Our first impressions of Huawei’s new flagship smartphone, the P20 Pro

Huawei launched their highly anticipated new additions to the smartphone market with the introduction of the P20 and P20 Pro at a glitzy event in Paris this week. Details of the high-end devices were leaked online in recent months and most of the rumoured additions and spec details have turned out to be true.

We got our hands on the P20 Pro model and here’s our initial thoughts-

The P20 Pro is a sleek looking, superbly designed device. Unlike the previous P10 model, the P20 Pro has a curved glass back that seamlessly meshes with the metal frame and sits snugly in the hand. The 6.1” OLED display is vibrant and punchy. It has an iPhone X style notch (get over it) at the top, a fingerprint scanner underneath and limited bezels all around.

The USP of the P20 Pro is the revolutionary triple Leica camera set-up that includes a 24-megapixel selfie camera on the front and a 40-megapixel RGB, or colour, lens on the back. It also has a 20MP monochrome sensor and an 8MP telephoto sensor. All in all this is the most megapixels on any smartphone to date, and this is reflected in the quality of the photos it takes.

The AI stabilisation technology contained in the camera set up allow the user, any user, to take professional style images. It has a 5x hybrid zoom and the scene detection feature automatically chooses the “right” settings for your shot. Basically, it knows whether you’re taking a selfie, group photo or closeup of your dinner and adjusts accordingly. The photos I’ve taken so far have been outstanding. The colours pop, dynamic range is good and detail is fantastic.

Internally it comes with a Kirin 970 processor, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The battery has a whopping 4,000 milliamps and like other Huawei devices it contains their Super Charge fast-charging technology. Despite the big battery the device is only 7.8mm thick, an outstanding achievement in itself.

One slightly annoying feature of the P20 Pro is the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack. Huawei claim this is to keep the device waterproof. Although if you want to use wired headsets a dongle is included in the box. It’s available in black, gold, blue and a stunning Twilight option that changes colour depending on the light.

Early verdict:

You have to commend Huawei’s ambition with the P20 Pro. They are really sticking it to Apple and Samsung with this device and it’ll be interesting to see their response. This is an outstanding smartphone with a smooth, surprise free UI. The UX has been great so far too. It looks great, it feels great and I can’t wait to explore it further.

For more information on the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro visit Huawei.com/ie

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