Huawei P20 hands on

Huawei's latest flagship phone has landed...
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.

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