Huawei, China’s leading smartphone maker, has launched the P20 Pro smartphone at its event in Paris, France on Tuesday.
According to a report from The Verge, the P20 Pro is the premium offering in the P20 series and sports a triple rear camera setup, the first-ever such setup seen on a smartphone. Not breaking from 2018’s tradition, the smartphones sport a full-screen display with a notch, are powered by the company’s flagship Kirin 970 chipset, feature a stunning gradient colour scheme, and have a Leica powered-triple/dual rear camera setup with AI capabilities.
The P20 Pro has a huge 6.1-inch 18:9 aspect ratio OLED display, but thanks to its almost bezel-less design it doesn’t feel like a phone with that large a screen. The display is Full HD+, so it doesn’t look as stunning as the iPhone X display, for example, but it’s still quite impressive.
The regular Huawei P20 offers a dual 20MP and 12MP RGB setup, while the P20 Pro boasts a huge 40MP f/1.6 to f/2.4 aperture lens, bolstered by a 20MP monochrome lens, and the third, an 8MP telephoto lens, giving an effective 5x hybrid optical zoom. It also features a 24MP selfie camera.
Both devices are powered by Huawei’s Kirin 970 processor, have 128GB of storage and a 2,240 x 1,080 pixel resolution display. The P20 Pro has 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a 4,000 mAh battery, and IP67 water and dust resistance. The P20 is only splash resistant (up to IP53 specs); it has 4GB of RAM, and a 3,400 mAh battery. The smartphones also sport a face unlock feature (2D-based that unlocks in 0.5 seconds).
Pricing and release details haven’t been announced yet. Considering their specs, though, one can probably expect the phones to be pricey.
Overall, the Huawei P20 Pro looks to be a significant upgrade on what came before it, with genuinely useful camera innovations, a top-end design, and a significant upgrade to the internals thrown in for good measure.