W with the P20 Pro, Huawei has not only proven that it can compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung, but can beat them in many ways. Three cameras really are better than one (or two).
Having established its name in value smartphones, Huawei has recently ventured into the premium market with products like Mate 10 Pro and P10 last year. They were high quality and had all the features you would expect from an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S. But until now they had not captured the same feeling of luxury.
The P20 Pro has a 6.1-inch Full HD + OLED screen, even larger than the Mate 10 Pro, but is compressed into a compact body with small bezels that rival the Apple iPhone X and the Galaxy S9 + Samsung It also has a notch at the top: a cut on the screen that contains a 24-megapixel front camera, the headset speaker and several sensors.
The screen is bright and colorful, although not as dense in pixels as the rivals, and the text is not as clear when viewed side by side. It is a beautiful screen that is close, but not as good as the best Samsung or Apple.
Unlike its rivals, Huawei has retained its best fingerprint scanner on its front, compressed in an oval shape at the bottom of the screen. The back is made of glass with curved edges that blend perfectly into the rounded and polished metal band around the sides. The camera modules protrude from the back in a similar way to an iPhone X, which means it does not sit on a desk.
With 7.8 mm of thickness and 180 g of weight, the P20 Pro feels thin with a quality of luxury. It is 0.7 mm thinner and 9g lighter than the Samsung Galaxy S9 +, but 0.1 mm thicker and 6g heavier than Apple's iPhone X. All of which amounts to saying that the Huawei combines well.
The P20 Pro is also water resistant to IP67 standards, meaning up to 1m of water for up to 30 minutes – good enough to survive a trip down the toilet or bathroom.
- Display: 6.1in FHD + OLED (407ppi)
- Processor: octa-core Huawei Kirin 970
- RAM: 6GB of RAM
- Storage: 128GB
- Operating system: EMUI 8.1 based on Android 8.1 Oreo
- Camera: 40MP triple color rear camera, 20MP monochrome, 8MP telephoto, 24MP front camera
- Connectivity: ] LTE, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2 and GPS (dual-sim available in some regions)  Dimensions: 155 x 73.9 x 7.8 mm
- Weight: 180g
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The P20 Pro has the same processor and memory configuration as the Mate 10 Pro, Huawei's own octo-core Kirin 970 processor and its neural network processing unit, and as such is as fast and powerful as the previous one, keeping pace with its rivals.
The P20 Pro lasts much longer than the best charges between Apple and Samsung, although not as much as the 50 hours of the Mate 10 Pro. The P20 Pro always lasted more than 39 hours on a single charge without having to activate any Power saving mode. That was with two sims, using the smartphone as the main device, browsing and using applications for five hours a day with hundreds of emails and messages, 60 minutes of Netflix, the place of navigation on Google maps, shooting around 30 minutes photos and listen to around four hours of music through Bluetooth headphones.
There is no wireless charging, but the P20 Pro charges fairly fast with the supplied power adapter and the USB-C cable, despite having a comparatively large battery.
The P20 Pro runs the modified Android version of Huawei called EMUI 8.1, based on Android Oreo 8.1, so it is updated at launch.
It behaves very similar to EMUI 8 running on the Mate 10 Pro. A Google feed on the home screen and offers the option to have an application drawer or force each application to have an icon on the screen of start the Apple iOS.
Several energy saving features are included, including a system to prevent dishonest applications from destroying your battery life. Huawei's ultra energy-saving mode can significantly prolong battery life by disabling features and limiting the number of applications you can use, if you really need your smartphone to last four days.
EMUI handles the notch well on the screen, acting more like a screen with two ears on top than one with a disruptive cut. Notifications and other icons are easily adjusted on each side of the notch in the status bar, which by default is transparent or matches the color of the content on the screen. There is also an option to make it black all the time, hiding the notch completely.
The big difference between the approach used by Huawei and that of Apple for the iPhone X is that when the content or applications are displayed on the screen, the area on each side of the notch is blocked so that it does not interfere with what on the screen.
Some will simply hate the idea of the notch, but they are narrow and use the space on each side since the status bar is really a good compromise.