Device reviews
    29 March 2018


    Review: Huawei P20 and P20 Pro

    The Huawei P20 Pro is leading the way in smartphone photography with the revolutionary Leica Triple Camera, the advanced new camera system that shines a light on intelligent photography.    

    For those of us who take photography seriously, Huawei has long been the smartphone brand of choice. Huawei’s P series has always been a pioneer of smartphone photography and the Huawei P20 Pro is once again leading the way with the revolutionary Leica Triple Camera, Huawei’s advanced new camera system that shines a light on intelligent photography.

    The new Huawei P20 family consists of the Huawei P20 Pro, the Huawei P20 and the Huawei P20 Lite. We'll be looking at the first two in this review. 

    Inspired by light

    The Huawei P20 Pro sees the introduction of the world’s first Leica Triple Camera, with an astonishing 40MP RGB camera that delivers unparalleled sharpness, colour accuracy, focus and contrast for every single shot you take. The Leica Triple Camera has been precision engineered to capture detailed, rich, atmospheric images any time of day or night.

    With the Leica zoom lens system, the Huawei P20 Pro can achieve 5X Hybrid Zoom, allowing you to zoom in on your subject and produce outstanding results when you want to capture incredible details at a distance.

    The Huawei P20 delivers the new-generation Leica Dual Camera; crafted to deliver clear, richly detailed and expert-quality photographs.

    Both phones have AI Image Stabilisation, allowing you to capture blur-free, handheld shots in low light using Night Mode, which also balances high-contrast scenes for crisp, clear shots. And don’t forget the 24MP front camera, which delivers sharp, dazzling selfies day and night. That is absolutely massive for a selfie cam!

    The camera is smart too, and incorporates cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence. With the support of Master AI, the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro are able to identify, in real time, 19 different categories of subject which include natural colours, night shot, text, greenery, and fireworks amongst others. Professional photography skills, like lighting, are then automatically adjusted by AI, so your photo turns out the best it can be. Using built-in AI, the camera is able to recognise the scene you’re framing and colour balance your photograph automatically.



    The brains behind it all 

    Powering the AI-driven photography system of the P series is the Kirin 970 chipset and an EMUI interface based on Android Oreo, for a host of creative tools for a superior smartphone experience. Each phone delivers state-of-the-art screen technology with Huawei's Full View Display.

    Battery life is what Huawei is becoming known for and both the P20 and P20 Pro come with plenty of stamina. The P20 comes with a 3400mAh battery, while the P20 Pro features a 4000mAh battery, which is larger than average for this size of device. 

    Huawei P20 Series key features:

    • An advanced camera system to capture more light, more details and more beauty, featuring a revolutionary Leica Triple Camera and 5x Hybrid Zoom on the Huawei P20 Pro, and a Leica dual camera on the Huawei P20;
    • Innovative photography features, including Master AI with AI-driven professional photography and Huawei AIS (AI Image Stabilisation), a powerful AI stabilisation technology;
    • A timeless design with barely there bezels and all-new gradient colours. The Huawei P20 Pro comes in gorgeous Twilight, exclusive to Vodacom.
    • Ultimate performance, featuring the NPU on Kirin 970 and EMUI 8.1 based on Android 8.1 for a premium and smooth user experience.

    Phone Specs

    Device Huawei P20 Pro Huawei P20
    RAM 6GB 4GB
    Storage 128GB 128GB
    Battery 4000mAh 3400mAh
    Front Camera 24MP 24MP
    Rear Camera 40MP RGB (1/1.7-inch sensor) + 20MP mono 
    8MP f/2.4 OIS 3X telephoto

    20MP (mono) f/1.6 + 12MP (RGB) f/1.8 
    1.55-micron pixels

    Water Resistant IP67 (water + dust-resistant)

    IP53 (splash resistant)

    Colours Black, Midnight Blue, Twilight (exclusive to Vodacom) Black, Midnight Blue 

    Order the Huawei P20 Pro and Huawei P20 today from Vodacom online and enjoy free delivery, free connection and free SIM!