Huawei calls it the “renaissance of smartphone photography” and presents the Huawei P20 Pro, the first smartphone with three lenses on the back. But do more lenses make for a better photo in practice?
Here we are in 2018, and Huawei launches the P20 Pro with a triple camera, one of which has an image sensor with 40 MP and Leica technology. Nowadays, a no-camera smartphone is an unthinkable thing. They are so ubiquitous that even the cheapest phones have them. I’m talking about this because it’s even in photography that the P20 Pro stands out from the competition.
This is the mobile equipment with the best camera I have ever seen. The quality of the photos in almost any situation is always high. Even with virtually no light, the camera of the P20 shines. I was able to take a picture in automatic mode the night of a car in progress and, if it was not for the dirt on the vehicle’s glass, it looked like it had been taken with the phone attached to a tripod after a few minutes of preparation.
Design & Processing!
The Huawei P20 Pro offers a rounded and symmetrical design. Not only the front but also on the back, Huawei opted for a glass surface. A real eye-catcher is the “Twilight” color scheme, which represents a gradient from blue to purple. In the sun, the back shimmers and impresses with chic reflections. The frame is made of shiny aluminum and completes the extravagant exterior.
On the front, the 6.1-inch OLED display with rounded corners and a small Notch at the top edge of the screen is noticeable. When the resolution Huawei has again opted for Full HD +, so that dissolves the display with 2,240 x 1,080 pixels, reaching 408 PPI. By the way, the notch can be switched off, so that the small area next to it is black and the display is a bit smaller.
Another striking feature is the front fingerprint scanner. While many manufacturers shift the sensor to the back because of smaller screen margins, Huawei relies on a sensor on the front – and still manages to create a design with rather thin “bezels.” What is missing is a jack plug. Although in-ear headphones with USB Type-C and an adapter are included, however, this feature will certainly be missed by many users. In addition to the finger, the user can also verify via “Face Unlock.”
The highlight of the Huawei P20 Pro is the new Leica camera on the back of the smartphone. Huawei installs three camera modules arranged one below the other. A dual LED flash can be used to lighten the subject in low light conditions. Besides, the Huawei P20 Pro IP67 is certified and can be used for 30 minutes in 1.5-meter deep water. The quality is flawless and leaves no cause for criticism.
Technology and Performance!
Inside there is a HiSilicon Kirin 970 octa-core processor, which we already know from the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. Thus, the dedicated NPU unit for AI features is also on board. Incidentally, the matching software features have been further developed, which is particularly noticeable in the camera. Furthermore, there are six gigabytes of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory on board. For sufficient runtime, the P20 Pro has a battery with 4,000 mAh, this is charged via the Huawei’s Quick Charge function.
The performance is convincing: The Kirin 970 already in the Huawei Mate 10 Pro for a high performance, which he also helps the Huawei P20 Pro. Although it shares the top ranking with the Samsung Galaxy S9 from time to time, the speed in everyday life is much more important. And here the smartphone with smooth operation and excellent gaming performance can score points.
When transmitting through the USB interface, you will notice that the supplied USB cable is not designed for maximum performance. We only get 25 MB / s in reading and 35 MB/s in writing. With a USB cable from Anker, on the other hand, we achieve whopping 201 MB/s in reading and 174 MB/s in writing.
In the operating system, Huawei relies on the latest Android 8.1 Oreo and inverts the in-house EMUI 8.1 user interface about it. Users often criticize the pre-installed bloatware, which has now been reduced to a minimum of apps. However, these apps can then be uninstalled by the user. The design of the surface is still very customizable, and the look can also be adapted to the own taste in the design shop.
The Huawei P20 Pro focuses on the Triple Camera, which was again developed in collaboration with Leica. Huawei has three lenses installed, and the strongest camera offers a whopping 40 megapixels. Add to that an 8-megapixel telephoto zoom lens with triple optical zoom and a 20-megapixel monochrome camera. The cameras can together use a fivefold hybrid zoom. Besides, Huawei uses the so-called LightFusion technology, which combines four pixels into a large pixel. As a result, images are indeed taken with 10 megapixels, but the camera can capture much more light and details.
In addition to the automatic mode, the user has a pro mode and modes for night, aperture, portrait and video available. Also, there is the super-slow-motion mode as well as the monochrome and panorama mode and many more modes. However, re-AI scene detection of the camera automatically eliminates many individual modes such as “food” or “animals.” The camera recognizes the objects and the scene and adjusts the camera settings accordingly.
The battery of the Huawei P20 Pro has a capacity of 4,000 mAh and is firmly installed. The smartphone thus offers a very considerable battery power for its size. Charging takes only 90 minutes thanks to the Huawei SuperCharge, and then the battery is recharged to 100 percent. Wireless charging does not support the smartphone.
In our experience, the battery lasts for at least a day. Power users, in particular, will be able to benefit from the large battery, but otherwise, the Huawei P20 Pro should last a good one and a half to two days.
The P20 Pro is a fully featured smartphone with many features and exciting features. It not only comes with powerful hardware, therefore, but the exterior can also score with a chic and very modern design. The back of glass is very reflective, but the color “Twilight” is even more spectacular. The smartphone has inspired me in the test with high-quality design, a massive battery and a raging processor with artificial intelligence. However, the highlight is undoubtedly the Leica Triple Camera: Freehand night shots compete with the professional DSLR and zoomed images look just great. And in portraits, the Huawei P20 Pro (almost) everything right. From me, there is a definite recommendation!