Update | Huawei P20 and P20 Pro unveiled with DxOMark placing them in first and second position
UPDATE: Product specification pages now available and have been added as a table below. Added our own event photos.
After several months of increasingly frequent leaks, Huawei has now officially revealed the P20 and P20 Pro, successors to last year’s P10 and P10 Plus. The P-series had traditionally been Huawei’s consumer flagship, while the Mate-series covers the enthusiast market. However, this generation has less separation in specifications and price making the P-series look more like a complementary offering to the Mate range.
Many of the specifications were missing from today’s announcement with the focus being on the photography capabilities. As expected, the Kirin 970 SoC is at the heart of the P20 and P20 Pro, and both are running EMUI 8.1 — Huawei’s skin on top of Android 8.1 Oreo. The previously available Black and Midnight Blue color options are joined by the new Twilight and Pink Gold SKUs.
The P20 Pro has one of the most exciting innovations in camera technology from the last year, in the form of a triple lens/sensor arrangement. These are a 40 MP f/1.8 RGB sensor, 20 MP f/1.6 monochrome sensor, and 8 MP f/2.4 3x telephoto lens. In addition to the regular sensor interaction for detail improvement and depth sensing, the three also combine to provide a 5x hybrid zoom that should give a crisper image than digital zoom. ISO caps out at 102400, but there might be serious graininess or muddiness issues at this level. The P20 Pro is sitting at the top of the DxOMark chart with a combined score of 109.
The P20 has a more traditional dual-sensor setup. There is a 12 MP f/1.8 RGB sensor with large 1.55 μm pixels, and a 20 MP f/1.6 monochrome sensor which combine for additional detail and provide depth information for bokeh and portrait shots. The P20 is sitting in second place on the DxOMark charts with a score of 102, only beaten by its big brother.
Both the P20 and P20 Pro support 960 fps super slow motion, but there was no mention of resolution. It isn’t likely to have equaled the 960fps/1080p of the Sony XZ2, or Huawei would have stated this. In the absence of more information, we would guess 960fps at 720p based on the specifications of the phone. Both phones also feature a 24 MP front-facing camera for some very high-resolution selfies.
Huawei is using what they call their 'FullView Display' to achieve ultra-thin bezels for a 5.8-inch screen on the P20 and 6.1-inches for the P20 Pro. Our time viewing the P20 on the display floor has confirmed that there is a small notch on the top which houses the camera, earpiece, and sensors. We also noted that the finger print sensor was on the front, something that is becoming a rarity as bezels decrease and a welcome sign for fans of this position.
To avoid confusion, we have only included specifications from the official announcement here. A rundown of rumored and leaked information is available in this article showing photos of price tickets from Saturn, the German/EU electronics retailer, showing apparent specifications and European pricing.
|Huawei P20 Pro||Huawei P20|
|SoC||Kirin 970 4 x Cortex A73 2.36 GHz + 4 x Cortex A53 1.8 GHz||Kirin 970 4 x Cortex A73 2.36 GHz + 4 x Cortex A53 1.8 GHz|
|RAM + Stoarge||6 GB + 128 GB||4 GB + 128 GB|
|Camera||40 MP f/1.8 RGB + 20 MP f/1.6 mono + 8 MP f/2.4 3x telephoto||12 MP f/1.8 1.55 μm RGB + 20 MP f/1.6|
|Screen||6.1-inch OLED 2240 x 1080||5.8-inch LCD 2244 x 1080|
|Battery||4000 mAh||3400 mAh|
|Dimensions||155 x 74 x 7.8 mm (6.10 x 2.91 x 0.31 inches)||149 x 71 x 7.7 mm (5.87 x 2.79 x 0.30 inches)|
|Release||6 April 2018||27 March 2018|
|Price||899 Euro (US$1114)||649 Euro (US$804)|
Note: US$ prices are a direct conversion of the European pricing, which include tax.