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Huawei P20 review: Hands-on

28 March, 2018, 01:19 | Author: Lydia Fleming
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The event begins at 3 PM CEST, which is around 6:30 PM in India.The world's third-largest smartphone maker will be live streaming the event through its official YouTube channel.

Though prices have not been announced yet, a tweet from mobile phone leaker Roland Quandt claimed the P20 Pro would cost an iPhone X-like €899 ($1,150.80 USD) and the standard P20 will cost €670 ($831.58 USD). The HUAWEI P20 Pro features the world's first Leica triple camera and both devices include unprecedented AI advances, combining technology and art to bring to life a groundbreaking smartphone experience. It benefits from the introduction of a near-edge-to-edge screen à la Galaxy S9 and iPhone X, a more premium metal-and-glass build - with the former forming the frame, and the latter the back and front - and a redesigned dual-camera setup.

The P20, P2o Pro, and P20 Lite will be powered by Huawei's own Kirin 970 processor and vertically stacked cameras. Introducing the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS - one of the most sophisticated, yet most expensive smartphones announced so far. They also support Huawei SuperCharge fast charging technology.

"When I first heard that Huawei's new flagship device was going to have three rear-facing cameras I was sceptical", says Ben Wood, chief of research at CCS Insight.

The triple camera system is loaded with a tremendous number of features.

The AI-assisted camera on the P20 and P20 Pro instantly recognizes subjects such as food, animals, landscape and dark scenes and adjusts the settings automatically to produce the best shot. Inside the box is a pair of USB-C earphones, a United Kingdom charger, an European Union charger, two USB-C cables, a USB-C to 3.5mm audio adapter, a leather case, and a VIP card.

While the majority of phones are shrinking bezels to the point where fingerprint sensors have to move to the back of the device - a practical but somewhat inconvenient placement - the Huawei P20 Pro retains the traditional home button and fingerprint sensor combo.

For selfies, this phone has 24 MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture with AI beautification and 3D portrait lighting and support for face unlock.

At around 7.8mm thick, the P20 Pro is relatively slim.

You'll find details on all of that and more below, so you can clearly see what's new, what's different and what's the same.

There are other differences: the top-end P20 Pro also swaps LCD for an OLED panel, which should mean better contrast and more vibrant colors for the display, and comes with an IP67 dust and waterproof rating that the P20 doesn't have. There's a monochrome lens, RGB lens and telephoto lens, paired with 40, 20 and 8 megapixel sensors respectively. With the debut of the HUAWEI P20 Series, Huawei makes capturing professional quality images a truly effortless experience for everyone.

Ultimate performance, featuring the NPU on Kirin 970 and EMUI 8.1 based on Android™ 8.1. Of course, once we get our hands on a review unit, we'll compare the camera of the P20 Pro to the legendary Lumia 1020.

That's the central theme Huawei is talking up in Paris, where the company is launching its latest addition to its "P" series of phones, a generation that has always adopted a more creative focus.

Both the Huawei P20 and the Huawei P10 have dual-lens cameras, but they have some differences. The HUAWEI P20 Pro's highly sensitive image sensor captures low light photos with up to ISO 102400.

The new device promises a 5x hybrid zoom and a 3x optical zoom.


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