Last night, HUAWEI unveiled their new devices in Paris and premiering for the first time to the world, the P20 and P20 Pro. This is their flagship for the year 2018, and will be focussing heavily on smartphone photography, as they have done with their previous devices within the P series.
The P20 sports a 5.8-inch RGBW LCD display, while the P20 Pro will be topped with a 6.1-inch OLED screen. The devices also feature a glass design for both the front and the back of the device with seamless transition between body and glass.
On the specs of the device, both the P20 and P20 Pro will be equipped with a Kirin 970 processor, one that heavily focusses on AI capabilities. Therefore, you will be seeing a lot of AI integration with these devices. The P20 sports a 4GB of RAM with 128GB of internal storage, and powered with a 3,400 mAh battery. As for the P20 Pro, it is equipped with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, but will be powered with a larger capacity battery of 4,000 mAh battery. As one would expect, with massive batteries comes massive phones. Fear not, as HUAWEI has thought of that as well. The P20 measures only 7.62 mm thick, while the P20 Pro is only 7.8 mm thick. For a device fit for 2018, it comes with fast charge capabilities, but sadly, HUAWEI has decided to omit wireless charging. The P20 is IP53 rated, so it will be able to withstand sweat, tears and rain, but the P20 Pro will be safer to use in watery conditions as it is IP67 rated.
Onto the star of the show, the camera on these devices. The P20 is first up, with a dual rear camera setup of a 12-megapixel RGB + 20-megapixel Mono sensors. You can also spot a 24-megapixel front camera on this device. As for the P20 Pro, it features the world’s first triple Leica camera setup of a 20-megapixel Mono lens, an 8-megapixel telephoto lens, and a 40-megapixel RGB lens. A 24-megapixel front camera can also be seen on this device, knocking all other competitors out of the park with this behemoth. The P20 Pro is capable of taking amazing shots with dynamic illumination for portrait pictures. This means that you can alter the directional lighting on your portrait shots after taking them. You can also reach up to 512000 ISO on the P20 Pro, and it is also equipped with 5x hybrid zoom capabilities.
One of the newest technologies added to these devices are with 4D Predictive Focus. As its names suggests, when taking a picture and selecting a subject, the AI will predict the movement of your subject and try to keep your subject in focus.
Utilising the Master AI function when taking pictures will also give you the best settings. Simply choose your scene, be it scenery or macro, and the AI will automatically choose the best settings for you. Now, you don’t have to be a master photographer to be able to take amazing shots. When shooting videos, AI Stabilisation will assist you in keeping your shot stabilised. HUAWEI has also mentioned there won’t be Optical Image Stabilisation or Electronic Image Stabilisation on these devices, as they will be utilising AIS to its fullest.
Now that’s said and done, the P20 is currently priced at €649 (approx. RM3,110) and the P20 Pro is priced at €899 (approx. RM4,308). Both devices are now available globally, but we will have to wait for the official announcement from HUAWEI on the 3rd of April in regards to local availability.
As for colour options, both devices will come in colour variants of Black, Midnight Blue and two new colour options of Pink Gold and Twilight. Twilight is definitely the colour of choice, as it will showcase a different colour depending on the reflection of light as it hits the back of the device, quite similar to the ones that we’ve seen with HTC 11, but with more focus on purple.