Huawei P20 - Battery Life and Verdict

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Huawei P20 – Battery life

Huawei supplies a trimmed 3400mAh non-removable cell with the P20, as opposed to the P20 Pro’s colossal 4000mAh power pack. Don’t let the smaller battery deter you, however; that’s more than enough juice to get you through at least a day and a half of intermediate use.

I was unhooking the P20 from the charger at 7:30am and using it to scroll through messages and stream Spotify over a 4G connection throughout the day. When I plugged it back in at 11:30pm, it had around 46% (on average) remaining, which had reached 100% within a mere half an hour of being back on charge.

And that’s because the P20, like the P20 Pro, comes with Huawei’s Super Charge fast-charging tech. There are a number of alternatives on the market, including Qualcomm’s Quick Charge and Samsung’s Adaptive Fast Charging, but having used the best of the bunch, I can confidently say Huawei’s is the fastest.

If, for whatever reason, you find yourself needing to squeeze a few additional hours out of the cell, you have the option to reduce the screen resolution to 720p or limit the performance using the on-board Power Saving Mode. Both make a real difference to power consumption – if you can live with the sacrifices, that is.

You shouldn’t need to, though. I spent an hour streaming an episode of Mindhunter on Netflix and the battery dropped by 8%. I ran the same test using local media and it decreased by 5%. Playing a intensive game, which in this case was Asphalt 8: Airborne, for an hour on end wiped off a further 8%. That’s a win in my book.

Why buy the Huawei P20?

If you have a deep interest in photography, the tri-camera-packing Huawei P20 Pro is the smartphone for you. But, if like most customers, you’re after a handset with a fantastic build and high-end performance for a price that won’t break the bank, then look no further than the Huawei P20. It certainly won’t disappoint.

But with so many other offerings on the market, what sets the Huawei P20 apart from the competition you ask? Fluidity. The P20 is a lot smoother in operation than the likes of the LG V30 and OnePlus 5T, which fall into a similar price bracket.

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.

Verdict

A fantastic high-end smartphone for everyone except the select few who will be happy to pay the extra for the P20 Pro’s 3x optical zoom.