If you are looking to buy a new high-end phone should buy the Huawei P20 Pro. The fact it does look a lot like the iPhone X. Huawei must be taking some inspiration from Apple for their P20 phones to their Mate Book X Pro laptop.
The Huawei P20 Pro looks great and feels really nice to hold. It is one of the best-looking phones out there right now. If you’re not a fan of the notch, you can effectively get rid of it by adding a black bar which gives the phone a more symmetrical look. What does separate it from the iPhone X and some of its Android rivals is the fact that they’ve kept the home button on the bottom bezel. Keeping the home button which also doubles as a very fast fingerprint reader, we can actually get rid of the Android software keys which would normally be here taking up a fair bit of room on the screen. This because you can actually now do everything through the home button. You can swipe left or right to bring up recently used apps.
The fingerprint reader is one of the fastest but you could also use the face unlock which is surprisingly good too. You can actually use a combination of both.
The Huawei P20 Pro comes with a 6 inch OLED Green with a taller aspect ratio 18.7 by nine to be exact and has a full HD rather than a quad HD resolution. It’s not the sharpest screen out there but it will be hard to tell the difference. Its is lovely, bright colourful and has perfect contrast although it’s a bit of a shame it doesn’t support HDR like some of its rivals.
When in good light switch the camera tissue in the full 14 megapixel mode. Photos look great and even zooming in and they’re still super sharp and detailed. They don’t have some of the over sharpening you can find when shooting in 10 megapixel mode. When in low-light drop the camera back down to 10 megapixels then use a technique called pixel binning to combine four pixels into one for less noise then switch from auto to night mode. The four pixel exposure you get in night mode makes almost literal night and day difference. It’s insane.
Huawei P20 Pro’s AI stabilization means it’s not a shaky mess either something most other phones would be unless you had a tripo. Night mode also works quite well in the day giving you better dynamic range and a slightly sharper look. It also got a monochrome lens which not only gives a more interesting tone but it’s a lot more detailed compared to the main RGB lens. Unlike a color filter it doesn’t lose any quality.
The third telephoto lens gives you a three times optical zoom or a five times hybrid zoom which combines the obstacle with a bit of digital zoom. You can just open the camera and tap the shutter button and you will get a great picture and that’s where the new master AI feature comes in handy. It automatically selects the best shooting mode based on your setting, whether it’s blue skies, gras,s food portraits or close-ups. This makes it a great point and shoot but at the same time if you do try different modes and take some time to learn how to get the best pictures you’ll get even more out of it.
It’s great for photos but not so much for video. There’s no stabilization when you shoot at 4k but if you drop it down to Full HD which is the default mode then it’s super smooth. T.his won’t be a big deal for everyone but if video is important to you it might be best to look elsewhere. If you are into your selfies well the front camera is pretty good 24 megapixels. If you take photos from the front camera make sure you then swipe to photo mode rather than portrait mode which it defaults because the portrait mode it just smooths out your skin way too much.
Huawei P20 Pro packs in a massive 4000 milliamp hour cell which is the same size as Huawei Mate 10 Pro. It out lasts every other flagship phone and after a full day of using it will still have 43 or 45 percent of the battery remaining. It’s a proper 2 day battery phone. The super fast charger you get bundled with it gives you 80 percent charge in just 45 minutes. It doesn’t support wireless charging but that’s not a big deal.
Speaker quality isn’t great. You do get a stereo sound from the bottom speaker and the earpiece and the knotch it’s quite tinny and doesn’t sound nearly as good as the Galaxy S9 Plus or the Pixel 2 XL. There is no headphone jack and also one of the speaker grilles on the bottom doesn’t actually produce any sound.
The phone’s also very very slippery so definitely it is recommend putting a case on it. Google and a lot of Google services are banned or not available in China. Huawei just have their own calendar and gallery and health and fitness apps. All that comes on the home screen when you first start the phone which isn’t great but to be fair in takes a minute or so just to hide them all away in a folder.
The Huawei P20 Pro handles every app and game thrown at it. It is not cheap but it costs less than the iPhone X and the Samsung S9 Plus.
Key Specifications for Huawei P20 Pro
6.1 inch display
Android 8.1 Oreo Operating System
Quad-core 4×2.36 GHz Processor
No Memory Card Slot
128GB Internal Memory
4 GB RAM
40 MP + 20 MP + 8 MP Triple Rear Camera
24 MP Front Camera
Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery