The phone with three cameras: First impressions of the Huawei P20 Pro

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A glass finish on the rear. A bright colorful display. A 40MP triple rear camera. Ever since the Huawei P20 Pro was first unveiled, it hasn’t had any trouble getting attention. This is the latest flagship phone by Huawei and it finally came to Sri Lanka last Friday. We at ReadMe got our hands on one and ask ourselves, “Does it live up to the hype?”

At first glance: Judging everything on the outside

The moment you pick up the Huawei P20 Pro, you’ll see a bright 6-inch AMOLED display. At the top, you’ll find a notch that contains its 24MP front camera and front speaker. At the bottom, you’ll find the home button that also doubles as the fingerprint sensor.

Front of the Huawei P20 Pro
The Huawei P20 Pro

Look slightly lower and you’ll find the primary speakers and a single Type-C USB port. Sadly, there’s no sign of an audio jack. However, the Huawei P20 Pro comes with an adapter for your earphones. On the sides, you’ll find the power button, volume slide, and a SIM Card slot with dual-SIM support.

Turn the phone around and the left corner, you’ll find the triple camera with the words Leica inscribed next to it. Additionally, you’ll see that Huawei has opted to go for a glass back, which is a fingerprint magnet. And while other flagship smartphones have also adopted this design choice, the Twilight Huawei P20 Pro we received is stunning with the glass back.

Huawei P20 Pro Rear
The Huawei P20 Pro from behind

Additionally, the Huawei P20 is IP67 certified. In simple English, that means it’s both dust and water resistant for 1 hour and 30 minutes. So rather than taking a picture of the pool itself, you can jump in and take a selfie underwater.

Digging deeper inside the Huawei P20 Pro

Inside the Huawei P20 Pro, you’ll find a Kirin 970 processor running it. This is a processor that was designed by Huawei and is paired with 6GB RAM. Thus far, this combo has resulted in smooth sailing with no lags or crashes in our experience. Furthermore, it also has 128GB of internal storage, which sadly can’t be expanded but is likely enough for your apps, photos, and videos.

The notch that can hide on the Huawei P20 Pro
The notch that can hide

Meanwhile, on the software side, you’ll find Android 8.1 Oreo. On top of this, you’ll find EMUI 8.1, which is Huawei’s own user interface running on the P20 Pro. While EMUI 8.1 retains the familiar design we’re used to, the star of this version is the features hidden in settings. Primarily, the ability to hide the notch if you find it annoying.

And powering the Huawei P20 Pro is a large 4000mAH battery. Furthermore, the phone supports fast charging as well. Additionally, it also comes with a bunch of power saving modes. While we’re yet to put it through its paces, Huawei states that you should be able to get 2 days of usage with a single charge.

The star of the show: The 40MP Triple Camera

This is what makes the Huawei P20 Pro famous. Its rear camera consists of a 40MP color sensor, a 20MP monochrome sensor, and an 8MP telephoto lens. While we’ve seen impressive results with dual cameras, how does this triple camera setup fare? Here are a few (unedited) pictures we took with the Huawei P20 Pro.

A sample shot that was taken on the Huawei P20 Pro
A sample shot that was taken on the Huawei P20 Pro
A sample shot that was taken on the Huawei P20 Pro
A sample shot that was taken on the Huawei P20 Pro
A sample shot that was taken on the Huawei P20 Pro
A sample shot that was taken on the Huawei P20 Pro
A sample shot that was taken on the Huawei P20 Pro
A sample shot that was taken on the Huawei P20 Pro

So how much is it?

The Huawei P20 Pro will be priced at Rs. 139,900 and comes with a 2-year warranty. You’ll be able to find at Huawei and Singer stores across the country. Overall, the Huawei P20 Pro is a premium flagship phone that makes a strong first impression.

Of course, we only got our hands on it a few days ago. So stay tuned for our comprehensive review as we put the phone through our usual battery of tests. If there’s anything specific you’d like us to test, let us know in the comments below.

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