When launching its flagship telephones Huawei often focuses on the common ‘P’ model of its handset, with the Plus or Professional variant being extra of a aspect attraction – however that’s not the case for its flagships in 2018.
In truth, 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 screen and an enormous digital camera improve in comparison with what we noticed on the Huawei P10 Plus.
Beneath you’ll discover every part it’s essential to know concerning the Huawei P20 Professional.
You may learn our first impressions in additional element in our hands-on Huawei P20 Professional evaluation, or watch our hands-on video evaluation beneath.
Lower to the chase
- What’s it? Huawei’s new top-end flagship telephone
- When is it out? On sale from April 6, however not within the US
- What does it price? Set at €899 (round $1,110, £790, AU$1,450)
Huawei P20 Professional worth and launch date
The Huawei P20 Professional was simply introduced at a launch occasion in Paris, the place the corporate introduced the handset alongside its far much less spectacular sibling the P20.
Official pricing for the telephone is about at €899 / £799 (round $1,110, AU$1,450) and it will be avaliable from April 6. We have additionally seen offers coming in from UK networks and retailers like EE, Three, O2 and Carphone Warehouse.
Probably the greatest offers we have seen thus far is from EE costing £39 a month on a two-year contract with 1GB of knowledge each month and limitless minutes, however you may need to pay £50 upfront.
Huawei has confirmed the telephone is not going to be accessible within the US, whereas we’re nonetheless ready on information for Australia.
Huawei P20 Professional design and show
Not like the Huawei P10 Plus, the P20 Professional comes with a glass-backed design – there’s no full-metal physique unibody design on this telephone.
The fingerprint sensor has moved from the again of the telephone to beneath the show, and you may swipe left and proper on the scanner to navigate the telephone should you’ve enabled that within the settings.
The precise dimensions of the telephone are presently unclear, however we all know it’s set to be 7.8mm thick, and on the rear there’s 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 have the ability to 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 should you needed to make use of wired headphones on this telephone.
Your colour decisions are twilight, pink gold, midnight blue and black.
The development for main producers in 2018 is to go for an 18:9 facet ratio show, and Huawei has accomplished that for the P20 Professional. It’s a 6.1-inch OLED display screen 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-packing handsets just like the Samsung Galaxy S9.
There’s a notch on the prime of the display screen, which homes the front-facing digital camera and speaker, so you might initially suppose this telephone seems to be like different latest flagships such because the iPhone X. Nevertheless, right here you could have the choice to successfully conceal the notch by including black on-screen bezel at both aspect of it, wherein the time and notifications are displayed.
Huawei P20 Professional specs and efficiency
Though we haven’t had the possibility to place the P20 totally by way of its paces but, the chipset was impressively fast and highly effective inside these telephones from final 12 months, so we’d anticipate it to supply the same degree of energy right here.
It is mixed with 6GB of RAM too, so the telephone must be able to enjoying top-end video games and dealing with numerous productiveness duties on the similar time.
The chipset can also be filled with synthetic intelligence options, which permit the telephone to study your utilization habits and higher optimize for them forward of time.
Huawei often exhibits this characteristic off by exhibiting how briskly the telephone can set up photographs, however extra virtually the AI ought to work out methods to optimize the battery life primarily based in your utilization, and provide a couple of digital camera options that we’ll clarify within the part beneath.
There’s just one model of the P20 Professional, and that comes with 128GB of storage. We’re happy that the corporate has removed the 32GB variations of its flagships, there must be sufficient area right here for many customers. MicroSD assist is confirmed, though it’s not presently clear what measurement playing cards you’ll have the ability to use with it.
Huawei P20 Professional battery and OS
The P20 Professional is powered by a 4,000mAh battery. That sounds massive, however then it does need to energy a big display screen. We’ll remember to completely take a look at the battery efficiency in our full evaluation.
There’s fast-charging know-how right here as properly, however there’s no wi-fi charging.
Huawei’s newest handset comes with Android 8.1 Oreo software program onboard, but it surely received’t appear like it does on the Google Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL, because it comes with Huawei’s personal overlay excessive.
It’s known as Emotion UI 8.1, and it provides further options from Huawei, together with its Share app that lets you add photographs, video and extra to your laptop computer, and the Huawei Clone app, which lets you copy your telephone information throughout to a different gadget simply.
We do not know a lot about different new options inside Emotion UI 8.1 in the intervening time, however we’ll remember to push the OS to its limits in our full evaluation of the P20 Professional, and discover out every part else that it provides.
Huawei P20 Professional digital camera
The place the Huawei P20 Professional stands out from the P20 is its rear digital camera. This is without doubt one of the first telephones to characteristic three cameras on the rear, and it has been the main target of a lot of the pre-launch advertising and marketing hype.
Huawei claims the P20 Professional has the best pixel rely on a smartphone ever, with a 40MP RGB sensor working alongside a 20MP monochrome one. The telephone will then mix the pictures from each to create extremely detailed photographs. Aperture-wise the monochrome digital camera is f/1.6, and the RGB unit is f/1.8.
There’s additionally an 8MP telephoto sensor on the rear of the telephone which may provide as much as 5x zoom.
That rear setup additionally comes with new options, resembling improved white stability, a bigger pixel measurement than many of the competitors, and a 4-in-1 hybrid autofocus system.
Huawei’s AI options allow the digital camera to know what it’s pointing at. When you level the rear cameras at a plate of meals, for instance, the AI ought to have the ability to establish it and optimize the settings completely that topic.
There are additionally a bunch of latest digital camera modes with six completely different scene-detection choices, together with fireworks and waterfall.
As for video, the primary 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 once we’ve put the Huawei P20 Professional by way of our full evaluation course of.