The fingerprint sensor is now at the front, unlike the previous Huawei P10 series. The body (styled by Porsche Design) is built of metal and glass and comes in the traditional black, but also a Red option, which is unfortunately exclusive to China.
The biggest highlight of the new P20 Pro is, of course, the endless stream of Leica-branded lenses on the rear.
There's already plenty of smartphones on the market that include dual-lens camera systems but Huawei is upping the ante with its P20 Pro getting three rear snappers. It uses the dedicated neural processing unit in Huawei'sKirin 970 chip to better understand the scene being taken, and adjusts the camera settings to produce the best image. The SoC is mated to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of local storage.
But the Huawei P20 Pro has an AI image stabilisation feature that lets you take handheld night shots. The phone has a 5.8-inch Full HD+ (2240×1080) IPS display with an 18.7:9 aspect ratio, a PenTile RGBW matrix, and 429 PPI.
Following its latest launch of the Mate 10 series, Huawei has just launched a new flagship series called the P20 that promises unprecedented AI capabilities and an outstandingly intelligent camera.
The notch at the top of the screen houses a 24-megapixel selfie camera.
If you're after the Huawei P20 Pro, this starts at £79 upfront and £43 per month with 4GB data and AYCE minutes and texts. It has PDAF, laser autofocus, contrast autofocus, and depth detection autofocus. "It features a 12MP 1/2/3" RGB sensor coupled with a 20MP 1/2/78" Monochrome sensor. This camera setup features AI Image Stabilization and can also record slow-motion videos at a whopping 960 frames/second. The Huawei P20 Pro and the standard P20 are now the official smartphones with highest DxOMark rating. What could be an issue is that it employs different panel technology to the P20 Pro. It will be available in black, blue, pink, twilight, with the latter two colours being stylish gradients rather than solid colours. It costs €679 in Europe. There's also the possibility of Lite and Pro models, too. The differences between the phones are pronounced when it comes to the display.
Elsewhere, you'll find a 6.1-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2,240 x 1,080 pixels that's powered by Huawei's own Kirin 970 octa-core processor (four Cortex-A73 cores at 2.36GHz and four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.8GHz). It's a solid, well-designed Android phone with a shiny design, an iPhone X-like notch and some extravagant features, such as not one, not two but three cameras on the back of the P20 Pro. The main RGB camera is an outrageously large 40MP, 1/1.78-inch sensor with an f/1.8 aperture. These are combined to offer 40 megapixels of resolution, unheard of for a smartphone, and a 5x optical zoom lens. There is also a 20MP monochrome camera with a f/1.6 aperture. There's a color temperature sensor that helps in a better color reproduction. There's no headphone jack, but, the phone comes with an LDAC for higher-bitrate Bluetooth audio streaming.