Huawei P20 Pro

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8.9/10
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The Huawei P20 Pro currently has an Informr score of 8.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 71 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

As the larger sibling to the Huawei P20, the P20 Pro adds a few bells and whistles to their already-solid 2018 flagship option.

The phone features the same metal and glass design as the P20, but it’s IP67 rated for water resistance -- a welcome addition to many reviewers.

It’s also bigger as the screen increases to 6.1 inches. The P20 Pro also sports an AMOLED panel instead of the TFT LCD found in the P20. The resolution is the same (2,240-by-1,080) so while slightly less sharp than the P20, it’s nothing you’d notice in normal usage. 

Reviewers felt the display on the P20 Pro offered richer colors and better contrast than the P20.

While the phone includes the same Kirin 970 octa-core processor, it sees a boost to 6GB of RAM. As expected, this makes for silky smooth performance and improved response times when multitasking or using resource-intensive apps.

The biggest upgrade between the P20 and P20 Pro is in the camera. Not content with the dual-lens options hitting the market now, Huawei uses a tri-lens rear camera. It packs in a 40MP main lens with A.I.-assisted image stabilization, an 8MP telephoto lens, and a 20MP monochrome lens. 

This means you can enjoy 3x optical zoom with no protruding lens. The monochrome lens helps to create bokeh effects and add detail to shots.

Reviews for the camera are stellar. Its AI auto mode does a great job of tweaking settings to match your subject and surroundings. The tri-lens array also performs well in low-light scenarios. 

Lastly, the P20 Pro sees a boost in battery capacity to a massive 4,000mAh. Paired with Type-C fast charging, reviewers never worried about battery life. If you watch videos or play games for hours, you might need to charge nightly. However, with typical mixed usage, the phone offers enough power to get through a day with ease and well into another.

While most of the changes don’t impact the core experience of using the phone for basic tasks and daily communications, most reviewers felt like the added cost of the P20 Pro was well worth -- budget allowing. 

The experience is largely the same -- just better. For more about performance, design, storage space, software, and other considerations, check out our P20 Summary.


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.36 GHz
Screen Size
6.1"
Camera
40+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


ZDNet

Fans enjoy the Apple iPhone experience because it is quick and simple while turning out solid results. Huawei's P20 Pro uses AI and auto modes to offer a similar simple experience, but if you spend a bit more time with the camera your window into the world is unlimited.

- Matthew Miller, ZDNet
GSMArena

Two months later and we are loving the Huawei P20 Pro. We would recommend it to anyone looking for the best camera experience in a smartphone, but otherwise, Huawei's own P20 would do just fine. Yet, it's so easy to convince yourself into getting the Pro and we may not try to change your mind after...

- GSMArena
GSM Dome

Huawei doesn’t settle with second tier flagships anymore. It’s around $100 less than the S9+, it inaugurates a triple camera and it’s once again, as usual for a few years for Huawei, the “iPhone of Androids”. It has the best screen, audio and battery I’ve seen lately, plus a very solid camera.

- Alexandru Stănescu, GSM Dome
Canadian Reviewer

The Huawei P20 Pro is a legitimate flagship device that matches up well against the competition while offering a refreshing range of new options. The best camera is the one you have with you and the Huawei P20 Pro effectively replicates a 40-megapixel camera with the range of about 3-4 DSLR lenses....

- Gadjo Cardenas Sevilla, Canadian Reviewer
IT Pro

A highly functional top-end smartphone that’s brilliantly positioned to rival the Galaxy S9 and iPhone X. Sensible compromises mean it performs where it counts, offering a premium experience at a killer price.

- Dale Walker, IT Pro


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


Huawei released the P20 Pro on April 6, 2018.


The P20 Pro price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Huawei P20 Pro prices from around the web here on The Informr.


Huawei backs up the P20 Pro with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your P20 Pro has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Huawei support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Huawei's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
6.1"

The Huawei P20 Pro's screen size is 6.1 inches with 1080 x 2240 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.36 GHz

There is a HiSilicon Kiri 970 Octa core 2.36 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system (OS).

Camera
40+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 40+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 24+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128 GB

Internal memory is 128 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4000 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 1500 minutes, 870 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

P20 Pro Specs

Overview
Release date April 6, 2018
Regions available Canada, UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 8.1 Oreo

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Processor HiSilicon Kiri 970 Octa core 2.36 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 128 GB
RAM 6 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.73 W/kg
Body: 1.22 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 794 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 870 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1500 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 22 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Black, Midnight Blue, Twilight
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.5 x 7.39 x 0.78 cm (6.1 x 2.9 x 0.3 in)
Weight 180 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 67
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2240 pixels
Pixel density 429 pixels
Size 6.1 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out HDMI
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
40+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, Smile detection, Triple camera feature (20 MP 2nd camera f/1.6, 8MP 3rd camera f/2.4 ), HDR
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
24+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Face detection, Self-timer, Aperture f/2.0
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
More
Additional comments

Also available in dual SIM variant.

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Critic Reviews


ZDNet

Better than an iPhone in more ways than just sales

from ZDNet

Fans enjoy the Apple iPhone experience because it is quick and simple while turning out solid results. Huawei's P20 Pro uses AI and auto modes to offer a similar simple experience, but if you spend a bit more time with the camera your window into the world is unlimited.

