Huawei has unveiled its brand new flagship phone – the P20. This is a strong and well-designed Android phone with a brilliant design, a notch similar to the iPhone X and some extravagant features, like no one, not two but three cameras at the # 39, rear of the P20 Pro.
I played with the phone for a few minutes yesterday, and I would consider it as one of the most refined Android phones. This is a good successor to the P10, a good alternative to the Samsung Galaxy S9 and a good incarnation of Android.
The P20 and P20 pro
Huawei is launching two different phones. The P20 is the most affordable version of the devices. It has a 5.8-inch LCD screen with an aspect ratio of 18.7: 9. In other words, the screen is more or less similar to that of the iPhone X.
The P20 Pro is slightly larger with a 6.1-inch screen. And, for the first time in a Huawei phone, it has an OLED screen. This feature alone makes the P20 Pro much more enjoyable than the P20.
Phone makers should not even try to sell a phone with a notch combined with an LCD screen. It’s just bad.
Both phones have a glass bottom and an aluminum frame, just like the Samsung Galaxy S9. It does not feel as heavy as the iPhone X with its stainless steel frame, but it feels good in your hand.
It’s a little surprising that Huawei has opted for a glass bottom even though the P20 and P20 Pro do not have wireless charging. Many manufacturers have switched to glass enclosures to facilitate wireless charging. With these new devices, you get fingerprints on the back of the device without any extra functionality.
There are five colors for the P20 and four colors for the P20 Pro. In addition to the standard colors (black, midnight blue for both devices, champagne gold for the P20), Huawei has created two degraded colors that look great: twilight and rose gold.
Another thing that differentiates the Huawei P20 from other Android phones, Huawei has kept the fingerprint sensor on the front, under the screen. Many manufacturers have put the fingerprint sensor on the back, which works well if you have the phone in your hand. But if the phone is on the table, you have to pick it up to unlock it – you do not have that problem with the P20.
Throwing more cameras on the problem
But the real craze is on the back of the camera. The P20 Pro has three camera sensors because two cameras were not enough.
There is a 40 megapixel lens combined with a monochrome 20 megapixel lens and a 8 megapixel telephoto lens. All of this should help you zoom in further, take portrait shots, and take slow motion movies at 960 frames per second.
Although this sounds like an exaggeration, Huawei thinks it’s the best physical representation of his work when it comes to photography.
The company automatically detects objects and scenes to adjust camera settings. The selfie camera automatically improves your skin so that you feel comfortable sharing selfies with your friends. Long exposures are automatically stabilized for those long, dark, winter nights.
I could go on and on with the special features of Huawei’s camera, but it’s hard to judge if it’s really useful without using the phone for a few days.
The P20 is a little more reasonable because it only has two rear cameras.
Let’s go over some good impressions. Both devices are powered by an ARM Kirin 970 based system on a chip designed by Huawei. It runs on Android 8.1 with the custom Huawei EMUI skin.
It comes with 128GB of internal storage, no microSD slot, no headphone jack and a Type-C USB port. There will be two SIM versions of both devices.
The company says that you can unlock the device with your face, but it is nowhere near as good as Face ID. It takes a 2D photo of your face so you can easily work around it with a photo.
Trying to be different
When you see the shiny P20, it has a distinctive look. This has not always been the case with Huawei phones. The company chose to kiss the nick. This makes the P20 very different from the Samsung Galaxy S9 without notch.
In many ways, the P20 is not revolutionary. It’s a faster and more efficient smartphone. But it is difficult to continue to innovate after more than a decade of smartphones. So, the P20 feels like a solid Android phone.
The only problem is that you will not be able to buy the P20 in the United States. That’s why Huawei introduced its smartphone in Paris with videos featuring Orange, Vodafone, Telefonica and Deutsche Telekom.