Huawei P20 Pro

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9/10
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The Huawei P20 Pro currently has an Informr score of 9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 44 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

As the larger sibling to the Huawei P20, the P20 Pro adds a few bells and whistles to their already-solid 2018 flagship option.

The phone features the same metal and glass design as the P20, but it’s IP67 rated for water resistance -- a welcome addition to many reviewers.

It’s also bigger as the screen increases to 6.1 inches. The P20 Pro also sports an AMOLED panel instead of the TFT LCD found in the P20. The resolution is the same (2,240-by-1,080) so while slightly less sharp than the P20, it’s nothing you’d notice in normal usage. 

Reviewers felt the display on the P20 Pro offered richer colors and better contrast than the P20.

While the phone includes the same Kirin 970 octa-core processor, it sees a boost to 6GB of RAM. As expected, this makes for silky smooth performance and improved response times when multitasking or using resource-intensive apps.

The biggest upgrade between the P20 and P20 Pro is in the camera. Not content with the dual-lens options hitting the market now, Huawei uses a tri-lens rear camera. It packs in a 40MP main lens with A.I.-assisted image stabilization, an 8MP telephoto lens, and a 20MP monochrome lens. 

This means you can enjoy 3x optical zoom with no protruding lens. The monochrome lens helps to create bokeh effects and add detail to shots.

Reviews for the camera are stellar. Its AI auto mode does a great job of tweaking settings to match your subject and surroundings. The tri-lens array also performs well in low-light scenarios. 

Lastly, the P20 Pro sees a boost in battery capacity to a massive 4,000mAh. Paired with Type-C fast charging, reviewers never worried about battery life. If you watch videos or play games for hours, you might need to charge nightly. However, with typical mixed usage, the phone offers enough power to get through a day with ease and well into another.

While most of the changes don’t impact the core experience of using the phone for basic tasks and daily communications, most reviewers felt like the added cost of the P20 Pro was well worth -- budget allowing. 

The experience is largely the same -- just better. For more about performance, design, storage space, software, and other considerations, check out our P20 Summary.


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.36 GHz
Screen Size
6.1"
Camera
40+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


India Today

The P20 Pro is a fantastic phone. Especially if you were to talk about design, camera and battery life. No one else comes close. But it's the other areas -- display, performance and software -- where the P20 Pro sort of takes things easy.

- Saurabh Singh, India Today
Fone Arena

The Huawei P20 Pro is the perfectly executed flagship from Huawei and I don’t shy away from saying “Best flagship phone from Huawei” till date. The Huawei P20 Pro is an all rounding package that performs flawlessly on all departments.

- Vigneshwar SR, Fone Arena
The Guardian

The P20 Pro isn’t a value proposition; it is a no-holds-barred attempt to usurp the current kings of the top-end smartphone, Samsung and Apple. The Mate 10 Pro was great, but Huawei has hit a home run with the P20 Pro.

- Samuel Gibbs, The Guardian
Firstpost

The Huawei P20 Pro is one smartphone that offers a complete package in terms of beautiful design, long-lasting battery, good performance and impressive cameras. The latest operating system with some neat value additions on the EMUI 8.1 skin also help. It certainly seems to be set to break the Apple...

- Nimish Sawant, Firstpost
The Indian Express

If you’re looking for a smartphone that not only excels in the camera front, but also in the design department, Huawei P20 Pro is one such option available in the market.

- Anuj Bhatia, The Indian Express


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Common Questions


Huawei released the P20 Pro on April 6, 2018.


The P20 Pro price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Huawei P20 Pro prices from around the web here on The Informr.


Huawei backs up the P20 Pro with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your P20 Pro has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Huawei support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Huawei's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
6.1"

The Huawei P20 Pro's screen size is 6.1 inches with 1080 x 2240 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.36 GHz

There is a HiSilicon Kiri 970 Octa core 2.36 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system (OS).

Camera
40+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 40+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 24+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128 GB

Internal memory is 128 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4000 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 1500 minutes, 870 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

P20 Pro Specs

Overview
Release date April 6, 2018
Regions available Canada, UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 8.1 Oreo

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Processor HiSilicon Kiri 970 Octa core 2.36 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 128 GB
RAM 6 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.73 W/kg
Body: 1.22 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 794 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 870 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1500 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 22 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Black, Midnight Blue, Twilight
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.5 x 7.39 x 0.78 cm (6.1 x 2.9 x 0.3 in)
Weight 180 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 67
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2240 pixels
Pixel density 429 pixels
Size 6.1 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out HDMI
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
40+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, Smile detection, Triple camera feature (20 MP 2nd camera f/1.6, 8MP 3rd camera f/2.4 ), HDR
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
24+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Face detection, Self-timer, Aperture f/2.0
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Additional comments

Also available in dual SIM variant.

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Critic Reviews


India Today

A triple threat to Galaxys, iPhones and Pixels of the world

from India Today

The P20 Pro is a fantastic phone. Especially if you were to talk about design, camera and battery life. No one else comes close. But it's the other areas -- display, performance and software -- where the P20 Pro sort of takes things easy.

