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Huawei P20 Pro Hands-On, First Impressions




Huawei also has a new bigger and beefier smartphone in the name of the P20 Pro, and it sports not one, not two, but three rear cameras that aim to take photography to a whole new level. Here’s our first look at the device.

Similar to the P20, the P20 Pro exudes a new design that encompasses an all-glass surface at both the front and back and is great to hold with one hand despite the larger size.

The 6.1-inch display is what you’ll see at the front along with the 24-megapixel front camera, the call speaker grille, and a couple of sensors up in Huawei’s version of the notch. This can be easily hidden, thanks to a toggle you can find in the phone’s settings menu.

The left side of the device houses the hybrid dual-SIM card slot tray, while the right side has the volume rocker and the power/lock button. At the bottom of the device are the USB Type-C port and the loudspeaker.

Flip the device at its back and you’ll see a similar setup with the P20, this time with a three-camera setup composing of a 40-megapixel RGB, 20-megapixel monochrome, and 8-megapixel telephoto lenses with an accompanying LED flash module, and the Huawei wordmark placed all at the left side. The device, given its all-glass construction, is a fingerprint and smudge magnet but can easily be wiped off. At 180 grams, it may have that bit of heft but is still manageable to hold for longer periods of time.

One of the P20 Pro’s top features is its triple Leica rear camera setup, and we were able to prove it when we used it for a quick spin during the launch. The device was able to capture great low-light shots by filling in brightness in dimmed environments, and it automatically offered modes to use depending on subjects we aim with the help of the integrated AI. Here are some sample shots we took:

Huawei P20 Pro specs:
6.1-inch OLED FullView display @ 2240 x 1080 resolution, 408ppi
3D Glass
Hisilicon Kirin 970 octa-core processor
4 x ARM Cortex A73 2.36GHz + 4 x ARM Cortex A53 1.8GHz + i7 Co-processor
Mali G72-MP12 GPU
6GB RAM
128GB internal storage
40MP f/1.8 RGB sensor + 20MP f/1.6 monochrome sensor + 8MP f/2.4 telephoto lens triple Leica cameras w/ Huawei AIS, 5x Hybrid Zoom, AI Image Stabilization, LED flash
24MP front camera with AI beautification and 3D portrait lighting
4K and 960fps video recording
AR support
4G LTE Cat. 18 (1.2Gbps)
Single/Dual-SIM
GPS with GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
NFC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, DLNA
USB Type-C
Bluetooth 4.2
IP67 certified
Fingerprint scanner
Infrared Remote Control
Android 8.1 Oreo (EMUI 8.1)
4,000mAh battery with SuperCharge and AI battery management
155.0 mm x 73.9 mm x 7.8 mm
Approx. 180 g
Twilight and Pink Gold, Black, Midnight Blue

The Huawei P20 Pro is now available in key markets with an EUR899 price tag, or roughly Php58,000 when directly converted.



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2 Responses

  1. JAMES says:

    The left side of the device houses the hybrid dual-SIM card slot tray, while the right side has the volume rocker and the power/lock button. At the bottom of the device are the USB Type-C port and the loudspeaker.

    Hybrid Dual SIM card slot? or just dual sim slot?

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