At the presentation of Huawei P20 and P20 Pro there were a lot of big words and it made a huge number of straightforward comparison with competitors in the Chinese style, without the slightest hesitation. And high scores in DxO Mark camera both smartphones make, and the screens are better, and artificial intelligence are treated more skillfully. On the other hand, when am I not? Do you remember the company that submitted the smartphone, saying, “Well, here we are not very turned out, Apple certainly better able to do such things”? However, this time, in many points, Huawei at least wanted to believe.

But a belief in our business will not survive, so check all these statements it is necessary. However, in this review we will talk exclusively about the Huawei P20 Pro – more interesting version of the new flagship, which features larger display (6.1 inches vs. 5.8), a more capacious battery (4000 mAh vs 3400 mAh) and a completely different camera. And it is for the latter and was worth venturing all the fuss: P20 Pro installed unique triple (!) module with leading sensor 40 (!) megapixels. In addition, the gadget is still many can boast, but we already used that the competition’s flagship smartphone is, in fact, to compare their cameras (while the camera market themselves as dropped and not raised). But we’ll talk still about everything and not focus only on photos and video.


Huawei P20 Pro Huawei P20 Huawei Mate 10 Pro Apple iPhone X Samsung Galaxy S9
Display 6.1 inch OLED
2240 × 1080 pixels, 408 ppi, capacitive multitouch
5.8 inch, IPS,
2244 × 1080 pixels, 430 ppi, capacitive multitouch
6 inch, AMOLED,
2160 × 1080 pixels, 402 ppi, capacitive multitouch
5.8 inches, Super AMOLED, 2436 × 1125, 458 ppi, capacitive multi-touch technology TrueTone 5.8 inches, Super AMOLED, 1440 × 2960, 570 ppi, capacitive multitouch
Safety glass No information No information No information No data Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Processor HiSilicon Kirin 970: Quad core ARM Cortex A73, 2.4 GHz + four cores ARM Cortex A53, frequency 1.8 GHz; architecture HiAI HiSilicon Kirin 970: Quad core ARM Cortex A73, 2.4 GHz + four cores ARM Cortex A53, frequency 1.8 GHz; architecture HiAI HiSilicon Kirin 970: Quad core ARM Cortex A73, 2.4 GHz + four cores ARM Cortex A53, frequency 1.8 GHz; architecture HiAI Apple A11 Bionic six cores (2 × Moonsoon + 4 × Mistral) Samsung Exynos 9810: eight cores (4 × M3, 2.7 GHz + 4 × Cortex-A55, 1.8 GHz)
Graphics controller ARM Mali-G72 MP12, 850 MHz ARM Mali-G72 MP12, 850 MHz ARM Mali-G72 MP12, 850 MHz Apple GPU (3-core) Mali-G72 MP18, 900 MHz
RAM 6 GB 4 GB 4/6 GB 3 GB 4 GB
Flash memory 128 GB 128 GB 64/128 GB 64/256 GB 64/128/256 GB
Memory card support No No No No There
Connectors USB Type-C USB Type-C USB Type-C Lightning USB Type-C, mini-Jack 3.5 mm
SIM card Two nano-SIM Two nano-SIM Two nano-SIM One nano-SIM One nano-SIM
Cell 2G connection GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
3G cellular communications HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 HSDPA MHz HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz
Cellular 4G LTE Cat. 18 (up to 1200 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41 LTE Cat. 18 (up to 1200 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41 LTE Cat. 18 (up to 1200 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 29, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40 LTE Cat. 12 (450 Mbps): the bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66 LTE Cat. 18 (1200/200 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 20, 28, 32, 38, 39, 40, 41
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/AC 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4/5 GHz
Bluetooth 4.2 (aptX HD) 4.2 4.2 5.0 5.0
NFC There There There Yes (Apple Pay) There
Sensors Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), infrared sensor Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), infrared sensor Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), infrared sensor Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass) Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)
Fingerprint scanner There There There No There
The facial recognition system There There There There There
The main camera Triple module 40 + 20 + 8 MP, ƒ/1,8 + ƒ/1,6 + ƒ/2,4, hybrid auto focus, optical stabilization, dual-led flash Double module, 20 + 12 MP, ƒ/1,6 + ƒ/1.8 is the hybrid autofocus, optical stabilization, dual-led flash Double module, 20 + 12 megapixels, ƒ/1,6, hybrid auto focus, optical stabilization, dual-led flash Double module: 12 MP, ƒ/1,8 + 12 MP, ƒ/2.4 GHz, autofocus, chetyrehrjadnye led flash, optical stabilizer, both cameras 12 MP, a variable aperture of f/1,5/2,4, autofocus, led flash, optical image stabilization
Front camera 24 MP, ƒ/2.0, fixed focus, no flash 24 MP, ƒ/2.0, autofocus, no flash 8 MP, ƒ/2.0, autofocus, no flash 7 MP, f/2.2, and without a flash 8 MP, f/1,7, no flash
Food Removable battery: 15,2 WH (4000 mAh, 3.8 V) Removable battery: 12,92 W·h (3400 mAh, 3.8 V) Removable battery: 15,2 WH (4000 mAh, 3.8 V) Removable battery: of 10.26 W⋅h (2716 mAh, 3.8 V) Non-removable battery: for 11.55 W⋅h 3000 mA * h, 3.8 V)
Size 155 × 73,9 × 7.8 mm 149,1 × 70,8 × 7.65 mm 154,2 × 74,5 × 7.9 mm 143,6 × 70,9 × 7.7 mm 147,7 × 68,7 × 8.5 mm
Weight 180 grams 165 grams 178 grams 174 grams 163 grams
Protection case there are, IP67 no there are, IP67 there are, IP67 mean, standard IP68
Operating system Android 8.0 Oreo, shell EMUI Android 8.0 Oreo, shell EMUI Android 8.0 Oreo, shell EMUI iOS 11 Android 8.0 Oreo, own shell
Current price 54 990 rubles 45 580 rubles 45 000 from 70 to 81 990 990 rubles 59 990 rubles

