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One notch, three cameras make up the Huawei P20

by Justin Herrick | March 27, 2018March 27, 2018 1:30 pm PST

Huawei knows what you’re thinking. The P20 looks a lot like the iPhone X, which Apple introduced in the final months of last year. But the notch isn’t all you should see. There’s more to the phone than a little notch that stores a camera and some sensors. If you ask Huawei, the P20 actually blows the iPhone X out of the water. Here you’re getting a phone that can take professional-level photos through an effortless experience.

This series from one of the biggest smartphone brands cares a lot about photography, so there are two models to choose from. Huawei’s standard P20 ships with a dual-camera setup but then there’s the P20 Pro that adds a groundbreaking third camera to the mix.

From a design standpoint, the P20 does heavily resemble the latest iPhone. It’s a bit weird because Huawei’s a global brand and not a random, unknown name that can get away with this under the radar. The P20 has an edge-to-edge display, measuring 5.8 inches for the P20 and 6.1 inches for the P20 Pro.

While they may have similar sizes and resolutions (2240×1080), the P20 and P20 Pro boast different display technologies. The standard model gets an LCD panel while the P20 Pro has OLED. Notch for each, too.

Both models feature an in-house Kirin 970 processor, but the P2o Pro raises the P20’s memory from 4GB to 6GB. The amount of storage, though, remains at 128GB for them unless you opt for a Porsche Design flavor which doubles.

All of them also ship with Android 8.1 Oreo and Huawei’s own EMUI.

Huawei believes the P20 series can stand out by having exceptional cameras. You’ll see the P20 has a dual-camera setup with 12MP RGB lens and a 20MP monochrome lens. That type of approach has been done before, so the P20 Pro trades up for a 40MP lens. The monochrome lense stays unchanged but an 8MP telephoto lens joins.

As the rest of the industry’s been doing lately, Huawei pushes artificial intelligence as well. The P20 series can automatically identify hundreds of scenarios in over two dozen categories to pick the right mode for a shot.

On paper, the phones seem impressive. It’s just disappointing to see a massive Chinese company so blatantly copy Apple despite having the money to fund a unique design.

The P20 and P20 Pro aren’t going to be available in the United States, but you’ll find them in Europe and Asia this spring. You’ll be paying around $840 for the P20 and $1,115 for the P20 Pro. Huawei clearly isn’t messing around with those numbers. If you want to be like an iPhone, you have to cost like an iPhone. Something tells us the P20 won’t be as good as the iPhone X, though.


Justin Herrick

Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...

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