HuaweiP20Pro Review


Huawei was among the front-runners in the dual-camera race with the P9 and after that the Friend 10, so that much better to take points to the following degree? The Huawei P20 Pro one-ups all current significant players as well as includes 3 video cameras on its back, each one-of-a-kind in its very own right.

Okay, the 20MP grayscale sensing unit is the least amazing, yet except its lack of color – it’s simply that we’ve seen it on a couple of generations of Companions and the P10. The other two, however, are all new.

The star of the show is the 40MP video camera – allow’s proceed as well as call it the main one. It’s one of the most resolution we have actually seen on a smartphone given that the Lumia 1020 PureView all the way back in 2013. The third one has a small 8MP resolution however boasts an 80mm-equivalent focal length – properly 3x the focal size of the primary webcam. All this video camera benefits, obviously, brings a Leica branding – the badge of a German optics specialist makes everything much better as the Lumia 1020, and also its Zeiss lens can confirm.

There’s even more megapixels on the front, 24 of them in the selfie camera. And also you couldn’t miss it – it’s right there in the notch. Yea, notches are all over whether they’re needed or not, and also whether you like them or otherwise.

For all the wealth of pixels in the electronic cameras (some 96MP combined), there are not all that numerous pixels on the screen – the 6.1-inch AMOLED panel has a FullHD+ resolution of a Huawei-specific selection (1080 x 2240px) to account for the notch.

Huawei likes its batteries huge, as well as the P20 Pro obtains a wonderful 4,000 mAh power pack, with the firm’s flavor of fast charging, one of the fastest around. An additional thing Huawei’s own, the chipset is the Kirin 970 from the last-gen Mates, so no surprises there either. There’s RAM and storage to save as well.

Huawei P20 Pro specs

Huawei may be guilty of complying with several of the not-so-positive patterns in the sector such as getting rid of the headphone jack and also having a notch on the display, yet we rejoice the IR emitter is still on board. It’s either Huawei or Xiaomi that you have actually got left to want to if you intend to utilize your phone to regulate non-smart stuff around your house. Also the normal P20 won’t do – you’ll need to step up to the Pro we’ve got here.

So indeed, you can have the most recent front runner mobile phone change the remote for your 1992 VCR, but initially, you ‘d require to take it out of package, so let’s start keeping that.

Huawei P20 Pro unboxing

The Huawei P20 Pro comes in a white cardboard box, which has all the kit you ‘d need to get started. Beneath the phone, you’ll find a collection of earbuds that attach through USB-C, but additionally a USB-C to 3.5 mm adapter in case you wish to connect your existing earphones.

There’s a USB-A to USB-C cable television and a rapid battery charger, and you require both of these with each other for the proprietary rapid charging to function. We love quickly charging, however we despise proprietary technology limitations, so we’re conflicted. All the same, the fact that you have the quick battery charger as well as the wire in the box is terrific (we’re taking a look at you, Apple).

You will not think of the devices when you initially see the phone though, it’s merely lovely to look at. Join us on the following page where we take a closer look at both shades of awesomeness on the systems we have for review.


The P20 Pro is Huawei’s a lot of full plan to date – sorry, Companions. Okay, an RS Porsche Layout Companion might differ, however that’s as niche a product as it gets, and them routine Friends are delaying in camera matter – what type of flagship-grade tool is it if it only has 2 back cameras, the P20 Pro asks.

For it is precisely the three-way video camera that establishes the P20 Pro in addition to the remainder. 40MP is for advertising, but the results at night and also when zooming in are extremely genuine, while the 3x zoom setup additionally happens to work terrific for portraits. One thing’s for sure, though – we ‘d certainly steer clear of the extremely remarkable AI modes unless it’s a plate at an expensive dining establishment in front of our lens.

It may be the camera that makes the P20 Pro special, however it doesn’t precisely dissatisfy in the remainder of the vital locations. Well, alright, versatility does experience an absence of memory card port as well as 3.5 mm jack, yet we understand the IR gun will please a particular lot. Looks – amazing, battery life – strong, display screen – same, notch – present. Unsure if that last one counts as a function.

There’s no notch on the Galaxy S9+, among few Android holdouts not to succumb to the … suspicious pattern. 2x zoom isn’t quite as lengthy as 3x, however, for the majority of casual snaps we would certainly somehow still feel much safer with Samsung’s Vehicle than Huawei Master AI. There’s both a 3.5 mm jack as well as a card slot on the Galaxy, so you might require to reassess the significance of the P20 Pro’s IR emitter.

We’re yet to completely evaluate the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s, however it’s looking wonderful theoretically and the initial cam examples are appealing. Notch haters will value the tidy 6-inch rectangle, but that 5MP selfie web cam … Seriously, Xiaomi?

Notch pioneers from Apple will not mind you selecting an apple iphone X as opposed to the P20 Pro. A tried and tested performer in the cam division, if a little conventional in its handling, the X will not let you down, but its battery might run level on you a lot quicker than the P20 Pro’s. No legacy earphone jack or sd card slot on either of these but a total of two notches in between both – it’s practically as if Huawei’s P20 Pro’s been motivated by the X.

The Xperia XZ2 pertains to this bout with simply a single electronic camera, but one that’s grown on us. Two components short of the P20 Pro’s setup, the XZ2 is underequipped but needs not be ashamed.


Smart devices are plateauing, aren’t they? There are those which bring out small tweaks over the one being changed – brand-new display facet ratio, chipset upgrade, additional gig of RAM or two, something along those lines. And afterwards, there’s Huawei which supplies true technology with the P20 Pro catching everybody else unprepared.

There are absolutely a few things we would certainly do differently, of course, so don’t take our enthusiasm as an acknowledgment that the P20 Pro lacks any flaws. It is not.



Still, the Huawei P20 Pro is not as vital as an item by itself as it is as a pioneer, which is opening the doors to brand-new electronic camera technology and undeniably, it would certainly hold a crucial role in relocating the whole sector ahead to brand-new heights.

  • Technology: GSM / HSPA / LTE
  • 2G bands: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)
  • 3G bands: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
  • 4G bands: LTE
  • Speed: HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (3CA) Cat16 1024/150 Mbps
  • GPRS: Yes
  • EDGE: Yes
  • 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
  • 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
  • Android 8.1 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie)
  • Chipset: Hisilicon Kirin 970 (10 nm)
  • Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • Mali-G72 MP12
  • Memory
  • Card slot: No
  • Internal: 256 GB, 8 GB RAM or 128 GB, 6 GB RAM
  • Main Camera
  • Triple: 40 MP, f/1.8, 27mm (wide), 1/1.7″, OIS, PDAF/Laser AF
    20 MP B/W, f/1.6, 27mm (wide), 1/2.7″, OIS, PDAF/Laser AF
    8 MP, f/2.4, 80mm (telephoto), 1/4″, 3x optical zoom, OIS, PDAF/Laser AF
  • Features: Leica optics, LED flash, HDR, panorama
  • Video: 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS), 720p@960fps
  • Selfie camera
  • Single: 24 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide)
  • Features: Leica optics
  • Video: 1080p@30fps
  • 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
  • Comms
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
  • Bluetooth: 4.2, A2DP, LE, EDR, aptX HD
  • Yes
  • Infrared port: Yes
  • Radio: No
  • 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 620 EUR
  • Tests
  • Performance: Basemark OS II: 3565 / Basemark OS II 2.0: 3252Basemark 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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