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Huawei P20 vs P20 Pro: An in-house battle

28 March 2018 5

Finally after a long wait the Chinese giant and world number three manufacturer Huawei announced their latest flagships P20 and P20 Pro. Both the devices were unveiled in a dedicated even held in Paris on March 27. The new P20 series is the Huawei's reply to Samsung's latest Galaxy S9 and S9+. Both the P20 and P20 Pro are bringing a striking design all glories to be the best flagship smartphones of the year.

The P20 series is the successor of P10 series and the reason behind this huge shift in numbers is revamped design. Huawei not only brings a huge step in design department but also the new P20 series is a big step in a number of aspects. Like always whenever a new smartphone is announced everyone is keen to know how the latest device is different from its competitors. However, the first thing on everyone's mind is how latest P20 is different from the P20 Pro. Today we will compare the latest P20 against the P20 Pro on the basis of display, design, hardware, camera, OS, Pricing and battery.

We are hopeful the comparison will answer your all queries related to P20 and P20 Pro and also will help you better decide whether you should go for the P20 or the P20 Pro. We will compare both the devices in a number of aspects to know better which smartphone is better in what aspects. Without any further delay, let's start with the design of both the devices as it is the first thing buyers consider while grabbing a new smartphone.

Design

Huawei flagship smartphones design improved significantly in last few years but the Mate 10 Pro was indeed a milestone in Huawei;'s design history. The company opted a glass and metal sandwich design for the first time with the Mate 10 Pro, now the company opted similar material once again for the latest P20 and P20, however, it is now further refined with the latest flagships.

Undoubtedly its a big step in design from a unibody metal design of P10 series. The new design will be appreciated by most of the buyers looking to grab a premium flagship smartphone. On the rear side, you will find a glass rear with solid metal chassis. The rear edges are gently curved so that devices easily fit in user's palm. The cameras on both the devices are Leica certified and are placed in the top left corner. If you turn the devices, the front-facing design might not be convincing for everyone.

The front design of new P20 series seems like inspired by the last year's iPhone X because of the notch on the display top. However, the Huawei's notch is even slimmer than the Apple iPhone X. The P20 series notch was leaked a few months ago so it wasn't surprising to see the notch on the latest Huawei flagships. Most of the Chinese OEMs adopted notch design so you will plenty of Android running devices this year with a small notch on the front.

The design language of both the P20 and P20 Pro is same, the company opted full front-facing display on both the devices. The best thing is despite having thin bezels, both the devices have the fingerprint scanner on the front. Huawei not only improved the design but also they paid special attention to build quality as well.

Being the larger variant, the P20 Pro is slightly taller but also it is slightly thicker at 7.8mm whereas the P20 is 7.65mm thick. Unfortunately, the P20 is just IP53 certified whereas the P20 Pro is IP67 certified which means it can resist 1 meters deep water for 30 minutes without any damage. The P20 Pro lacks the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack whereas the P20 has the headphone jack. As far as colors options is a concern the P20 is available in Champagne Gold, midnight blue, pink gold, black and the special twilight. On the other hand, the P20 Pro have all the colors except the Champagne Gold.

Display

In display department, both the devices are different from each other in a number of aspects. Both the devices are featuring a FullView display with an aspect ratio of 18.7:9. The reason behind this awkward aspect ratio is the inclusion of notch which accompanies selfie camera and speaker.

The notch size of both the devices is same and the good thing is you can even hide the notch from your display. On disabling notch from the setting you will get a black bar on the left and right portion of the display. Its good to see Huawei brings a solution as well for those who don't want a notch in their display.

The screen resolution of both the devices is Full HD+ 1080 x 2244 pixels. Huawei yet not ready to bring Quad HD+ display for their flagships. Having the same screen resolution the P20 has an upper hand as it comes with a small display with better pixels density.

The P20 Pro display panel is OLED whereas the standard P20 has an LCD panel. The colors on the P20 Pro are a bit warmer like most of the OLED displays but the good thing is you can adjust colors according to your preference. The P20 Pro emerges as a better option due to OLED panel.

Hardware

Huawei introduced the flagship Mate 10 Pro with the Kirin 970 SoC, it was the company's most powerful SoC up to date. The chipset is Huawei's answer to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 and Samsung's Exynos 9810 chipset. The best thing about Kirin 970 is its separate neural processing unit, this showcase Huawei not only wants to step up their AI game in software department but also in hardware department as well. Undoubtedly the Kirin 970 is amongst the most powerful SoC available in the market. The Mate 10 Pro emerges as one of the most powerful Android smartphones on the market last year and we can expect the P20 and P20 Pro are also powerhouses in terms of performance.

