Huawei it’s here, has come a little later to this 2018 exercise and far from a media fair like the…
Huawei it’s here, has come a little later to this 2018 exercise and far from a media fair like the Mobile World Congress , but that has allowed them to have a little more time to prepare the arrival of its new high-end, the Huawei P20 , with all the lights pointing at your presentation of Paris .
A Huawei P20 range -and one more year Huawei has not released a single device but a full range – that comes with a reasonable resemblance to the iPhone X, adopting that design “all screen” so fashionable but that in its case extends the panel to the top frame with an island in the middle. A controversial notch of which the Chinese firm even boasts claiming that it is smaller than Apple’s flagship, but that does not just convince anyone , not even to Apple itself .
Anyway, maybe the market demands notched phones, so Huawei has wanted to reinvent these designs with a good deal of details that we just do not understand too much and that now we will analyze, some lines that will share in greater measure the three flavors of the range:
The Chinese giant is still on the lookout for that first place worldwide, and for that he has not wanted to abandon those ideas that until now had led him to success , launching its high range in several versions seeking to cover the maximum range of the target public that is possible. The idea is to have a Huawei P20 for each one of us , and to a greater or lesser extent Huawei has achieved it.
Huawei’s DNA is still present and is shared by the entire P20 range, so there are no major differences in design or equipment , where the hardware of own manufacture continues to be protagonist with chipsets HiSilicon Kirin at the top.
There are differences in details and it is in these details where we least understand the bet of the Chinese manufacturer, who wanted to bring the notch to have the maximum frontal use, but at the same time has arranged a lower frame in all models of the P20 range breaking the symmetry and making us think … Did not all the components fit in that lower frame? What the hell is that horrible ‘notch’ painting then?
Something has had to smell the Chinese manufacturer in terms of possible criticism, and that is that the three terminals have a function that turns off the screen on both sides of the notch returning a bit of symmetry and sanity to the design of the Huawei P20, although it really only works well in the PRO model, where the panel is AMOLED and the screen is completely turned off.
In terms of hardware and features there are very obvious differences between the three terminals, which They also make it obvious that the objectives of each are very different . A mid-range version, another more compensated for the high-end and the latest performance that adds a triple camera never seen to attack the best.
Of course, it confirms what we already warned in the MWC 2018, and is that the audio-jack is now considered a mid-range item and only reach the Huawei P20 Lite, leaving the P20 and P20 Pro with a USB Type-C and its relevant adapter, something that we do not like anything. If Samsung has been able to survive without ‘notch’ and with audio-jack, why can not others?
Another detail to keep in mind is that Huawei still refuses to upload the resolution FullHD , now FullHD + in a strange format 18.7: 9 that we had never seen before, and that leaves the high range of Huawei with a key specification below the competition , a specification that also focuses almost the entire user experience:
|Specifications||Huawei P20 Lite||Huawei P20||Huawei P20 Pro|
|Dimensions and weight||–||7.8 mm thick|
|screen||IPS 5.8 “Full View Display 2.0||IPS 5.8 “Full View Display 2.0||AMOLED 6.2 “Full View Display 2.0|
|Resolution and format||FHD + 2,240 x 1,080 pixels, format 18.7: 9, 429 ppi||FHD + 2,240 x 1,080 pixels, format 18.7: 9, 429 ppi||FHD + 2,240 x 1,080 pixels, format 18.7: 9, 408 ppi|
|Chipset||HiSilicon Kirin 659Octa-core (4x Cortex-A53 @ 2.36 GHz + 4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.7 GHz) ARM GPU Mali-T830 MP2||HiSilicon Kirin 970Octa-core (4x Cortex-A73 @ 2.4 GHz + 4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.8 GHz) ARM GPU Mali + G72 MP12||HiSilicon Kirin 970Octa-core (4x Cortex-A73 @ 2.4 GHz + 4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.8 GHz) ARM GPU Mali + G72 MP12|
|ROM||64 GB expandable via microSD||128 GB expandable via microSD||128 GB expandable via microSD|
|Cameras||Rear : Dual (16 MP RGB + 2 MP Mono), aperture f / 2.0, ‘bokeh’ effect Frontal : 16 MP integrated in ‘notch’, opening f / 2.0||Rear : Dual Leica (12 MP RGB + 20 MP Mono), aperture f / 1.6-1.8, ‘bokeh’ effect Frontal : 24 MP integrated in ‘notch’, opening f / 2.0||Rear : Triple Leica (40 MP RGB f / 1.8, 20 MP Mono f / 1.6, 8 MP Telephoto f / 2.4), VARIO-SUMMILUZ-H, color temperature sensor, laser autofocus, ISO 15200, 5x hybrid zoom, effect bokeh ‘, 4K video 960 fps Frontal : 24 MP integrated in ‘notch’, opening f / 2.0|
|Battery||3.000 mAh (not removable) Quick Charge||3,400 mAh (non-removable) Super Quick Charge||4.000 mAh (not removable) Super Quick Charge|
|YOU||Android 8.1 Oreo, EMUI 8.1||Android 8.1 Oreo, EMUI 8.1||Android 8.1 Oreo, EMUI 8.1|
|Connectivity||LTE, WiFi Dual Band, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, aGPS, NFC||LTE, WiFi Dual Band, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, aGPS, NFC||LTE, WiFi Dual Band, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, aGPS, NFC|
|Ports||USB Type-C, audio jack 3.5 mm||USB Type-C||USB Type-C|
|Others||Dolby Atmos SoundThe fingerprint reader in the rear||Dolby Atmos Fingerprint reader in front||Dolby Atmos soundIP67 certificationFront fingerprint reader|
|Launch prices||€ 369||€ 679||€ 899|
The rest of datasheet It will not surprise you too much, and it is that as you have seen it is all that we could hope for without great bravado. There is yes differences in the key sections to reduce costs and justify the three models of the Huawei P20 range:
The first of these key specifications was mentioned above, and that is that the panel chosen by Huawei for the three models leaves us cold in all three cases . The format is not standard -18,7: 9- and the resolution only seems justifiable in the most affordable model.
