first for a glass-backed smartphone.
Huawei’s P20 Pro is really a phone that “redefines intelligent photography.” The built in Leica triple camera has overtaken the other smartphones at DxOMark, scoring a highest-ever mark of 109.
The device has got the highest total pixel count of any smartphone currently available. The primary camera features a 40MP, 1/1.73″ RGB sensor behind a 27mm f/1.8 (35mm equiv.) lens. The secondary camera has a 20MP, 1/2.78″ monochrome sensor behind a 27mm f/1.6 (35mm equiv.) lens. Plus the telephoto camera has an 8MP, 1/4.4″ RGB sensor behind an 80mm f/2.4 (35mm equiv.) lens with optical image stabilization.
Having an intention of making professional quality photography available to everybody, the P20 Pro utilizes a Master AI system which offers AI-driven photo features, such as AI stabilization and AI-Assisted Composition. The scene recognition identifies more than 500 scenarios across 19 categories to instantly choose the camera setting for the optimal picture. Additional features that improve image results include things like the largest light sensor in a smartphone and Super Night Mode. The Huawei P20, similar to the Galaxy S9, can shoot 720p super slow-motion video at 960fps.
The P20 and P20 Pro signify an important departure from the style and design language of prior Huawei devices. It is all about the curves now, with gorgeous mirrored finishes and glass panes that merge pretty much seamlessly into the metal frame.
The Huawei P20 is going to be available internationally beginning today, along with its siblings, the P20 Pro and PORSCHE DESIGN Mate RS. The Huawei P20 will be priced at €649 in Europe, meaning that it will cost the same as the Huawei P10 when it was launched last year.