All you need to know about the Huawei P20

Huawei may not be the first name you think of when talking about smartphones, but it’s China’s leading smartphone maker and the largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer in the world.

Huawei are also set to release its newest flagship phone, the Huawei P20. While it’s not been officially launched – that will happen on March 27 – there’s no question that the Huawei P20 will be with us very soon.

The company has already teased the P20, complete with name, ahead of its Paris launch event next week.

The Huawei P20 follows on from the Huawei P10 and Mate 10 pro which arrived towards the end of 2017.

Clockwise: Samsung Galaxy Note 8, iPhone 8 Plus, Huawei Mate 10 Pro

So, what new features can we expect to see?

Design: From the teaser, the Huawei P20 is likely to have a premium metal and glass design and will be in three variants: the Huawei P20, Huawei P20 Pro and Huawei P20 Lite. The P20 and P20 Pro are set to have front-facing fingerprint scanners, while the Lite will have its digit reader on the rear.

Screen: Big screens with slim-cut bezels are expected to feature on all handsets with an iPhone X-style notch around the front camera and sensors. The P20 screen is estimated at a 5.8-inch display.

Camera: The big talking point on the Huawei P20 is the camera. The P20 Pro is to have a triple-camera system with an 8-megapixel telephoto, a 20-megapixel black-and-white lens, and a main RGB (colour) lens that clocks in a massive 40 megapixels!

Specs: Huawei’s own Kirin 970 chipset is expected to run the show, with a rumored 8GB of RAM alongside it. The P20 and P20 Pro are also said to come with 128GB of storage as standard.

Other key features: AI is expected to play a major roll in the P20 handsets, with the launch invite referencing artificial intelligence built into the camera.

We’re unsure of pricing for the P20, but here are how some of their other phones range (pricing based on  storage). As it stands, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro is between £500-£530 (128GB), the Huawei P10 £329-£350 (64GB) and the Huawei Nova £200-£230 (32GB).

Compared to Apple, Huawei phones are significantly lower in price. However, Apple users say that Huawei devices lacks that aura of ‘cool’, and in some ways, it feels quite common compared to the current crop of Android flagships. It’s a little less flashy and a bit low-res on the large display, despite the given price point.

Its not just phones Huawei specialise in, PCs, tablets, wearables, smart home appliances and mobile broadband are other products they provide.

Huawei’s phones have become popular, thanks to designs with large displays and advanced camera functions. Still Apple doesn’t have much to worry about; Counterpoint says the iPhone 7 and 7 plus remain the world’s best-selling smartphones, while Oppo’s R11 and A57 claimed the third and fourth sport, respectively followed by Samsung’s Galaxy S8, Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 4X, and Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Plus. Surprisingly, despite overtaking Apple in global sales in 2017, none of Huawei’s phones appear on the Top 10 list.

 

Jasmine Amara

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