Read full review

The P20 Pro is a fantastic phone. Especially if you were to talk about design, camera and battery life. No one else comes close. But it's the other areas -- display, performance and software -- where the P20 Pro sort of takes things easy.

Read full review

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Fone Arena

Excellent build quality, brilliant camera

from Fone Arena

The Huawei P20 Pro is the perfectly executed flagship from Huawei and I don’t shy away from saying “Best flagship phone from Huawei” till date. The Huawei P20 Pro is an all rounding package that performs flawlessly on all departments.

Read full review

The Huawei P20 Pro is the perfectly executed flagship from Huawei and I don’t shy away from saying “Best flagship phone from Huawei” till date. The Huawei P20 Pro is an all rounding package that performs flawlessly on all departments.

Read full review

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The Guardian

The three-camera iPhone killer

from The Guardian

The P20 Pro isn’t a value proposition; it is a no-holds-barred attempt to usurp the current kings of the top-end smartphone, Samsung and Apple. The Mate 10 Pro was great, but Huawei has hit a home run with the P20 Pro.

Read full review

The P20 Pro isn’t a value proposition; it is a no-holds-barred attempt to usurp the current kings of the top-end smartphone, Samsung and Apple. The Mate 10 Pro was great, but Huawei has hit a home run with the P20 Pro.

Read full review

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Firstpost

The flagship phone to go for in 2018 so far

from Firstpost

The Huawei P20 Pro is one smartphone that offers a complete package in terms of beautiful design, long-lasting battery, good performance and impressive cameras. The latest operating system with some neat value additions on the EMUI 8.1 skin also help. It certainly seems to be set to break the App...More

The Huawei P20 Pro is one smartphone that offers a complete package in terms of beautiful design, long-lasting battery, good performance and impressive cameras. The latest operating system with some neat value additions on the EMUI 8.1 skin also help. It certainly seems to be set to break the Apple and Samsung duopoly, which the Google has tried to with its Pixel phones, but they’re more loved for their camera performance only.

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The Indian Express

This phone is a serious challenger

from The Indian Express

If you’re looking for a smartphone that not only excels in the camera front, but also in the design department, Huawei P20 Pro is one such option available in the market.

Read full review

If you’re looking for a smartphone that not only excels in the camera front, but also in the design department, Huawei P20 Pro is one such option available in the market.

Read full review

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BGR

A worthy rival to the Apple iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy S9+

from BGR

The P20 Pro is an excellent smartphone for those who want the best camera. It costs as much as the Galaxy S9+ and slightly less than the iPhone X, both of which are excellent alternatives for those who are not convinced with the idea of buying an expensive Huawei phone.

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The P20 Pro is an excellent smartphone for those who want the best camera. It costs as much as the Galaxy S9+ and slightly less than the iPhone X, both of which are excellent alternatives for those who are not convinced with the idea of buying an expensive Huawei phone.

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The Mobile Indian

The Flagships have some serious competition

from The Mobile Indian

The Huawei P20 Pro has all the quality of an ideal flagship device. The smartphone looks gorgeous and the three cameras look impressive. As for the competition is considered, the smartphone has all the arsenal to give a stiff competition to the likes of Samsung Galaxy S9, LG V30+, Apple iPhone X and more.

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The Huawei P20 Pro has all the quality of an ideal flagship device. The smartphone looks gorgeous and the three cameras look impressive. As for the competition is considered, the smartphone has all the arsenal to give a stiff competition to the likes of Samsung Galaxy S9, LG V30+, Apple iPhone X and more.

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Android Beat

The compromised camera flagship

from Android Beat

Overall, despite the imaging hype, there’s absolutely nothing about the Huawei P20 Pro that really screams ‘Buy me’ over a competing flagship.

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Overall, despite the imaging hype, there’s absolutely nothing about the Huawei P20 Pro that really screams ‘Buy me’ over a competing flagship.

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Engadget

The best phone you'll never buy

from Engadget

From build quality to design to camera performance, the P20 Pro is every bit a first-rate flagship smartphone. That doesn't mean it lacks quirks, though: the AI powering its ambitious triple camera is a little overzealous at times, and since it uses a chipset from last year, the P20 Pro isn't as...More

From build quality to design to camera performance, the P20 Pro is every bit a first-rate flagship smartphone. That doesn't mean it lacks quirks, though: the AI powering its ambitious triple camera is a little overzealous at times, and since it uses a chipset from last year, the P20 Pro isn't as outright fast as some devices we've recently tested.

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Talk Android

A top notch contender despite the controversy

from Talk Android

Huawei’s latest flagship offers something for both professional and amateur photographers alike in a smartphone with both an exquisite design and high-end specifications. For the moment at least, the P20 Pro is the best smartphone you can get in 2018, provided that you live outside the US and can live with the notch.

Read full review

Huawei’s latest flagship offers something for both professional and amateur photographers alike in a smartphone with both an exquisite design and high-end specifications. For the moment at least, the P20 Pro is the best smartphone you can get in 2018, provided that you live outside the US and can live with the notch.

Read full review

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