It was just a few weeks ago that Chinese smartphones giant Huawei announced its latest flagship class handsets – the Huawei P20 and the Huawei P20 Pro. Three weeks since the international announcement, Huawei India has started sending out clear indications that they are going to launch both these handsets in India. For starters, the company has started sending out media invites for a product launch scheduled for later this month. From what is currently known, the Huawei P20 and the P20 Pro could be officially launched in India on April 24 – less than a week from today. Note that we are assuming that the invites are for both these handsets owing to the fact that the tagline of the invite and the tagline of the P20 and the P20 Pro are the same; “See Mooore”.
Let us now check out both these handsets in detail. We start off things by discussing the prospective prices.
Huawei P20, P20 Pro: Price in India
Since the official prices for India would only be announced on the day of the launch, we can currently only talk about the international prices. In Europe, the Huawei P20 will set you back by EUR 649 while the P20 Pro has a price tag of EUR 899. In Indian terms, these prices roughly translate to Rs. 52,000 for the P20 and a staggering Rs.72,000 for the P20 Pro. Note that this does not account for any customs and other duties. If these handsets are launched at such earth-shattering prices, the P20 and P20 Pro are treading into the territory occupied by Tier 1 players like Samsung, and Apple.
Huawei P20, P20 Pro: Design, display
The Huawei P20 gets a large 5.8-inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 2244 pixels. The handset uses a tall aspect ratio and uses an RGBW display that helps it achieve an incredible 770 nits of brightness. Huawei claims that this is 23 percent brighter than the iPhone X ‘s AMOLED panel. The brighter display, however, does not adversely affect the battery life, the company claims. As for the P20 Pro, this one gets a larger 6.1-inch panel with a resolution of 1080 x 2240 pixels. The company claims this display to have a 1:1,000,000 contrast ratio and a 105 percent colour gamut. The rest of the display specs remain the same.
Huawei P20, P20 Pro: Specifications, Features
Both these handsets share almost the same internals with a few upgrades to the P20 Pro. Both the handsets are powered by the Huawei’s own Kirin 970 SoC. This SoC houses an octa core processor that integrates four Cortex-A73 cores clocked at 2.36GHz and four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.8GHz. The Kirin 970 SoC also features a dedicated NPU (neural processing unit) that enhances the AI capabilities of the phone. Then there is support for Google ARCore. The Huawei P20 comes with 4GB of RAM while the P20 Pro gets 6GB of RAM. Storage capacity tops out at 128GB.
Both the handsets come with different water resistance ratings. While the P20 is IP53 rated for water and dust resistance, the P20 Pro has a higher IP67 rating. The smaller P20 gets a 3,400 mAh battery while the P20 Pro uses a large 4,000 mAh battery. Both the handsets support fast charging that can charge the phones from 0 to 58 percent in just 30 minutes.
Huawei P20, P20 Pro: Camera, imaging
Both the Huawei P20 and the P20 Pro have excellent imaging capabilities. At the rear, the P20 gets a 12-megapixel camera at the rear with 1.55-micron pixels and a secondary 20-megapixel dedicated monochrome sensor. At the front, the handset uses a 24.8-megapixel camera. The P20 is currently one of the highest rated camera phones on the DxOMark index.
The P20 Pro, on the other hand, uses a triple camera setup at the rear that consists of an 8-megapixel sensor with 3X optical zoom, a 40-megapixel RGB sensor and a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor. The P20 Po claims light sensitivity up to ISO 102400 – the same as the Canon 5D Mark IV.