Huawei P20 Review

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Huawei P20 Review: The device is a dazzling flagship but didn’t come with a trio camera as expected, rather it came with duet rear camera and a solo camera at the front side. As a matter of fact, the newer rear cameras includes 12 MP main-rear camera and a 20 MP camera.

Tripod-free long shutter pictures can be taken with the cameras as the phone comes with a MasterAI. There is telephoto feature and monochrome features. The device failed to come with water resistivity features despite the absence of an earphone jack. It also failed to come with an OLED display.

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The front and back section is made of glass unlike the P20 Lite that has only its front made of glass and the back made of plastic. To be more disappointed, the device has no provision for internal memory expansion as it does not come with a microSD card slot and no FM radio. But the device comes with an OTG cable that is used on a reversible connector.

Huawei P20 features a capacitive 5.8 inches’ touchscreen display. This device runs on an operating system of Android 8.1 (Oreo). The Huawei P20 Price is $500. The device comes with dual 12 MP and 20 MP rear cameras. The front side also has 24 MP selfie camera at the front. It comes in 4 GB RAM. A non-removable Li-Po 3400 mAh battery powers the device.

The P20 has a processing speed that is enhanced due to the octa-core processing technology. The internal memory version of the device includes 128 GB internal memory which comes with a 4 GB RAM.


Operating systemAndroid 8.1 (Oreo)
Display5.8 inches
Dimension149.1 x 70.8 x 7.7 mm
Screen Resolution1080 x 2240 pixels
NetworkGSM / HSPA / LTE
SIMSingle SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
CPUOcta-core (4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
Rear CameraDual: 12 MP + 2 MP
Internal Memory128 GB
Battery Capacity3400 mAh battery


The operating system of Huawei P20 is the Android 8.1 (Oreo) which seems to be upgradable to a higher version of android 9.0 (Pie). It has a HiSilicon Kirin 970 made with 10 nm manufacturing process. The CPU is an Octa-core that runs at 4×2.4 GHz for Cortex-A73 and 4×1.8 GHz for Cortex-A53. The graphic processor is a Mali-G72 MP12.

See also: Huawei P20 Lite

The rear cameras are duet 12 megapixels with 20-megapixel rear cameras. The rear camera comes with LED flash, HDR and panorama. You can capture videos of about 4k resolution with the rear camera of the Huawei P20. The front side has a single 24 MP camera that can record 1080p resolution.

See also: Tecno Camon 11 Pro

There is an LTPS IPS LCD screen of 5.8 inches at its front that has a resolution of 1080 pixels by 2240 pixels.  The device comes with single SIM and dual nano SIM models.

The front mounted fingerprint sensor is there for maximum security of the phone. There is an earphone jack and a single speaker. A battery of 3400 mAh powers the device.


Unwrapping the black cartoon of the device will reveal many white accessories like a two-pinned white charger adapter, a white headphone, a white USB chord and a 3.5mm-to-USB-C adapter.

Always make sure that the cartoon is properly sealed so as to get the full content in box. If not, you might be getting half or fewer contents when you unbox a supposed new device. The Huawei P20 price is not much because you will get some phone covers and manual books in the box.


The Huawei P20 comes with a physical dimension of 149.1 millimeters via length which 10.7 shorter than the P20 Lite. it is 70.8 millimeters in width which is 6.8 millimeter less wide than the P20 Lite. The phone is 7.7 millimeters thick.  The P20 weighs 165 grams. It’s strange that the Lite version of a device is more longer, wider and thicker than that device.

See also: Huawei P20 Specs

At the front side of the device, you will see a 5.8 inches’ IPS LCD display. The 5.8 inches’ display screen on P20 comes with a screen-to-body ratio of 18.7:9.

The display almost covered every part of the front view excluding the part were the home key was supposed to be. This means that there is a home key on the Huawei P20. But the display screen didn’t cover the region meant for the earpiece and selfie camera with its sensors.

With the earpiece at the top front-side of the phone, the front side also sees a 24 MP camera depending on the version. The face recognition sensor is there at the front side of the phone.

