Review: Huawei P20 Pro

The new king of cameras

Huawei shoots wells, sweeping aside the competition.

Huawei P20 Pro

Our verdict

The absolute best camera on a phone to date. Super fast facial recognition, very good battery, hug and beautiful display.
No SD card slot. Greasy and slippery back. No wireless charging.
Operating system: Android 8.1

Screen: 6.1” AMOLED 1080 x 2240 (408 ppi)

Processor: 2.4/1.8 GHz octacore Kirin 970

Memory: 6 GB / 128 GB storage

Camera: 40 Mp F1.8 / 20 Mp F1.6 / 8 Mp F2.4 + 24 Mp F2,0

Wireless: 4G LTE, Wifi ac, BT 4.2, NFC

Dimensions/Weight: 155 x 74 x 7.8 mm/180 grams

Battery: 4000 mAh, USB-C

Website: huawei.com

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Price: £ 8500

Like iPhone X, P20 Pro has gotten a notch at the top of the screen, which among other things houses the selfie camera. It can be hidden via software. The fingerprint reader is placed at the bottom of the screen. It will annoy some and delight others. However, it is largely unnecessary, since Huawei like Apple and Samsung, have introduced facial recognition. It is super fast. An important disclaimer must be mentioned. The camera can be deceived into unlocking by using a picture. That’s not good. Another thing that is a bit silly is the back. The mobile phone is incredibly nice, and the new Twilight colour stands out especially. However, it is very smooth. My test specimens skated around on all surfaces, and quickly got some ugly scratches as well as a lot of greasy fingerprints.

Camera

When we look more closely at the camera, the slightly aging processor can easily be forgiven. There is a meaning behind this madness, and P20 Pro with its three lenses takes the best pictures we have seen from a smartphone at present. It can be put in simple terms. They are sharp, detailed and vibrant.

 

Why settle for two cameras when you can have three?

 

In particular, the phone’s ability to capture light is impressive. Due to the size of the lenses, smartphones have traditionally had difficulties in taking pictures in low-light conditions. Both Apple and Samsung have made great strides with their latest top models but Huawei beats both with P20 Pro. It is absolutely insane how well P20 Pro takes pictures when darkness descends. One wonders how it is able to capture nuances that one cannot even be seen with the naked eye. This thanks to the new night-mode, where you have to keep the camera still for four seconds while it sucks the sparse light to itself.

Another nifty thing is the phone’s ability to zoom in. One gets 3x optical zoom, 5x hybrid zoom and up to 10x digital zoom. One is therefore able to get close to things that are far away, just as we know it from large, traditional cameras. One could fear that the pictures would then be ugly and grainy, but Huawei P20 Pro positively surprises once again. For the most part, the images retain sharpness and detail, as long as your hand doesn’t shake too much. We are deeply impressed!

(Photo: Manufacturer)

Conclusion

With its triple optics, Huawei P20 Pro has achieved, for now, something truly unique, and has simply put the best mobile phone camera on the market! The three lenses allow you to get perfectly close to the subject with up to 10x zoom, and captures so much light that you can also take pictures in the evening and at night. The fact that this phone at the same time looks nice, has a good display, an outstanding battery and at a fair price, makes it even more attractive. The few criticisms drown in praise, and we send P20 Pro our warmest recommendations.

 

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