Huawei P20 Review

By 11:26 Wed, 18 Aug 2021 Comments


A strange bird this Huawei P20 - a headliner without a spear. The omission of the triple capturing camera is baffling, but as long as you give it a chance, you may be surprised. And if you don't dwell on what didn't create the cut, you should be able to see the P20 for what it is - one dazzling flagship.

The signature Twilight hue is among the things the P20 duo will be remembered for. It's available on both devices if you are lucky enough to reside in a region which stocks it, but the similarities don't discontinue here. The notched classy screen is shared, as is the Kirin 970 chip which, even though is six-months-recent already, is still relevant.

Now, the elephant in the room - the dual-instead-of-triple capturing camera on the back. Yes, it's a step down from the more prominent P20 Pro but, fret not, this is not the same dual-camera we left on the Huawei P10 and Mate 10 Pro either. The 12MP color sensor is brand recent and has much bigger pixels and thus we can expect brighter low-light images and less noise.

The MasterAI is also a thing on the P20, improving the way we hold pictures by allowing for some previously impossible tripod-free long-shutter pictures. You can utilize lossless telephoto zoom, record 960fps slow-mo videos, but you can also switch to monochrome and hold some artsy shots downtown.

The 24MP selfie capturing camera stays the same on both P20 phones, too. It may lack autofocus but can do Face Unlock and shoot portraits with blurred backgrounds in line with the current trends.

Huawei P20 specs

  • Body: dual-glass with metal frame, 7.7mm thick
  • Screen: 5.8" LTPS IPS LCD, 1080 x 2240px resolution (429ppi);
  • Chipset: Kirin 970 chipset, octa-core processor (Cortex-A73 2.4Giga Hertz (GHz) + A53 1.8GHz), Mali-G72 MP12 GPU
  • Memory: 4GB RAM, 128GB storage
  • OS: Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.1;
  • Camera: 12MP f/1.8 OIS color + + 20MP f/1.6 monochrome; 4K video capture, 720@960fps slow-mo; Leica co-developed
  • Camera features: 1/2.3" 12MP sensor, 2x optical zoom, OIS + EIS, can change focus and lighting in photos after they are taken, Variable Aperture, Portrait Mode, shoots long-exposure without a tripod
  • Selfie cam: 24MP, f/2.0 Leica lens, Portrait Mode with live bokeh effects; 2D Face Unlock
  • Battery: 3,400mAh; Super Charge
  • Security: Fingerprint reader (front), 0.4 seconds response time
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM, Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2 + LE, NFC, Universal Serial Bus (USB) Type-C
  • Misc:IR blaster, single speaker

Seeing that Huawei didn't copy-paste its recent dual-camera but instead came up with some notable improvements is enough for us to let the company off the hook here. We can even forgive the switch to IPS Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) classy screen which some might consider a downgrade from Pro's OLED.

The crime we can't let slide is the failing to secure the P20 body against water. It's beyond us why Huawei made water-tight only the P20 Pro, but it's not honest and puts even more pressure on the P20. The IP53 rating is not the best excutilize for ditching the analog jack, and yet Huawei still opted for its retirement.

It's clear we are starting on the incorrect foot, so let's pop this Huawei P20 out of its box and hopefully we acquire on the correct one.

Unboxing the Huawei P20

Fancy is not what the Huawei P20's white cardboard box is. But the maker has an excellent track record for bundles and this one doesn't disappoint.

Inside that box, you'll find eye-catchy Huawei P20 packed with a 22.5W charging plug, an enhanced Universal Serial Bus (USB) Type-C cable compatible with Huawei's Super Charge, a pair of headphones, and a must-have 3.5mm-to-USB-C adapter.



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