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Pinoy Tech Bloggers on the Huawei P20 Pro

by | Apr 2, 2018 | Smartphones

The much-awaited Huawei P20 Pro is now official.

There’s plenty to unpack from Huawei’s new flagship, the most prominent being its triple cam system. It’s drooled over for its incredible photographing capabilities as well as its use of AI tech that automatically changes to precisely the best picture mode depending on your lighting conditions.

But the Huawei P20 Pro isn’t just its triple threat of shooters. It’s also, according to reviewers and tech bloggers, a well-rounded smartphone, perhaps Huawei’s best yet. As such, we’ve collected reviews and reactions from the country’s top tech bloggers and enthusiasts to give you something of a consensus if you’re considering buying the Huawei P20 Pro.

The Huawei P20 Pro stands out

Michael Josh wrote a glowing first impression reaction in Gadget Match. He says: “In person and in the hand, the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro look stunning and feel amazing. They are improved over last year’s models with rounded aluminum corners, a glass back that shimmers when hit by light, and just the right amount of curves to give it a softer feel.

“But what’s most impressive is the phone’s range of color options. One color, in particular, stands out; it’s called Twilight, a gradient finish that fades from purple to blue and then green. While the Twilight P20 looks good in photos, nothing comes quite close to the moment when the sun’s rays hit the phone’s back and it explodes with color.

“Both [the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro] sport the new trend of taller but narrower displays, with near edge-to-edge screens and you guessed it, a notch. Having also used an iPhone X, the notch doesn’t bother me as much, but if it’s notch your thing, there’s an option to fill the space around it with black giving your P20 a more traditional look.

“Unlike most phones that come with a notch, the phone still has a bit of chin, enough space for a fingerprint sensor which also acts as a home button with gestures for going back and multitasking. The saves you that tiny bit of screen real estate normally taken up by on-screen buttons. I like that the fingerprint sensor is up front, even if it ruins the all-screen illusion.”

The Huawei P20 is an all-around great flagship

Pundits are quick to note the absence of seemingly staple features, like wireless charging and support for expandable storage. Despite what plenty will think are the phone’s shortcomings, those who’ve had enough face time with the P20 seem to be in a consensus that it’s a really good camera. Writing for his blog, Jam Online, tech blogger Jam Ancheta notes that “the [P20 Pro’s] design is definitely one of the sexiest in the market and the camera of the smartphone is just impressive” and that both the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro “are already a contender for the smartphone of the year.”

Here is the full list of specs for the Huawei P20 Pro:

  • 6.1-inch OLED FullView display @ 2240 x 1080 resolution, 408ppi
  • 3D Glass
  • Hisilicon Kirin 970 octa-core processor
  • 4 x ARM Cortex A73 2.36GHz + 4 x ARM Cortex A53 1.8GHz + i7 Co-processor
  • Mali G72-MP12 GPU
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB internal storage
  • 40MP f/1.8 RGB sensor + 20MP f/1.6 monochrome sensor + 8MP f/2.4 telephoto lens triple Leica cameras w/ Huawei AIS, 5x Hybrid Zoom, AI Image Stabilization, LED flash
  • 24MP front camera with AI beautification and 3D portrait lighting
  • 4K and 960fps video recording
  • AR support
  • 4G LTE Cat. 18 (1.2Gbps)
  • Single/Dual-SIM
  • GPS with GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
  • NFC
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, DLNA
  • USB Type-C
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • IP67 certified
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Infrared Remote Control
  • Android 8.1 Oreo (EMUI 8.1)
  • 4,000mAh battery with SuperCharge and AI battery management
  • 155.0 mm x 73.9 mm x 7.8 mm
  • Approx. 180 g
  • Twilight and Pink Gold, Black, Midnight Blue

The Huawei P20 Pro Has Cerberus-like Camera Performance

“The hype is real,” the reviews seem to sing in chorus. You already know about Huawei’s boundary-pushing three-lens camera setup at the back of the P20, but let the experts tell you. “Huawei’s improved on the AI component of their camera,” notes Unbox.ph’s John Nieves. “And the P20 Pro has an expanded selection of things and scenes it can recognize and adjust the camera settings for. The camera frequently switched to “blue sky mode” when we were snapping photos of Paris’ amazing architecture that included parts of the sky, for example. It also knows when you’re trying to take a photo of a person (and switches to portrait mode automagically), images of flowers and shrubbery (greenery) and food.

“But the coolest implementation of AI is definitely in the night shooting mode of the phone. This is where the AI stabilization really comes into play. The phone takes several photos in low ISO and low shutter speed and composites them together to make amazing shots while you’re holding the phone. Not one of the low-light shots above were taken with a tripod, yet they all look like they were stabilized in a vise.”

The Huawei P20 Pro is now available in key markets. It will sell for the starting price of EUR899, which roughly converts to around Php 58,000. A Philippine launch date (April 26th) has also been confirmed.

Are you excited for the Huawei P20 Pro? Share us your thoughts in the comments!

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Armando Dela Cruz

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