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P20: Huawei’s New Flagship And How To Get One

With three front-facing cameras, 40 megapixels, it is clear that Huawei intends to dominate the mobile market through photography. Huawei announced today (2nd April) that the Huawei P20 will be available in Singapore through pre-order today, and in stores starting from this Saturday, 7th April 2018.

Positioned as Huawei’s 2018 flagship, the Huawei P20 was unveiled at a launch event in Paris on the 27th of March.

Available in Twilight, Pink Gold, Midnight Blue, and Black, the finish on the Huawei P20 is immaculate. Image: Huawei

Huawei P20: Photography Powerhouse

It is immediately apparent the Huawei P20’s edge is in photography. Its triple front-facing camera compilation comprises a 40MP RGB sensor, a 20MP monochrome sensor, an 8MP sensor with a telephoto lens.

Unabashedly about photography, the Huawei P20 sports an assortment three camera units in exclamation-point fashion down the side of the chassis. A 20-megapixel monochrome camera, 40-mp main shooter and an 8-mp telephoto lens complement each other through Huawei’s AI algorithms. Image: Huawei

Huawei’s iconic partnership with Leica is taken to the limit. Apart from the impressive complement of three different camera units, the AI on the Huawei P20 ensures that images captured have optimal colours based on lighting conditions.

The camera array also sports a 5x hybrid zoom, taking advantage of superior Leica optics and insanely high megapixel count to give extended reach.

Users can expect characteristic Leica sharpness and colour rendition, and absolute detail in the 40-megapixel images from its primary camera.

The camera also features electronic image stabilisation, touted by Huawei as AI-powered, along with impressive 960fps Super Slow-Motion video capture.

Taken on the Huawei P20. Photo by James Yu. Image: Huawei

The single front-facing shooter isn’t shoddy either, with a 24-megapixel sensor. It able to capture selfies with unique portrait lighting effects.


The portrait-lighting mode on the Huawei P20. Image: Huawei

The AI on board the Huawei P20 also gives intelligent suggestions to ensure you capture your subjects with the optimal composition. Be it a beautiful landscape or a group photo, the on-board AI prompts the user with suggestions to frame the shot in the most pleasing manner.

Huawei P20: Processor Performance

The China-made and designed flagship device sports the Kirin 970, a proprietary SoC chip with an integrated Mali-G71 MP12 GPU. It also sports a discrete NPU – a Neural Processing Unit that functions independently to deliver top-notch Artificial Intelligence capabilities. This decisively sets them apart from powerful competitors like the Snapdragon 845 and the Exynos 9810.

An impressive high-capacity internal 4000mAh battery ensures that charging remains low on your priority list. This, coupled with Huawei’s battery-enhancing AI technology, promises to take battery life to the next level.

Huawei P20: Hate The Notch? Notch To Worry.

The Huawei P20 had worried many Huawei fans with the prominent feature of, yes, a notch. It’s rather difficult to squeeze in the proximity sensor array and front-facing cameras, without either resorting to a large ‘forehead’ top-side bezel, or a notch in the screen to house the components.

You can choose to completely black out the pixels on either side of the notch, effectively curing the Android Notch Disease. Image: Huawei

Huawei allows you to choose either form: don’t like the iPhone X-esque notch? You could black-out the pixels on either side, allowing it to mimic the ‘forehead’ design of the Samsung S9. The Android Notch Disease has finally found a cure.

Huawei P20: Everything Else

The Huawei P20 is jam-packed with flagship features, sure to appeal to a wide variety of users. Adventurous? IP67 water and dust resistance. Glamorous? Eye-catching finishing and immaculate build quality; the exclusive Twilight finish sports multiple layers of NVMC coatings under the glass panel to deliver gradual changes in hue.

Depth: 7.62mm
DISPLAY5.8-inch diagonal display
2244x1080 resolution
6.1-inch diagonal display
2240x1080 resolution
CPUHuawei Kirin 970 Processor with AI

4x Cortex A73 [2.36GHz] + 4x Cortex A53 [1.8GHz] + i7 co-processor
Huawei Kirin 970 Processor with AI

4x Cortex A73 [2.36GHz] + 4x Cortex A53 [1.8GHz] + i7 co-processor
GPUMali-G72 MP12Mali-G72 MP12
OPERATING SYSTEMAndroid 8.1Android 8.1
EMOTION UIEMUI 8.1 (Based on Android 8.1)EMUI 8.1 (Based on Android 8.1)
MEMORY128GB Storage, 4GB RAM128GB Storage, 6GB RAM
CAMERADual Rear Cameras
12MP f1.8
20MP f1.6 Monochrome
Laser, phase, contrast and deep autofocus.
Triple Rear Cameras
40MP f1.8 RGB
8MP f2.4 Telephoto
20MP f1.6 Monochrome
Laser, phase, contrast and deep autofocus.
Front: 24MP f2.0


Ian Ling
Ian is the resident Tech Monkey and Head of Content at VR Zone. His training in Economics and Political Science is at the basis of his love for journalism and storytelling. A photographer by passion, and an audiophile by obsession, Ian is captivated by all forms of tech that makes enthusiasts tick.

One thought on “P20: Huawei’s New Flagship And How To Get One

  1. jO

    good, meh?

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