Huawei, one of the world’s top three smartphone brands has unveiled two new devices in its flagship ‘P’ series, the P20 and P20 Pro. The phone were launched at an event in Paris yesterday and are successors to last year’s P10 series. Both the smartphones come with exceptional hardware specifications. The major highlight of the P20 Pro is that it comes with three cameras on the rear, this is a first for a mainstream smartphone. Let’s take a look at the overall specifications and features of these phones.
The P20 rocks an all-exterior glass back and a bezel-less notch design. Since it has got a home button in the bottom bezel, the aspect ratio turns out to be an unusual 18.7:9.
The phone packs in a 5.8-inch Full HD+ LCD display with a notch on the top. This notch houses the earpiece and a superior 24-megapixel selfie camera. The brand has introduced a new technology for the front camera dubbed as ‘Light Fusion’, it combines four adjacent pixels to offer clearer and brighter pictures.
On the rear, there’s a standard dual-camera setup aligned vertically. There’s a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor coupled with a 12-megapixel camera, both being Leica sensors. Apart from being able to click appreciable images, it can also record slow-mo videos in 960 fps. DXO Mark, a camera rating agency has rated the Huawei P20 a score of 102, only second to the P20 Pro that has scored 109.
Talking of the performance, the P20 fits in an HiSilicon Kirin 970 chipset which is an octa-core processor. It is coupled with 4GB of RAM to offer good multi-tasking. You get 128GB of internal storage and unfortunately, it can’t be expanded externally.
The P20 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo but is layered with EMUI which is the brand’s own custom OS. Huawei also allows you to disable to notch through software by showing a black patch on the top. This is a great alternative for those who are annoyed by the intruding notch in the center.
Huawei hasn’t provided an audio jack or a microSD card slot in the P20. For charging and connectivity purposes, the phone gets a USB Type-C port. It also supports DisplayPort which lets you have a complete desktop experience provided you connect a monitor and other accessories. There’s a 3,400mAh battery unit to power the phone.
Huawei P20 Pro
The P20 Pro is the larger and more advanced sibling in every aspect. To start with, it features a larger 6.1-inch display rocking an AMOLED panel. It has a resolution of 1080 x 2244 pixels making it a Full HD+ display with a screen aspect ratio of 18.7:9. Following the trend that Apple started with the iPhone X, the Huawei P20 Pro also has a notch which houses its high resolution 24 megapixel camera capable of capturing very crisp selfies. Unlike most bezel-less smartphones, however, the P20 Pro doesn’t get rid of the front facing fingerprint sensor. It is located in the form of a thin home button right below the large display.
Moving to the back, the phone is equipped with not one, or two, but three camera modules! The first sensor is a whopping 40MP having an aperture of f/1.8 with optical image stabilization. The second one is a 20MP snapper having an aperture of f/1.6. The last one is an 8MP one having an aperture of f/2.4. The camera setup on the rear side of the device is enhanced with software features from Leica, a popular name when optics are concerned.
Underneath the hood, the phone being a flagship offering, features top notch specifications. It is powered by the Hisilicon Kirin 970 which is comparable to the Snapdragon 845, its Qualcomm counterpart. The chipset is also coupled with the Mali-G72 MP12 GPU for enhancing its gaming experience. If you happen to keep multiple applications in the background, the phone will not disappoint. It packs in 6GB of RAM which will give you zero lags during most use cases.
On the storage side of things, the phone offers 128GB of internal storage. In the battery department, the phone draws its power from a non-removable user removable 4000 mAh Li-Po unit.
Pricing and Availability
The Huawei P20 has been priced at EUR 649 (~ Rs. 52,200) whereas the P20 Pro will cost you EUR 899 (~ Rs. 72,300). When it comes to availability, Huawei has said that it will be available globally from today. However, Huawei launches all its phones with the sub-brand Honor in India so until any further announcements, we can’t expect the P20 duo to arrive in the country.
Update: As it happens, Huawei has launched the P20 Pro and the P20 Lite in India. You can read more about the India launch here.