Huawei P20 hands on

Review

Huawei's latest flagship phone has landed...
by
Huawei P20 hands on

Meet the P20

It’s been just a week since the Huawei P20 was launched in Paris alongside the P20 Pro. We were there to see it in all its glory. Now we have our hands on the device, here are a few things you’ll want to know from our first play around with it.

Design and display

Design-wise, the P20 certainly feels like a premium device. It looks the part, too.

It’s metal and glass design is built to feel comfortable in your hand, which it does, but the first thing you’ll notice is the 5.8” FullView HD+ display. When switched on, you can see it’s full of bright colour and detail.

Photos look great on it. The P20 takes amazing photos, and you can see just how well detailed shots are on the screen. The display is also a good size for watching movies on the train or bus, and playing games anywhere. There’s also the fingerprint sensor, which is placed on the front of the device below the screen.

A notch at the top of the display is where the camera sensors are placed. We’re sure this is something we’ll see on more phones in future, not just from Huawei. iPhone X already has a similar appearance, but there's a difference - the P20 gives you the option to hide it in the display settings for a cleaner look.

AI camera

Photography is what sets the P20 apart. Not just because it has a 20MP and 12MP dual lens camera, but because of the AI technology that helps you to take professional-quality photos. This is the same technology that’s packed inside the P20 Pro model.

It understands whatever you’re looking at. It can tell whether you’re trying to take a group photo, a picture of your pet, or a plate of food. The AI automatically adjusts the camera settings for you depending on what you’re looking at. You’ll notice that flesh tones appear more human-like, and food looks more appetising and less artificial.

The phone does have a manual mode, however the idea behind the AI is that you won’t need to tinker with settings to take amazing photos. Early impressions do not disappoint.

Smooth performance

With all that AI running around keeping the camera ticking over, you can bet on fast performance to cope with it all. The P20 has a Kirin 970 processor that makes the P20 a joy to play around with.

From our early use of the device we noticed multiple apps running smoothly at the same time. Basically, it can run whatever games and tasks you throw at it.

The 3,400mAh battery gave us enough power to last all day, and with Huawei’s SuperCharge technology on board, you won’t have to wait too long to get charged up again.

Then there’s the 128 GB storage – which is more than enough for your photos, apps, games, and music. The P20 runs on the latest Android Oreo operating system, which means you’ve also got instant access to Google Photos – here you can advantage of even more free storage for any pictures you capture, and videos you record. The super slow-motion video recording feature is a lot of fun, and you’ll no doubt be experimenting with it – and saving a lot of videos in trial and error until you master the art of slow-mo’ video-making.

To round up our thoughts, the first thing we can say is that the Huawei P20 is a lot of fun. You’ll enjoy getting the best from its AI photo skills, and seeing what great photos it can take as soon as you unbox it. It makes photography easy, and is well worth a look if you’re into sharing photos on Instagram, or your Facebook account, or just enjoy snapping away at whatever takes your fancy. We’re looking forward to playing around with it more in the coming months.

If you’d like one for yourself, you can order the P20 from Carphone Warehouse right now.

0 Stars

What are your thoughts? Join the conversation here…

comments powered by Disqus
At the moment, a lot of new phones are rocking a super slo-mo camera. But what things should you be
The Huawei P20 Pro's 40MP Leica triple lens camera is a world first, and it's powered by AI to help

20 April, 2018
There are some great new Nokia Android smartphones on the way in 2018. Which one...
19 April, 2018
It’s the season of the clear out, and what better way to kick things off than by...
18 April, 2018
The Nokia 7 Plus is a big, beautiful smartphone with a fantastic display and great...
17 April, 2018
At the moment, a lot of new phones are rocking a super slo-mo camera. But what things...
16 April, 2018
Google Lens, the AI-powered visual recognition tool is set to revolutionise how we...

18 April, 2018
The Nokia 7 Plus is a big, beautiful smartphone with a fantastic display and great...
13 April, 2018
Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds launches on iOS and Android. Need to know more? Here's...
6 April, 2018
We've spent some time with the P20, Huawei's latest flagship smartphone powered by...
21 March, 2018
We take a close look at two great new smartphones from Asus, the Zenfone 4 and Zenfone...
5 March, 2018
Introducing the Huawei P Smart, featuring a 5.65-inch FullView display and incredible...
15 February, 2018
Apply HomePod is the smart speaker and home assistant with Siri built-in. If you've...
13 February, 2018
Whatever your relationship status, we’re sharing the love with five apps to make...
2 February, 2018
HQ Live Trivia Game Show is an iOS and Android app that lets you test your trivia...
25 January, 2018
The Samsung Gear Sport smartwatch is a sporty brother to the Samsung Gear S3. We...
10 January, 2018
Hidden Folks is an award-winning mobile game for iOS and Android. It looks amazing,...
10 January, 2018
Alexa has skills, but she's also got a sense of humour. Here are some of our favourite...
28 December, 2017
We compare Huawei's latest flagship phone, the Mate 10 Pro, with its predecessor,...