Review: Huawei P20

Review: Huawei P20

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@Micael Samuelsson

P20 is what Huawei offers and priced between the P20 Lite and the P20 Pro and as such a target audience who love the Pro model and do not like it when offering them Lite milk. The price ratio and what it offers is pretty good, and all the details about it before you run and buy it from another detailed and unbiased review.

The Huawei P20 on the front looks very similar to the other P20 brothers, or more on the P20 Pro, and the back on the P20 Lite. In any case, this is a beautifully designed phone, which, because of its relatively compact size, is beautifully in hand, and the quality and precision of the design is for every compliment. The general impression is again damaging the plastic protective film on the screen. I would personally take it off right away, even though we do not have confirmation of what kind of protection it carries.

The P20 as well as the P20 Pro front-panel display has a built-in fingerprint reader that is here too fast in finger recognition. At the top of the screen, which many hate more than a camping mosquito, Huawei once again set up a 24 MP selfie camera, a handset, sensors and a small notification LED. Here, unlike the P20 Pro, the handset is not another stereo loudspeaker.

On the left side there is a drawer for two nano SIM cards, and on the opposite side are the volume control button and the power button on the unit. At the top of the phone is just a secondary microphone. The IR remote control blaster from the P20 Pro model here is unfortunately no. Down there is the USB C in the middle and the main microphone and the main speaker on each side. The headphones are connected via the USB C port or the supplied adapter. 3.5 mm audio output as well as microSD card slot are not implemented.

There are two cameras on the back. Better yet on the P20 Lite model, and again slightly weaker than the three on the P20 Pro. They are placed vertically in the left corner but not too close to the edge to make your fingers fall into the frame. The camera module is still slightly out so P20 kicks on the table while typing. Below them are two-tone flash and Leica logo and Huawei logo even lower, also printed vertically. Behind the rear glass is an integrated battery with a capacity of 3400 mAh.

The P20 is comparable in size to the LG G6, so it’s not too big and cumbersome to handle with one hand. In your pocket it also smooths off and will not bother you too while sitting in the car. The top of the screen is not too high, but if you do, you can reduce the display by sliding your finger over the navigation bar or setting up an extra button to drop the Notification Center.

Unlike the P20 Pro, this P20 is only equipped with the basic IP53 waterproofness, so we will blame it but at the same time greet the excellent silicone case in the package.


The Huwei P20 has a 5.8-inch LTPS IPS LCD format of 18.7: 9 and a resolution of 1080 x 2280 which results in 429 ppi, so you can not doubt the sharpness of the display. The colors are not as expressed on the P20, but the appearance is not so embarrassing. Angle clarity is also quite good as well as readability in the open.

My tooth position is known, I will not repeat. Believe me, he can hide it in the settings as soon as he realizes that Huawei has called it a knot in Croatian (notch), which is that you are typing in a laugh, but I would not use an interface in Croatian anyway iron.
The screen as such is spacious and will serve you nicely for everything you do while staring at it for hours. Screen divisions in two applications are also fully usable, large enough.
Huawei does not mention Gorilla Glass or any other form of protection of the rear and front glass, so it remains to be seen how durable it is for longer runs.


The P20 on the back like the P20 Lite has two cameras but better. First of all, it carries Leica optics, and the main of the two cameras is optically stabilized. The configuration is as follows: 12 MP RGB (f / 1.8, 27mm, 1 / 2.3 “, 1.55μm, OIS) + 20MP monochromatic (f / 1.6, 27mm). 2x zoom without loss of quality (not optical), PDAF + laser autofocus, two-tone LED flash, and video with 4K and 1080p at 60fps. That SloMo video was also absent. The front P20 has the same 24 MP f / 2.0 camera with support for 1080p video and a rather aggressive beauty regime.
The camera interface is roughly like the P20 Pro model. On the right is the shutter button and the video camera button as well as the jump button in the gallery. There is one above the other and all possible shooting modes: Automatic, Portrait, Professional, Black and White, which shoots 3 seconds here and shoots a series of photos, which then blend into one in theory with a lot of light.
In Professional mode, you can control ISO sensitivity, exposure length, white balance, manual focus, and record raw format.

