Overview & Price
In this Huawei P20 Pro review we will be going over what makes the phone special, aswell as showcasing the best Huawei P20 Pro contract deals in the UK.
The infamous Huawei P20 Pro is one of the best phones on the market out there at the moment, period.
The phone is certainly a lot more powerful than its younger brother the Huawei P20 Lite.
The price of this phone in the UK is around £799. Unfortunately it is not available in the US yet and there are no signs of it being available in Australia.
The Huawei P20 Pro offers:
- 8GB RAM
- Triple Camera Setup
- OLED Display
- 4000 mAh Battery
- 64/128/256GB of Internal Storage
Considering the low price of this phone compared to other phones on the market it has a triple camera! The triple camera feature is simply stunning, the twilight colour is amazing and is like something you would see on a supercar, not a mobile phone.
The phone is “shiny” and stands out amongst the crowd, it has two big plates of Gorilla Glass with a filling of metal, finishing off its sides.
Here are the best Huawei P20 Pro contract deals in the UK:
Design & Display
You may be wondering is the Huawei P20 Pro waterproof? Well yes it is! which is nice as you won’t have a heart attack if you accidentally drop it down the toilet!
It should still work if you get it wet as these phones have been known to be fully submerged and still work absolutely fine. However the phone does not have any expandable storage.
Not that it needs it with 128GB as standard but the phone does not have a headphone jack. You get USB-C to 3.5mm adapter in the box, or you can use wireless headphones, but a jack would have been preferred.
Design wise, just like the P20 it has the notch at the top of the phone and also has a big camera bump on the back, which means it won’t sit flat on a table and will move – this can get very annoying!
The Huawei P20 Pro design is exceptional, it is very well built and looks amazing, we had multiple comments on the device over the week long period in which we had it for this review.
Nevertheless, the notch is there to house the camera and front speaker as Huawei have used almost all of the screen for display in order to give the illusion that the phone is bigger than it actually is.
The screen is a 6.1 inch AMOLED display, this is 1080 x 2244 resolution, this might sound unusual but it is really just a Full HD screen stretched out to an 18:7:9 ratio.
This gives fantastic quality and really makes colours pop, although the colours do seem a little too sharp and bright.
As a whole the Huawei P20 Pro design and display aspect is great, they both are very well designed and built to offer users a stunning handset with incredible build quality.
Image: Kārlis Dambrāns
In addition to the fingerprint reader it also has Face ID just like the P20 which works like a dream and we have had no issues with it at all, even when glancing at the phone it will instantly unlock.
The P20 Pro has 6GB of RAM which is ideal for gaming and having a fast, smooth mobile device and makes everything feel very sharp and responsive.
Huawei has clearly put a lot of effort into this phone and we feel it’s more entertaining than the Samsung Galaxy S9.
However, the Samsung does a slightly better job of appearing to be all screen front on because the Huawei’s screen does not curve around the sides.
The phones looks and feels very expensive, and is about as slim and light as we could hope for in a smartphone. It fits comfortably in one hand and isn’t too bulky or slippery.
Like the P20 there are a ton of features in this phone, for example, you can adjust the screen resolution and have multiple different options on the camera. There are power saving mode and backup and restore features, big screen feature and multitasking features.
Given how cheap the Huawei P20 Pro can be attained on a contract deal here in the UK, we feel that the performance aspect of this phone is exceptional value for money.
The main attraction point of this phone is that it has 3 cameras, which is absolutely crazy!
Firstly, the first camera is the main sensor with a 40-megapixel, yes 40! Additionally, it has optical stabilisation and an F1.8 aperture.
The second camera is a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor also with optical image stabilisation and an F1.6 aperture and finally, the third is an 8-megapixel 3X telephoto lens again stabilised with an F2.4 aperture.
The 40-megapixel sensor is insane! It’s about twice the size of the iPhone X and Samsung S9’s. There are multiple advantages of having a bigger lens.
First of all, it works better in low light situations and you get bigger pixels making it an overall better performance.
The photos from this phone are fantastic and give lots of detail and aggressively sharp images.
However, the video recording is not as clear, it can still shoot 1080p but because of the chip it simply can not keep up with the 4K, so this is something I would like to see them improve on in future models.
Image: Kārlis Dambrāns
The camera is actually very fast, it is super quick to open and take a shot. You can even press the volume down button to take a very quick snapshot of whatever you are pointing at and this takes around 3 seconds.
