We have been hearing about the Huawei P20 for quite some time now, and today, at an event in Paris, Huawei has finally taken the wraps off the Huawei P20. The Huawei P20 is successor to the Huawei P10 that was announced last year in February at Mobile World Congress 2017.
Like last year’s P10, the P20 is also a flagship smartphone. However, the P20 in comparison to the P10 flaunts a much better design. The P10 came with a 5.1-inch display having 16:9 aspect ratio, however, this year’s P20 sports a 5.8-inch display that has a resolution of 2244 x 1080 pixels and an aspect ratio of 18.7:9. Well, that’s because the Huawei P20 comes with a notch. However, unlike other Android smartphones, the notch on the Huawei P20 is quite smaller which makes it a bit less annoying.
That said, unlike last year’s P10, this year’s P20 features a curved glass body which also means that it will attract a lot of fingerprints due to glossiness. With that being said, the Huawei P20 comes with the company’s homegrown Kirin 970 SoC running the show that’s paired with 4 GB RAM. The smartphone also runs Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box that’s layered with Huawei’s EMUI 8.1 skin atop.
Furthermore, the Huawei P20 also comes with support for Google ARCore that brings some AR capabilities to the smartphone. Well, this makes P20 the second smartphone announced today that comes with Google ARCore support out of the box. First one is the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S that was announced earlier today in China.
Moving on, the Huawei P20 features a LEICA-made dual camera setup at the back located in the top-left corner in vertical orientation. This dual camera setup is a combination one 12 MP RGB camera and one 12 MP Monochrome camera. This camera setup features AI Image Stabilization and can also record slow-motion videos at a whopping 960 frames/second. This makes Huawei the third OEM after Sony and Samsung to offer 960 fps slow-motion video recording in a smartphone.
Having said that, there’s a 24 MP camera on the front for selfies and video calls. With that being said, the cameras on the Huawei P20 are aided by AI-based features that help in scene recognition, shot framing and lighting. Speaking of lighting, the P20 has a feature called 3D Portrait Lighting (sounds familiar? yes, it does) that Huawei says lets you take photos with “studio-quality” lighting effects.
Lastly, the Huawei P20 packs in a 3400 mAh battery which draws power from a USB Type-C port. Oh, and did we say there’s a fingerprint scanner below the display which also supports navigation gestures so that you don’t have to rely on on-screen navigation buttons? Yes, that’s a thing.
Huawei P20 Specifications
- CPU: 2.36 GHz Kirin 970 octa-core processor with NPU (Neural Processing Unit)
- RAM: 4 GB
- GPU: Mali-G72 MP12
- Operating System: EMUI 8.1 based on Android 8.1 Oreo
- Display: 5.8-inch Full-HD+ (2244 x 1080 pixels) FullView LCD RGBW display with 2.5D curved glass and 428 ppi pixel density
- Rear Camera: 12 MP RGB (f/1.8 aperture) + 20 MP Monochrome (f/1.6 aperture) LEICA SUMMILUX camera with 4D Predictive Focus, Ultra Snapshot, AI Image Stabilization, 960 FPS Super Slow Motion, Night Mode, 3D Portrait Lighting and dual-tone LED flash
- Front Camera: 24 MP camera with f/2.0 aperture
- Internal Storage: 128 GB
- SIM: Dual SIM (depending on market)
- Connectivity: 4G, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC, USB Type-C port (no 3.5 mm headphone jack)
- Other: Fingerprint Scanner, Google ARCore, Huawei Share 2.0, Dolby Atmos Sound, Hi-Res Audio
- Colors: Black, Champagne Gold, Twilight, Pink Gold, Midnight Blue
- Battery: 3400 mAh with Huawei SuperCharge
Huawei P20 Price and Availability
- Price: €649 (around $805/₹52,217)
- Availability: Available from March 27