Huawei P20 smartphone family tipped for March 27 launch

The Huawei P20, rumoured to be the firm’s next flagship, is set to arrive during an event on March 27.

Invites to the Paris event were sent to the technology media on Wednesday, promising to deliver “new flagship devices.” The handset is likely to be the successor to the P10 family of devices.

The P20 name was previously touted via Huawei trademark filings and an Android Central report. Earlier this week a Twitter tipster seemed to confirm the name.

A jump from the Huawei P10 straight to P20 (rather than P11), points to a big upgrade over the 2017 device, with a greater overhaul than in recent years.

The handset is tipped to retain the Leica camera optics, while the Kirin 970 processor used on the Mate 10 Pro is also likely to be on board. At this stage in the game, we’d expect Android Oreo to be running the show.

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If Huawei sticks to last year’s script, there’ll be three variants of this handset’ the P20, P20 Lite and P20 Plus.

Tough times for Huawei

Last year’s P10 earned a solid 8/10 score from TrustedReviews. We praised the solid design, expandable storage, all day battery life and decent performance.

Our reviewer Alastair Stevenson wrote: “For fans of the P9, the P10 is an excellent phone. Huawei has tweaked the design and added nearly all the right upgrades to make it feel like a step up. The phone has an excellent screen, offers top performance and ticks all the right boxes design-wise.”

However the device lost points for the rear camera performance, high price and Emotion UI.

The launches will come after a rough few weeks for the Chinese smartphone manufacturer.

A deal to distribute phones through the AT&T network in the United States collapsed, seemingly amid political pressure. Verizon, the other top network in the US, has also backed away from selling Huawei phones.

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