Huawei P20 Pro - Full specifications

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Huawei P20 Pro
Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal), 4.087 (sunlight)
Huawei P20 Pro
Octa-core (4x2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
Huawei P20 Pro
64GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 6GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM
Huawei P20 Pro
6.1 inches, 93.9 cm2 (~82.0% screen-to-body ratio)
Huawei P20 Pro
Android 8.1 (Oreo), planned upgrade to Android 10.0, EMUI 9.1

Huawei P20 Pro Full Specifications

Charging Fast charging 22.5W, 58% in 30 min (advertised)
Battery Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery
Build Glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), glass back, aluminum frame
Dimensions 155 x 73.9 x 7.8 mm (6.10 x 2.91 x 0.31 in)
SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Weight 180 g (6.35 oz)
Body IP67 dust/water resistant (up to 1m for 30 mins)
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE, EDR, aptX HD
Infrared port Yes
Radio No
USB 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Resolution 1080 x 2240 pixels, 18.7:9 ratio (~408 ppi density)
Size 6.1 inches, 93.9 cm2 (~82.0% screen-to-body ratio)
Type OLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Sensors Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, color spectrum
Announced 2018, March
Status Available. Released 2018, April
Main Camera
Features Leica optics, LED flash, HDR, panorama
Triple 40 MP, f/1.8, 27mm (wide), 1/1.7", PDAF, Laser AF, OIS 8 MP, f/2.4, 80mm (telephoto), 1/4.0", PDAF, Laser AF, OIS, 3x optical zoom 20 MP B/W, f/1.6, 27mm (wide), 1/2.7", PDAF, Laser AF, OIS
Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS), 720p@960fps
Card slot No
Internal 64GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 6GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM
Memory UFS 2.1
Colors Black, Gold
Models CLT-L29C, CLT-L29, CLT-L09C, CLT-L09, CLT-AL00, CLT-AL01, CLT-TL01, CLT-AL00L, CLT-L04, HW-01K
Price $ 519.99 / € 369.00 / 299.30
2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)
3G bands HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G bands LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 6(900), 7(2600), 8(900), 9(1800), 12(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 26(850), 28(700), 32(1500), 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300)
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (3CA) Cat16 1024/150 Mbps
Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE
CPU Octa-core (4x2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
Chipset Hisilicon Kirin 970 (10 nm)
GPU Mali-G72 MP12
OS Android 8.1 (Oreo), planned upgrade to Android 10.0, EMUI 9.1
Selfie Camera
Features Leica optics
Single 24 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8", 0.9µm
Video 1080p@30fps
3.5mm jack No
Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
Sound 32-bit/384kHz audio
Audio quality Noise -92.1dB / Crosstalk -92.1dB
Battery life Endurance rating 89h
Camera Photo / Video
Display Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal), 4.087 (sunlight)
Loudspeaker Voice 71dB / Noise 69dB / Ring 91dB
Performance AnTuTu: 209884 (v7) GeekBench: 6679 (v4.4) GFXBench: 21fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)
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Huawei P20 Pro
  • Overall:

Fast delivery in original packaging! After a long time of thinking about it, I decided to use the Huawei P20 Pro, although I prefer Apple! I am very happy about the decision. Cell phone is great in the hand and has a beautiful design! I am very satisfied! I can only recommend it!

Huawei P20 Pro
Sarah Romero
  • Overall:

Altogether I am astonished, how difficult it is straight to find a new Top Smartphone that would be fair all my requirements.
Here are my criteria, which should fulfill a SMARTPHONE after current state of the art (the priority of the criteria corresponds to the order descending):
1st operating system: Android. (P20 PRO: present)
2. fingerprint sensor should not be on the back. The position at the front bottom, directly in the display, or on the side (e.g. in the power button, WHY NOT???) is ok. (P20 PRO: available)
3. internal memory at least 64GB + expandable via SD card. (P20 PRO: 128GB without SD-Slot)
4. (very) good photo quality (P20 PRO: indefinite)
5. DUAL-SIM (best with an additional SD-Slot (Samsung A5(2017) can do this)) (P20 PRO: only DUAL-SIM available)
6. waterproof or at least -repellent (P20 PRO: available)
7. WLAN-Bridge, i.e. an existing Smartphone-WLAN-connection via Smartphone-HotSpot (also via WIFI) to enable further devices.(P20 PRO: available)
8. some useful pre-installed Apps from the manufacturer like Memo/Notes, gallery, alarm clock with time announcement are desirable (P20 PRO: Memo, gallery: available, alarm clock WITHOUT time announcement: available)
9. good front camera (P20 PRO: available)
10. infrared interface (interesting, but not really mandatory) (P20 PRO: SmartContorller available but didn’t work with my Sony devices)
11. The device shouldn’t get hot even after 15 minutes of use. (P20 PRO: got a little warm after a few experiments with the camera)

Although the photo quality is only on the 4th place in my list, the point played a decisive role for my evaluation of the HUAWEI P20 PRO. Unfortunately the photo quality of the camera in normal daylight did not convince me at all. I had two older models of Samsung S8 and A5(2017) and a HTC U11 at hand at the same time and could therefore compare the pictures. Surprisingly, with the 1 year old Samsung A5 I managed to get better, more realistic and sharper pictures during the day than with the P20 PRO and other devices.

I have to practice the following criticism on the photo camera of the P20 PRO:
* The photos are often only in a small area of the image sharp. * What totally irritated me: the 40MP pictures were hardly better, or sometimes even worse than the 10MP pictures. The colors on the photos look partly fake and artificial

To the night mode quality:
It is definitely different than on the other smartphones. You get photos that partly light up the real darkness and make the night to an evening. The result are really interesting pictures with more details, but the pictures don’t show the real darkness. You should imagine it as if you take a picture with a weakly colored night vision device.

By and large, I would give the still relatively expensive device only one star, because the in various comparison portals highly praised (1st place!!!! at dxomark ) photo quality during the day and the 40MP images have disappointed me very much. But I have to admit that Huawei P20 PRO met almost all other criteria from my list and the general quality of workmanship and feel is quite good at first sight. So I give the device 3 stars. But in the back of my mind is the thought that the manufacturer has apparently invested a lot of money for the hype around the camera quality.
As the smartphone I was looking for was not meant for me, I would rather make some cuts in my list and go for a 300€ cheaper, but with a comparable photo quality (except night mode) device (HTC U11).
For me personally, I wouldn’t buy a smartphone at the moment, but instead keep my old Samsung A5 and wait for the smartphone manufacturers to come around and move the fingerprint sensor button from the back to the front or to the side again. Then I’m sure there are many more devices that could be a good fit for me.