Huawei P20

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Pros

  • Fantastic dual-camera
  • 128GB of storage
  • Solid performance
  • Stunning design
  • EMUI interface has come a long way

Cons

  • No 3.5mm headphone port
  • LCD display rather than OLED
  • No Qi charging
  • Lack of water-resistace

Key Features

  • 5.8-inch FHD+ LCD screen
  • 3400mAh battery, USB-C
  • 12-megapixel colour and 20-megapixel monochrome camera
  • 24-megapixel selfie camera
  • 1.55um pixel size
  • Kirin 970
  • 4GB RAM, 64/128GB storage
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What is the Huawei P20?

Whilst the new flagship Huawei P20 might not boast the tri-camera setup sported by the larger Huawei P20 Pro, it sits above the P20 Lite as the most balanced member of the family, if you’re looking at price versus performance. Think of it as Huawei’s equivalent iPhone 8 in relation to the iPhone X.

With a 5.8-inch FullView display, a powerful Kirin 970 processor and 128GB of internal storage, the P20 is no slouch by anybody’s standards. Less RAM, an LCD panel in place of an OLED and one fewer camera sensors compared to the P20 Pro might be a sting for some, but it’s still an unmistakeably impressive bit of kit.

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Huawei P20 – Design

The Huawei P20 sports a near-identical design to the Huawei P20 Pro, but with one main difference: the former has a dual-camera setup, while the latter is armed with the firm’s all-new tri-camera configuration. Both were co-engineered by German optics titan Leica, however.

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The P20 is also smaller, in part because of its 5.8-inch FullView LCD screen. The P20 Pro, for comparison, features a 6.1-inch FullView OLED screen. Don’t get too excited, though: it still features a cut-out – dubbed a ‘notch’ – at the top, used to house vital components such as the 24-megapixel selfie shooter.

Just like the standard P20, there’s a capacitive Home button enclosed in the small lip at the bottom of the screen, which can double as a fingerprint reader if you’re not a fan of face-recognition – although note that the two methods of authentication can be used in unison.

Nevertheless, locating the Home button beneath the screen, where a set of customisable on-screen navigation keys reside, is a bad decision. This is because, as I noted in my review of the P20 Pro, I often found myself hitting the capacitive and Home button at the same time, consequently launching Google Assistant.

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There’s a single loudspeaker along the bottom, situated to the left of the USB-C slot. It sounds fantastic, delivering clear and rich audio, even when the volume is cranked to the maximum. I did find myself covering the speaker when holding the unit with one hand, however, thus rendering the otherwise clear audio inaudible.

The volume rocker and power button, which are both constructed from what I can only describe as cheap plastic, can be found on the right side of the handset’s frame. As is the case with the P20 Pro, tapping either of the keys not only feels unsatisfying compared to those on the iPhone X and Galaxy S9 but also sounds substandard.

Otherwise, build quality is on par with the P20 Pro, in the sense that it’s the best I’ve seen on a high-end smartphone to date. It’s constructed from a mixture of Gorilla Glass and aluminium, with the former taking up the front and rear of the unit, and the latter making up the durable frame that holds everything in place.

Best Huawei P20 Deals

Huawei P20 – 20GB, £31.33, no upfront cost on EE

Loads of data and nothing to pay upfront make this a great choice. EE also gives you 6 months Apple Music and 3 months BT Sport, too.

Huawei P20 (Pink) – 20GB, £31.33, no upfront cost on EE

Same deal as above but with a Huawei P20 in an eye-catching pink finish.

Huawei P20 – 15GB of data, £32pm, £89.99 cost on EE

Plenty of data and a low upfront cost make this a stellar deal.

The Huawei P20 took a short tumble off a bedside counter onto hardwood flooring around a week in with the device (sorry, Huawei!), but it escaped unscathed. I can certainly say with a degree of confidence that the metal-and-glass build also ensures adequate protection against the odd knock, bump, scrape and drop.

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