At the back you will see two cameras including 12 megapixels and 20 megapixel cameras vertically place at the left-top of the rear part of the phone. The camera has its flash and sensor placed beneath it.

The left side of the phone is for volume keys and power key. The right side of the phone has the SIM card and microSD tray.

The device does not come with an audio jack but comes with a wired paired headphone that is connected to the phone via a 3.5mm-to-USB-C adapter. The device is not waterproof and dustproof. It can’t resist water and dust up to certain distance for a time.

At the bottom of the phone, there is an earphone jack at the bottom-left with a USB port separating the earphone jack from the loudspeaker that comes after the primary microphone at the bottom right. The primary mic is located at the right side of the USB port. And after the loudspeaker. This device has variant colors like Twilight, Black, Midnight Blue and Pink Gold colors.


The device has a 5.84 inches’ display which comes with a 1080 pixels by 2280 pixels’ resolution that has a pixel density of 477 ppi. The display type is a super LTPS IPS LCD screen has a brightness of 480 nits.


Performance and Memory

The Huawei P20 is driven by an operating system of Android 8.1 (0reo) which is upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie). The device comes with HiSilicon Kirin 970 that has 10 nm manufacturing process. This chipset has a processor of eight cores running at 4 x 2.4 GHz. The graphics processor for it is a Mali-G72 MP12.

This device comes with one single RAM version which include 4 GB RAM. The device has 128 GB internal memory. But the internal memory cannot be expanded using a microSD card because there is no card slot.


The rear cameras are a duet 12 megapixels and 20-megapixel rear cameras. The camera comes with LED flash, HDR and panorama. You can capture videos of 4k resolution with the rear camera of the P20.

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The 12-megapixel rear camera has an aperture of f/1.8, 27mm wide angle, a sensor size of 1/2.3 inches, a pixel of 1.55µm, an OIS, a PDAF and a laser AF. The 20 MP camera has an aperture of f/1.6, 27mm wide angle, 2x lossless zoom and a PDAF.

This 20MP camera is a monochrome camera that is the same as before with 1.00µm pixels and f/1.6 aperture lens. This Monochrome mode features its modes on the viewfinder which includes the Normal, Aperture, Portrait, and Pro.

There is a dual-tone LED flash to brighten the object in the dark. The rear camera can shoot 2160p video for 10 seconds that results to a 27MB media file, 1080p video at 60fps for 10 seconds that results to 17MB and 1080p video at 30fps for 10s resulting to 8MB file.

The Master AI from Huawei is enabled from Settings which helps the camera to identify the scene properly and goes on the right mode thus.

The 24 MP front camera is there to give you great selfie photos as you will get your colors and every other thing accurate if you seem to position well.

Connectivity and Sensors

The Huawei P20 has a Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct and a hotspot. A 4.2 version of Bluetooth is on the device, as it comes with an A-GPS and also an NFC. The USB port is version 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector that supports USB On-The-Go.

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The device comes with fingerprint sensor mounted at the front side of the phone. It also has an accelerometer, a gyro, a proximity and a compass. There is also face recognition technology on the phone.

The network bands include 2G bands: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only), 3G bands: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 and LTE 4G band.

Software and Applications

It is pre-installed with messaging features like SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM. The browser is HTML5. Huawei placed an MP4/DivX/XviD/H.265 player, MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player, Photo/video editor and a Document editor.

You have many themes to choose as they have different skin, wallpaper and icons. There is a memory clean up on the phone manager app. The phone manager app also has an Avast virus scan feature, battery settings, blocked numbers and mobile data usage.

When you pull down the notification panel, you will see quick switches for Wi-Fi connection, Bluetooth, mobile data, sound, airplane mode, torch and a screen brightness adjuster.

There is a Huawei Music App for playing music. And it is the default music player for P20 Lite. There is also a Huawei Health app for step counting and Fit syncing by google.

Battery and Huawei P20 Price

A non-removable Li-Po battery of 3400 mAh powers the device. Huawei P20 talk time is up to 16 hours on 3G mode, video playback of 12 hours’ duration and web browsing for 13 hours. The Huawei P20 price is about $500.