If you want a good experience with virtual reality or the notch nor the resolution FHD + 1.080p are good friends , and also that only the Huawei P20 Pro adopts AMOLED and allows to eliminate the notch In a satisfactory way it is even more difficult to believe in a range that pretends to be the most noble of Huawei in 2018. The P20 Lite and P20 mount a panel with IPS LCD technology , so turning off a part of the screen will keep the backlighting and black will never be deep.
This was the difference we all expected, and obviously a mid-range device can not count on a high-end chipset, or a high-end memory configuration. So, the Huawei P20 Lite stays with the Kirin 659 medium-range and 4 GB of RAM, leaving the Kirin 970 with his Neural Processing Unit for the P20 , which also mounts 4 GB of RAM, and P20 Pro , which goes up to 6 GB of RAM.
As for storage, expandable in all cases with microSD cards, is 64 GB in the Lite model and 128 GB in the two most prestacionales.
RESISTANCE TO LIQUIDS
Another key specification that only reaches the Huawei P20 Pro model is the resistance to liquids, and that is that Lite and classic versions do not have IP67 certification that does incorporate the Pro version . IP67 ensures resistance to dust and dives up to 1 meter deep for 30 minutes.
The cameras are the last and most important differentiator of these Huawei P20 , and is that the Chinese manufacturer has wanted each of them to offer a photographic experience better than the previous one , thus justifying prices and ranges without forgetting their agreements with Leica for the more prestacional models.
He Huawei P20 Lite is left with a “more mundane” double camera , with a sensor of 16 megapixels RGB and another monochrome of 2 MP, effect of blur and aperture f / 2.0. For the front we will find other 16 MP sensor integrated in the notch .
On the other hand, the Huawei P20 already has elements of Leica with a double sensor of 20 and 12 megapixels , one monochrome and another RGB, which also offer the fashionable tan blur effect, along with another 24 MP sensor for the front.
The bet goes up the model Huawei P20 Pro, which has a triple camera signed by Leica with a lot of dressings . A sensor of 40 MP RGB, another monochrome of 20 MP, and a telephoto of 8 MP that forms the first triple system of the smartphone market. In addition, it has Leica VARIO-SUMMILUZ-H lenses, color temperature and illumination sensor, laser autofocus, ISO up to 15200, 5x hybrid zoom and slow motion video recording up to 960 fps.
The battery also switches between the three models, leaving 3,000 mAh for the Lite, 3,400 mAh for the classic P20 and a generous 4,000 mAh for the P20 Pro . Figures in the average except in the more affluent model, which will have greater capacity than its direct competition.
The truth is Huawei has improved the present with its new Huawei P20 range , what raise the bet in all the ranges of the market in which it competes adding a trend design, which many will like even with that controversial notch that we did not just understand, and is that the Huawei P20 already had a lower framework for the components.
In addition, there are some explainable decisions such as the fall of the audio-jack in the superior models, and the inclusion of a Kirin 970 that we already saw in terminals of 2017 as the Huawei Mate 10 without this implying a clear differentiation, which will cause many to throw for the phablet last year instead of the new P20 Pro.
Where Huawei has put all the meat on the grill is in the multimedia section , with Dolby sound and a superlative camera at least in the Huawei P20 Pro model, which in the absence of tests becomes on paper in the best camera ever mounted on a smartphone , with the signature of Leica and a triple sensor system never seen.
The question is whether this will be enough to compete in 2018, but that answer will have the time and users. At the moment we hope to test the new Huawei P20 to assess, although really the P20 Lite paints best-selling, and the P20 Pro leaves good feelings to compete with the best. Maybe the classic P20 is the lameest version and the least interesting in my opinion …
And you, have you liked the newest of Huawei? Which is the most interesting in your opinion? Would you buy the P20 Pro before a Galaxy S9 or an iPhone X?
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