Review: Huawei P20 Pro

The new king of cameras

Huawei shoots wells, sweeping aside the competition.

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Huawei P20 Pro
We think
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.
Specifications

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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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.

 

Also in this test

Apple iPhone X

X-tremely impressive iPhone

Apple is back on the throne with the first iPhone in years that feels revolutionary.

Facial recognition that actually works. Brilliant display and excellent camera. Great to use without the home button.
Very pricey.

Asus Zenfone 5 (ZE620KL)

Top quality at low price

Asus delivers the most one could wish for at a very attractive price.

Approved facial recognition. Surprisingly good performance. Taking excellent pictures under most conditions.
The design is very similar to the iPhone. No wireless charging.

Nokia 8 Sirocco

Nokia is back in the fight again

Sirocco is awfully close to being a winner, but has been surpassed at the finish line.

Well built and feels luxurious. Excellent performance. Takes nice pictures under most conditions.
Not the latest processor. No optical image stabilisation.

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The best Galaxy yet

Samsung certainly increases the speed, without much trouble.

Best all-round mobile phone with Android at present. Outstanding camera and fast hardware.
Not the best battery. Facial recognition is slow and inaccurate.

Sony Xperia XZ2

A sleek sports car

With slimmer and softer lines along with great performance, XZ2 Xperias is a sports model.

Elegant, new rounded design. Smaller edges and larger display. A performance monster.
No headphone jack. Smooth back. Pictures taken in the dark are not in top of the class.

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