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Huawei P20 Pro review
Posted on 11-May-2018 11:00 by M Freitas | Filed under: Reviews

Huawei P20 Pro review

The Huawei P20 Pro is pretty much at the top of the high end Android smartphones. Not only in terms of design, manufacturing quality, technical specs but, once again with incredible photography capabilities.


The camera is so smart, it features AI capable of identifying up to 19 different categories to automatically suggest the settings to take the best shot in one go - it can identify subjects as cat, food, group, natural colours, close-up, night shot, text, greenery, portrait, dog, fireworks, blue sky, flowers, stage, document, sunset, snow, waterfall and beach with extreme confidence.


With a triple-lens camera (40 MP (RGB, f/1.8 aperture) + 20 MP (Monochrome, f/1.6 aperture) + 8 MP (Telephoto, f/2.4 aperture)) and a 24 megapixel front camera the Huawei P20 Pro can take photos that capture details sometimes you would miss with other cameras. There is a small restriction though: if you set the camera to 40 MP you won't be able to use the zoom function.


The image stabilisation feature allows you to take great photos even in dark conditions, without having to carry a tripod around - results are really surprising.


But that's not all - the 6.1" OLED screen can show up to 16.7 million colours, with FHD (1080 x 2240) resolution. The screen has a deep black that shows sharp images and is really satisfying - especially if you are like me and like to watch content on your daily commute - for instance HD downloads from Netflix are superb on this device.


Yes, there's a notch - to begin with it's "interesting" seeing the notifications and icons on that part of the screen. There's an option to "blacklout" the area around the notch, moving the system icons and notifications to the area below. But then you will lose a portion of the usable screen and soon you will enable the notch again - or so I did.


The Kirin 970 CPU (octa-core + micro core i7, 4 x Cortex A73 2.36 GHz + 4 x Cortex A53 1.8 GHz) really shows its power, with a fluid operation and transition between apps.


In terms of power, the Huawei P20 Pro comes with a 4,000 mAh battery and it can last for a couple of days - if you let the operating system manage your apps. What I found (and is the only negative point here really) is that power management can be quite aggresive sometimes and apps ou'd expect to be functional aren't - I've noticed this with Ring, HealthMate (Nokia/Withings) and even Google's own Hangout (which missed notifications and messages that I know should have arrived because I got an email on my Gmail account with notifications).


The glass finish on the back is a thing of beauty - although a bit slippery. Measuring 73.9 mm x 155mm with a dept of 7.8mm the Huawei P20 Pro is quite light for its size at 180g.


In terms of data performance one can be really happy, and depending on your mobile operator you will see the 4G+ indicator appear, pulling data at fixed broadband speeds - in my tests I managed to reach above 160 Mbps downloads while connected to the Vodafone 4G network in certain locations (e.g. Porirua in the Wellington region).


Also interesting is its out-of-the box support for WiFi Calling, a standard released by 2degrees in New Zealand - meaning you can place your voice calls over WiFi, greatly reducing roaming costs and solving lots of coverage issues.


Huawei is planning to to distribute the P20 Pro in blue and black versions in New Zealand. The multi-coloured/rainbow effect model won't be locally available.


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