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20 Things To Know About The All New Huawei P20 & P20 Pro

3 cameras, 2 devices, 1 never before seen colour finish.

20 things to know, let’s go!

p20-launch-21.   New naming scheme
Huawei switched things up a bit this year by not following their own set paths. There are no Huawei P11, P11 Lite and P11 Plus. Instead, say hello to the P20, P20 Pro and P20 Lite. It should be noted that the focus here is very much on the P20 and P20 Pro. Curiously, Huawei has quietly released the P20 Lite in certain markets before the big launch.

2.   Embrace the notch (or not)
Notch display in smartphones is probably unavoidable these days so might as well just embrace it. And embrace it Huawei did with P20 and P20 Pro both featuring the notch. At the very least, the notch is not as wide as the iPhone X’s so we get more screen real estate and the more we see of the screen, the better. However, if you still prefer your phone without a notch, you can sort of “hide” it by going into the settings to artificially blacken the whole upper notch-level area on the display.

3.   What sets them apart
There are certainly more than a few differences that sets the P20 Pro apart from the P20. Aside from a bigger and better OLED display, the P20 Pro also boasts more RAM, more cameras, higher IP rating, an exclusive colour finish and of course, a bigger battery than its smaller sibling.

4.   Introducing Gradient
Forget Pantone Greenery or Dazzling Blue. The P20 Pro is set to unleash a new design trend in the smartphone world by being the first phone with a gradient color finish. The glass back shifts colour depending on how it catches light and though we haven’t had the chance to get a look at it in person, it sure does sounds cool and mesmerising. Gradient is exclusive to the Twilight and Pink Gold color options.

5.   Kirin 970
New Huawei flagship phone, new and more powerful chipset. Not surprisingly, the P20 and P20 will be powered by the all-new Huawei Kirin 970 chipset with neural processing unit (NPU) built-in. The intelligent and power-efficient chipset is set to go head-to-head with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset this year in the battle of Android processors.

6.   The world’s first Leica triple cameras
Exclusively on the P20 Pro. Now this is not the first smartphone in the world to feature three rear cameras (the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro comes to mind) but it ought to be the first one that is designed for mobile photography and not some AR features. The main camera goes with the standard monochrome lens and a new telephoto lens.

7.   Zooooom
Speaking of the new telephoto lens, the P20 Pro is capable of doing 3x optical zoom as well as 5x hybrid zoom. That’s more than what dual-cameras iPhones (iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X) can do so you can literally see more with Huawei’s new phone.

8.   And they have an insane main camera
The smartphone with the highest camera megapixel count remains the Nokia 1020 with its unsurpassed 41MP main camera till today. The P20 and P20 Pro come a very close second with their 40MP main cameras, a massive leap from the competition and their predecessors. For the record, the iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ have 12MP main cameras.

9.   Highest DxOMark score on a smartphone ever (for now)
The race to top the DxOMark smartphone camera chart is a hotly-contested one in recent times, with the crown frequently passing heads among the big boys. The P20 and P20 Pro are the undisputed kings of DxOMark right now with the highest score ever recorded by a smartphone. The P20 has a score of 102 while the P20 Pro tops the chart with an even massive jump at 109. To put things into perspective, the recently-launched Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is placed at third at 99 while the Google Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL which are universally-regarded as having the best smartphone camera of the last year scored 98.

10.  AI-powered camera
In case you are wondering, no, both the P20 and P20 Pro do not have optical image stabilisation (OIS) in their cameras but Huawei’s solution to capturing blur-free shots is via artificial intelligence. The new AI Image Stabilisation (AIS) system is touted to also work well in low-light conditions via the Night Mode.

11.  Dramatic slow-mo action
The P20 and P20 Pro join the very few smartphones currently capable of shooting super slow motion videos in 960fps. It still works in short bursts, though.

12.  Master your mobile photography skills everywhere, effortlessly
Huawei’s new Master AI camera feature enables the P20 and P20 Pro to identify a total of 19 different scene categories in real time. Whether you are taking sweeping view shots of the sunset, close-up shots of your cute little pet or those so-Instagrammable food shots, the camera will intelligently adjust the best lighting as well as other related settings to best complement the shooting subject. You only have to do one thing – hit that shutter button.

13.  Capture shots like a pro
If you do not have the skills to take perfectly-angled shots, fret not. The P20 and P20 Pro’s cameras are smart enough to offer layout suggestions to improve your shot composition. Say goodbye to awkwardly-tilted shots.

14.  Studio-styte selfies
New to Huawei’s selfie game is 3D Portrait Lighting, which offers studio-quality lighting effects for more dramatic selfie shots and more professional-looking portraits. If this sounds familiar, that’s because its similar to the iPhone X’s Portrait Lighting feature.

15.  Fingerprint reader lovers rejoice
With smartphone manufacturers starting to find ways to get rid of the fingerprint reader, Huawei kept faith with arguably still is the fastest and most secure unlocking method around. Just like their predecessors, both the P20 and P20 Pro pack a front-facing fingerprint reader. More than just an unlocking mechanism, the fingerprint reader also doubles up as a smart navigation tool which employs different gestures to execute different actions. If you are wondering whether they have some sort of face unlock feature, the answer is yes, there is.

16.  Finally a Huawei phone with high-level water resistance
The P20 Pro has an IP67 rating which means it is able to submerge in 1m deep water for 30 minutes. It is on par with the iPhone 7/iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8/iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X in that regard. On the other hand, the P20 has an IP53 rating, which is more than capable of surviving water splashes.

17.  AR-ready
The P20 and P20 Pro support ARCore – Google’s platform for building augmented reality apps on Android devices. This means you will be able to do some cool AR stuffs such as placing virtual furnitures around your house in real time.

18.  Goodbye Jack
Another nail to the coffin for the fast-dissapearing headphone jack is delivered by Huawei with both the P20 and P20 Pro going wireless in the audio route. Like it or not, that’s where the future is heading. Comfort yourselves by knowing that Huawei is softening the blow by introducing the FreeBuds, their own take on Apple’s AirPods, charging carry case and all, if you are willing to cough out €159 which is around RM761 for it, that is. Oh and it comes in black too.

19.  Price
The P20 with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage is priced at €649 (about RM3,108) while the P20 Pro with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage goes for €899 (about RM4,305)

20.  Malaysia launch confirmed
Great news to Malaysian Huawei fans! Both the P20 and P20 Pro are set to be launched here on April 3, which is just less than a week away.

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