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Huawei to take on Samsung and Apple with latest flagship

Huawei have unveiled new additions in their flagship P-series of smartphones: the P20 and P20 Pro.

“We look for inspiration from artists to continuously evolve our approach to design and innovation,” said Richard Yu, Chief Executive Officer, Huawei Consumer Business Group.

“The HUAWEI P20 Series builds on the legacy of our collaboration with Leica. With a breakthrough triple camera on the HUAWEI P20 Pro, an advanced dual camera on the HUAWEI P20, and powerful artificial intelligence on both, today’s most vibrant consumers can capture and share the brilliance of the world around them.”

Photography is the biggest selling point here – with the P20 equipped with a powerful dual-lens camera while the P20 pro ups the ante by incorporating the world’s first triple lens smartphone camera. More specifically, it touts a  Leica-developed camera configuration is comprised of a 40MP RGB sensor, a 20MP monochrome sensor and an 8MP sensor with telephoto lens.

“With f/1.8, f/1.6 and f/2.4 wide aperture to capture crisp, clear details, the HUAWEI P20 Pro also includes a brand new Leica 3x telephoto (VARIO-SUMMILUX-H 1:1.6-2.4/27-80ASPH) lens for long-range photography of up to 5x Hybrid Zoom.”

As a result, Huawei say the P20 Pro’s highly sensitive image sensor captures low light photos with up to ISO 102400.

The regular P20 doesn’t look to be a sloucher either, featuring a Leica dual-lens camera featuring a 12MP lens with a pixel size as high as 1.55 μm, and a 20MP monochrome lens, enhancing the HUAWEI P20’s ability to capture photos in low-light settings.

The 5.8-inch screen Huawei P20 and 6.1-inch screen Huawei P20 Pro feature ultra-thin bezels and impressive screen-to-body ratios.

Both models also support 6-axis stabilisation and the same 960fps super slow motion found in the Galaxy S9 and Sony’s Xperia range.

In terms of specs, both the P20 and Pro model run on Huawei’s Kirin 970 CPU. The 5.8-inch P20 boasts 4GB of RAM, the 6.1-inch Pro ups that to 6GB. The Pro also features a larger 4000mAh battery compared to the regular P20’s 3400mAh.

Both run on Android 8.1 filtered via Huawei’s EMUI skin and support Google’s ARCore kit. Neither model supports wireless charging. They do also feature a prominent iPhone X-inspired notch. However, Huawei have built a toggle into the settings menu of the phone that’ll allow you to make it a little more inconspicuous.

Huawei also unveiled the PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate RS (Race Sport). Continuing its collaboration with the exclusive luxury brand, the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS features Porsche Design’s signature functional design language and Huawei’s cutting-edge technology and craftsmanship.

Huawei P20 and P20 Pro are available in a variety of colours including Black, Midnight Blue, and gradient colours Twilight and Pink Gold. The P20 is also available in Champagne Gold.

Pricing and Availability

The Huawei P20 Series and Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS are immediately available globally.

Model Version EUR (includes tax)
HUAWEI P20 4GB + 128GB 649
HUAWEI P20 Pro 6GB + 128GB 899
PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate RS 6GB + 256GB 1,695
PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate RS 6GB + 512GB 2,095

 

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