Cameras have always been the major focus of Huawei and the Huawei P20 is no different.
Huawei P20 comes with a neural processing unit on a kirin chipset.
This combined with the camera system gives an AI-powered camera app which Huawei claims can help improve your photography with smart suggestions and automatic mode switching based on what the phone thinks you want to portray.
This, of course, doesn’t mean that you have no control over the cameras. All the phone does is to help you focus more and automatically optimize the camera settings for better lighting and quality on your images.
This is a detailed review of Huawei P20 and its features including camera quality, performance, processors and what I believe to be its greatest strengths and weaknesses.
Table of Contents
Huawei P20 comes with an impressive body design and an all-glass glossy body.
This appearance is nothing unique as it’s common to most smartphones in its price category.
The glass body shimmers when light falls on it; the body is a bit slippery and you’ll be better off with a case on it.
P20 features a massive 5.8-inch screen and a full HD display with a resolution of 1080 X 2240 pixels.
The screen is LCD, not OLED as found on most phones in the same category.
Processor and Performance
It features an octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 970 CPU with 4GB RAM.
The Kirin processor and a massive 4GB RAM combo is a good news to gaming fans as both make for a device that’s capable of handling intensive gaming. Also, the full HD display makes for a sharp display to balance the equation.
The smartphone is quite a strong device and pretty much handles the Android OS without any lags. Apps launch quickly and switching between apps is easy without any glitch or delay.
Huawei P20 is everything you need for smart photography. The phone combines two mega Leica cameras (12MP and 20MP) to act as the rear camera and a whopping 24MP Leica as the selfie camera.
This is expected to give you a smartphone with sharp cameras if you look at it from the hardware point of view.
However, it’s the software aspect that makes the phone even more interesting. The camera app is AI-powered and can actually interpret what you’re doing and will assist you to do it better.
For instance, if you aim at a puppy, the camera app will automatically switch the dog mode on and apply settings that will be better for snapping a moving or still dog.
Also, you don’t have to worry about shaky hands when taking pictures or making videos. If the phone detects “shakiness”, it only counts up to 4 seconds before taking pictures. But if held stable, it can count up to 18 seconds. This will help to prevent your pictures from blurry effects.
It packs a 128GB internal memory. There’s no slot for micro SD card; this shouldn’t be a problem as the phone already gives you more than enough space to play with.
The smartphone comes with a non-removable 3400mAh Li-Po battery which should be able to keep you going all day and night even with internet connection switched on.
Huawei P20 comes with 2G, 3G, and 4G connections and runs on Android 8.1 Oreo. It supports both fingerprint and face ID technology for optimized security against unwanted access.
Get it here: Huawei P20
Huawei P20 Specifications
|Operating System||Android 8.1 Oreo (EMUI 8.1)|
|SIM||Dual (Nano) SIM|
|Type||LTPS IPS LCD Capacitive Touchscreen (16 Million Colors)|
|Size||5.8 inches,18.7:9 Aspect Ratio (429 PPI)|
|Resolution||2240 x 1080 pixels|
|Dimension||149.1 x 70.8 x 7.7 mm|
|Colour||Midnight Blue, Pink Gold, Twilight, Black|
|Build||Front/Back Glass & Aluminum Frame, Dust and Splash Resistant|
|Network||3G, 4G LTE|
|WLAN||WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot|
|GPS||A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO|
|USB||v3.1, Type-C 1.0 Reversible Connector|
|Bluetooth||v4.2, A2DP, LE|
|Processor||2.4GHz & 1.8GHz Octa-Core, Hisilicon Kirin 970|
|Back||20MP + 12MP|
|Capacity||3400mAh Li-Po (Non-removable)|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Proximity, Compass, Gyro, Color Spectrum, Fingerprint (Front)|