Huawei P20 Pro – information about stuffing according to CPU-Z

Design, ergonomics and software

The design of the smartphone, despite the minimal space for the imagination of artists remains as important battlefield for premium devices like the camera. And this battle Huawei is clearly inferior. Yes, the task the designers had originally difficult – to ultimately reduce the frame around the display (so says fashion), while retaining individuality, branding, and bringing in the appearance of the P20/P20 Pro some are specific to them features. Alas, the result is precisely visible to the naked eye attempt to sit on several chairs.

Put into use the Apple cutout (popularly known as “unibrow”) right in the middle of the top edge of the display here is combined with the hardware key “Home” on the bottom, and declared for P20 Pro IP67 – with the lack of mini-Jack. When the Chinese developers of the technology understand – not everything that makes Apple, equally useful! To make a secure phone you can, keeping the mini-Jack on the spot – ask Samsung or Sony as if they themselves at an impasse.


All of this is backed not too neat looking “sandwich” of the front panel, consisting, as usual, of the laminated glass. The situation corrects beautiful back panel is made of plate glass which, of course, collects every fingerprint, but it looks if you wipe, really cool. Especially not in black version, as in our case, and in blue or a gradient (Pantone). This P20 Pro is really capable to impress, but eclectic, secondary and slightly grubby front panel reduces the rating.

Huawei P20 Pro, front panel: top – notch with a status led, a front camera and speaker on the bottom is the hardware, but the touch button “Home”

Faces made of metal with small plastic inserts for the correct operation of the antenna is the usual solution.

Huawei P20 Pro, rear panel: three camera lens and dual led flash. Between the chambers in the ledge hid laser assistant autofocus contrast

With oleophobic coating of the display, as is the case with Huawei, something – the front panel default is covered with a protective film, and to tear off it is not recommended because of the screen’s great sticky fingerprints.

