Huawei P20 Pro with three rear cameras, Kirin 970 SoC official; P20 also launched
Huawei has finally taken the wraps off its newest flagship smartphones – P20 Pro and P20 – at a launch event in Paris, France. Spearheading the Chinese telecommunication giant’s smartphone line-up for 2018, the two handsets are set to go against the likes of rival handsets such as Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+.
Unsurprisingly, the flagship duo has had nearly all of their key specifications and features outed, in the months leading up to the official launch. Still, they bear repeating now that we have official confirmation.
Starting off with the P20 Pro, it’s clearly the more powerful of the two. Powering the smartphone is Huawei’s home-grown Kirin 970 SoC, paired with 6GB of RAM. There’s also 128GB of internal storage, with support for microSD cards of up to 256GB in size.
Like many other Android OEMs, Huawei has also joined the notch cult. The P20 Pro comes with a 6.1-inch notched display, with a resolution of 1080×2240 pixels. Having an aspect ratio of 18.5:9, the AMOLED screen has a pixel density of around 414ppi.
The standout feature of Huawei P20 Pro is the triple-camera system, a first for any smartphone. The primary camera system is made up of two lenses – an insane 40MP unit and an 8MP unit – which work in tandem to deliver 3x optical zoom. The third lens is a 20MP unit, and like in the case of Huawei’s previous P-series flagships, it shoots in monochrome. Enhanced by Leica optics, the camera system is augmented by phase detection & laser auto-focus, and two-tone dual-LED flash. There’s also a 24MP front-facing camera for all the selfie lovers out there.
In terms of connectivity options, Huawei P20 Pro has everything from NFC to USB Type-C. Sadly, there’s no 3.5mm audio port. The fingerprint sensor is below the display, and the smartphone is powered by a 4,000mAh battery with fast-charging support.
Moving on to the P20, it looks quite similar to the Pro version, but is a little lighter on features. It’s also powered by the Kirin 970 SoC, paired with 4GB or 6GB of RAM. Accordingly, there’s 64GB or 128GB of internal storage, with support for microSD cards of up to 256GB in size.
Huawei P20 has a slightly-smaller 5.84-inch display, but it’s notched nonetheless. The display is an IPS LCD panel, with a resolution of 1080×2280 pixels and a pixel density of 432ppi.
For imaging duties, the P20 includes a dual-camera system at the back. It’s made up of a 12MP (f/1.7 and OIS) unit and a 20MP (f/1.7) unit. Enhanced by Leica optics, the camera system is capable of achieving 2x lossless zoom. It comes with phase detection & laser auto-focus, and two-tone dual-LED flash. A 24MP front-facing shooter takes care of the selfie duties.
Connectivity options available on the P20 are the same as that on the P20 Pro, with the 3.5mm audio port being a welcome addition. A pill-shaped fingerprint sensor sits below the display.
Both P20 and P20 Pro come with Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box, with Huawei’s EMUI 8.0 overlay baked on top.