15 May 2018
*Huawei P20 Pro Review: A photographer’s dream*
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፨ Fantastic tri-camera
፨ Plenty of storage and RAM
፨ Great battery life
፨ Ultra-flexible camera
፨ Fast face unlock
፨ Stunning design
፨ EMUI interface has come a long way
፨ No 3.5mm headphone jack
፨ There are faster phones
፨ No wireless charging
፨ Minor fizz to the OLED screen
፨ Price: ₹64,999
፨ 6.1-inch OLED FHD+
፨ Kirin 970
፨ 6GB RAM/128GB storage
፨ Tri-camera (40MP + 20MP + 8MP)
፨ 24MP selfie camera
፨ 4000mAh battery
፨ EMUI 8.1
፨ IR blaster
●●FULL DETAILED REVIEW●●
👉WHAT IS THE Huawei P20 Pro?
፨The Huawei P20 Pro is Chinese manufacturer Huawei’s latest flagship smartphone.
፨It brings a much-anticipated new feature to the table – a tri-camera
፨It’s also equipped with a top-of-the-line processor, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage
፨The end result is a great smartphone that’s sure to delight photographers.
፨The design of the Huawei P20 Pro isn’t too dissimilar to what we’ve seen from other manufacturers of late.
፨There’s a small cut-out – dubbed a ‘notch’ – at the top of the tall 6.1-inch near-edge-to-edge screen that’s used to house vital components, including the 24MP front-facing camera, and there’s a small lip at the bottom.
፨Huawei decided to house a Home button in the dead space, which also doubles as a fingerprint reader if the handset’s face-recognition feature isn’t your cup of tea.
፨Flip the Huawei P20 Pro over and you’re greeted by its Leica-engineered tri-camera and an LED flash, as well as some modest Huawei and Leica branding.
፨The shooter itself is mounted vertically on the upper-right side of the unit, instead of horizontally as found on the Huawei P10, for improved depth-sensing.
፨There’s a set of stereo speakers on the bottom of the Huawei P20 Pro, situated either side of the USB-C slot – and they sound good, delivering clear and rich audio at even the loudest of volumes.
፨Noticeably missing is a 3.5mm headphone port – something to bear in mind if you’re not a fan of Bluetooth or adapters.
፨You’ll find the volume rocker and power button on the right of the handset’s frame, both of which are constructed from cheap plastic.
፨Pressing either of the keys not only feels tacky.
፨Build quality is the best I’ve seen on a high-end smartphone to date. The handset is constructed from a mixture of strengthened glass and aluminium, with the former occupying the front and rear of the unit, and the latter the frame that holds everything in place.
፨The metal-and-glass build also ensures protection from the odd knock, bump and scrape.
፨The 6.1-inch near-edge-to-edge screen on the Huawei P20 Pro is very good.
፨It’s an 18.7:9 panel, making it taller than a standard 16:9 screen. It’s similar to the one found on the Galaxy S9.
፨Also like the S9, Huawei has used the OLED screen tech here rather than LCD.
፨As I mentioned earlier, there’s a small notch at the top of the screen like iPhone X.(Can be Disabled too!!)
፨The screen itself has an HD+ resolution (1080 x 2160), churning out rich text.
፨Colours are vibrant but, as is the case on the budget Huawei P Smart, they can often feel oversaturated.
፨Fortunately, you can adjust the colour balance to suit your personal preference by diving into the Settings menu.
፨Just like the Galaxy S9, the Huawei P20 Pro offers full support for HDR10 – the leading standard for high dynamic range.
፨What’s more, it can also stream HDR content from sources such as Netflix, to take advantage of a wider colour gamut to deliver a viewing experience that can only be rivalled by Samsung’s latest flagship.
፨In my opinion, the best thing about the screen on the Huawei P20 Pro is the brightness it can deliver.
፨When cranked up to maximum, you’ll have no trouble reading a message or watching a video in sunlight – although sub-par viewing angles mean you’ll need to hold the handset head-on to see what’s going on.
፨Where the Huawei P20 Pro surprised me the most is in the software department. I’ve long said that Huawei’s EMUI interface is the worst of the worst, but I found myself warming to it on the firm’s latest handset. And that’s because the P20 Pro ships running Android 8.1 Oreo, ፨skinned with a much-improved version of EMUI.
፨Much to my surprise, Huawei somehow managed to iron out all of the creases that plagued previous builds of EMUI.
፨The latest version delivers superb performance, switching between applications and launching sub-menus in the bat of an eye. It also includes a number of useful aftermarket features:
፨An integrated Smart Controller application takes advantage of the on-board IR blaster to provide users with an interface to control various appliances, ranging from ACs to TVs.
፨I found this feature to be nice treat, seeing as it’s now a rarity to find an IR transmitter on a smartphone.
፨A Quick Settings cover can be activated from the lockscreen, separate from Android’s native Quick Toggles option, offering users one-click access to a number of core applications including a calculator, torch and voice recorder.
