At an exclusive launch event at the Grand Palais in France, Chinese manufacturer Huawei announced its new P20 smartphone series. In particular, the Huawei P20 Pro stands out because of innovative features like artificial intelligence stabilization (AIS) and a notch mask. Due to the Grand Palais’s association with haute couture and yearly fashion events, it’s only fitting that the P20 Pro with its incredible camera features debuted there.
Thanks to a collaboration with premium camera manufacturer Leica, Huawei P20 Pro debuts the smartphone triple camera. The third camera is an 8MP optical image stabilizer (OIS) telephoto lens, meaning more stable images. Additionally, it offers clearer photos and videos thanks to a 3x optical zoom or a 5x hybrid zoom. The Huawei P20 and P20 Lite don’t have optical image stabilization, instead relying on AIS.
While smartphone brands like LG are using AI for object recognition purposes, Huawei claims it’s able to use machine learning to stabilize your footage. The same technology is responsible for the P20 Pro’s five second long exposure mode. It combines keeping the lens open to allow more light to come in and the AIS technology, eliminating the need for a tripod and allowing you to take long exposure photos even if your hand is shaky. That being said, the P20 Pro’s object recognition is incredible as well; the phone’s object recognition algorithm used to determine food is so advanced it can now tell the difference between types of meals.
The dual main cameras also have a 40MP color sensor. Not only that, but Huawei’s Light Fusion maximizes the chances of a clear, beautiful shot. This tech combines data from 4 adjacent pixels to generate a 10MP photo. While Google Pixel 2 is currently considered the standard of smartphone photography, the Huawei P20 series certainly have the hardware and software to become the new standard.
On the front of the device, the phone has an impressive 24MP selfie cam and a Face Unlock (although it’s not that advanced as the one iPhone X employs). For those worried about the notch, Huawei developed a software option that darkens the top bezel completely from edge to edge.
As beautiful as the cameras are, the glass back shows off several mesmerizing gradient tones that grab your attention almost immediately. The gradient back is actually a dual-tone paint job that changes color depending on how the light hits the panel.
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 P20 Pro will release April 6. At the moment, it is unlikely that any of the three models – P20, P20 Lite and P20 Pro – will sell in the U.S., unfortunately.