Huawei is launching a new flagship smartphone today. The company’s new P20 and P20 Pro handsets come with major upgrades, and a design unmistakeably similar to Apple’s iPhone X.
Both the 5.8-inch P20 and the 6.1-inch P20 Pro include a notch at the top, which Huawei claims is smaller than the iPhone X’s notch. The design of the handset is blatantly copied from the iPhone X, though it does include a home button and Huawei has done some interesting work with the back of the device. Instead of going for a regular glass back, Huawei has designed a two-tone gradient back for the handsets, which alternate between the two tones depending on reflections. It looks pretty cool, but it is a glass back which means the back will probably end up looking like a cheap fingerprint magnet.
Huawei is introducing major upgrades to the camera with the new P20 Pro as well. There is now a third lens on the device, a new telephoto lens that allows for 3x zoom and 5x hybrid zoom. This lens uses optical stabilization, but the other two lenses — including the primary 40mp lens — relies on AIS, or artificial image stabilization to stabilize all your videos. The camera systems on the devices also now feature a new feature which uses lasers as well as the built-in Neural Processing Unit and Huawei’s Kirin 970 processor to be able to better adjust camera settings and allow for an improved auto-focus system. Huawei is adding a lot of other AI-powered features, but these are mostly gimmicks which you probably won’t actually use.
Apart from that, most of what you’d expect on a high-end flagship in 2018 is present on the P20 and P20 Pro. Like the Mate 10 Pro, Huawei is getting rid of the headphone jack with the P20 and P20 Pro. The P20 Pro features a 4,000mAh battery, 6GB of RAM, while the smaller P20 comes with a 3,400mAh battery and 4GB of RAM. Both the devices come with Android 8.1 Oreo with Huawei’s EMUI, and 128GB of storage. The P20 Pro starts at €649 and goes on sale today, while the bigger Pro variant goes on sale on the 6th of April for €899.