P20 Pro is more than just a flagship phone

Huawei’s flagship for 2018 is the P20 Pro. It is the highest-rated camera smartphone as per DxO Mark. But does it also have the power to outgun its rivals?

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Huawei is one of the biggest smartphones makers in the world. However, it is also a technological powerhouse. Why mention those two facts? Huawei, despite having massive resources at its disposal, has not been much popular in the premium smartphone segment. The good thing is the company has not pulled out of this segment. As a result, 2018 marks the first year when the company has a genuine chance at claiming a share in a segment ruled by the likes of Galaxy S9 and iPhone X. Leading its efforts is the P20 Pro. This phone is essentially a P20 turned up to 11. Talking about premium smartphones, this phone does cost a pretty penny (Rs 64,999, to be exact). What does a user get for parting from this much cash?

Specifications Huawei P20 Pro
Price Rs 64,999
Processor 2.36GHz octa-core Kirin 970 with i7 co-processor
RAM 6GB
Display FullView OLED, 6.1-inch, Full HD+ (2240x1080p) resolution
Internal Storage 128GB
Operating System Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.1 skin
Rear Camera 40-megaixel RGB + 20-megapixel monochrome + 8-megapixel telephoto
Front Camera 24-megapixel
Battery 4000mAh with fast charging
Dimensions 155mm x 73.9mm x 7.8mm
NFC Yes
Fingerprint Scanner Front-mounted
Water/Dust resistance IP67-certified

What’s new about the Huawei P20 Pro? 

The discussion regarding Huawei P20 Pro has to start with its rear camera. Why? With a score of 109, it is the highest-rated smartphone (camera-wise) by DxO Mark. Its Leica triple-camera setup consists of an 8-megapixel telephoto lens, a 40-megapixel RGB lens, and a 20-megapixel monochrome lens. The rear camera has 5x hybrid zoom. The AI Image Stabilization (AIS) helps a user click some amazing photos with this phone. A Night Mode helps the P20 Pro click clear photos in low-light conditions.

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The triple-camera also gets hybrid auto focus (laser, depth, contrast, and phase detect) support. Using AI, the camera can pick one of 19 different modes to deliver the best photographic results. In terms of video, the triple rear camera setup can shoot super slo-mo videos at 960fps. However, the Huawei P20 Pro’s rear camera setup is not its only party trick. A front-mounted (behind the notch) 24.8-megapixel camera is capable of some brilliant shots too.

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Coming to the phone itself, it is made out of glass and metal. Available in only one colour (which looks amazing) – Midnight Blue, this phone sports IP67 water/dust resistance rating. The metal side rails on the Huawei P20 Pro are not thin and should aid its ergonomics. Glass panels on both front and back curve into the metal rails, however they do not aid this phone in the toughness department as they don’t curve under the rails. The slight camera bumps on the rear do not stick out enough to be irksome.

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The worst angle on the phone is the front as it gets a small notch and an eyesore of a fingerprint reader on the chin of the phone. The top and left sides of the phone are clean with no ports/buttons. On the right side, there are power and volume buttons. The bottom sports speaker grilles which flank the USB Type-C port in the middle. The 3.5mm headphone jack has been given a miss here.

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The Huawei P20 Pro sports a 2.36GHz octa-core Kirin 970 chip with i7 co-processor under all that glass and metal. This is accompanied by 6GB RAM. The P20 Pro gets 128GB internal storage space but it cannot be increased further. Up front is an OLED FullView display measuring 6.1 inches (diagonally) with Full HD+ (2240x1080p) resolution.

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The phone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo skinned with Huawei’s proprietary EMUI 8.0 skin. Connectivity features on the phone include dual-SIM, NFC, GPS/A-GPS/GLONASS/BeiDou, USB Type-C, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi. The Huawei P20 Pro is powered by a massive 4000mAh battery that gets fast charging support. It measures 155mm in length, 73.9mm in width, and 7.8mm in height.

Is the Huawei P20 Pro worth consideration?

If you can fathom the price it asks for, the Huawei P20 Pro is definitely worth considering. There are a few reasons for that. Its triple-camera setup is going to be reason enough for many to just buy it. The phone has facial recognition and a fingerprint scanner for securing itself. Users can opt for either option.

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Moreover, while it is an eyesore, the fingerprint scanner doubles up as the Home button (functionally sound, you say?). Plus, the Midnight Blue colour makes this phone stand out from almost every phone out there, making the phone feel premium and expensive. For those lamenting the absence of a 3.5mm headphone jack, there is a USB-to-3.5mm adapter as well.

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Moreover, it is now easy to stream great quality music over Bluetooth* as well. There is a big 4000mAh battery that will likely power the phone through a day-and-a-half’s worth of usage. Lastly, in case one does not like that notch, it can be hidden altogether. All in all, for the same money assay, a Galaxy S9+, this phone offers almost everything that phone offers with a little extra. That at least makes it worth consideration.

Huawei P20 Pro India – Synopsis

  • Priced at Rs 64,999
  • Sports an octa-core Kirin 970 processor with i7 co-processor and 6GB RAM
  • Gets 128GB inbuilt storage but no microSD card slot for expansion
  • FullView display is OLED type with Full HD+ (2240x1080p) resolution
  • Leica triple rear camera makes this the highest-ranked phone in DxO Mark’s standings
  • 20-megapixel monochrome + 40-megapixel RGB + 8-megapixel telephoto lenses make up the rear camera setup, 5x hybrid zoom also present
  • Rear camera aids include AIS, hybrid autofocus and 19 shooting modes
  • Front camera is a 24-megapixel unit
  • No 3.5mm headphone jack, gets a USB-to-3.5mm adapter
  • Fingerprint scanner sits under the display, acts as a Home button as well
  • Runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with Huawei EMUI 8 skin on top
  • Massive 4000mAh battery gets fast charging support
  • IP67-certified for water/dust resistance
  • Midnight Black the only colour option available

 

* Thanks to guys at Headphone Zone for a wonderful story

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