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Review: Huawei P20 Pro

Huawei’s P20 Pro is the company’s latest flagship smartphone that focuses on the camera capabilities. The P20 Pro comes packed with a Leica Triple Camera setup with Master AI technology. In addition, the phone comes equipped with a top-of-the-line processor, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage to boot and a sizable battery.

The P20 Pro’s AI is said to automatically identify more than 500 scenarios in 19 categories and selects photography modes and camera settings automatically to offer you with the perfect shot each time. At launch, the phone had won the accolade of DxOMark’s highest overall scores. In this review, we will be putting the cameras to test and see if it actually stands up to all the hype.

In terms of the design and build quality, the P20 Pro is awesome – something we have come to expect of the flagships being churned out of Huawei’s factory. The Huawei P20 was launched in two variants – the P20 and the P20 Pro. The P20 Pro is a slightly larger version and comes packed with IP67 dust and waterproofing.

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However, the phone does not offer room for expandable storage. In addition, it comes with no wireless charging and no 3.5mm headphone jack. On the front of the device, you get a 6.1-inch display that offers an 18.7:9 aspect ratio. In terms of resolution, the P20 Pro offers 1080-by-2240 pixels and a pixel density of around 408-ppi.

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On top of the screen, you get a 24-megapixel front camera and just below the screen is the super fast fingerprint scanner. On the left edge of the device, you will find a dual SIM slot, while on the right edge you get the power button and the volume rockers. Up top, you get an IR blaster and a noise-cancelling microphone.

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Flip the phone around to check out the rear of the phone, where all the magic happens. There is a Leica Triple Camera setup – the main RGB camera is rated at 40-megapixels, while the monochrome snapper is rated at 20-megapixels. These two combine to create photos with greater dynamic range when used together, while the monochrome camera can also be used to take moody black and white photographs.

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The third camera is an 8-megapixel 3x telephoto lens that adds optical zoom. It’s also the only one that’s optically stabilised. The triple camera setup makes the Huawei P20 Pro an excellent photography tool. Image and video quality was nothing short of exceptional. It did not matter what the lighting conditions were. The P20 Pro was able to produce one excellent shot after the other.

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The camera’s Pro mode provides you with ample settings to play around with, as per your satisfaction. The P20 Pro is also capable of shooting super slow motion videos at 960fps and 720p. In addition, it can also shoot 4K at 30fps and 1080p at 60fps.

The Huawei P20 Pro is powered by a HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor clocked at 2.4GHz. In our AnTuTu benchmarks, the Huawei P20 Pro scored a respectable 204522 points. The performance on the P20 Pro was snappy and responsive as anything else out there for every task I threw at it.

The P20 Pro also offers very good battery life. It comes packed with 4000mAh battery that offers almost 1.5 days of battery life on a single charge. Apart from the lack of a headphone jack and a microSD slot, the Huawei P20 Pro has a lot of good things going for it. If you are out on the market for a phone with excellent photography skills, the Huawei P20 Pro should be on top of your list.

Price: AED 2,999

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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