Huawei P20 Pro: The New Low Light Photography King, With The Leica Triple Camera
Does the Huawei P20 Pro really have the best smartphone camera till date? Let’s find out in this review of Huawei P20 Pro.
Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei has recently come up with its much-awaited flagship smartphone, the Huawei P20 Pro. The Previous Huawei-branded smartphone that came to India was the Huawei P9, Launched in August 2016.
Now, after more than a year and a half, the world’s third-largest smartphone brand has launched in the country its flagship Huawei P20 Pro at Rs 64,999, soon after the smartphone’s international unrevealing in Paris on March 27.
Two months ago I tested the Samsung Galaxy S9+, and at the time, it was the best low light smartphone shooter by miles. I had suggested then that Samsung’s title run may be short-lived, and that prediction turned out correct: the Huawei P20 Pro is the new low light photography king, and it’s not even close right now.
The company extensively marketed the flagship for its never-seen-before camera setup at the back. While most of the flagships only recently upgraded to a dual camera setup at the back of the smartphone for an enhanced photography, Huawei went a step ahead and introduced a Leica triple camera setup at the back of the Huawei P20 Pro. Thanks to this, many claims emerged which stated the setup to be the best smartphone camera to date.
On paper, the P20 pro completes, even surpasses, the flagship Samsung Galaxy S9-Series and Apple iPhone X. However, is this the device that can give a tough battle to the premium flagship segment, dominated by Samsung and Apple? let’s take a look:
Huawei P20 Pro- Design
The Huawei P20 Pro has a glass-metal-glass sandwich design, similar to the Galaxy S9-series and iPhone X. The curved glass back in the P20 Pro shows different color hues when looked at from different angles, unlike the bland single color that competitors have. At the front, we have a notch-based 18.7:9 aspect ratio fullHD+ AMOLED screen and a fingerprint scanner that also doubles up as a gesture-based navigation key. The addition of a fingerprint scanner on the front might not look appealing, but it makes unlocking the device or navigating more convenient, especially when the phone is placed on a flat surface like a table.
On the other hand, the fullHD+ resolution on a 6.1-inch screen looks underwhelming, thanks to limited pixels-per-inch (PPI). Not that the screen is not sharp; but it is not as sharp as the UltraHD resolution that competitors boast. Thankfully, the screen features high-dynamic range 10 (HDR10), which boosts contrast, making content appear more lively. But, the lack of an HDR10 content playback support in apps such as YouTube limits its usage.
Huawei P20 pro- Camera
Now, moving on to that much-hyped triple camera set-up. They include a 40-megapixel RGB lens, 20-megapixel monochrome lens, and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens. Huawei has used the RGB+monochrome combo for its phones since 2016, so the new addition here is the telephoto lens, which offers lossless optical zoom. But Huawei being Huawei, it has to one-up Apple in pure hardware power: the optical lens here is a 3X zoom to iPhone X’s 2X zoom.
There are a few shortcomings in the camera department as well. While the low-light photography is quite good, it does not match with the competing flagships and to be particular, we are talking about the Samsung flagships here. In addition, the AI working amongst the camera modes is sometimes an annoyance as one can not differentiate between the pictures clicked through different modes. An image clicked through a Normal mode and a Portrait mode might just look the same.
Huawei p20 Pro- Performance
It is packed with an octa-core Kirin 970 processor that is backed by a 6GB RAM and a 128GB storage. It runs Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.1 on top which works surprisingly good for the smartphone. The Huawei P20 Pro is backed by a 4000 mAh battery that easily lasts a day and leaves no chance of complaints in this segment. the phone also supports fast charging and you can easily expect more than 40 percent of charge within 30 minutes. The smartphone supports fingerprint sensor as well as facial recognition for security. Both work well and respond quickly.
While the phone’s performance is top-notch, it still has some downsides like heating and scrolling issues. Throw what you will, but the phone manages to deliver consistently. However, especially at low battery levels, the phone tends to heat up at times and shows inconsistencies here and there.
Priced at Rs 64,999, the Huawei P20 Pro might be on the pricier side. especially as it is primarily a camera phone more than anything else. But since we are talking about the flagship range here that comprises of competitors like the Galaxy S9 and the iPhone 8 Plus, going for a Huawei smartphone might be a tough call for many. However, it would undermine its all-around capabilities as a smartphone. The phone performs equally well on all other parameters – from screen to performance and multimedia. So should you buy the P20 Pro at Rs 65000? Well, if you have that much amount of money, we don’t see why not.