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Huawei confirms P20 and P20 Pro smartphones

Huawei has been teasing its P20 smartphone for the last couple of months, and the official announcement confirms many of the various leaks that preceded today's big reveal.

The new model will be joined by a P20 Pro option, and it's this Pro version that will have particular appeal to photographers. That said, the company has already stated that both models beat their competitors according to DxOMark ratings.


Both models share many commonalities, such as the same Android 8.1 Oreo OS with Huawei's EMUI skin on top. New features include "edgeless" fingerprint sensors, minimal notches on the top of each model, and both 3D portrait lighting and 3D facial adjustment effects on the inside. 

The pair differ in many ways with respect to their hardware, however, and perhaps the main point of difference is that the P20 Pro offers a triple-camera system on its rear, whereas the P20 sticks to a dual-camera setup here. 

The P20 Pro's setup uses separate 40MP RGB and 20MP monochrome sensors, together with an 8MP sensor that's fronted by a 3x telephoto lens. Huawei claims that, among other things, that the P20 Pro can capture a six-second long exposure and use its Huawei Artificial Image Stabilisation (AIS) to stabilise the image. 

This is in addition to a 24.8MP camera on the front, which is present on both models.

Huawei P20 specs

  • 20MP monochrome and 12MP RGB sensors
  • f/1.8- and f/1.6-aperture lenses
  • 24.8MP front camera
  • 5.8in OLED display
  • Kirin 970 processor with 4GB RAM
  • Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI skin
  • 3400mAh battery 
  • SuperCharge charger
  • 128GB capacity
  • IP53 water and dust resistant

Huawei P20 Pro specs

  • 40MP RGB, 20MP monochrome and 8MP (3x optical zoom telephoto) lens
  • 1/1.7in sensor size
  • 24.8MP front camera
  • 6.1in OLED display
  • Kirin 970 processor, 6GB RAM
  • 128GB capacity
  • Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI skin
  • 4-in-1 hybrid AF system
  • 4D Predictive Focus
  • Huawei AIS (AI Stabiliser)
  • Intelligent Motion Detection
  • Maximum ISO 102,400
  • 960fps Super Slow Motion
  • Master AI
  • 4000mAh battery
  • SuperCharge charger
  • IP67 water and dustproof

Both models will come in a choice of Graphite Black, Midnight Blue, Twilight and Rose Pink finishes.

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