Being the standard variant the P20 comes with 4GB RAM whereas the P20 Pro has 6GB RAM on board. The built-in native storage of both the devices is 128GB. However, both the devices lack memory expansion via MicroSD card. The native NPU provides better support for processing AI related tasks at a rapid speed. Both the devices are equally good as a daily driver, however, if you want more power under the hood the P20 Pro is a better choice.

As OS both the devices is pre-installed with Android Oreo 8.1 with EMUI 8.1. It's important to mention that P20 and P20 Pro are the Huawei's first smartphone with the latest version of Android Oreo straight out of the box. The company also stated new EMUI version bring more AI features on board apart from real-time translation.

Specs Huawei P20 Huawei P20 Pro
Display 5.8-inches 6.1-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2244 pixels 1080 x 2240 pixels
Chipset Kirin 970 Kirin 970
RAM 4GB 6GB
Storage 128GB 128GB
Rear camera 12RGB+20MP monochrome 12RGB+40MP monochrome+8MP Telephoto
Front camera 24MP 24MP
Battery 3,4000mAh 4,000mAh
USB Type-C Type-C
OS Android Oreo 8.1 based EMUI 8.1 Android Oreo 8.1 based EMUI 8.1
3.5mm headphone jack Yes No
IP-ratings None IP67

Battery

The battery cell on the P20 is a 3,400mAH battery cell which easily last one day on single charge whereas the P20 Pro is running on a 4,000mAh battery. The battery cell on both the devices is relatively larger than most of the flagship smartphones in the market. Just for the sake of comparison, the Galaxy S9 comes with a 3,000mAh battery whereas the Galaxy S9+ features a 3,500mAh battery. You will find P20 series battery life much better than others due to Full HD displays and a larger battery cell.

Huawei introduced Super Charge technology last year with the Mate 10 lineup, the new P20 and P20 Pro also come with the same tech to quickly recharge the device pretty quickly. Both the devices have USB Type-C port for connectivity and charging.

Camera

The camera setup is once again the key highlight of Huawei's latest flagship P20 lineup. The key aspect of both the devices is the camera modules which are undoubtedly amongst the best available in the market. Both the devices camera sensors are Leica certified. The P20 features dual rear cameras, the primary RGB snapper is 12MP with f/1.8 aperture whereas the secondary monochrome sensor is 20MP with f/1.6. We have seen similar camera setup on the Mate 10 series but according to Huawei, the new 12MP RGB camera module pixel size is 61% larger than the last year's sensor.

On the other hand, the P20 Pro is one of its kind flagships in the market with three Leica certified cameras. The primary RGB sensor is 12MP with f/1.8, the secondary monochrome sensor is 40MP with f/1.6 aperture and the last sensor is the 8MP telephoto lens. According to Huawei, the P20 Pro features one of its kind Leica zoom lens which provides hybrid zoom up to 5X. The best thing is P20 Pro ISO is at 51200 which makes it the only device in the market with such huge ISO level. This means the device captures in low-light conditions will also be pretty great.

Up front, the selfie-camera on both the devices is a 24MP module. Apart from having top-notch cameras both the devices can record slow-motion HD videos at 960 frames per second. The AI played a great role in last year or so to improve the smartphones capturing capability. Huawei once again uses AI skills to improve P20 series camera capabilities and also both the devices feature AI image stabilization. Both the devices automatically analyze at what your camera is looking to improve the shot capturing. For instance, the device can scan 19 different item and adjust camera accordingly.

As far as price is a concern, the UK Carphone warehouse confirmed the P20 will be available for £599 whereas the P20 Pro will be available for £799. For the European customers, the P20 will be available for € 679 and € 899 for the P20 Pro. The exact release date is still in the dark when the device will be available in the aforementioned regions. The P20 Pro is the most expensive P-lineup smartphone ever announced by Huawei, the device will have to prove its worth to be a worthy alternative to others in this range.

The P20 is a bit more appealing due to its aggressive pricing. It brings similar design, top-notch performance, solid camera setup and a good battery life at much lower pricing. However, if you spend more you will get the P20 Pro with a number of extra features.

Conclusion:

There is a number of aspects where P20 and P20 Pro are similar but as expected in some scenarios the P20 Pro takes lead being the Pro variant. Despite being a standard variant, the P20 is bringing a striking design with solid hardware specs sheet. The key difference in both the devices is display size, the display panel on the Pro is OLED whereas the standard variant features an LCD panel. The RAM on the P20 Pro is 50% more than the standard version. The Pro monochrome sensor and telephoto sensor makes it a better option in the camera department.

The P20 Pro is a water and dust resistant device whereas that's not the case with the P20. The P20 comes with a headphone jack whereas the P20 Pro lacks the traditional headphone jack, this could be one of the aspects to prefer P20 over the Pro for a number of buyers. In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the P20 vs P20 Pro in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons.

(last update 19 July 2018 @ 13:56)

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