In terms of the zoom, you can get 3x or 5x in a single touch on the camera which is great as it allows you to focus in more and get some great shots.
The Huawei P20 Pro also uses AI technology. It will automatically adjust the settings of the camera to try and enhance and make it better for you.
For example, if you take a picture of the sky, it will enhance the blue colours and make it as sharp as possible, although it is right more times than not, the images can look too sharp.
The AI feature automatically enhances the images which can be annoying to some as they already can look great before the enhancement.
The Huawei P20 Pro boasts a 4000mAh battery, which means you will have battery life for around 2 days. You would expect the phone too feel bulky because of this but nope, still very slim.
Even when using the phone intensely you can still expect the phone to last you easily a full day.
Fast charging is also great on the P20 Pro and it takes around 45 minutes to get from completely flat to 80% charge.
Because of the fast charging facility it makes it very convenient to put on charge even for a very short amount of time and the phone will still gain a lot of power.
However, the P20 Pro does not support wireless charging.
Overall we had no real complaints when it comes to the Huawei P20 Pro battery life, it last as long as we would expect from a phone of this calibre, and has some cool power saving features too.
In summary, the P20 Pro is by far the best Huawei phone that they have made to date and is a very reasonable price for what you actually get.
The design of the Huawei P20 Pro looks great, its very well built and is extremely easy on the eye.
The phone is fantastic for someone who loves the outdoors and takes a lot of pictures. It can also be great for playing games on as well due to the 6GB of RAM.
In addition to the huge amount of storage and RAM, is the endurance of the Huawei P20 battery life, which is very impressive. Because of the 4000mAh battery this phone will last around 2 days of normal use.
The P20 pro is definitely has a few issues and is not perfect but all in all is a great purchase for the price and is simply one of best phones out there, we are big fans!
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We do showcase the best Huawei P20 Pro contract deals in the UK at the top of this post too, so be sure to check them out if you are interested in this phone.
We would recommend checking out our Huawei P20 Lite review if you feel that the Pro model is a little pricey, the lite version may be a great cheaper alternative.
Full Spec Below:
Launch: 2018, March
- Dimension: 155 x 73.9 x 7.8mm (6.10 x 2.91 x 0.31 in)
- Weight: 180g (6.35 oz)
- Build: Front/back glass & aluminium frame
- Sim: Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- IP67 dust/water resistant (up to 1m for 30 mins)
- Type: AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
- Size: 6.1 inches, 93.9m², (-82.0% screen to body ratio)
- Resolution: 1080 x 2240 pixels, 18,7:9 ratio (-408 ppi density)
- Multitouch: Yes
- EMUI 8.1
- OS: Android 8.1 (Oreo)
- Chipset: Hisilicon Kirin 970
- CPU: Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
- GPU: Mali-G72 MP12
- Card slot: No
- Internal: 128GB, 6GB RAM
- Primary: Triple – 40MP (f1.8, 27mm, 1/1.7″) + 20MP B/W (f1.6, 27mm, 1/2.7″) + 8MP (f/2.4, 80mm, 1.4″), OIS, Leica optics, 3x optical zoom, PDAF & laser AF, LED flash
- Features: Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, Panorama
- Video: 2160@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps, 720p@960fps
- Secondary: 24MP (f/2.0, 26mm), 1080p
- Alert Types: Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
- Loudspeaker: Yes, with stereo speakers
- 3.5mm Jack: No
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, -Type-C to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
- Bluetooth: 4.2, A2DP, LE, EDR, aptX HD
- GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO
- NFC: Yes
- Infrared port: Yes
- Radio: No
- USB: 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
- Sensors: Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, color spectrum
- Messaging: SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
- Browser: HTML5 (Safari)
- More: Fast battery charging,4.5V/5A (58% in 30 min), XviD/MP4/H.265/WMV player, MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/Flac player, Document viewer, Photo/video editor
- Non-removeable Li-Pro 4000 mAh battery
- Colors: Twilight, Black, Midnight Blue, Pink Gold
- Price: As seen in blog post above
- Performance: Basemark OS 3565 / Basemark OS 2.0: 3252 / Basemark X: 39945
- Display: Contrast ratio: infinite (nominal), 4.087 (sunlight)
- Camera: Photo/video
- Loudspeaker: Voice 71dB / Noise 69dB / Ring 91 dB
- Audio Quality: Noise – 92.1dB / Crosstalk -92.1dB
- Battery life: Endurance rating 89h