|Operating System||Android v8.1 (Oreo)|
|SIM Slot(s)||Dual SIM, GSM+GSM, Dual VoLTE|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Nano|
|Network||4G: Available (supports Indian bands)|
|Colours||Midnight Blue, Graphite Black|
|Screen Size||6.1 inches (15.49 cm)|
|Screen Resolution||1080 x 2240 pixels|
|Pixel Density||408 ppi|
|Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)||81.76 %|
|Chipset||HiSilicon Kirin 970|
|Processor||Octa core (2.36 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A73 + 1.8 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A53)|
|Internal Memory||128 GB|
|User Available Storage||Up to 115 GB|
|Resolution||24 MP Front Camera|
|Optical Image Stabilisation||yes|
|Image Resolution||7360 x 4912 Pixels|
|Settings||Exposure compensation, ISO control|
|Shooting Modes||Continuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)|
|Camera Features||Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus|
|Network & Connectivity|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano|
|Network Support||4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G|
|Wi-Fi Features||Mobile Hotspot|
|USB Connectivity||Mass storage device, USB charging|
|Audio Jack||USB Type-C|
|Audio Features||Dolby Atmos|
|Fingerprint Sensor Position||Front|
|Other Sensors||Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope|
The Huawei P20 Pro is a gorgeous looking smartphone. It is also a beast inside. The build quality is stunning, bezel-less display looks great, the interface is smooth and the overall performance is superb. The triple camera setup at the back is awesome while the front camera is good too. We also get a good battery life. It is also water and dust resistant (IP67 certified). However, Quad HD resolution is missing along with microSD card slot. So if you want to purchase a stylish flagship smartphone that is also a beast inside, then go for the Huawei P20 Pro. In case you would like to check out the competition, then take a look at the Samsung Galaxy S9+, iPhone 8 Plus and Google Pixel 2 XL.
Huawei is currently establishing itself in the Indian market to gain a sizeable market share. The company has done a good job in the budget and mid-ranged segment so far with their 'Honor' smartphone lineup. However, they are also pushing the boundary in the flagship segment and thus the brand had launched the Huawei P20 Pro in India in April 2018. It is the first ever flagship smartphone to house triple lens at the back. Other hardware specifications are top-notch and the phone also comes with a tiny notch at the top. So let us find out in our Huawei P20 Pro review if it can compete with the likes of iPhone X, Galaxy S9+ and others. However, do read the specifications of the smartphone below.
The Huawei P20 Pro is powered by a Kirin 970 octa-core processor, that comes with 6GB RAM along with 128GB internal memory (non-expandable). The phone sports a 6.1-inch Full HD+ bezel-less display and runs on Emotion UI 8.1 based on Android 8.1 Oreo OS out of the box. In the camera department, there are three cameras (40 megapixel + 20 megapixel + 8 megapixel) at the back along with a 24 megapixel selfie camera at the front. A fingerprint sensor is located on the front below the display. There is Dual SIM connectivity along with 4G VoLTE support. Others include 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 LE and GPS/GLONASS. In the sensor section, we get an accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope, ambient light and proximity sensor. Under the hood, there is a 4000mAh non-removable battery with fast charging support.
The Huawei P20 Pro has a stunning design that gets complimented with a gorgeous glass back. The back color changes due to reflection of glass and it looks awesome. The phone looks ultra-premium in Midnight Blue color. It is made up of glass and aluminium. The bezel-less smartphone that comes with a notch also has a fingerprint sensor below the display located on the small chin. The build quality is outstanding and the glass and aluminium body feels very solid in hands. We get a large-sized display but due to its edge-to-edge design the phone feels quite compact. However, the phone is on the taller side and hence you have to use both your hands in order to smoothly use the phone. The phone is quite slim (7.8mm) but the weight (180 grams) is also on the higher side. The curved edges provide a good grip and the glass back has a glossy mirror-like finish. It is very prone to fingerprints but it looks stunning when it is kept clean.
Starting with the front side, we get a 6.1-inch display panel along with a selfie camera, earpiece along with couple of sensors inside the notch. There are on-screen navigation buttons and hence we do not get capacitive buttons. Although we get a fingerprint sensor below the display that is located on the chin. The volume rocker and power/lock buttons are located on the right side, while the left side houses the slot for SIM cards. The USB Type-C port, primary microphone and loudspeaker are located at the bottom while the top houses the secondary microphone. Moving on to the back, we get triple rear cameras along with the LED flash on the top left followed by the LEICA branding. The Huawei branding is placed near the bottom left of the phone. The back cover is non-removable as it is made up of glass but a 4000mAh battery (non-removable) sits underneath. Overall, the Huawei P20 Pro packs stunning hardware inside a gorgeous body.
The Huawei P20 Pro rocks a 6.1-inch bezel-less full-screen OLED display with a resolution of 2240 x 1080 pixels (Full HD+). It is a big display and it comes with a tiny notch at the top. It comes with a OLED panel which is certainly better than LED but it has Full HD+ resolution instead of Quad HD+ resolution. Since most Android flagship smartphones come with Quad HD displays, the P20 Pro loses out in that area. The edge-to-edge panel looks breathtaking, even when the screen remains off. It is vivid, crisp and very bright. The viewing angles are good and sunlight legibility is decent as well. The colors are neutral the display is tailor-made for watching high-definition content and playing high-end games. We also get a 2.5D curved glass on top of the display to protect it from daily wear and tear. Although, it will not be able to protect it from any physical damage, hence always use a protective case and try not to drop the phone.
