Huawei P20 4G LTE GSM Unlocked Certified Pre-Owned Smartphone

A strange bird this Huawei P20 - a headliner without a spear. The omission of the triple camera is baffling, but as long as you give it a chance, you may be surprised. And if you don't dwell on what didn't make the cut, you should be able to see...
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A strange bird this Huawei P20 - a headliner without a spear. The omission of the triple camera is baffling, but as long as you give it a chance, you may be surprised. And if you don't dwell on what didn't make the cut, you should be able to see the P20 for what it is - one dazzling flagship.

The signature Twilight hue is among the things the P20 duo will be remembered for. It's available on both devices if you are lucky enough to reside in a region which stocks it, but the similarities don't end here. The notched screen is shared, as is the Kirin 970 chip which, even though is six-months-old already, is still relevant.

Now, the elephant in the room - the dual-instead-of-triple camera on the back. Yes, it's a step down from the more prominent P20 Pro but, fret not, this is not the same dual-camera we left on the Huawei P10 and Mate 10 Pro either. The 12MP color sensor is brand new and has much bigger pixels and thus we can expect brighter low-light images and less noise.

Huawei P20 review

 

The MasterAI is also a thing on the P20, improving the way we take pictures by allowing for some previously impossible tripod-free long-shutter pictures. You can use lossless telephoto zoom, record 960fps slow-mo videos, but you can also switch to monochrome and take some artsy shots downtown.

Huawei P20 review

The 24MP selfie camera stays the same on both P20 phones, too. It may lack autofocus but can do Face Unlock and shoot portraits with blurred backgrounds in line with the current trends.

Huawei P20 specs
  • Body: dual-glass with metal frame, 7.7mm thick
  • Screen: 5.8" LTPS IPS LCD, 1080 x 2240px resolution (429ppi);
  • Chipset: Kirin 970 chipset, octa-core processor (Cortex-A73 2.4GHz + A53 1.8GHz), Mali-G72 MP12 GPU
  • Memory: 4GB RAM, 128GB storage
  • OS: Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.1;
  • Camera: 12MP f/1.8 OIS color + + 20MP f/1.6 monochrome; 4K video capture, 720@960fps slow-mo; Leica co-developed
  • Camera features: 1/2.3" 12MP sensor, 2x optical zoom, OIS + EIS, can change focus and lighting in photos after they are taken, Variable Aperture, Portrait Mode, shoots long-exposure without a tripod
  • Selfie cam: 24MP, f/2.0 Leica lens, Portrait Mode with live bokeh effects; 2D Face Unlock
  • Battery: 3,400mAh; Super Charge
  • Security: Fingerprint reader (front), 0.4 seconds response time
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2 + LE, NFC, USB Type-C
  • Misc:IR blaster, single speaker

Seeing that Huawei didn't copy-paste its old dual-camera but instead came up with some notable improvements is enough for us to let the company off the hook here. We can even forgive the switch to IPS LCD screen which some might consider a downgrade from Pro's OLED.

The crime we can't let slide is the failing to secure the P20 body against water. It's beyond us why Huawei made water-tight only the P20 Pro, but it's not fair and puts even more pressure on the P20. The IP53 rating is not the best excuse for ditching the analog jack, and yet Huawei still opted for its retirement.

It's clear we are starting on the wrong foot, so let's pop this Huawei P20 out of its box and hopefully we get on the right one.

Unboxing the Huawei P20

Fancy is not what the Huawei P20's white cardboard box is. But the maker has an excellent track record for bundles and this one doesn't disappoint.

Huawei P20 review

Inside that box, you'll find eye-catchy Huawei P20 packed with a 22.5W charging plug, an enhanced USB Type-C cable compatible with Huawei's Super Charge, a pair of headphones, and a must-have 3.5mm-to-USB-C adapter.

Specifications

 

 

NETWORK

Technology

GSM / HSPA / LTE


LAUNCH

Announced

2018, March 27

Status

Available. Released 2018, April 06


BODY

Dimensions

149.1 x 70.8 x 7.7 mm (5.87 x 2.79 x 0.30 in)

Weight

165 g (5.82 oz)

Build

Glass front, glass back, aluminum frame

SIM

Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

 

Water-repellent coating


DISPLAY

Type

LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Size

5.8 inches, 84.9 cm2 (~80.4% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution

1080 x 2240 pixels, 18.7:9 ratio (~429 ppi density)


PLATFORM

OS

Android 8.1 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie), EMUI 9.1

Chipset

Kirin 970 (10 nm)

CPU

Octa-core (4x2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)

GPU

Mali-G72 MP12


MEMORY

Card slot

No

Internal

64GB 4GB RAM, 64GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM

 

UFS 2.1


MAIN CAMERA

Dual

12 MP, f/1.8, 27mm (wide), 1/2.3", 1.55µm, PDAF, Laser AF, OIS
20 MP B/W, f/1.6, 27mm (wide), 1/2.7", PDAF

Features

Leica optics, LED flash, HDR, panorama

Video

4K@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS), 720p@960fps


SELFIE CAMERA

Single

24 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8", 0.9µm

Video

1080p@30fps


SOUND

Loudspeaker

Yes

3.5mm jack

No

 

32-bit/384kHz audio


COMMS

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot

Bluetooth

4.2, A2DP, LE, EDR, aptX HD

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO

NFC

Yes

Radio

No

USB

3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector


FEATURES

Sensors

Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, color spectrum


BATTERY

Type

Li-Po 3400 mAh, non-removable

Charging

Fast charging 22.5W


MISC

Colors

Twilight, Black, Midnight Blue, Pink Gold

Models

EML-L29C, EML-L09C, EML-AL00 EML-TL00, EML-L29, EML-L09, EML-AL00

Price

$ 349.99 / £ 205.99 / € 362.50


TESTS

Performance

AnTuTu: 207016 (v7)
GeekBench: 6739 (v4.4)
GFXBench: 23fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)

Display

Contrast ratio: 1445:1 (nominal), 3.683 (sunlight)

Camera

Photo / Video

Loudspeaker

Voice 66dB / Noise 69dB / Ring 90dB

Audio quality

Noise -92.4dB / Crosstalk -92.7dB

Battery life

Endurance rating 75h

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