Huawei P20 Pro Review – The Mid-Ranger That Thinks Its A Flagship

Damien McFerran

07/12/2018 – 1:19pm

Impressive energy for an extremely low worth


While Huawei is making the headlines for the entire mistaken causes these days, you’ll’t fault the corporate’s efforts within the smartphone enviornment with regards to natural effort. Not see you later in the past the title Huawei supposed not anything to western consumers, however now the company is one of the highest telephone makers in the world and its 2018 choices are so just right they are significantly difficult the likes of Apple, Samsung and LG.

The Huawei P20 Pro would possibly appear adore it’s enjoying 2nd mess around to the top-profile Huawei Mate 20 Pro, however it appears like a flagship telephone with none shadow of a doubt, and the truth that the corporate is able to placing out two such potent handsets presentations how a long way it has come. But is the P20 Pro in reality price a glance when its sibling – which boasts four cameras – is in the marketplace on the similar time? Let’s in finding out.

Huawei P20 Pro Review: Design & Display

One house the place Huawei has in reality stepped up its recreation this yr is design; the P20 Pro in reality is a stunner, with the shiny blue variant displaying a two-tone color scheme that adjustments earlier than your eyes as you progress the telephone. It seems to be significantly sleek, and the extra muted black variant is a little bit dissatisfied when compared. No subject which model you get, you’ll leisure confident that you are getting a good-looking telephone.

There are some distinctive design characteristics right here, too. This is one of the few flagship telephones in 2018 to have a fingerprint scanner at the entrance of the telephone, and it is an unusual sensation to mention the least – maximum Android telephones position the scanner at the again of the software, this means that you’ll’t free up them when they are mendacity face-up on a desk. You naturally should not have this drawback with the P20 Pro, however it does imply that the display screen does not moderately fill all the entrance of the software; there is a huge ‘chin’ on the backside the place the scanner is living.

This ends up in a telephone which seems to be a little bit lop-sided from the entrance; when you have an iPhone X-taste notch on the best of the show, the chin on the backside robs the P20 Pro of its ‘all-display screen’ attraction. To be truthful, you get used to this sooner than it’s possible you’ll be expecting, and we are not positive we would be any happier if Huawei had positioned the scanner at the again and given the telephone a bigger display screen.

Speaking of the notch, it is smaller than the one on Apple’s software, however it is packing so much much less cool stuff. There’s only a speaker and digicam, and no fancy three-D imaging array to facilitate protected face unlocking. The P20 Pro does characteristic a face free up characteristic – and it is lovely speedy and works neatly even in darkened environments – however it merely compares your face to a 2D symbol saved in reminiscence, so it’s not as correct or protected. We would not depend on it completely, despite the fact that this is a fast manner of unlocking the software.

The 1080 x 2240 AMOLED display screen is a bit of of an unusual dimension however delivers vibrant colors and deep blacks. We could not fault it, despite the fact that it isn’t the easiest answer panel on an Android telephone in 2018.

There’s no 3.5mm jack, and the telephone has IP67 certification. It additionally makes use of USB Type-C for charging.

Huawei P20 Pro Review: Performance

Raw processing energy is most likely the one house the place the P20 Pro feels lower than best-drawer. Unlike the Mate 20 Pro, which has the more recent Kirin 980 CPU, the P20 Pro is packing the older 970 chipset. What this implies (on paper, a minimum of) is this handset is fairly in the back of different 2018 flagships with regards to natural energy, however you need to word that it has a fairly decrease answer display screen than many different gadgets so it is pushing fewer pixels.

We put the P20 Pro via its paces with a variety of duties, apps and video games and not discovered ourselves dissatisfied via its efficiency. 6GB of RAM is helping stay issues transferring, and the telephone appears to be lovely just right at protecting apps in reminiscence right through busy classes.

Naturally, if you are prepared to have the perfect tech within your telephone then it’s possible you’ll wish to go for the Mate 20 Pro, however in actual-global phrases, we will’t believe maximum customers may also have the ability to inform there is a energy distinction between the two.

Huawei P20 Pro Review: Camera

When it involves images, Huawei is in reality pulling out the entire stops at this time. The Mate 20 Pro (sorry we stay citing that one) has four cameras, however the P20 Pro isn’t any slouch on this division both. While it best has three cameras at the again, the setup is highest for taking some superb pictures.

What we have now were given here’s a primary 40-megapixel snapper with a secondary monochrome 20-megapixel sensor which necessarily aids the principle digicam. This reduces symbol noise and principally ends up in higher pictures. The 3rd digicam gives x3 optical zoom. The promise of 40-megapixel pictures would possibly appear tantalising, however except you might be making plans on zooming in and cropping pictures you might be the usage of the usual 10-megapixel environment, which produces some unbelievable pictures. The entrance digicam is a 24-megapixel variant this is able to snapping nice selfies.

With a complete suite of capturing modes and a few good AI-primarily based features, the P20 Pro is a superb selection for cellular photographers. The icing at the cake is the superb evening mode, which competitors Google’s marketplace-main Pixel 3 with regards to taking pictures in dim environments. We’ve steadily voiced the opinion that telephones do not in reality want greater than one rear digicam, however Huawei tough means makes us rethink this stance; whilst it isn’t any higher than the Pixel 3 on this regard, the telephone makes use of this digicam setup in an clever manner, and we in reality like having x3 optical zoom.
Video choices also are spectacular; our favorite characteristic is tremendous-sluggish movement recording, which captures at 960fps (32x velocity), even though photos is restricted to 720p and finally ends up having a look moderately fuzzy, particularly if you are no longer capturing in first rate mild.

Huawei P20 Pro Review: Battery Life & Storage

With its whopping 4,000mAh battery, the P20 Pro has greater than sufficient stamina for many customers, and we have been persistently inspired via its skill to final a complete day with out gasping for air. Even after we followed a heavier-than-standard utilization trend – factoring in HD films, tune, three-D video games and the like – the telephone nonetheless had juice within the tank by the point we were given house.

Even if you end up in a pinch and want to best-up speedy, it isn’t a large factor because the P20 Pro has fast-charging that implies you’ll fill it up abruptly. It takes simply over an hour to completely rate the battery from 0, supplied you employ an appropriate energy provide. Sadly, wi-fi charging is not incorporated.

In phrases of garage, our evaluation unit got here with a roomy 128GB of house – that is the base quantity, which is moderately beneficiant while you believe that many telephones get started off with 64GB. A costlier 256GB variant could also be to be had, and this comes with 8GB of RAM as a substitute of the standard 6GB. Picking the correct amount of cupboard space is necessary since the P20 Pro lacks a MicroSD card slot.

Huawei P20 Pro Review: Verdict

While the Mate 20 Pro goes to be noticed as Huawei’s main software this yr, the P20 Pro has the entire makings of a flagship telephone at a value which will have to most likely be regarded as mid-vary. While it lacks wi-fi charging, runs a weaker processor and does not have the fondness four-camera setup noticed at the Mate 20 Pro, it is arguably a greater deal if you are desirous about spending £700 on a telephone. Thanks to an excellent design, punchy display screen, first rate stamina and improbable photographic setup, the P20 Pro is straightforward to suggest.

Thanks to Mobile Fun for supplying the Huawei P20 Pro used on this evaluation.