Huawei P20 Pro, the left side: the slot for the two carrier-card standard nano-SIM

Huawei P20 Pro, right side: the power key and the volume/shutter camera

Huawei P20 Pro, as befits a serious smartphone of 2018 model year, combines what previously seemed incongruous just on physical laws – a huge display and relatively small size. A 6.1-inch screen Packed in a housing with dimensions of 155 × 73,9 × 7.8 mm, Yes, P20 Pro bigger than the iPhone X, but here and display more. Anyway, the gadget fits in any pocket and does not cause serious discomfort when using. At least we all (well, almost) is already used to it. Nothing unusual, the next “blade”.

Huawei P20 Pro, top face: microphone and IR sensor

Huawei P20 Pro, bottom side: USB Type-C and a speaker grille (right)

Of the unusual solutions I would also like to note the round speaker – this really looks good, and the place on the neckline saves (in the end, he then noticeably smaller than the iPhone). Like we’ve seen (including on the budget smartphones like Wileyfox), but it looks still outside the box. Otherwise, no surprises: the hardware keys on the right side, the SIM card slots on the left, the main speaker is on the bottom. The sound here, by the way, stereo this speaker is paired with the round conversational.

To control the gadget can be used as on-screen navigation bar, consisting of three standard Android elements, and only the “Home” button. She’s here, how long ago was led, multi-touch and reacts as a single touch and different gestures – their purpose can be changed in the settings.


Huawei P20 Pro offers both basic today’s option verify your identity when unlocking the device. Here is how the fingerprint scanner built into the “Home” button and facial recognition system. Special sensor for this purpose is not used — only the software part that uses the front camera features. When this recognition happens very quickly, including in the dark to identify the user, the camera, enough light from the screen, which in this case is on. Yes, in theory there those of reliability and security that provides the system from the point of the projector and the IR camera in the iPhone X, but the practical difference you probably won’t notice.


If you want you can use both face recognition and fingerprint scanner – just for different purposes. One, for example, to unlock the device, and the second to pay using Google Pay or access to private space.

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A new version of EMUI to the exit P20/P20 Pro Huawei not prepared – here is the same shell EMUI eighth version, which debuted back in the fall for Huawei Mate Pro 10 – in the review of this smartphone, you can read about it more. In short, it’s a bit specific in appearance, but extremely well working shell. My feeling is that it is faster than any on the market – smartphones from Huawei speed redraw screens and opening apps sometimes ahead of de jure more powerful competitors. At P20 Pro this is the situation – the speed of it is quite a match for that Google Pixel 2, Samsung Galaxy S9. Energy efficiency is also all good, although the Always-On Display to be added here (after all, OLED screen allows you to do), eats up more charging, than Samsung or LG, is 10 % per night go easily.

Huawei also promises to reduce the effect of “fatigue” smartphone due to the improved work with neural networks are the same promises that were given when the issue Mate 10 Pro. He must not lose speed and does not accumulate error with time, giving six months or a year the same feel that immediately after purchase. To verify these promises during the relatively short test P20 Pro, of course, was impossible.

Have P20 Pro and specificities. It concerns — as it is easy to understand just by looking at the smartphone — works with “cut”. If you are annoyed of the “pier” that burst into a single screen space with the status bar on the right and left of him, it is possible to fix it, just paint the status bar in black color. Looks a bit wild, but perfectionists may enjoy.

Display and sound

To release in 2018, expensive smartphone with an LCD screen – an outright bad manners. No illusions about any advantage of LCD technology over organic LEDs is no more – except that you can talk about the burnout of individual pixels, OLED-matrix, but considering the lifespan of phones (rarely more than three or four years) it’s not very serious. Huawei P20 set IPS-matrix, but the Pro version still get the OLED.

