The big day came and… Huawei charmed the pants off Parisians at the Grand Palais, where normally fashion moguls seduce year after year. The Chinese manufacturer didn’t show off a new haute-couture line, though, but its brand new, P20 smartphone line, with the Pro model as the absolute star. So, how did they dazzle the media? With innovative features like artificial intelligence stabilization and a notch mask!
Huawei P20 Pro didn’t come as a shock for many of you, we’re sure. I mean, you probably knew that it would debut a triple camera, when most flagship phones are still working on their dual ones. You were also aware of the fact that it would show off a glass back in gradient tones and that, thanks to the Leica collaboration, the cameras would rock, once again.
What you didn’t know was that the gradient back is actually a dual-tone paint job that changes color depending on how the light hits the panel. You also didn’t know that the third camera is an 8MP OIS telephoto lens. That means you suddenly get up to 3x optical zoom or a 5x hybrid zoom.
The other two don’t have optical image stabilization, instead relying on artificial intelligence stabilization.
Now, you’ve heard that brands like LG are using AI for object recognition purposes, but Huawei claims it’s able to use machine learning to stabilize your footage. The same technology is seemingly responsible for a pretty crazy feat – a five second long exposure mode that allows the P20 Pro to capture media without using a tripod!
Speaking of AI, the company says that the object recognition algorithm used to determine food in a taken shot has been upgraded and can now tell the difference between types of meals.
Coming back to the dual main cameras, it’s important for you to know that this time around, the color sensor packs up 40MP. Not only that, but Huawei is maximizing your chances for a clear, beautiful shot with Light Fusion. This tech combines data from 4 pixels to generate a 10MP photo. Each of them is much bigger than the ones Pixel 2 sports, a smartphone that is considered standard for impeccable photography in the mobile world.
On the front of the device, you have an impressive 24MP selfie cam and for the first time, a Face Unlock (although it’s not that advanced as the one iPhone X employs). That means you’re once again faced with the notch… but this time, there’s a way to avoid it. Turns out, the company came up with a mask of sorts, a software option that darkens the top bezel completely, from one edge to the other. It’s more than Vivo offered with the V9!
Other specs and features:
- 6.1-inch Full HD+ OLED display / 5.8-inch LCD (P20 model)
- Kirin 970 processor
- 6GB of RAM / 4GB of RAM (P20)
- 4,000mAh battery / 3,400mAh cell (P20)
- 128GB of storage
- no wireless charging
- 4D predictive focus
- home button and fingerprint sensor
- Porsche Design version with 2880 x 1440 display and 256GB of storage
As for prices, Huawei P20 Pro costs 899 euros (6GB of RAM + 128GB of storage version), while the P20 is priced at 649 euros (4GB of RAM + 128Gb of storage). P20 will be available immediately, while the Pro model will come this April 6. At the moment, there’s a big chance that neither of the three models – P20, P20 Lite and P20 Pro – will sell in the U.S., unfortunately.