Update 1: First impressions with Jess Veliz
Update 2: Unboxing of the P20!
The Huawei P20 was launched today, March 27 in Paris. Thanks to the invitation of Huawei, you can attend one of the launches with hundreds of media around the worldmost anticipated of the year!
Three different models: Huawei P20, P20 Lite and P20 Pro
As in previous years, Huawei will be releasing two versions of its main “P” line that share many of the important features, accompanied by a “Lite” version, which usually comes with a similar design, but with totally different internal components.
What stands out this year is that Huawei, like Apple, is trying to maximize the space on the screen and we will have a "notch" or border on the top where the camera will be housed. Personally, I am one of the people who are not bothered by the notch at all. Yes, I am one of the people who believe that instead of "losing screen" because of the notch, they are "winning screen" on the sides that can be exploited by notifications and other additional things. After all, the videos we watch are in 16: 9 format so when we watch a video in the correct aspect ratio, this part is generally black. The notch helps a lot to sell us the illusion of a team with a much larger, more expansive screen, especially when we see it in full body.
All three teams, including the Huawei P20 Lite, will have a 19: 9 screen – yes, even longer – with the "notch" at the top. However, only the P20 and P20 Pro will have the fingerprint sensor on the front. The P20 Lite will have it on the back.
Take a look at the P20 Pro, for example:
Compared to the P20 Lite
Regarding screen size, the P20 Pro has a 6.1 ″ and the P20 has a 5.8 ″.Both panels are AMOLED FHD + and have a brightness of 770 nits. The panel, after seeing it in person, is very bright, more than the Mate 10 Pro.
Same Processor as the Mate 10 Pro, but an improved camera system for the Huawei P20
As we discussed in the Mate 10 Pro review, Huawei follows a different update cycle than most. Instead of presenting us with its new processor with the “P” line – as Samsung does with the “S” line, as it happened with the S9 – Huawei shows us its new processors with the Mate line. Therefore, the P20 will have the Kirin 970 processor that we have already seen in detail on multiple occasions. It is a fairly capable processor that has nothing to envy to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, nor to the new Exynos 9810; all offer very similar performance. Apple is the only one that continues with a significant advantage in terms of processing power.
What I can change radically, as you can see from the image, is the introduction of a third camera, which will give us a 3X optical and 5X Hybrid ZOOM in the photos.
Huawei will maintain its dual camera system, with a monochrome and colored sensor, but The Pro version will come with a third camera with a focal length equivalent to 74-77mm.
In comparison, the S9 + and iPhone X / 8 Plus both offer a telephoto lens as well, but with a focal length equivalent to approximately 56mm. This would allow Huawei to zoom in, as we know so far. Also, we have an aperture of f / 1.6 for the color sensor (like Mate 10 Pro) and f / 2.4 for the monochrome sensor. We also have a laser autofocus systemimproved (at 2.4 meters, compared to the 1.2 meters of the Mate 10 Pro) to achieve a fast focus, combined with an LED flash similar to that of the iPhone, which varies the temperature color according to the circumstances. We also have a temperature sensor in the back that helps with white balance.
It should also be noted that the Huawei P20 Pro brings with it a new main 40-megapixel sensor, accompanied by a 3X Telephoto sensor, in addition to the monochrome sensor.But It is only the P20 Pro that comes with the triple camera and the new sensor.The P20 brings with it the traditional configuration of Huawei, of a monochrome sensor of 20 Megapixels, and the color of 12 Megapixels.
Slow Motion Camera for Huawei P20
Another novelty,is that the P20 and P20 Pro both have a Super Slow Motion mode equal to that of the S9 + and Xperia XZ1. That is, we can record at 960 frames per second in HD (1280 × 720).
24 Megapixel front camera
Another great improvement over the competition and previous models, seems to be the front camera. Instead of the typical 7 or 8 megapixels, we would be in front of a 24 megapixel front camera, giving us the possibility to “crop” or cut the image without losing too much quality.This 24 Megapixel front camera is available on both models
Unlike the 3,000 and 3,500 mAh battery of the P10 and P10 Plus, Huawei this time is giving us batteries of greater capacity, with 3,400 mAh for the P20 and 4,000 mAh for the P20 Pro, the same size as the Mate 10 Pro. This is great news, as the Mate 10 Pro continues to be the phone with the best autonomy in the high-end market.
At the moment I am finishing unboxing the P20 (they gave us the P20 to test), and tomorrow I will be going on a tour of Paris with the camera to put it face to face with that of the S9 + and the iPhone 8 Plus! So get to the Blog, YouTube, and Instagram.