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Huawei P20 series goes official with Kirin 970, EMUI 8.1 and 19:9 aspect ratio

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The new Huawei P20 series officially unveiled in Paris, France today, March 27 (Tuesday, Manila time). The physical design of the smartphone follows the trendy “notch” – a popularised feature from the iPhone X, where the selfie camera, sensors, and the earpiece are located. Further, the panel uses the full-screen design, showing the bezel-less screen in 19:9 aspect ratio.

First, the Huawei P20 Lite, also known as the Nova 3e in China. It runs EMUI 8.1 based on Android 8.1 “Oreo” and comes with a 5.84-inch 1080p display with 81% screen-to-body ratio. The chipset used is Kirin 659 SoC coupled with 64GB of expandable storage and 4GB RAM. The dual configuration at the back is consist of the primary 16-megapixel sensor and a secondary 2-megapixel sensor. On the front, the camera carries a 16-megapixel sensor with a f/2.0 aperture.

Measuring 148.6 x 71.2 x 7.4 mm, the P20 Lite weighs only 145 grams. The battery capacity is 3,000 mAh battery and will be available in four color options – Platinum Gold, Sakura Pink, Klein Blue, and Midnight Black.


Huawei P20 series goes official with Kirin 970, EMUI 8.1 and 19:9 aspect ratio
Huawei P20 Lite

On the other hand, the standard Huawei P20 bears a 5.8-inch screen with an FHD+ display using the IPS panel. It is powered by the high-end 64-bit Kirin 970 8-core SoC coupled with 6GB of RAM. The dual camera lenses of the P20 sports a Leica-made 20-megapixel (RGB) and 12-megapixel (monochrome) sensors, while the front bears a 24-megapixel sensor with a f/2.0 aperture. Moreover, the back camera comes with the infra-red white balance sensor and laser-assisted autofocus for a better photography. It comes with 128GB of inbuilt storage and is fueled by a 3,400 mAh battery with Huawei’s SuperCharge technology. There will be four hues to be available on the market – Graphite Black, Pink Gold, Midnight Blue and the new “Twilight”.

Huawei P20 series are now official with Kirin 970, EMUI 8.1 and IP67 certification
Huawei P20

Lastly, the Huawei P20 Pro with a whopping three cameras at the back: 40-megapixel that serves as the primary sensor, the 20-megapixel that act as the monochrome sensor to add more details when capturing photos in dark environment, and the 8-megapixel that works as the telephoto sensor with 3x optical zoom and 5x magnification. In terms of specifications, the P20 Pro sports a larger 6.1-inch 1080p display that uses OLED screen technology. Overall features are the same as the P20 except that it has 6GB RAM and a huge 4,000 mAh battery.

To explain the camera side of the smartphone, it has five important features:

  • Slow-mo recording at 960 frames per second.
  • The aforementioned 3x optical zoom and 5x hybrid zoom.
  • Portrait shots, similar to iPhone X’s studio lighting effects.
  • Quick Capture, and
  • Intelligent Lightning that uses the three cameras simultaneously for an incredible depth of field and lighting effects.

Other features include the Face ID access, fingerprint sensor and the usual connectivity such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and NFC for wireless communication. The P20 Pro will be available also in four colors: Graphite Black, Pink Gold, Blue, and “Twilight”.

Huawei P20 series are now official with Kirin 970, EMUI 8.1 and IP67 certification
Huawei P20 Pro

For pricing, the Huawei P20 Lite costs £369, while the standard P20 and P20 Pro are priced at £679 and £899, respectively.


Huawei P20 Lite key specs:

Display5.84-inch FHD+ LTPS IPS screen, 2280 x 1080 pixels, 432 ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
CPU2.36Ghz 64-bit HiSilicon Kirin 659 octa-core chipset
RAM4GB
GPUMali-T830
SIMDual-SIM, Dual standby
Storage64GB
Storage expansionMicroSD card up to 256GB
Rear cameraDual 16-megapixel + 2-megapixel, phase detection auto-focus with LED flash
Front camera16-megapixel, f/2.0 aperture
Video recording1080p (30 fps), 720p (30 fps)
Operating systemAndroid 8.0 “Oreo”, EMUI 8.0
SecurityFace ID unlock
Fingerprint scanner
ConnectivityWiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.2
GPS, with A-GPS, GLONASS
GSM, HSPA+, 4G+ LTE (Category 16)
NFC
FM Radio
USB Type-C port
Dimensions148.6 x 71.2 x 7.4 mm
Weight145 grams
Battery3,000 mAh non-removable capacity, fast charging support
ColorsPlatinum Gold, Sakura Pink, Klein Blue and Midnight Black
Price£369 or ~P23,940

Huawei P20 key specs:

Display5.8-inch FHD+ IPS LCD screen, 2240 x 1080 pixels, 429 ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
IP53 splash resistant
CPU2.36Ghz 64-bit HiSilicon Kirin 970 octa-core chipset
RAM4GB
GPUMali-G72
SIMDual-SIM, Dual standby
Storage128GB
Storage expansion
Rear cameraDual 20-megapixel (f/1.8 aperture) + 12-megapixel (f/1.6 aperture), laser & phase detection auto-focus with optical image stabilization and dual-LED flash
Front camera24-megapixel, f/2.0 aperture
Video recording2160p (30 fps), 1080p (60 fps, 30 fps), 720p (960 fps, 480 fps, 30 fps)
Operating systemAndroid 8.1 “Oreo”, EMUI 8.1
SecurityFace ID unlock
Fingerprint scanner
ConnectivityWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
GPS, with A-GPS, GLONASS
GSM, HSPA+, 4G+ LTE (Category 18)
NFC
FM Radio
USB Type-C port
Dimensions149 x 71 x 7.65 mm
Weight165 grams
Battery3,400 mAh non-removable capacity, fast charging support
ColorsBlack, Pink Gold, Midnight Blue and Twilight
Price£679 or ~P44,060

Huawei P20 Pro key specs:

Display6.1-inch FHD+ OLED screen, 2240 x 1080 pixels, 408 ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
IP67 water and dust resistant
CPU2.36Ghz 64-bit HiSilicon Kirin 970 octa-core chipset
RAM6GB
GPUMali-G72
SIMDual-SIM, Dual standby
Storage128GB
Storage expansion
Rear cameraTriple 40-megapixel (RGB) + 20-megapixel (monochrome) + 8-megapixel (3x telephoto), laser & phase detection auto-focus with optical image stabilization and dual-LED flash
Front camera24-megapixel, f/2.0 aperture
Video recording2160p (30 fps), 1080p (60 fps, 30 fps), 720p (960 fps, 480 fps, 30 fps)
Operating systemAndroid 8.1 “Oreo”, EMUI 8.1
SecurityFace ID unlock
Fingerprint scanner
ConnectivityWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
GPS, with A-GPS, GLONASS
GSM, HSPA+, 4G+ LTE (Category 18)
NFC
FM Radio
USB Type-C port
Dimensions149 x 71 x 7.65 mm
Weight174 grams
Battery4,000 mAh non-removable capacity, fast charging support
ColorsBlack, Pink Gold, Midnight Blue and Twilight
Price£899 or ~P58,330

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