In default mode, 12 MP photos are captured by default, and you can also select 20 MP but then you will be left without a 2x zoom. And here we have a famous AI or artificial intelligence, which recognizes what is in the picture and makes greenery even more greener, blue skies even bluer, more attractive food, knows what a cat is, that dog, and only confuses when in the same frame you see pussy and dragon.

With 1080p video and 60fps P20 Pro also captures 4K video, which unfortunately has not stabilized. Supported by SloMo at 960fps video in 720p quality.

The quality of selfie photos and videos with the front camera is identical to all 3 models, and the P20 rear camera captures very good photos in all shooting conditions. Video quality is also great as you move. From stabilization I expected more from the P20 Pro model.
In the quality of photos and videos taken with the Huawei P20 camera, you can see from the enclosed gallery itself.


The EMUI default comes without an application tray, but can be included in the settings so you get a shortcut in the document, which is now a paste, and it would be nice to let the Notification Center drop by sliding it over the screen instead of pulling it to the top of the screen.

Lock screen will most likely skip through extremely fast scan of fingerprints or fairly fast and reliable face recognition. By lifting the phone in front of the face, the screen turns on, scans your face and lets you on the Home screen. Mainly for the moment.

As far as the Home screen is concerned, Themes are supported, and the downlink navigation bar is below. You can change the button layout and add the drop-down to the Notification Center. The Multitasking button also lets you split the screen to work in two applications simultaneously and clean them all at once. While up to 4 icons are available. The Google Feed page is set to the left, but you can turn it off.
For those with smaller fists, you can also reduce the number of slides by simply sliding your finger across the navigation bar, and by knocking articles and cropping on the screen you will do well-known Huweieve Knuckle Gesture tricks.

The interface is largely tailored to the upright in the screen, and if an application has not yet recognized the tooth, it will be shown to it.

The web browser is Google Chrome, and the default keyboard is Swiftkey again. Jobs work smoothly and quickly.
The P20 has no stereo speakers nor a classical 3.5 mm audio output, but this one speaker on the lower lip also sounds very nice. It is a shame that there is no 3.5mm audio output, so you will need to use a USB connection adapter for use of your favorite hearing aids. The sound is great.

The Huawei Gallery and Video have a wide variety of video formats, and YouTube in 1080p quality. There is no universal FM radio or FM radio here.

From Huawei’s applications along with the Universal Remote, you will benefit from Files, Notes, Health, and Phone Manager, and there are others that are to be used.


Behind the Hips The Huawei P20 has its famous osmojezgren Hisilicon Kirin 970 with 4 + 4 core maximum 2.4GHz clocks with a suffi cient 4GB of RAM and a small G72 MP12 graphics coprocessor that will ensure smooth gaming. P20 slows down the interface and all the applications you run on it.

128 GB of internal memory is more than enough and lack of microSD card support is not a big menace.

For the needs of the test I played Real Racing 3 and Modern Combat again, and the P20 runs them fluidly and without overheating. I believe that all other games are also run without problems.

The screen reader at the bottom of the screen is incredibly fast, and face recognition is pretty good. The quality of the telephony is no objection, and the GPS location is determined quickly and accurately.
Huaweia P20 should not disappoint you with autonomy either. The battery capacity of 3400 mAh is integrated and supports Huawei Super Charge quick charging. It has no problem providing a day and a half to two intensive use with over 7 hours of onscreen display. Those who will use it more moderately will replenish every other night. Damage to either P20 Pro, it does not support wireless charging.


The Huawei P20 is the child in the middle phone with a truly impressive P20 three, which will make many people worry this year. In the middle it is by specifications and features that it offers but also at a price. In web store, it costs a reasonable price of 4,748.00 kunas or 642 euros, which is over 200 euros less than the P20 model, and again 150 euros more than the P20 Lite.

For this hug P20 offers a very well-made phone, eye-pleasing and handy comfortable design with a very good display, high performance, very good cameras and over-autonomy.

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