HUAWEI P20 PRO

The Art of Light

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HUAWEI’s P series has always been a pioneer of smartphone photography. Now the HUAWEI P20 Pro is once again leading the way with the revolutionary Leica Triple Camera, where aesthetic vision meets an advanced camera system that shines a light on intelligent photography.

For the past few months, Huawei has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons — the US government warned against buying the company’s phones, which led to the breakdown of near-final deals with AT&T and Verizon. Then Best Buy, one of its few US retail partners, backed away too. We’re not sure if the concerns hold any weight, but one thing is clear: It sucks to be Huawei right now.

And in the midst of that turmoil, Huawei revealed its new P20 Pro, a remarkably well-built device with a triple camera system and loads of style. I doubt that would ever win over a Sinophobic bureaucrat though, so there’s a strong chance no one in the US will ever be able to walk into a store and buy one. That’s a shame because after using it as my daily driver for a while, I’m convinced it’s one of Huawei’s all-time best, and one of the year’s great Android phones.

 

Summary

Huawei is dealing with its fair share of trouble in the US, but that doesn’t mean it forgot how to make a great phone. From build quality to design to camera performance, the P20 Pro is every bit a first-rate flagship smartphone. That doesn’t mean it lacks quirks, though: the AI powering its ambitious triple camera is a little overzealous at times, and since it uses a chipset from last year, the P20 Pro isn’t as outright fast as some devices we’ve recently tested. That said, its potent blend of style, solid software and a great camera experience make the P20 Pro one of the year’s great Android phones.

 

NETWORK Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE
4G capabilities HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 / LTE

 

LAUNCH Announced 2018, March
Status Available. Released 2018, April

 

BODY Dimensions 155 x 73.9 x 7.8 mm (6.10 x 2.91 x 0.31 in)
Weight 180 g (6.35 oz)
Build Front/back glass & aluminum frame
SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  – IP67 dust/water resistant (up to 1m for 30 mins)

 

DISPLAY Type AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 6.1 inches, 93.9 cm2 (~82.0% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2240 pixels, 18.7:9 ratio (~408 ppi density)
Multitouch Yes
  – EMUI 8.1

 

PLATFORM OS Android 8.1 (Oreo)
Chipset Hisilicon Kirin 970
CPU Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
GPU Mali-G72 MP12

 

MEMORY Card slot No
Internal 128 GB, 6 GB RAM

 

CAMERA Primary Triple: 40 MP (f/1.8, 27mm, 1/1.7″) + 20 MP B/W (f/1.6, 27mm, 1/2.7″) + 8 MP (f/2.4, 80mm, 1/4″), OIS, Leica optics, 3x optical zoom, PDAF & laser AF, LED flash, check quality
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
Video [email protected], [email protected]/60fps, [email protected], check quality
Secondary 24 MP (f/2.0, 26mm), 1080p

 

SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack No
  – 32-bit/384kHz audio
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– Type-C to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter

 

COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE, EDR, aptX HD
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO
NFC Yes
Infrared port Yes
Radio No
USB 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector

 

FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, color spectrum
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
  – Fast battery charging 4.5V/5A (58% in 30 min)
– XviD/MP4/H.265/WMV player
– MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/Flac player
– Document viewer
– Photo/video editor

 

BATTERY   Non-removable Li-Po
4000 mAh battery

 

MISC Colors Twilight, Black, Midnight Blue, Pink Gold
Price About 900 EUR

 

TESTS Performance Basemark OS II: 3565 / Basemark OS II 2.0: 3252
Basemark X: 39945
Display Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal), 4.087 (sunlight)
Camera Photo / Video
Loudspeaker Voice 71dB / Noise 69dB / Ring 91dB
Audio quality Noise -92.1dB / Crosstalk -92.1dB
Battery life Endurance rating 89h

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