[TEST] Huawei P20 Pro: the smartphone that stands out the most :
Presented on March 27 with the P20 and P20 Lite, the Huawei P20 Pro is the best smartphone of the Chinese firm. In addition to offering a premium technical configuration, this high-end phone offers a surprising photographic experience thanks to its triple photo sensor and artificial intelligence.
The rumors surrounding the Huawei P20 Pro seemed inconceivable and yet the brand managed to place a triple camera in the back of its flagship. On top of that, the manufacturer’s top-of-the-line smartphone came with an 18.7: 9 OLED display, a Kirin 970, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. In other words, the P20 Pro is a beast ready to swallow its competitors like the iPhone X, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the LG G7 ThinQ.
Huawei P20 Pro: very neat finishes :
Huawei’s P20 Pro has nothing to do with previous generations. We start here on a format 18.7: 9 and which says 18.7: 9 says notch. This one is less imposing than the notch of the iPhone X and the LG G7 ThinQ. As on the latter, it is possible to hide it by going directly in the options (displays then notch). A border is present under the screen but unlike the P20 Lite, the Huawei P20 Pro here integrates the fingerprint reader instead of placing it in the back. Note that facial recognition is also available.
On the back of this Android smartphone, we find the famous triple photo sensor that will be entitled to a detailed description later. Designed in glass, this part of the Pro version of the P20 is sublime even if it retains fingerprints. One of the slices accommodates the volume controls and the power button. The port jack is absent but a USB Type-C port is available and the adapter is provided by Huawei. The use of this phone is comfortable thanks to the 18.7: 9 ratio that allows us to enjoy a very large screen in good conditions. The physical buttons are easily accessible just like the fingerprint sensor.
The Huawei P20 Pro also has a good solidity. I dropped it three times from a height of one meter and no scratch came to embed itself in the hull. There is also an IP67 certification meaning that this smartphone is resistant to water and dust.
An excellent OLED screen :
While the P20 has an LCD panel, the Pro version has a 6.1-inch OLED display. With a resolution of 1080 x 2240 pixels (Full HD +) for a resolution of 408 dpi, the Huawei P20 Pro delivers excellent image quality. This Chinese smartphone manages to rise to the height of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and iPhone X thanks to a very good colorimetry configurable in the options. To benefit from it, you must go to “Color and comfort of the eyes”. By activating the “natural tone” option, the P20 Pro will automatically adjust the colorimetry according to the ambient brightness. You can also go to “mode and color temperature” to enjoy much brighter colors (option enabled by default). You can also switch to “normal colors”. These are much more faithful
Solid performance :
The Huawei P20 Pro is equipped with the Kirin 970 processor, the same one featured in the Mate 10 Pro. If it struggles to compete with the Apple A11 Bionic iPhone X, the Snapdragon 845 Sony Xperia XZ2 and Exynos 9810 Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 +, this chip offers excellent performance. It is supported by 6 GB of RAM. This smartphone runs Android Oreo and the interface is offered by the overlay EMUI 8.1. The P20 Pro has flawless fluidity. Nevertheless, it happens to really heat up when greedy games are launched like PUBG.
A triple amazing photo sensor in all conditions :
We arrive at the big news brought by the Huawei P20 Pro: the triple photo sensor. Integrated on the back of this phone, it consists of a 40 million pixel RGB sensor, a 20 million pixel monochrome sensor and an 8 million pixel telephoto sensor. An artificial intelligence is combined with these modules and the result is simply magical. The triple sensor of the P20 Pro sublimates every moment in any light condition. Thus, digital noise is very little present. In addition to serving a multitude of details, he brilliantly transcribes each color. We are far from the simple marketing gadget.
The front camera of 24 million pixels is not worth the modules at the back but it remains very convincing in its role of selfies hunter. The portrait mode can however be a little capricious since it tends to smooth a little too much face.
With his Huawei P20 Pro, Ren Zhengfei’s company goes one step further. Here we have a great alternative to the iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy S9 to name a few. It seems much more attractive than the latter thanks to its excellent ergonomics and triple photo sensor. The Chinese firm continues its ascent!