October 2, 2023

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Let’s rewind a couple of years again and take a look at the evolution of smartphone when it comes to shopping for behaviour. When the primary set of smartphones had been launched, design was once the driving issue. Design stays essential however quickly folks began what’s contained in the smartphone – processor and battery. Whereas sure elements might need been fluctuating, there was a relentless: digital camera. No matter the model or value, an excellent digital camera has all the time piqued the curiosity of consumers.

That is an period of like and share with manufacturers understanding what folks need in a smartphone greater than the rest. Folks wish to click on as many photographs as they’ll and for that they want a digital camera that doesn’t allow them to down. Hundreds of thousands of pixels have been cramped in cameras, sensors have been improved and shortly one digital camera turned two, two turned three and so forth. In line with Huawei, it’s evidently flaunting three rear cameras in a smartphone, which is strictly what it has carried out with its P20 Professional smartphone.

The P20 Professional, which noticed a worldwide introduction in late February throughout MWC 2018 and in India few days in the past, will price you a whopping Rs 64,999. For this you get three rear cameras powered by Leica lenses together with all of the bells and whistles you discover in different 2018 flagship smartphones. So is it price it or not? And even when cash isn’t a problem, is that this the appropriate smartphone for you? Hear us out.


The Huawei P20 Professional waves goodbye to the design and look carried by its predecessors, the huawei P9 and huawei P10. Being the most recent within the line, P20 Professional brings a recent new design on the desk with an goal to make itself adored by clients much more than earlier than. Nonetheless, having come throughout a number of Honor-branded smartphones, we do see some hints of design being flaunted by P20 Professional although.

First issues first, the smartphone has a ‘notch’. It isn’t as extensive because the one discovered within the iPhone X nevertheless it’s nonetheless there! So cope with it even should you don’t prefer it. However in contrast to the iPhone X, there’s a chin beneath the display screen that homes a fingerprint sensor-embedded dwelling button. To clear your confusion, this comes along with the on-screen navigation buttons that additionally has the identical dwelling button performance.

The unit we obtained was the Midnight Blue and seemed nice to us. The rear is all glass, which additionally means extremely reflective. Though this seems to be good, it turns into annoying to take care of at instances, particularly for individuals who have an OCD of retaining their shining handsets spotless. All 4 sides are coated with metallic as properly. At first look, it seems to be just like the iPhone X till you flip it round.

Because the majority of the construct makes use of a mixture of metallic and glass, the P20 Professional stays on the heavier aspect. Additionally, it has three rear digital camera setup together with a 4000mAh battery in order that provides a couple of further grams to the general weight.

The triple digital camera setup on the again is vertically aligned and is positioned on the top-left nook. We’ll speak about its prowess in a bit. However earlier than that we wish to point out (once more) that the rear digital camera bump on smartphones makes them wobbly whereas utilizing it on a flat floor. We all know the cameras are too highly effective and require some extra space, however making a 7.8mm slim handset thicker a couple of extra millimetres, would’ve resulted in a digital camera flushed with the physique and the thickness would’ve been round that of the Galaxy S9 (8.5mm). So there’s one thing to take notice, Huawei.

The ability and quantity buttons on the appropriate aspect are distinguished sufficient to simply get recognised by putting fingers on them. On the backside you get a USB-Kind C port with speaker grilles on both aspect, of which the appropriate aspect one is the principle output speaker whereas the opposite one mirrors the audio. There isn’t a 3.5mm headphone jack however you do get a Kind-C to headphone jack adapter to make the adoption much less annoying.


We now have already talked in regards to the inclusion of the ‘notch’ within the P20 Professional above however now we can be speaking about its implementation, which is frankly not so spectacular. The notch on high of the 6.01-inch canvas takes little area however wastes loads of it whenever you truly begin utilizing the apps. In majority of the favored purposes we noticed the P20 Professional eliminating the notch by merely reducing your entire row, leaving the left and proper sides just for the notifications and time within the black background. Even the digital camera app’s 18:9 facet ratio clicking mode doesn’t make full use of the show, reducing the notch altogether.

In a lot of the apps that help the notch, resembling Gmail or Google Photographs, the handset retains a translucent bar throughout the display screen, masking the notch, which spoils the ‘immersive-ness’ to some extent. Even Huawei’s personal Gallery app solely cuts the notch whereas exhibiting photos in panorama mode.

Nonetheless, if this is a matter for you, there’s an choice to cover the notch completely underneath the Show Settings web page.

Whereas that’s the one bothering half in regards to the show, every little thing else seems to be good. The OLED display screen exhibits deep, vibrant colors on the FHD+ (2240×1080 pixels) decision. To avoid wasting energy, you additionally get the choice to decide on the HD+ (1493×720 pixels) decision. Though some might whine on why there’s no QHD+ decision help on a Rs 65,000 smartphone, we personally assume having QHD+ help on a 6-inch show received’t make a distinction in viewing content material. Different typical choices resembling blue mild filter, textual content dimension and extra are there so that you can play with.


Whereas the show part will get a combined response from us, the efficiency is likely one of the areas the place the smartphone shines. If you’re not conscious, Huawei makes use of its home-based ‘Kirin’ chipsets in smartphones as an alternative of different widespread ones resembling Qualcomm or Exynos. The one powering the Huawei P20 Professional is the octa-core Kirin 970, which can be the agency’s top-of-the-line cellular processors. This works in tandem with 6GB RAM to ship a seamless UI and app expertise. Though the processor isn’t precisely comparable with Qualcomm’s finest on the market – Snapdragon 845, it nonetheless gave us a fluid expertise whereas taking part in heavy video games, switching via apps and even engaged on them concurrently in twin display screen mode.