፨There’s even a barcode and QR scanner.
፨There’s also an iOS-like 3D Touch tool, which allows users to dive straight into a section of an application from the homescreen.
★P20 Pro also comes with a voice assistant – HiAssistant – to rival Bixby, Cortana and Siri, as well as an AI-driven recognition tool that’s capable of identifying a product and tracking it down on digital marketplaces such as Amazon.
★But here’s the bad news: the last two features are limited to China at present.
★Authentication is all the rage nowadays, and you’ll be pleased to hear the Huawei P20 Pro covers all bases.
★There’s 2D face recognition – which is a lot faster, but isn’t as secure as the 3D alternative found on the iPhone X – and a fingerprint reader, in addition to the slew of standard features baked into Android, including a PIN.
፨The Huawei P20 Pro is blazing fast. The in-house Kirin 970 at the heart of the handset is coupled with 6GB of RAM (2GB more than the standard P20).
፨It handled every task I threw its way with ease, remaining composed while switching between a handful of applications and streaming a playlist over 4G from Spotify.
፨I didn’t notice a dip in performance even when cycling between Asphalt 8: Airborne and Need For Speed: No Limits – two intensive 3D mobile games.
፨The frame rate remained consistent as I progressed through different levels, switching between the titles whenever I reached a new milestone in the other (aka game surfing).
★I ran the Huawei P20 Pro through a Geekbench 4 simulation – It performed well, scoring 1921 in the single-core and 6837 in the multi-core test, but falling short of the Galaxy S9 – which scored 3690 and 8757, respectively.
፨The Huawei P20 Pro is the first smartphone on the market to offer a tri-camera – a 40MP telephoto sensor (f/1.8), a 20MP monochrome sensor (f/1.6) for depth and texture, and a standard 8MP image sensor (f/2.4).
፨The latter has Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), while the first two sport Artificial Intelligence Stabilisation (AIS).
፨All three sensors, fine-tuned by German optics titan Leica, work together, with each being assigned a specific role.
፨The 40MP sensor captures the colours in the scene, the 20MP monochrome sensor ensnares more detail, as well as texture and depth for a bokeh effect (if required), and the 8MP sensor is used for zooming.
➽Sample Shots Analysis
★The Huawei P20 Pro excels at close-ups
★The Monochrome sensor doesn’t skip on detail, either
★And i can’t complain about this bokeh
★Pictures taken in daylight are crisp and brimming with detail
★You can even zoom in for a closer look at distant subjects
★The sky is a little more blue than it was in real life
፨Still shots taken in both daylight and low-light are crisp and full of detail.
፨The same can also be said for the 24MP front-facing shooter. Video, on the other hand, isn’t so great – the super-slo-mo feature, which lets you shoot a 0.2-second burst of slow-motion footage at 960 frames per second, often distorted the subject.
፨Most of the time, however, the auto-manipulation, which is powered by the aforementioned AI engine, works in the camera’s favour, making colours pop, even in the darkest of settings.
፨It’s a lot more reliable in low-light environments, and the images it produces in well-lit conditions are second to none. And the same, once again, can be said for the front-facing camera – which is clear and crisp for the most part.
፨The Huawei P20 Pro sports a massive 4000mAh non-removable battery, which is more than enough to see the handset through at least two days of intermediate use – and it did on more than one occasion.
፨I was unhooking the unit at 7:30 am and using it to scroll through messages and stream Spotify over Jio throughout the day.
፨When I plugged it back in at 11:30 pm, it had around 54% (on average) remaining. That had replenished to 100% within a mere half an hour of the unit being on charge, thanks to its Super Charge fast-charging feature – which I found to be a lot quicker than Samsung’s Adaptive Fast Charging.
፨If, for whatever reason, you find yourself needing to squeeze a few additional hours out of the cell, you have the option to reduce the screen resolution to 720p or limit the performance using the on-board Power Saving Mode. Both make a real difference to power consumption – if you can live with the sacrifices, that is.
👉SHOULD YOU BUY Huawei P20 Pro?
፨The Huawei P20 Pro is a solid smartphone that’s bound to impress both amateur and seasoned photographers alike, and everyone in between, thanks to its high-end specifications, stunning design and best-in-class tri-camera setup. Although its ₹64,999 price tag could be enough to put a fair few people off.
፨If you’re after something a little cheaper and not as advanced, the Honor 9 Lite is another smartphone aimed at photographers, albeit aspiring ones. It sports a 5.65-inch 18:9 HD screen and a dual-camera on both the front and rear – an incredible amount of tech for a smartphone that costs less than ₹25,000.
፨A fantastic high-end smartphone with an even more fantastic camera.
፨Paying this much for a Huawei phone may seem a tough sell. But great battery life, top specs and the most compelling use of computational photography seen in a phone yet make the Huawei P20 Pro one of the most interesting phones available.
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