Huawei teased the unveiling of its newest smartphones last month, and now the company has gone ahead and officially unveiled two new devices. The HUAWEI P20 Series builds on the legacy of our collaboration with Leica. The Huawei P20 has a dual camera system, which isn't bad considering that most smartphones still use it. It has a resolution of 2,244 by 1,080 pixels, which gives you 429 pixels per inch (ppi) and keeps to the same 18.7:9 aspect ratio of the bigger P20 Pro. Each comes with different, colour-matched themes.
Internally, the P20 Pro features Huawei's HiSilicon Kirin 970 octa-core CPU, housing four ARM Cortex-A73 cores, and another four thriftier Cortex-A53 cores. In the real world, expect it to be fast, just not that fast. For those with more money than sense, you can spend nearly double the price of the P20 Pro-€1,695 ($2,100)-for an upgrade that boasts a six-inch 2880 x 1440 panel, 256GB of storage, an in-screen fingerprint reader, laser autofocus, and an absolutely massive "Porsche Design" logo on the front of the phone. They were unveiled at a special launch event today, held at the iconic Grand Palais in Paris.
As is becoming standard in flagship phones, the second camera (in Huawei's case the monochrome camera) is used for depth estimation. Both have 128GB of inbuilt storage.
Both these smartphones support six-axis stabilisation. And honestly, it's probably best for Huawei to just focus on those countries that have long stocked its phones - from the look of the FCC reports earlier this week, this situation is going to get worse long before it gets any better. Another new feature to the Huawei advanced camera system is 4D predictive focus, which will focus on moving objects efficiently and record crystal clear images of objects in motion.
For video, the Huawei P20 Pro earned a score of 98, again making it the top smartphone camera in that category as well.
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The P20 Pro launches April 6 for €899 ($1,116). It is also the first Huawei smartphone to enable quick wireless charging. There's also an Ultra Snapshot mode allowing users to capture a photo image in 0.3 seconds by double clicking the down volume button. The display is said to have a peak brightness of 770 nits, which Huawei says is 23 percent brighter than iPhone X. The white elements are also said to provide better power consumption.
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Breaking with the metal unibody past of the P series and moving toward a glass-backed style, the P20 is all rounded corners and smooth finishes on the front and back, with metal edging. It does offer face recognition, though, and it is IP53-rated for splash resistance. There is also AI-Assisted Composition, to help with things like alignment and framing.