Here we use 6.1-inch display with a resolution of 2240 × 1080 pixels – aspect ratio is 19:9. It’s not the same screen, which is installed in the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, which is slightly different in the diagonal and format. The pixel density here is a little higher than the “Meite”, — 408 ppi. It’s not so much for flagship standards – here accustomed to see Quad HD display with a density that surpasses 500 ppi. But to see with the naked eye the difference is impossible – only when used with virtual reality glasses. You can watch the videos in original format (usually 16:9) and stretch to fit the screen – in this case the format will be 18:9, after all “ears” around the front sensors are not used during playback.

Touch panel (supports ten touch, works with hand gestures) can respond to the touch of a hand in a glove when you activate special settings. The display features polarizing layer and the air gap between the display matrix and the sandwich front panel, of course, no.

The measured maximum brightness level without software increase when tuning is 411 CD/m2. The figure itself is not very impressive, especially compared with the OLED-display X iPhone, but at the expense of conventionally infinite level of contrast using a smartphone is quite comfortable in any situation, including in the sun. Especially if you activate the automatic adjustment of brightness – in this case due to the automatic adjustment, it can jump and up to 580 CD/m2. And in General, the adaptive backlight works very nice – desire to disable it arises.

In Huawei P20 Pro appeared auto adjust color tones according to the lighting – analog True Tone used in Apple displays, iPhone and the iPad. Setting, in my opinion, a good idea, as a rule, the picture looks nice and according to the situation. The tendency to display too cool tones, which is the display configured as the default, leaving.


Huawei P20 Pro, display settings

You can also manually change the color temperature and color – as color wheel, and choosing in settings the “bright” or “normal” display mode.

Huawei P20 Pro, bright mode, gamma. Yellow – indicators Mate P20 Pro, the dotted reference gamma

Huawei P20 Pro, bright mode, color temperature. Blue line – performance P20 Pro, the dotted reference temperature

Huawei P20 Pro, bright mode, color gamut. Gray triangle – coverage of the sRGB triangle coverage P20 Pro

The default “bright” mode of the display. Use the expanded color gamut, but the colors are not quite natural pictures in this mode should “please the eye”, not to be true. Inflated the expected color temperature (6700-7700 K), the average DeltaE deviation for the extended Color Checker palette (shades of gray + a wide variety of colour shades) is 4,30 – not bad, but nothing special (the upper limit of normal is, let me remind you, the result of 3.00). Average gamma with excellent – to 2.18, but the curves behave incorrectly.

Huawei P20 Pro, normal, gamma. Yellow – indicators P20 Pro, the dotted reference gamma

Huawei P20 Pro, normal mode color temperature. Blue line – performance P20 Pro, the dotted reference temperature

Huawei P20 Pro, normal mode color gamut. Gray triangle – coverage of the sRGB triangle coverage P20 Pro

If you change the color mode to “normal”, the picture will immediately become more warm, and the color space closer to sRGB. Gamma of 2.25 with a little more stable curves (while talking about pinpoint accuracy again is not necessary), temperature “becomes warmer” by about 1000 K and is close to the norm, the average deviation of DeltaE scale Color Checker is 2.44. The overall impression of the settings screen is not much different from that we had after meeting with the flagship Apple or Samsung. Worthy flagship level.

Sounds Huawei P20 Pro not that mediocre – just usually. Use wired headphones through the adapter (included), this may affect the sound. However, a critical lack of volume or detail I never noticed – all this is normal. For lovers of wireless headphones the good news is supported by the transmission standard of the sound quality (aptX, aptX HD). However, the audiophiles in any case, better not to think about smartphone sound and use the usual specialized players.

The external speakers sound great phone’s standards. The technology was tested at Mate 10 Pro, here we get the same level of stereo image is very high (for such a small speaker) volume, with a strong desire you can even watch a video without headphones, not too at the same time suffering. To call with Huawei P20 Pro comfortable – no issues in this regard within two weeks of testing I have not experienced.


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