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.

 

NETWORKTechnologyGSM / HSPA / LTE
4G capabilitiesHSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 / LTE

 

LAUNCHAnnounced2018, March
StatusAvailable. Released 2018, April

 

BODYDimensions155 x 73.9 x 7.8 mm (6.10 x 2.91 x 0.31 in)
Weight180 g (6.35 oz)
BuildFront/back glass & aluminum frame
SIMSingle SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
 – IP67 dust/water resistant (up to 1m for 30 mins)

 

DISPLAYTypeAMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size6.1 inches, 93.9 cm2 (~82.0% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution1080 x 2240 pixels, 18.7:9 ratio (~408 ppi density)
MultitouchYes
 – EMUI 8.1

 

PLATFORMOSAndroid 8.1 (Oreo)
ChipsetHisilicon Kirin 970
CPUOcta-core (4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
GPUMali-G72 MP12

 

MEMORYCard slotNo
Internal128 GB, 6 GB RAM

 

CAMERAPrimaryTriple: 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
FeaturesGeo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
Video[email protected], [email protected]/60fps, [email protected], check quality
Secondary24 MP (f/2.0, 26mm), 1080p

 

SOUNDAlert typesVibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
LoudspeakerYes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jackNo
 – 32-bit/384kHz audio
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– Type-C to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter

 

COMMSWLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth4.2, A2DP, LE, EDR, aptX HD
GPSYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO
NFCYes
Infrared portYes
RadioNo
USB3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector

 

FEATURESSensorsFingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, color spectrum
MessagingSMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
BrowserHTML5
 – 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

 

MISCColorsTwilight, Black, Midnight Blue, Pink Gold
PriceAbout 900 EUR

 

TESTSPerformanceBasemark OS II: 3565 / Basemark OS II 2.0: 3252
Basemark X: 39945
DisplayContrast ratio: Infinite (nominal), 4.087 (sunlight)
CameraPhoto / Video
LoudspeakerVoice 71dB / Noise 69dB / Ring 91dB
Audio qualityNoise -92.1dB / Crosstalk -92.1dB
Battery lifeEndurance rating 89h
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