The touch response of the Huawei P20 Pro is very smooth and lag free. It is mostly due to the good display quality, fluid interface and 2.5D curved glass on top of the display. Overall, the Huawei P20 Pro has a stunning display but we miss out on Quad HD resolution.
The Huawei P20 Pro is powered by a Kirin 970 octa-core processor clocked at 2.4GHz along with an i7 co-processor and dedicated neural network processing unit. It is one of the best flagship chipsets in the world of smartphones and it can certainly handle everything you can throw at it along with performing the basic day-to-day tasks with ease. The most popular apps and games open very quickly as they are well optimized. There is no lag in the interface while performing basic and advanced tasks. You can perform extreme multitasking courtesy of the 6GB RAM onboard. In terms of gaming, this phone is capable of running any high-end game at the highest graphics settings.
The Huawei P20 Pro comes with 128GB of internal storage, out of which you will get around 112GB of free space. There is no microSD card support and thus you will have to be content with the internal memory. In case you run out of storage, you need to depend on cloud storages like Dropbox, Google Drive, etc. The fingerprint sensor is placed on the front below the display and it can unlock the phone very quickly. You can also use Face Unlock to unlock the phone using the front camera. Talking about connectivity, there is Dual SIM (nano) support. We also get 4G VoLTE connectivity and it has dual 4G capability, so you can use both data connections at the same time. The battery capacity of the Huawei P20 Pro is 4000mAh (non-removable) and it supports fast charging as well. You will get almost one and a half days of battery life with moderate usage but if you are a heavy user, then it will just last a day.
Overall, the Huawei P20 Pro is an extremely good performer in all the departments.
The Huawei P20 Pro is a unique smartphone as it comes with triple cameras at the back. We get a 40 megapixel RGB lens, a 20 megapixel monochrome lens and a 8 megapixel telephoto lens. Here, the telephoto lens helps in shooting portrait images as well as zoomed images while the monochrome sensor captures the black and white details of the pictures. The primary 40 megapixel camera captures great images in natural day lighting conditions and we get a lot of details. The colors are very accurate and the pictures look crisp. The low light performance is pretty good as well and the noise level is very minimal. The telephoto lens helps in capturing portrait images with depth of field effect and it works in most lightning conditions. Although, you should use proper lighting to get the best portrait images. The focusing mechanism is very quick and accurate. Landscape pictures with HDR mode came out very well and macro shots had a lot of depth of field. The Leica VARIO-SUMMILUX-H lenses work really well. Coming to the 24 megapixel front-facing camera, you can click some stunning selfies using it. Low light selfies look very good as well.
The camera app of the Huawei P20 Pro is very intuitive and easy to use. There are a lot of shooting modes including a pro mode but if you're a novice mobile photographer, you should stick to Auto Mode for best results. However, you can use the Pro mode for clicking some stunning DSLR like images. You can shoot 4K videos with the rear cameras while the selfie camera shoots 1080p videos. Also, you can shoot 960fps super slo-mo videos with the rear setup. The video quality is superb as well. Overall, the Huawei P20 Pro comes with a total of four cameras and all of them are brilliant in doing their job.
The machine drilled speaker holes of the Huawei P20 Pro are placed at the right bottom. We get HiFi audio with HWA along with Dolby Atmos. Also, the earpiece at the top doubles up as a speaker and hence we get stereo speakers on the P20 Pro. The loudspeaker is audible and the sound quality is very good. There was no sound distortion even at the highest volume levels. However, your palms will block audio and cause distortion when you are holding the phone and playing games or watching videos since the speaker is located at the bottom. The default music app has all the necessary features and hence you will not need any additional app for playing offline music but you can download Saavn if you want to stream online music. It does not come with a 3.5mm audio jack and thus you get USB Type-C audio support. In the box, we also get a pair of earphones with USB Type-C connectivity and they are pretty good in terms of quality.
The Huawei P20 Pro can play both Full HD and 4K videos without any issues as it comes with a very powerful processor and display. Overall, the Huawei P20 Pro has certainly one of the best audio and video qualities among the flagship smartphones.
The Huawei P20 Pro runs on Emotion UI 8.1 based on Android 8.1 Oreo OS out of the box. It is the latest and best OS from the house of Google. Also, you will get a couple of major OS updates for this smartphone in the next couple of years since it is a flagship device. Emotion UI from the house of Huawei has evolved a lot and EMUI 8.1 is the best version till date. EMUI is very stable and looks very sleek and polished. It offers a lot of customizable features starting from built-in themes to gestures. You can change the look of the interface according to your preference. You also have the option of App twin which enables you to log in to two different accounts for the same app at the same time. It is very helpful for handling multiple accounts of social media and messaging apps. There are some pre-installed apps (bloatware) on the P20 Pro but you can easily uninstall them if you do not want to use them. In case you do not like the EMUI interface and are more inclined towards stock Android, then you can certainly download a third-party theme such as Pixel Launcher or Nova Launcher for a more sophisticated and simple look.
Overall, the Huawei P20 Pro comes with a very stable interface based on the latest Android OS.