Apps are fast to open and cargo and the GPU handles graphic intensive apps higher than what we’ve seen in earlier Huawei smartphones. Sadly, the smartphone does warmth up when getting used for hours repeatedly with a heavy-running app. And if you wish to discuss numbers, it bought a good 197605 on Antutu and 1890/6657 single/multi-core efficiency scores however these numbers are positively not the most effective. Nonetheless, being an finish person, none of this could concern you because the smartphone works with none complaints.

On the UI entrance, you get EMUI 8.1, which is predicated on Android 8.1 Oreo and consists of all of the goodies the newest Android model has to supply. We nonetheless really feel loads could be carried out to enhance the interface and make it easier for customers to entry sure features. However then every little thing depends upon how Huawei plans to take it ahead within the coming months and with Android P popping out.

Digital camera

Digital camera is the one main USPs of the Huawei P20 Professional. As we talked about above, that is the primary by the corporate and arguably the primary on the planet to boast three rear cameras. The setup has three vertically aligned cameras sporting a 40MP RGB sensor with f/1.8 aperture, 20MP monochrome sensor with f/1.6 aperture and an 8MP telephoto sensor with f/2.4 aperture. All of them have Leica lenses to present one of many clearest and vibrant photographs, whatever the lighting situations.

The pictures we clicked in each day and night time conditions got here out close to excellent, one thing DSLRs are capable of do and lots of smartphones don’t. In low mild conditions you’ll hardly get to see any noise or smoothness to cover them. Though the machine has a 40MP sensor, you need to use the 3x and 5x zoom solely after you will have switched to a a lot decrease 10MP capturing mode. That is due to the 8MP telephoto sensor. Nonetheless, the pictures are nonetheless good to take a look at.

You additionally get a bunch of different modes like Panorama, Auto HDR, Portrait, Night time and Aperture mode to shoot the way in which you want. One of many greatest additions right here is the position of AI in all this. When in ‘Photograph’ mode you’ll be able to merely level out to things like a doc or a plant and see the AI do its job by recognising the topic and the surroundings, auto setting the capturing mode. This may very well be one thing finish customers may not care about a lot nevertheless it positive is a useful nifty trick to get the most effective photographs.

On the entrance you get a single-lens 24MP digital camera with f/2.0 aperture, which can be good to make use of and can be appreciated by selfie lovers given the quantity of customisations and Magnificence settings.

As for the movies, the a lot touted tremendous sluggish movement video, which is capturing at 960 frames per second, is there within the P20 Professional. You’ll be able to shoot it in HD (720p) decision for a second, which converts right into a 9-second video. Apart from this you get an choice to shoot HD video at 240fps and Full-HD (1080p) video at 120fps.

What we discovered reasonably attention-grabbing was that the slow-mo video part is underneath ‘Extra’ class and is to be discovered nowhere contained in the common video capturing mode.

To view all the pictures and movies shot from Huawei P20 Professional, click on right here.


Making a Huawei P20 Professional run for nearly 8 hours must be a breeze for anybody. The palm-sized machine has a 4000mAh battery, which is greater than what we often see in flagship smartphones. If you’re a heavy person, then the ‘Professional’ may simply survive for 6-7 hours so carrying charger can be a good suggestion. What’s higher is the smartphone’s help for quick charging tech.

Like in different Huawei smartphones, right here additionally you get a ‘Energy Saving’ mode together with an ‘Extremely Energy Saving’ mode that assist the machine run for few extra hours. The battery setting interface exhibits you the remaining energy and the approximate hours earlier than you might attain out for a charger. You’ll be able to regulate the display screen decision from right here as properly. Many of the instances our P20 Professional was on FHD+ decision.

Different nifty tips resembling ‘Darken Interface Colors’ and managing apps operating the background are accessible from the battery settings itself.


It’s fairly clear that the principle focus for Huawei with the P20 Professional is the digital camera. It’s not as if within the course of the corporate ‘forgot’ to take a look at different elements nevertheless it may’ve definitely carried out a greater job. For starters, the notch appears completely pressured and is a hindrance greater than the rest. The show which in any other case works superb doesn’t rating excessive with us. The processor delivers efficiency that may please most smartphone customers however will we anticipate a smartphone that prices upwards of Rs 60,000 to warmth up? It’s one thing that we have now nearly by no means encountered with a flagship machine.

Huawei has made a daring product whose three cameras ship stellar efficiency. Nonetheless, with a price ticket of Rs 64,999 in a rustic like India, the P20 Professional appears to be shouldering an excellent quantity of threat available in the market. The thought right here isn’t in regards to the specs and the efficiency however value-for-money. And should you ask us, Huawei might have pulled it off with the P20 Professional.

With Huawei stepping in a value section that till now was dominated by the likes of Samsung, Sony, LG and HTC flagships, we may both witness a stir available in the market or an much more clear sight as to what model to decide on. With a fantastic digital camera, handsome show, first rate design and dependable processing efficiency, P20 Professional is making an attempt actual onerous to present different flagships a run for his or her cash. At the very least so far as cameras are involved, it has a transparent edge over competitors. Whether or not as a ‘full’ bundle it’s got it what takes or not is a query that can be answered by the variety of models it manages to promote. It kills the DSLR and different smartphone cameras however isn’t actually a ‘killer’ of a smartphone.

See beneath Devices Now’s Huawei P20 Professional unboxing:



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