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Huawei P20 | Credit: Winfuture.de

Huawei P20 News

Update 1 (03-26-2018): It’s one day before the official launch, and it’s the perfect time for the last round of leaks about the Huawei P20! These leaks comes from Twitter user @Richard39123777, and they feature the box and a special gift that is shipping with the P20. Users will be treated to a 360 panoramic VR camera according to the Tweet.

The Tweet says that the Huawei P20 comes with 128GB of storage and 4GB of RAM and will cost 649,90€. It comes with a 360 VR camera gift as well.

It’s been quite a wild year for the mobile industry so far. We’ve seen MWC 2018, which brought forth the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus, along with many other devices and new technology. Yet Huawei is looking to be at the front of the pack with the release of the Huawei P20 Lite, P20, and P20 Pro.

In the newest leak released today, German website WinFuture.de has given us the Huawei P20 price, specs, and a press render before its launch on March 27.


The Huawei P20: What we know so far

The Huawei P20 is the mid-range model of the P20 lineup that will be released on March 27. The P20 definitely holds its weight in the mobile arena, and it could be a flagship phone for Huawei. Without further ado, let’s dig into the P20 specs and price.

Huawei P20 specs

In the weeks leading up to the release of the P20 lineup, we’ve heard a lot of rumors about the specs of the phones. With just 4 days to go until the official reveal though, it’s safe to say that these specs will be featured in the P20:

  • Display: 5.8-inch (2240×1080) FHD+ LCD display, 429 ppi
  • Chip: Kirin 970 (4×2.36GHz + 4×1.8GHz)
  • RAM: 4GB RAM
  • Front camera: 24MP front facing camera
  • Rear camera: 20MP+12MP dual rear camera setup
  • Biometrics: fingerprint sensor on the front
  • Storage: 128GB internal storage (no microSD card slot)
  • Battery: 3400mAh battery with SuperCharge technology (non-removable)
  • Water resistance: IP67
  • OS: Android 8.1
  • Dimensions: 149mm x 71mm x 7.7mm
  • Weight: 165g

Our thoughts on the specs

Overall, we’re not that impressed by the specs for the P20. Yet these are the specs that we would expect from a mid-range phone. They’re definitely a step above the Huawei P20 Lite but they’re sitting behind the P20 Pro.

The display: The P20 will feature a FHD+ LCD display, so it looks like it won’t be getting the OLED display that the P20 Pro will have.

The chipset: In terms of the CPU, we’re disappointed that both the P20 and P20 Pro will feature a chipset from last year, the Kirin 970.

Read More: How does the Kirin 970 differ from the Snapdragon 845 and Exynos 9810?

The cameras: It appears that Huawei has implemented a high-resolution 24MP front camera, which will definitely satisfy your selfie obsessions. There will be only 2 cameras on the rear of the device, unlike the 3 featured on the Huawei P20 Pro. The 20MP camera will be monochrome, like other Huawei phones, and will also feature laser auto-focus. This comes courtesy of Huawei’s partnership with German camera brand Leica.

The biometrics: We’re pretty surprised that Huawei opted to put the fingerprint sensor on the front of the P20 instead of the rear like in the P20 Lite. Doing so may have allowed for smaller bezels and a larger screen size.

Battery: Huawei seems to be keeping in line with the mid-tier name for the P20 as the battery comes in at 3400 mAh. This is compared to the P20 Lite (3000 mAh) and the P20 Pro (4000 mAh). Below is a picture of the cleared battery specs from the FCC:

huawei p20 battery specs

Storage and OS: The P20 and P20 Pro will arrive with 128GB of internal storage out of the box, with no microSD card slot. While this should be plenty of capacity for most, for picture and video enthusiasts like ourselves, we can see this storage diminishing very fast.

The P20 will also ship with Android 8.1. This comes as no surprise as many manufacturers are already preparing for Android P, which is currently in beta stages.

The design of the Huawei P20: Our impressions

The P20 has most of what we’re looking for in terms of design. It has sleek, rounded corners, along with slim bezels and the classic iPhone X-style notch. Speaking of the notch, it won’t house any face ID chips. Instead, it will just contain the front camera, earpiece, and proximity sensor.

That doesn’t mean that we won’t see any face recognition on the Huawei P20 though. We’ll still be able to use the front camera, equipped with Huawei’s face recognition software. It won’t be nearly as secure as the fingerprint scanner however.

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The thing that irks us the most about the phone’s design though is the fingerprint scanner on the front. While some people like the feel of a physical home button, we’ve always been fans of having it in the back, or not at all. Call it a personal preference if you will.

One more design feature to note is that the P20 lineup will not have a 3.5mm headphone jack. Instead, consumers will have to rely on the included USB-C to AUX adapter.

Huawei P20 price

According to prices leaked for the P20, the device will launch at €679/$840 USD/$1080 CAD.

This pricing puts the P20 very much into flagship territory. While we know that Huawei is hoping to create a spot in your pocket for its devices, having a phone with mid-range specs hovering at flagship prices is not the way to do it.

We will have to see how demand for the device turns out and whether the mediocre specs on the device can hold up to its hefty price tag.

 

We will update this post as we learn more about the Huawei P20. What do you think about the device? Do you expect it to fly off shelves? Let us know in the comments!

Image Source: Winfuture


 

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