2018 has been so good for smartphone users so far. First, Samsung launched the beautiful s9/s9+, then Xiaomi’s Mi Mix2S came and now it’s Huawei’s turn to grab the attention. And shall we say, they have succeeded in that. We are talking about the announcement of Huawei’s flagship smartphones – P20 and P20 Pro. In this post you will get a close look at these smartphones, especially the P20 Pro because it has something really very unique.
Huawei (pronounced as “WAH-WAY”) has recently announced their next generation of P-Series flagship smartphones in Paris. Being a mid-budget smartphone company, they have really raised their standards with these devices. Their P10 was okaish kind of smartphone but then they dropped Mate-10 Pro and it got positive reviews. P20 has surpassed both of these. Now let’s talk about these phones.
P20s have notches like iPhone. Yes, get used to it. We are going to see more and more notches in upcoming phones (spoiler: Oneplus 6). You can also hide those notches via settings which essentially makes the whole notification bar black instead of transparent. Rounded body with front finger print sensor at the bottom which can also be used as a navigation by swiping and clicking on that button. They have also introduced extremely fast face unlocking along with fingerprint senor unlocking. The 1080 x 2244 pixels 6.1 inch AMOLED screen looks gorgeous with 81.3% of screen-to-body ratio.
Now let’s come to the rear side. The back panel has a glossy finish and are prone to fingerprints. 3 colors are available for each P20 and P20 Pro but P20 Pro is also available in a “Twilight” color that is a gradient and looks pretty dope. But this is not something that will make you go woah! That thing would be its TRIPLE CAMERA SETUP. You heard it right, there are 3 vertically aligned cameras in P20 Pro (not in P20)
Hardware and Software
The Phones incorporate Hisilicon kirin 970 octa-core chipset with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal (non-expandable) storage. The phone runs Huawei’s own EMUI 8.1 on top of Android Oreo 8.1. It comes packed with all the standard features viz. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11,GPS,NFC, IP67 dust and water resistance, Type-C USB (no headphone jack)and loudspeaker. P20 comes with 3400 mAh battery while the elder brother P20 Pro comes with a massive 4000 mAh battery; both support fast charging. Seems pretty good and solid in hardware area, now let’s jump to the highlight: THE TRIPLE CAMERAS.
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The primary camera setup consists of 3 cameras, aligned vertically on the top left corner of the phone which looks classy. Huawei has partnered with Leica optics to provide you one of the best lenses out there. On the top you get a 40 megapixel lens with f/1.8 aperture. Next you have a 20 megapixel f/1.6 aperture lens and lastly you will see an 8 megapixel f/2.4 camera. You get up to 5x optical zoom without compromising the quality of picture. And when 3 of them together click pictures, they look really neat. Really cool. It can capture 2160p and 1080p videos at 30 fps and super slo-mo 720p videos at 960 fps.
On the front, the secondary camera consists of 24 megapixel autofocus lens with f/2.0 aperture that can record 1080p videos at 30fps. Huawei uses AI heavily in its camera setup to auto-adjust the settings according to the subject, to tell you where to frame photos, for image stabilization etc.
Pricing and India
The phone is priced in the premium bucket with 649 euros for P20 (about Rs 52000) and 899 euros for P20 Pro (about Rs 72000). Phone is expected to be available from April and is coming soon to Indian market as shown in Huawei’s Indian campaign.