Read full review

Fans enjoy the Apple iPhone experience because it is quick and simple while turning out solid results. Huawei's P20 Pro uses AI and auto modes to offer a similar simple experience, but if you spend a bit more time with the camera your window into the world is unlimited.

Read full review

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GSMArena

The best all-in-one device for vacations

Two months later and we are loving the Huawei P20 Pro. We would recommend it to anyone looking for the best camera experience in a smartphone, but otherwise, Huawei's own P20 would do just fine. Yet, it's so easy to convince yourself into getting the Pro and we may not try to change your mind aft...More

Two months later and we are loving the Huawei P20 Pro. We would recommend it to anyone looking for the best camera experience in a smartphone, but otherwise, Huawei's own P20 would do just fine. Yet, it's so easy to convince yourself into getting the Pro and we may not try to change your mind after all. It's a great device which is easily worth recommending!

Read full review

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GSM Dome

Multimedia beast, vanity looks of an iPhone

from GSM Dome

Huawei doesn’t settle with second tier flagships anymore. It’s around $100 less than the S9+, it inaugurates a triple camera and it’s once again, as usual for a few years for Huawei, the “iPhone of Androids”. It has the best screen, audio and battery I’ve seen lately, plus a very solid camera.

Read full review

Huawei doesn’t settle with second tier flagships anymore. It’s around $100 less than the S9+, it inaugurates a triple camera and it’s once again, as usual for a few years for Huawei, the “iPhone of Androids”. It has the best screen, audio and battery I’ve seen lately, plus a very solid camera.

Read full review

Less

Canadian Reviewer

Outstanding triple-camera

from Canadian Reviewer

The Huawei P20 Pro is a legitimate flagship device that matches up well against the competition while offering a refreshing range of new options. The best camera is the one you have with you and the Huawei P20 Pro effectively replicates a 40-megapixel camera with the range of about 3-4 DSLR lens...More

The Huawei P20 Pro is a legitimate flagship device that matches up well against the competition while offering a refreshing range of new options. The best camera is the one you have with you and the Huawei P20 Pro effectively replicates a 40-megapixel camera with the range of about 3-4 DSLR lenses. With PureView genetics and Leica imaging as well as A.I. functionality, this is hands-down the most versatile and impressive smartphone camera available today.

Read full review

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IT Pro

A three-eyed monster of a smartphone

from IT Pro

A highly functional top-end smartphone that’s brilliantly positioned to rival the Galaxy S9 and iPhone X. Sensible compromises mean it performs where it counts, offering a premium experience at a killer price.

Read full review

A highly functional top-end smartphone that’s brilliantly positioned to rival the Galaxy S9 and iPhone X. Sensible compromises mean it performs where it counts, offering a premium experience at a killer price.

Read full review

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The Next Web

Isn’t my favorite Android phone, but it might be the best

from The Next Web

I like this phone. It’s a breath of fresh air in an industry that has felt increasingly by-the numbers in the past few years. It still suffers from Huawei’s usual quirks – a somewhat gaudy UI and bloated features – but these are not enough to quell the sense that this is the most satisfie...More

I like this phone. It’s a breath of fresh air in an industry that has felt increasingly by-the numbers in the past few years. It still suffers from Huawei’s usual quirks – a somewhat gaudy UI and bloated features – but these are not enough to quell the sense that this is the most satisfied I’ve been after reviewing a phone in some time. It’s a shame Americans are missing out.

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TechPP

There’s a new camera sheriff in phone town

from TechPP

The P20 Pro has won the performance wars in our books, but to succeed, it would need to score on perception in that most difficult and unpredictable of battlegrounds – the mind of the Indian consumer. It is pricey, no doubt, but for all those bucks you get perhaps the best set of cameras a phone has out there at the time of writing.

Read full review

The P20 Pro has won the performance wars in our books, but to succeed, it would need to score on perception in that most difficult and unpredictable of battlegrounds – the mind of the Indian consumer. It is pricey, no doubt, but for all those bucks you get perhaps the best set of cameras a phone has out there at the time of writing.

Read full review

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Mobile Syrup

Rising up

from Mobile Syrup

This is, by far, the best camera Huawei has produced on any of its devices, and a noticeable improvement from last year’s excellent effort. Building trust to help users take great shots is hard, but the company makes a strong case for that here. The Night mode is unmatched by any other handset...More

This is, by far, the best camera Huawei has produced on any of its devices, and a noticeable improvement from last year’s excellent effort. Building trust to help users take great shots is hard, but the company makes a strong case for that here. The Night mode is unmatched by any other handset I’ve used, trouncing anything the more expensive iPhone X could do in low-light, in my opinion.

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PCWorld

See it and believe the hype

from PCWorld

A good smartphone is more than just a camera - and while the P20 Pro’s camera do catch more of the finer details than the competition can, a lot of elements around that camera don’t always deliver on the same level.

Read full review

A good smartphone is more than just a camera - and while the P20 Pro’s camera do catch more of the finer details than the competition can, a lot of elements around that camera don’t always deliver on the same level.

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Absolute Geeks

It’s got something for everyone

from Absolute Geeks

When I first got the phone, I was on the fence, but after spending about a week with it, I can say that the P20 Pro has got a lot of character, it’s fun to use while still being a bit of a challenge.

Read full review

When I first got the phone, I was on the fence, but after spending about a week with it, I can say that the P20 Pro has got a lot of character, it’s fun to use while still being a bit of a challenge.

Read full review

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