It is spring which implies that it is time for Huawei to unveil its newest P collection flagship. Whereas Huawei has beforehand used MWC to introduce its new handsets, the P20 Professional is such a large replace that Huawei rightly determined to carry a separate launch occasion for it.
With earlier fashions of the P collection, the distinction between the common and the Professional/Plus variations have been minimal- equivalent to a barely higher digital camera. However that’s not the case with the 2018 version.
The Huawei P20 Professional is a way more spectacular telephone than the Huawei P20. Whereas each telephones come sporting new designs, the P20 Professional is by far the higher handset, with a bigger display and an enormous digital camera improve in comparison with what we noticed on the Huawei P10 Plus.
Beneath you’ll discover every little thing you might want to know in regards to the Huawei P20 Professional. We might be publishing our hands-on assessment as quickly as we get extra time with the unit.
Reduce to the chase
- What’s it? Huawei’s new top-end flagship telephone
- When is it out? A while in April
- What does it price? Have been anticipating round AED 2,799′
Huawei P20 Professional worth and launch date
The P20 Professional was simply introduced at a launch occasion in Paris the place Huawei introduced it alongside its sibling, the P20. We don’t at present have any pricing particulars for both handset, however we anticipate to be taught extra on the pricing in UAE, Saudi Arabia and the remainder of the Center East quickly.
Huawei has confirmed the telephone might be coming to the UAE and Saudi Arabia within the subsequent few weeks however an actual launch date will not be but recognized. The corporate often holds a regional launch occasion for its flagship merchandise the place such particulars are introduced and we anticipate the identical for the P20 collection.
Huawei P20 Professional design and show
We obtained a peek into Huawei’s design language for the brand new P20 collection by the nova 3e that was revealed final week. However the place the transfer 3e felt gentle and mainstream, the P20 Professional is full-on premium.
Just like the Mate 10 Professional, Huawei has made the swap to a glass again on the P20 Professional which is a departure from the complete steel physique unibody design we noticed on earlier years fashions.
The fingerprint sensor has moved from the again of the telephone to beneath the show, and you’ll swipe left and proper on it to navigate the telephone in the event you’ve set it up within the settings. That looks like an odd determination as a result of the sensor on nova 3e was positioned on the again and labored nicely.
Precise dimensions of the telephone are at present unclear, however we all know it’s set to be 7.8mm thick and on the rear it’ll have Huawei branding down the aspect beneath the digital camera setup.
Not like the Huawei P20, this telephone is waterproof as much as IP67, so that you’ll be capable of drop this in a puddle with out worrying about flooding the internals. That is additionally Huawei’s justification for not together with a 3.5mm headphone jack on the P20 Professional, which is a little bit of a disgrace in the event you needed to make use of wired headphones on this telephone.
Coloration decisions for Center East might be Midnight Blue and Black at launch with the Twilight model following at a later stage.
The development for main producers in 2018 is to go for an 18:9 facet ratio show, and Huawei has completed that for the P20 Professional. It’s a 6.1-inch OLED display with a decision of 2240 x 1080.
That’s Full HD+, so we don’t anticipate the image high quality to be as excessive as on QHD merchandise just like the Samsung Galaxy S9. That being stated, our time with the nova 3e did not go away us asking for extra when it comes to display sharpness so we anticipate the OLED display on the P20 Professional to look simply wonderful.
There’s a notch on the prime of the display, so you might initially suppose it appears like loads of different telephones. Inside that notch sits the front-facing digital camera and some others options, however if you wish to disguise that you would be able to head into the settings and discover a technique to block out an entire line on the prime of the telephone for notifications and different particulars.
Huawei P20 Professional specs and efficiency
Though we haven’t examined the P20 Professional extensively, the chipset was impressively fast and highly effective inside these telephones from final yr so we’d anticipate the same stage of energy on the P20.
Coupled with 6GB of RAM, it needs to be able to dealing with something thrown at it equivalent to taking part in high-end video games or modifying photographs.
The chipset can also be filled with synthetic intelligence options that permit the telephone to be taught your habits and higher optimize for them forward of time.
The way in which the corporate often reveals this off is by displaying how briskly it might probably set up photographs, however in your day-to-day use it ought to work out if you use your telephone to raised optimize the battery and supply a couple of digital camera options that we’ll clarify within the part beneath.
There’s just one storage model of the P20 Professional and that comes with 128GB of area. As with different Huawei telephones, there’s an additional SIM card slot if you wish to use twin SIM playing cards.
Huawei P20 Professional battery and OS
Contained in the P20 Professional you’ll discover a 4,000mAh battery powering the factor. That sounds massive, however then it additionally has a big display to energy. We’ll you should definitely take a look at the battery in our full assessment after we can.
There’s fast-charging know-how right here as nicely, however there’s no wi-fi charging on the P20 Professional which is odd contemplating that Huawei has moved from a steel to a glass again which is extra fragile.
Huawei’s newest handset additionally comes with Android 8.1 Oreo software program onboard, but it surely received’t seem like it does on the Google Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL because it comes with Huawei’s personal overlay excessive.
It’s referred to as Emotion UI (EMUI) 8.1 and provides additional options from Huawei together with its Share app that means that you can add photographs, video and extra to your laptop computer, and the Huawei Clone app that means that you can copy your telephone knowledge throughout to a different gadget simply.
Different options inside Emotion UI 8.1 are slightly bit unclear in the mean time however we’ll you should definitely push it to its limits for the Huawei P20 Professional assessment and discover out every little thing else it gives.
Huawei P20 Professional digital camera
The place the Huawei P20 Professional actually stands out from the P20 is with its rear digital camera. As all the teasing and advertising and marketing has been about, that is the primary telephones to characteristic three cameras on the rear.
Huawei claims it has the very best pixel depend on a smartphone ever, with a 40MP RGB sensor working alongside a 20MP monochrome one. The telephone will then mix the identical picture from each to create extremely detailed photographs. Aperture-wise the monochrome is an f/1.6 and the RGB is f/1.8.
There’s additionally an 8MP telephoto sensor on the rear of the telephone which may supply as much as 5 occasions zoom.
That rear setup additionally comes with new options equivalent to an improved white stability, bigger pixel sizes than a lot of the competitors and a 4-in-1 hybrid focus system.
Huawei’s AI options permit the digital camera to know what it’s pointing at. When you level the rear cameras at a plate of meals it ought to be capable of establish it and use its AI smarts to optimize the settings completely for taking photographs of meals.
There are a bunch of recent modes with six totally different scene detections, together with fireworks and waterfall.
As for video, the principle new characteristic is a Tremendous Sluggish Movement mode that may document at 960 frames per second in 720p. That’s the identical because the Samsung Galaxy S9, however not so good as the Sony Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact.
On the entrance you get a 24MP digital camera, which is much extra megapixels than most front-facing cameras. We’ll let you understand how a lot distinction all these pixels make after we’ve put the P20 Professional by a full assessment.