The front and back glass body makes the phone a dual-glass section with metal frame round about it. The screen is a 5.8 inches LTPS IPS LCD which is shorter than the P20 Lite screen with very few inches.

The chipset features Kirin 970 chipset with an octa-core processor of Cortex-A73 running at 2.4GHz + A53 1.8GHz. There is the Mali-G72 MP12 graphic processor. All these are operated by an operating system of Android 8.1 Oreo. The device has no space for memory card slot having an internal memory of 128 GB and a 4 GB RAM.

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A 12MP camera with an aperture of f/1.8 OIS is there with a 20MP with an aperture of f/1.6 monochrome. These cameras records 4K videos, and a records a slow motion video at 720p. other camera features includes 2x optical zoom, OIS + EIS which can change focus and lighting after taking a photo. There is also a variable aperture and a portrait mode.

The powering factor is mainly a 3,400mAh battery that charges fast. There is a fingerprint reader at the front.

The dual-camera got an in the background redesign with another sensor, better lens, 960fps moderate mo catching, and some propelled machine figuring out how to enable you to take the best snaps. The last has some all the more figuring out how to do, without a doubt, yet it has officially awed us with that sans tripod long-shutter night shots.

The Huawei P20 originates from an entrenched lead breed, which has never frustrated us. The focus on the camera this year didn’t tip the scales against different highlights, for example, structure and show. The P20 is as incredibly lovely as it is ground-breaking. And keeping in mind that the scored screen isn’t the special one, it is the best pick of the season, and we can’t contend with individuals’ decision.

The Huawei P20 turned out a balanced device, giving an amazing option in contrast to the costlier P20 Pro. It’s as lovely and as incredible, while its camera isn’t that second rate compared to the Pro’s. At last, the Huawei P20 value bodes well, and in a couple of months from now when it settles down considerably further, the cell phone can possibly turn into the organization’s top of the line hit.

Other Huawei phones like Huawei P20 Lite in one way or the other

Huawei Honor 10 comes with 5.84 inches’ IPS LCD screen display, Hisilicon Kirin 970 processing chip, Dual: 16 MP (f/1.8) + 24 MP rear camera, 24 MP front camera, 3400 mAh battery, 128 GB internal memory and 8 GB RAM, Corning Gorilla Glass (unspecified version)

Huawei Y6 Prime (2018) comes with 5.7 inches’ S-IPS LCD screen display, Snapdragon 425 processing chip, 3000 mAh battery, 32 GB internal memory and 3 GB RAM.

Huawei Y6 (2018) comes with 5.7 inches’ S-IPS LCD screen display, Snapdragon 425 processing chip, 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera, 3000 mAh battery, 16 GB internal memory and 2 GB RAM.

Huawei Mate RS Porsche Design comes with 6.0 inches’ AMOLED screen display, Hisilicon Kirin 970 processing chip, Triple: 40 MP (f/1.8, 1/1.7 inches’, OIS) + 20 MP B/W (f/1.6) + 8 MP rear camera, 24 MP front camera, 4000 mAh battery, 512 GB internal memory and 6 GB RAM.

Huawei P20 Pro comes with 6.1 inches’ AMOLED screen display, Hisilicon Kirin 970 processing chip, 4000 mAh battery, 256 GB internal memory and 8 GB RAM.

Huawei P20 lite comes with 5.84 inches’ LTPS IPS LCD screen display, HiSilicon Kirin 659 processing chip, 3000 mAh battery, 128 GB internal memory and 4 GB RAM.

Huawei Honor 7A comes with 5.7 inches’ IPS LCD screen display, Snapdragon 430 processing chip, Dual: 13 MP (f/2.2, PDAF) + 2 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera, 3000 mAh battery, 32 GB internal memory and 3 GB RAM.

Huawei Y7 Pro (2018) comes with 5.99 inches’ IPS LCD screen display, Snapdragon 430 processing chip, Dual: 13 MP (PDAF) + 2 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera, 3000 mAh battery, 32 GB internal memory and 3 GB RAM.


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