After multiple rumors, speculations, prediction, and so forth, Chinese smartphone makers; Huawei have today unveiled their latest smartphones in the P-series; the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro. Alongside, they’ve as well launched the Huawei Mate RS that comes with 512GB of internal storage as seen in the recent Tenaa reports.
The Huawei Mate RS becomes the first smartphone in the world to come packed with such internal memory taking on its biggest competitors; Apple and Samsung.
Huawei P20, P20 Pro specifications and features
Both the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro are dual-SIM smartphones that run EMUI 8.1 based on Android 8.1 Oreo. They also support Google ARCore and a deeply customised Google Assistant. Both are powered by the octa-core Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 970 SoC (four Cortex-A73 cores clocked at 2.36GHz and four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.8GHz) complete with a dedicated NPU (neural processing unit).
The NPU provides the AI chops to the phone, and is also said to provide up to 60% better system response speed, and up to 50% smoother operation. It also offers AI-based noise removal on call. The company also touted NPU acceleration for Android Messages, the new Google-made RCS-based default messaging app on the Huawei phones.
The Huawei P20 has 4GB RAM/128GB ROM, while the P20 Pro has 6GB RAM/128GB ROM. Both phones come with a 360-degree Face Unlock feature, said to unlock the smartphones in as little as 0.6 seconds.
The Huawei P20 sports a 5.8-inch full-HD+ (1080×2244 pixels) RGBW FullView display, with the W standing for White, and meant to provide better sunlight legibility. The white elements are also said to provide better power consumption. The company also said the P20 has same size of display as the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the iPhone X, however, it is said to have significantly larger display real estate thanks to smaller bezels and the smaller ‘notch’ design. It also sports a home button that supports edgeless fingerprint.
On the other hand, the Huawei P20 Pro sports a 6.1-inch full-HD+ (1080×2240 pixels) OLED FullView display, said to have a 1:1,000,000 contrast ratio and a 105 percent color gamut.
Both smartphones are said to have natural tone displays, comfortable for all light conditions. It otherwise bears the same home button, bezel, and notch design as the P20.
The P20 and P20 Pro come with a IP53 and IP67 rating for dust and water resistance features, respectively.
The P20 runs on a 3400mAh battery, providing up to 75 hours of continuous music playback like the company claims. While the P20 Pro is powered by a 4000mAh battery providing up to 89 hours of music playback. Both batteries support Huawei SuperCharge fast charging that is said to deliver 58% in just 30 minutes.
It is also said to be a safe fast charging method, claims Richard Yu; CEO at Huawei Consumer Business group.
Huawei P20 and P20 Pro cameras
The Huawei P20 has dual rear camera setup with large 1.55-micron pixels, featuring a 12MP RGB 1/2.3-inch sensor coupled with an f/1.8 aperture and a 20MP monochrome sensor coupled with an f/1.6 aperture. The combination gives it superior low-light photography performance, according to Huawei.
While on the front, the Huawei P20 sports a 24.8MP camera. The company is touting front camera features that help take better selfies. The smartphone’s camera packs in features like a 3D portrait lighting effect.
Meanwhile, the Huawei P20 Pro came with a triple rear camera setup with the topmost lens bearing an 8MP sensor with 3x optical zoom thanks to its Leica telephoto lens. The second, has a 40MP RGB 1/1.7-inch sensor, while the third bears a 20MP monochrome sensor.
Between the larger lenses, lie a laser transmitter and receiver, for quicker autofocus, as well as a Leica colour temperature sensor. The camera has a light sensitivity up to ISO 102400 – the same as the Canon 5D Mark IV. The company is also touting the most powerful zoom on a smartphone, as apart from 3x optical zoom, the P20 Pro offers 5x lossless hybrid zoom, and 10x digital zoom. It has the same front camera as the P20.
Both the P20 and P20 Pro offer 4D Predictive Focus, said to provide instant focus with motion prediction, providing nearly zero shutter lag. The smartphones support 6-axis stabilization that allows one to shoot long exposure photos of upto 6 seconds without using a tripod. One other interesting feature is the 960fps super slow motion video recording.
Pricing, Color and Availability
As predicted before by Reputed Tipster; Roland Quandt, the Huawei P20 has been priced at 649 Euros, although Ronald said it would be priced at 670 Euros, for the 4GB/128GB variant and is available effective today. While the Huawei P20 Pro has been priced at 899 Euros for the 6GB/128GB and will be available starting 6th April. And finally the Huawei Mate RS is priced at 1,695 Euros and 2,095 Euros for the 6GB/256GB and 6GB/512GB variants respectively, and will go on sale starting 12th April.
The Huawei P20 Pro will be available in Twilight, Midnight Blue, Black, and Pink Gold color variants. While the Huawei P20 will be available in Twilight, Midnight Blue, Black, Pink Gold, and Champagne Gold color variants.
This article has been updated since its last publication.