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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Huawei P20 Pro crushes the iPhone X in a key way

The Huawei P20 Pro crushes the iPhone X in a key way

Huawei P20 Pro $800

The Good Versatile three-camera system takes incredible photos
 • Excellent low-light mode 
 • Can run two instances of the same app simultaneously 
 • Gradient finish is beautiful
 • Generous storage and battery life

The Bad:- That notch tho 
The Bottom Line 
The Huawei P20 Pro has the best smartphone camera around, but the myriad options for using it might confuse some users. The phone is also beautiful and powerful, but it's missing wireless charging and a headphone jack. It's not cheap, but it's worth the money

In April 2016, Huawei launched a smartphone with a dual rear camera — the P9 — nearly half a year before Apple's iPhone 7 Plus launched with a dual camera of its own. The fact that a Chinese smartphone maker is trying to out-Apple Apple wasn't that surprising, but I didn't expect the P9's rear dual-camera system to be as good as it was. Several flagship iterations later, Huawei now has the P20 Pro, a phone that absolutely destroys all other phones in terms of sheer photography firepower with its triple rear camera and a 24-megapixel selfie camera. The advantages aren't there only on paper: In roughly ten days of testing, I came to believe that this is the most versatile and most powerful camera system in any smartphone today. The rest of the phone is pretty great, too, but there are numerous details you'll want to know about before actually buying one.

The P20 Pro is revolutionary for Huawei in another important way: It's the first Huawei phone that's not boring. Yes, on the front it's just another Android with a notch, but the triple camera and the beautiful, gradient Twilight color of the phone's glass-covered back make it the nicest Android I've held outside of Samsung's curvy flagship phones. It's not just superficial beauty. The P20 Pro feels incredibly solid in the hand; it's curvy and comfortable to hold and, to me, its 6.1-inch OLED screen is just the right size. The phone is water- and dust-resistant with an IP67 rating.

But there are several drawbacks to this design as well. There's no headphone jack, and the phone is incredibly slippery and fingerprint-prone. Add to that a pretty sizable bump on the back that hosts two of the phone's three cameras, and you'll know that this is one of those phones where a case is an absolute must. I'd recommend a clear one, though, especially for the Twilight and Pink Gold variants which both have a beautiful gradient color finish. On the front, you get a notch that's far smaller than the one on the iPhone. Like it or not, most 2018 flagships (with the notable exception of Samsung phones) have a notch. Unfortunately, the screen doesn't go all the way to the bottom; there's a bezel down there that hosts the oval fingerprint scanner. The scanner is incredibly fast and works well (the phone has facial recognition as well, and it worked flawlessly for me), but I'd prefer to have it on the back as navigating your thumb that far down isn't always easy. 

Performance, screen, and battery life 
The P20 Pro has Huawei's 970 Kirin chipset, 6GB of RAM, a 4,000 mAh battery, and 128GB of storage. Huawei's last flagship, the Mate 10 Pro, has exactly the same specs, and there's nothing new to report here: The P20 Pro is blazing fast and its battery lasts a full day and a half, and that's if you're a demanding user like me.

There are a couple of noticeable differences, though. The P20 Pro supports the Dolby Atmos standard, and the audio coming out of its speakers sounds quite different — a little more detailed, and with a wider soundstage. Neither phone's sound is quite as loud or as punchy as the iPhone X's excellent stereo speakers, though. The P20 Pro's display is an OLED with a 2,240 x 1,080 pixel resolution. Compared to the iPhone X's screen, it's nearly as bright (the difference is truly minute), the contrast is nearly the same, and colors are a little bit colder. It also has all of Apple's bells and whistles, only they have different names: Apple's True Tone becomes Huawei's Natural Tone, and Night Shift goes by the name Eye Comfort. Despite the altered semantics, the P20 Pro doesn't win on any count here, and the result so close to the iPhone X's screen that you probably won't be able to see any difference.

In terms of screen real estate, it's important to note that Huawei's fingerprint sensor doubles as a gesture-based navigation button. In fact, you can get away with not using the standard Android Home/Back/Recent buttons if you're willing to learn a couple of new gestures (tap the button to go back, tap and hold to go to home screen, swipe the button left or right to browse through open apps). It might not be everyone's cup of tea but you do get a little more screen real estate that way.

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