Published: Wed, March 28, 2018
Markets | By Josh Butler

Huawei's P20 is a shiny, extravagant phone

Huawei's P20 is a shiny, extravagant phone

Huawei, the biggest smartphone maker in China, and the one company whose products you can't really buy over in the United States, is ready to unveil its best answer to the iPhone X and Galaxy S9. Below are the detailed specifications of the device.

For video, the Huawei P20 Pro earned a score of 98, again making it the top smartphone camera in that category as well.

The Huawei P20 and P20 Pro also support augmented reality thanks to Google's ARCore. Although, if Huawei plans on launching these devices in India, they will cost more than they do in Europe; probably Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 8,000 costlier.

Huawei's on-device AI capabilities introduce in the Mate 10 Pro return in the P20 as do features like fast charging. The Kirin 970 SoC is among the most powerful SoCs in the market. It is priced at 1,695 Euros (approximately Rs 136,250) for the base model with 6GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The system can intelligently combine the data from both the RGB and the Monochrome sensors to produce brighter photos, with more detail, and richer colours, according to Huawei. The dual-camera setup has laser and phase-detection autofocus, and it is aided by dual-tone dual-LED flash.

There's also AI image stabilisation (AIS), which is the most interesting of the new features. Both include Full HD+ resolutions.

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The Huawei P20 is IP53 certified while the Huawei P20 Pro has a higher IP67 rating of water and dust resistance. It sports a curved 6-inch 2K OLED display. It also runs on Android 8.1 with EMUI 8.1.

Plus, with a smaller battery, what looks like an inferior display and a less flexible camera than the P20 Pro, the Huawei P20 may struggle to catch the eye. That 40MP sensor is nearly twice as big as the one found on the Galaxy S9 if you do the math and it has come close to what we used to get from Nokia back in the day.

The P20 also has double the storage, with 128GB built-in compared to 64GB in the Huawei P10, though both phones also have a microSD card slot. In the latest game of one-upmanship, the P20 Pro has a 40MP RGB color image sensor (f/1.8), a 20MP monochrome sensor (f/1.6) and an 8MP telephoto sensor with 3x optical zoom. The phone packs 3400 mAh battery with support to Huawei SuperCharge. There is another fingerprint scanner underneath the display.

The Chinese firm said the new P20 Pro will use AI to identify objects and scenes the camera is being pointed at and automatically adjust its settings accordingly.

Huawei's AI will also help people straighten photos and zoom in or out to assist with composing group shots. The phablet is 152.9 x 72.5 x 85.mm in size and comes with a 6-inch 18:9 screen which doesn't have a notch, as well as a unique Red color option, albeit one that will be available exclusively in China. The device is powered by Kirin 659 SoC, which is a mid-range chipset from Huawei's HiSilicon department. I actually feel a little bad for the P20; it's like a kid that came home with an A when its brother came home with an A+.

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