With the P20 Pro, Huawei brings professional photography into the everyday

March 28, 2018

The hashtag SeeMooore. And those three circles in the invite. Turns out the hype surrounding the Huawei P20 was fully justified.

In Paris today, Huawei announced the P20 and the P20 Pro. And with the P20 Pro, Huawei could well have the most complex phone camera we’ve ever seen.

The Huawei P20 may be the follow-up to the 2017 Huawei P10, Yet, for all purposes, this is a whole level altogether. And as CEO Richard Yu reiterated repeatedly during his presentation, the P20 is a device designed for professional photography.

What innovations does Huawei bring to the table? The headline feature here is the triple lens camera, which is exclusive to the Pro model. It packs in a RGB, monochrome, and telephoto sensor to improve the smartphone’s image taking versatility. The innovative system combines a telephoto lens, colour (RGB) sensor, and a monochrome sensor. All sensors combined, the P20 Pro has a massive 92-megapixels. Breaking that down, it’s 24MP for the front-facing camera, 8MP for the telephoto, 40MP for the RGB, and 20MP for the monochrome. The telephoto lens has optical image stabilisation (OIS), but the other lenses uses Huawei’s new AIS “Artificial Intelligence Stabilisation”.

The Huawei P20 will arrive with a notched 5.8” front panel that sports a resolution of 2240 x 1080 pixels. The chipset, unsurprisingly, is Kirin 970 with its CPU clocked at 2.36 GHz. There is 4 GB RAM and 128 GB storage, along with a 3,340 mAh capacity battery with quick top-ups via Huawei’s SuperCharge technology.

The headlining P20 Pro comes with a 6.1-inch Full HD+ OLED panel, a 4,000mAh battery and 6GB of RAM plus 128GB of expandable storage.

Both the devices will have dual-SIM variants and include an IR blaster. No wireless charging, though. The latest version of Huawei’s EMUI, built atop Android 8.1 Oreo, comes preloaded on the company’s new phones.

Prices for Europe have been announced at €649 for a 4GB + 128 GB P20 and €899 for a 6GB + 128 GB P20 Pro.

Availability for the Middle East is yet to be announced.

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2020 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2018, CES 2017, 2016 and 2015. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at: editor@t3me.com.