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Huawei Unveils P20 : Three Cameras Are Better Than Two

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Huawei Unveils P20 : Three Cameras Are Better Than Two

Huawei yesterday unveiled its brand new flagship phone the P20. It’s a solid, well-designed Android phone with a shiny design, an iPhone X-like notch and some extravagant features, such as not one, not two but three cameras on the back of the P20 Pro.

The P20 is very interesting phone. After the decidedly ‘meh’ P10, the P20 marks a bold move from Huawei and a huge step forward for the series.

The new Huawei crown jewel the P20 Pro features two things I’ve never seen on a phone before: a triple-camera system and a dual-tone paint job that shifts colour depending on how it catches the light.

Huawei has added a third lens to the back of the P20 Pro, which offers an 8-megapixel, optically stabilized telephoto camera. This allows for 3x optical zoom or a 5x hybrid zoom. Huawei’s traditional setup of combining the data from a monochrome and a colour sensor is still in place, but this time, the colour sensor weighs in at a whopping 40 megapixels.

The P20 might only have two cameras on the back, but there’s still plenty to like about these optics. There’s one 20-megapixel (f/1.6) RGB sensor paired with a 20-megapixel (f.1.8) monochrome sensor, both with big 1.55um pixels.

Here’s the P20 Pro camera breakdown:

  • 40-megapixel main RGB (Aperture: F1.8)
  • 8-megapixel telephoto (Aperture: F2.4; has OIS)
  • 20-megapixel monochrome lens (Aperture: F1.6)
  • 24-megapixel front-facing camera (Aperture: F2.0)

And here’s the Huawei P20 camera sitch:

  • 12-megapixel main RGB (Aperture: F1.8)
  • 20-megapixel monochrome lens (Aperture: F1.6)
  • 24-megapixel front-facing camera (Aperture: F2.0)

Camera specs are important, but what’s important is what you can do with them. The P20 is the most inexpensive version of the devices. It features a 5.8-inch LCD display with an 18.7:9 aspect ratio. In other words, the screen is more or less just like the one on the iPhone X.

The P20 Pro is marginally larger with a 6.1-inch display. And, for the first time in a Huawei phone, it has an OLED display. This feature alone makes the P20 Pro much nicer than the P20.

This year Samsung should roll out a somewhat underwhelming update to its flagship phones, because the P20 Pro manages to stand out. And Samsung has a real rival on its hands again.

HAUWEI P20 AND P20 PRO SPECS VERSUS GALAXY S9 AND S9 PLUS

Huawei P20 Huawei P20 Pro Samsung Galaxy S9 Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Display size, resolution 5.8-inch; 2,244×1,080 pixels (LCD) 6.1-inch; 2,240×1,080 pixels (OLED) 5.8-inch; 2,960×1,440 pixels 6.2-inch; 2,960×1,440 pixels
Pixel density 428ppi 408ppi 570ppi 529ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 5.9×2.8×0.3 in 6.1×2.9×0.31 5.81×2.70×0.33 in 6.22×2.91×0.33 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 149.1×70.8×7.65mm 155×73.9×7.8mm 147.7×68.7×8.5 mm 158.1×73.8×8.5 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 5.8 oz; 165g 6.3 oz; 180g 5.75 oz; 163g 6.66 oz; 189g
Mobile software Android 8.1 Oreo Android 8.1 Oreo Android 8.0 Oreo Android 8.0 Oreo
Camera 12-megapixel RGB, 20-megapixel monochrome 40-megapixel RGB, 20-megapixel monochrome, 8-megapitxel telephoto 12-megapixel Dual 12-megapixel
Front-facing camera 24-megapixel camera 24-megapixel camera 8-megapixel 8-megapixel
Video capture 4K 4K 4K 4K
Processor 2.3GHz octa-core Kirin 970 2.3GHz octa-core Kirin 970 Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor (2.8GHz + 1.7GHz), or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 9810 (2.7 GHz + 1.7 GHz) Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor (2.8GHz + 1.7GHz), or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 9810 (2.7 GHz + 1.7 GHz)
Storage 128GB 128GB 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
RAM 4GB 6GB 4GB 6GB
Expandable storage None None Up to 400GB Up to 400GB
Battery 3,400mAh 4,000mAh 3,000mAh 3,500mAh
Fingerprint sensor Below screen Below screen Back Back
Connector USB-C USB-C USB-C USB-C
Headphone jack No No Yes Yes
Special features Super slow mo video (960fps), splash-resistant (IP57) Three rear cameras, super slow mo video (960fps), 3x optical zoom, 5x hybrid zoom, water-resistant (IP67) Dual-aperture camera, water-resistant (IP68); super slo-mo video; wireless charging; iris scanning Dual-aperture camera, water-resistant (IP68); super slo-mo video; wireless charging; iris scanning
Price off-contract (USD) TBA TBA Varies: $720-$800 Varies: $840-$930
Price (GBP) TBA TBA £739 £869
Price (AUD) TBA TBA AU$1,199 (64GB), AU$1,349 (256GB) AU$1,349 (64GB), AU$1,499 (256GB)

 

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