Huawei presented its new P20 and P20 Pro on Tuesday 27 March live from the Grand Palais in Paris. We take stock of these two new smartphones that will compete with the Galaxy S9 and Apple’s iPhone X.

  • by @cnetfrance
  • Wednesday March 28th, 2018 at 10:56am
  • Last Updated on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 5:21 PM

Item updated March 28, 2018

Huawei has chosen Paris to announce its new P20 and P20 Pro flagships. The firm set down its suitcases and invited the world press to the Grand Palais. A very nice address for two expected products. Here’s a recap of what you need to know about these two ambitious smartphones.

The replay conference

The replay of the press conference event is available on YouTube.

Prices and release dates

While the Huawei P10 was priced at €599 when it was released last year, the manufacturer has revised the price of its successor upwards. The P20 and P20 Pro will be offered in 128GB versions at €649 and €899 respectively. Huawei has also gone crazy with a Porsche Design version of the Mate RS, which will be sold under the name Mate RS at a price of 1695 (256 GB) and 2095 euros (512 GB).

The P20 is available as of March 27, the P20 will be launched on April 6. The Mate RS will be offered on April 12.

Remember that the P20 Lite was made official on March 22nd at a price of 369€. However, a trade-in offer makes it possible to find this first iPhone X clone for €319.

Huawei Mate RS Porsche Design

The main characteristics

Huawei P20

  • Screen : LCD-IPS 5.8-inch 2240 x 1080
  • CPU : Kirin 970 octa-core (4 x 2.36 GHz and 4 x 1.8 GHz), 4 GB RAM
  • Photo (back) : 12 (RGB) to f/1.6 + 20 (B&W) mpx
  • Storage : 128 GB
  • Battery: 3500 mAh
  • Dual SIM, fingerprint sensor, facial recognition
  • Android 8.1 / EMUI 8.1

Huawei P20 Pro

  • Display:OLED, 6.1 inches 2240 x 1080
  • CPU : Kirin 970 octa-core (4 x 2.36 GHz and 4 x 1.8 GHz), 6 GB RAM
  • Photo (rear):40 (RGB) at f/1.6 + 20 (B&W) + 8 mpx (3x zoom)
  • Storage : 128 GB
  • Battery: 4000 mAh
  • IP67, dual SIM, fingerprint sensor, face recognition
  • Android 8.1 / EMUI 8.1

Testing and handling

  • Getting Started: Huawei P20 Pro, what are three photo sensors for?

One notch for all three versions

An element of distinction has become unavoidable lately, the notch, and it should invade smartphones in 2018. Based on the numerous marketing images that have just leaked out, we notice that all three models are equipped with an edge-to-edge screen with a cut-out on the top. The result is similar to that of the iPhone X, except for the presence of a small lower border that integrates, depending on the model, the logo or the fingerprint reader.

Unlike Apple, Huawei does not incorporate a laser or infrared sensor (to improve the facial recognition system) at the notch, but 24 megapixel front cameras should be found on both models.

Triple Photo Sensor for Pro

The photo part has become one of the main differentiating elements, if not the main one… Huawei has therefore worked twice (or even three times) to satisfy its users. The Pro version of the P20 thus plays the bidding by being equipped with a triple photo sensor of 40 + 20 + 8 megapixels. 40 mpx for the main sensor (RGB) may sound like a lot, and it is. But also uses it for Pixel Binning. The firm thus merges 4 photosites to make only one and capture more light in 10 mpx so. This is probably the main use of the sensor and is the default mode chosen by Huawei.

The 20 mpx sensor is still monochrome and has been developed in partnership with Leica – nothing new in this respect. The 8MP sensor is used for the 3x zoom and the bokeh effect.

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