Well, stunning new design, solid software, and a snazzy AI-enhanced camera, Huawei P20 has nailed it and that too with a bang. On the similar lines of P10, Huawei rolled out its two flagship phone in Paris on 27 March 2018. One as P20 and other as P20 Pro. If we talk about P20, it is one of the best phones Huawei has launched since ages. From build quality to design to camera performance, this phone truly excels.
With the glossy colorful glass finish, Huawei P20 sits in a league of its own. 2244x1080 18.7:9 LCD display of P20 does lack the sharpness of OLED display fitted in the P20 Pro. If the company would not have done this partiality with the P20, the overall outcome of the screen could have been much better. Anyway, with this configuration also, viewing angles are excellent. While playing any HD video, one can experience the sheer vividness on the video display and that too on an LCD screen.
The smartphone packs a gorgeous glass-backed gradient design
In the chipset department, Huawei didn’t do much and brought the same processor as that in the mate 10 Pro. The new flagship device is powered by Kirin 970, some take it as the answer to the Snapdragon 845. According to Huawei, this processor holds a neural processing unit (NPU) which can assist in performing the AI feats more easily. Other than this, the phone comes packed with 4GB RAM and 28GB storage. Huawei P20 doesn’t offer an option for expanding storage, but it does have dual SIM as standard. The EMUI Android skin of P20 further assist in multitasking and the OS is well supported by Android Oreo 8.1.
With 12Mp and 20Mp lenses (Front and back camera respectively), the camera quality is just stupendous. Though P20 misses the OIS (Optical Image Stabilizer) feature, which is not expected in any flagship device. The camera stuffs a portrait mode, a monochrome sensor, and 2x optical zoom. This phenomenal combination makes it a perfect platform to click some flawless pictures. The best part hers is the shutter time, which is four seconds and makes an incredible difference while shooting in the dark.
The phone has missed the 3.5mm jack in favor of USB-C audio. To compensate for the loss, Huawei made sure to add USB-C headphones and 3.5mm headphone jack adapter in accessories. After all, many of the flagship phones are following the new trend.
The one thing Huawei did well is that it kept the fingerprint sensor on the front side of the phone. Many people prefer it at the front rather than guessing the exact spot at the rear panel. Also, it will save the back side of the phone from getting unnecessary finger smudges.
Huawei P20 looks quite handsome in the battery performance, as it comes with 3,400mAh battery pack which can easily go on for a day. However, the company claims looks a little exaggerated with two days back-up. You shouldn't be worried about the battery, even if it lasts a day because you have the option to plug-in the supercharger that will top-up your phone from 0 to 60% in 30 minutes. The only flaw here seems to be the missing wireless charging support, which could have been easily added to the glass back.
It's really stirring, how Huawei packed so many of features in such a compact phone. The price is undoubtedly tempting for such a top of the line phone and directly competes with OnePlus 5T in this department. Overall, the phone has excellent design, outstanding camera and is well priced in the market.
Where to buy: MSRP $325.00
Jack of all trades. Covering the journalism field, Vikram writes at MobileAppDaily and keeps surfing the trends to understand tech and inventions better. Don’t forget his driving skills, he is a professional car rallyist. Life has just got better. Breathe it!!
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