Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei released the Huawei P20 Pro last year. Huawei phones are becoming more popular because they perform well and they are more affordable in comparison to the other premium phones on the market.
The P20 Pro has some great things going for it, it has a huge battery, a triple camera setup located at the back of the phone and a host of other high-end specs that make it great.
Huawei P20 Pro Design:
The design of every Huawei phone has been improving with the release of every version and the P20 Pro is no exception.
This phone is made primarily of glass and metal, the frame of the phone is metal and the back panel is made of glass.
The P20 Pro comes in a few different colors, the pearl white version transitions to yellow, green, white, and blue depending on the angle that you’re looking at the phone.
The Morpio version transitions from blue to deep purple and black. The Twilight version transitions from purple to blue.
The fingerprint scanner has been moved from the back panel of the phone to the front of the phone. It’s now located directly below the display screen. The fingerprint scanner is also the home button.
The P20 Pro is one of the first Huawei phones to adopt a notch at the top of the display screen. Apple started this trend with the release of the iPhone X now other smartphones manufacturers are adopting it.
The bezels on this phone are small and the display screen has been improved. However, the fingerprint scanner is relatively close to the navigation buttons.
The USB-C slot is located in the typical position at the bottom of the phone. Located on either side of the USB-C slot you will find the speakers, they are hidden by a set of grilles.
The sound quality of these speakers are not bad, the speakers play relatively loud and clear. However, it becomes a bit distorted if you crank the volume all the way up.
The P20 Pro does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack, but it comes with a pair of Bluetooth headphones in the box.
This phone has an IP67 water resistance and dust resistance rating. The phone also comes with a screen protector on the screen, it’s up to you whether or not you would like to keep it on or take it off.
Huawei P20 Pro Display Screen:
The P20 Pro comes with a 6.1-inch Full HD+ FullView OLED display screen with an aspect ratio of 18.7:9 and a pixel density of 408ppi. This is very similar to many of the smartphones which were released in 2018.
The trend of tall display screens are in, this all started when LG released the LG G6 in 2017.
The notch at the top of the display screen is small, I don’t think it’s much of a problem. However, there are many smartphone users who dislike this.
If you dislike the notch, there’s an option in the settings that give you the ability to hide the notch. When you select this option, a small black bar appears at the top of the screen which makes the screen look like a notch-free screen.
This solution works very well if you dislike the notch. The resolution of the display screen is 2160 x 1080 pixels, the colors are rich and vibrant but it appears slightly oversaturated.
Nevertheless, you have the ability to adjust the color balance in the settings menu to suit your needs. The P20 Pro supports HDR10, this is the leading standard for high dynamic range visuals.
This phone also has the ability to stream HDR content for Netflix, the P20 Pro has an extremely wide color gamut.
Huawei did a great job on the display screen, it’s very bright when you turn it up to maximum brightness when you’re in direct sunlight. You will not have a problem seeing the display screen.
However, when you try to view the display screen from different angles, it tends to look a bit distorted.
Huawei P20 Pro Software:
The software and the overall design of the user interface (UI) have been drastically improved on the P20 Pro. This phone runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system, in conjunction with an improved version of EMUI.
The UI and the operating system has been refined, this has a direct impact on the overall performance of the phone.
When using multiple applications and switching from one application to the other it’s extremely fast and responsive.
Huawei has added a number of new features as well. The P20 Pro comes equipped with its own 2D facial recognition Authentication system.
This facial recognition system is extremely fast, but it’s not as secure as the 3D depth alternative that Apple offers on the iPhone X.
Other authentication features on the P20 Pro include the fingerprint scanner, the PIN and pattern unlock features.
Huawei P20 Pro Performance:
As I stated earlier, the P20 Pro is extremely fast and responsive. This is the direct result of the 6GB of RAM and the Kirin 970 SoC processor.
Whether you’re playing video games, watching videos, or multi-tasking and switching from one application to the other, this phone is fast.
Huawei P20 Pro Camera:
The camera setup on the P20 Pro is unique, this is the first smartphone in the world to feature a triple camera setup.
The first camera is a 40-megapixel Light Fusion RGB camera with an f/1.8 aperture. The second camera is a 20-megapixel monochrome camera with an f/1.6 aperture, and the third camera is an 8-megapixel telephoto camera with an f/2.4 aperture.
Each of these cameras have a specific purpose, Huawei says that the 8-megapixel telephoto camera is used for OIS (optical image stabilization) and the 20-megapixel and 40-megapixel cameras rely on the phone’s NPU (the neural processing unit).
This is part of the Kirin 970 operating system which was implemented to perform additional AI enhanced stabilization.
When you take photos with the P20 Pro, all three cameras work together to deliver a great high-quality photo.
The 40-megapixel camera is used for capturing rich colors, the 20-megapixel monochrome camera is used for capturing small details, texture, and depth for the bokeh effect when necessary. The 8-megapixel telephoto camera is used for zooming in.
Huawei has invested quite a bit of time and money into improving the AI engine which we saw for the first time on the Huawei P10.
Due to the improvements, the AI engine now offers frame-by-frame optimization in the default Auto shooting mode.
This can be used for a variety of different situations, including close-up shots, action shots, and night shots.
Whether taking photos with the primary camera in a well-lit setting or a darker setting the photo quality is good and the photos have lots of details.
The selfie camera located at the front of the phone is a 24-megapixel camera, this camera also does a good job when taking photos in different conditions.
Even though the photo quality is good, the images taken with this phone are a little over saturated.
When shooting super slo-mo videos, these cameras do not perform as well. When shooting super slo-mo videos, the videos are shot at a 0.2-second burst of slow-motion footage at 960 frames per second.
The video quality is poor, and the videos look extremely distorted. This is something that Huawei needs to improve.
Huawei P20 Pro Battery Life:
The P20 Pro comes equipped with a huge 4000mAh non-removable battery. The battery will last for two days of moderate use and the phone charges extremely fast due to Huawei’s Supercharge fast-charging feature.
The battery life is amazing, however, if you would like it to last a bit longer you can reduce the resolution of the display screen to 720p or limit the performance via the Power Saving Mode.
The P20 Pro does not have wireless charging capabilities, I’m not sure why Huawei didn’t implement this.
My Final Thought:
The Huawei P20 Pro is a sleek, attractive premium phone that performs very well. It’s fast, responsive, and it’s nicely designed and the triple camera setup is amazing.
If you’re looking for a great premium phone that performs well, you should consider getting the Huawei P20 Pro. This is one of the best phones of 2018.