Now that the Mobile World Congress is over and the likes of Samsung, Sony and Nokia are done with their announcements, it’s time for the Chinese to step up.
Huawei had originally planned to reveal its much-awaited P20 series at the MWC, however, the announcement was delayed by a month. The new series will now be unveiled at a separate event on March 27th in Paris.
Here’s what we know about the P20 phones so far.
Design and Display
A recently leaked image points towards a notched and nearly bezel-less design, with P20 sporting a fingerprint sensor on the home button and P20 Pro with no buttons at the front.
Huawei P20 and P20 Pro
This is quite similar to Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro’s design language (aside from the notch). Huawei P20 and P20 Pro will feature a 5.7-inch and 6.0-inch display respectively, with Full HD+ resolution.
The two phones could feature an IPS and an AMOLED display on the P20 and P20 Plus respectively, however, this piece of info hasn’t been leaked or confirmed so take it with a pinch of salt.
Huawei P20 Lite front
P20 Lite, on the other hand, might have a 5.84-inch IPS LCD Full HD+ display. It will also have a similar notch like the P20 and P20 Pro.
Huawei P20 Lite back
Looks like Chinese Smartphone makers are going for the iPhone X look with a vertically oriented dual camera setup and a display notch.
Leaked Renders and Promo Images
Moving on, here are the leaked renders for Huawei P20 and P20 Pro.
If the renders are indeed based on actual designs of the two phones, we might see a triple cam setup for the P20 and P20 Pro. Curiously, there appears to be no fingerprint sensor on the front or the back for P20 Pro.
This leads us to believe that Huawei might be going for an under-display fingerprint sensor like the Vivo Apex.
Recently a leak on Weibo shows what appears to be official promos for the P20 series.
The phone in the promo image might be a P20 Pro, going by the triple camera setup. There may be AI focused camera improvements coming up as well. We’ll know for sure by March 27th.
There’s a bit of a clash on whether P20 will have a dual or a triple camera setup. This is because the phone recently passed TENAA certification in China, where it had dual cameras on the back.
Neither of these leaks can be confirmed until the phones are officially announced.
Internals, OS, and Storage
Huawei hasn’t unveiled any new chipsets for its homegrown Kirin line of SoCs. Expect P20 and P20 Pro to come with an octa-core Kirin 970 chip with AI capabilities (like the Mate 10). The phones will have either 6 or 8 GB RAM and 64/128/256 GB storage (256 GB option limited to P20 Pro).
P20 Lite will have a Kirin 659 chip, same as the Mate 10 Lite along with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB of internal storage.
All three phones will be running Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0.
As mentioned earlier, P20 and P20 Pro are likely to sport a tri-camera setup. They will have a 12 MP color sensor along with a 16 MP black and white and a 16 MP telephoto lens with a Dual-LED flash. At least one of the camera sensors will have a f/1.8 aperture.
The cheaper P20 Lite will have 16+2 MP cameras on the back with a LED flash.
At the front, P20 and P20 Pro will have an 8 MP f/2.0 sensor while the P20 lite will have a 16 MP selfie shooter.
Battery and Fast Charging Support
Starting with the P20 Lite, Huawei will include a 3,000 mAh battery for the phone. P20 and P20 Pro will have a 3,320 mAh and 4,000 mAh battery unit.
All three will have Huawei’s SuperCharge fast charging tech built in.
Price and Availability
Prices for all three P20 phones were leaked from Eurozone. P20 Lite will start from €370 while P20 and P20 Pro will cost €680 and €900 respectively.
Note that prices are usually higher in Europe thanks to more taxes, the phones are likely to cost Rs. 40,000 for the P20 Lite, Rs. 70,000 for P20 and Rs. 92,000 for the P20 Pro.
Expect the phones to launch around mid-late April in Pakistan as Huawei phones usually arrive a few weeks after they’re announced.
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