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Huawei P20 and P20 Pro get listed on Geekbench

Huawei P20 Pro. (Source: Evan Blass)
Huawei P20 Pro. (Source: Evan Blass)
The upcoming Huawei P20 Pro has been spotted on Geekbench and has posted some good numbers albeit more or less in line with the scores posted by the P20. While benchmark numbers are not everything, the P20 and its Pro cousin fall inline with the 2017 Android flagships and will definitely be overshadowed by the 2018 ones from the likes of Samsung and Xiaomi et al.

Huawei's upcoming flagships are all set to be unveiled in a week — what better time for the handsets to feature on the Geekbench benchmarking site than now. There will be three variants of the P20 — the P20, P20 Lite, and the P20 Pro. We are now getting to see the first benchmarks of the P20 and P20 Pro and the scores are inline with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835-based flagships from 2017 such as the OnePlus 5 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

The Huawei P20 codenamed 'Emily' is listed on Geekbench as the Huawei EML-L29. The P20 runs Android 8.1 Oreo and comes with the in-house developed HiSilicon Kirin 970 running at a base clock of 1.84 GHz coupled to 4 GB RAM. The P20 scored 1878 in the single-core test and 6699 in the multi-core test. 

The P20 Pro codenamed 'Charlotte' makes an appearance on Geekbench under the Huawei CLT-L29 moniker. The P20 Pro posted similar scores to the P20 but due to extra headroom made possible by the 6 GB RAM onboard, the scores are a little higher at 1921 single and 6729 multi. These figures are reminiscent of what is to be expected of the Kirin 970, which is in turn in the league of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. For perspective, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 scored 1987 in single and 6784 in multi while the OnePlus 5 scored 1932 in single and 6604 in multi.

With 2018 flagships such as the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S and the Samsung Galaxy S9 launching with the Snapdragon 845, the Kirin 970 does seem a little behind in raw number crunching prowess but Huawei is betting high on the neural processing unit of its in-house chip to offer a tailor-made experience for the user.

The scores of both the smartphones are more or less even-steven and choosing between them boils down to camera preferences. While all cameras in the P20 lineup have been co-developed with Leica, the P20 Pro stands out with its triple-camera setup, with at least one of the cameras expected to feature a 40 MP sensor and 5X hybrid zoom. Either that, or as per earlier reports, we might see a combination of a 12 MP color camera, a 16 MP monochrome camera, and a 16 MP telephoto camera. In any case, it should not be too long before we find out.

Geekbench listing of the Huawei 'Emily' P20. (Source: Geekbench / Mobielkopen)
Geekbench listing of the Huawei 'Emily' P20. (Source: Geekbench / Mobielkopen)
Geekbench listing of the Huawei 'Charlotte' P20 Pro. (Source: Geekbench / Mobielkopen)
Geekbench listing of the Huawei 'Charlotte' P20 Pro. (Source: Geekbench / Mobielkopen)


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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2018-03-20 (Update: 2018-03-20)