Huawei Wants to Capture the Indian Market With Killer Offerings
Update – Both the mobiles (P20 PRO and P20 Lite) are available for purchase starting today (3rd May 2018) on Amazon India. However, the Twilight color for the Huawei P20 Pro is not available so far, which is a bummer and deal breaker for many enthusiasts.
A couple of years back Huawei was known more as a Telecom B2B company in India, than a consumer-oriented business. But things are changing, and changing fast. Like Xiaomi, Huawei also wants a big pie of the Indian smartphone market share.
Huawei launched several phones like the popular Honor 6, Honor 7, Honor 8, Honor 5c or the Honor 6X. And most recently they launched the Honor 7x, 9i or Honor View 10 to take on Xiaomi.
But the unprecedented move to bring their most expensive flagship to India shows that the company not only wants to take-on Xiaomi or Oneplus but also Samsung and Apple.
The newly launched Huawei P20 Pro costs a whopping Rs. 64,999 and was launched at an event in New Delhi couple of days back. It is almost a month that the phone was globally unveiled and now it has reached Indian shores. The P20 Pro rivals the top of the line Samsung S9+ and Apple iPhone X.
Along with the P20 Pro, company has launched the more affordable P20 Lite that costs Rs. 19,999. Let’s discuss in detail the top features, Specs and camera details for the flagship phone.
Notably, the Pro will go on sale exclusively on Amazon India, starting 3rd May 2018.
Huawei P20 Pro
Don’t mistake the Huawei P20 Pro as yet another device in the market, in fact, it is one of the best phones that you can buy currently. The P20 Pro boasts of a unique tripple rear camera setup that is considered “the best” in the world based on early reviews.
The DXO Mark Score of 109 (camera rating) for the phone camera puts it ahead of the Google Pixel 2 XL and even the new Samsung S9+ camera.
But it is not only the camera that puts it ahead of Samsung, Google or Apple but the unique design, and the insane battery life makes it a product that you can use all day without any worries.
The Enigma of a twilight gradiant back cover reflecting shades of green, blue and purple makes it standout from a crowd of sameness.
Design and Display
I am already sold on the back cover design and how amazing it looks in comparison to the bland looks of Google Pixel XL2 (no offense Pixel fans). The back is made of toughened glass and seamlessly merges into the polished metallic edges that seem to be made of Steel.
The P20 Pro comes with a 6.1 Inch screen with FHD+ (2240*1080), 19:9 aspect ration and 407 PPi.
It is an OLED panel that offers an insanely high 1:1,000,000 contrast ratio and a brilliant 105 percent color gamut. It not as pixel peeping as the display on the Samsung S9 or the iPhone X, but is undoubtedly an amazing screen to devour your favorite aricles or videos.
Ohh Yes, it copies the notch from the iPhone X (a small cut out at top of the display) but it is a bit smaller and carries the 24 Megapixel front camera, sensors, and the speaker.
The notch looks less distracting and on both sides shows useful cell braodcast information. (But it is hard to ignore the notch, no matter what we tell ourselves).
Another key highlight of the design is the placement of the oblong-shaped fingerprint scanner below the screen which is nothing like rivals who have either removed it entirely or moved it to the back. Huawei somehow manges to sqeeze it below the screen, and it is crazy fast.
Notably, the fingerprint scanner comes with some nifty tricks such as long tap to go to home or swipe left or right for multi-tasking.
The P20 Pro weighs 180 grams and has a thickness of 7.8 mm; it feels thin and extremly luxiourious. Moreover, it is thinner and lighter than the Samsung S9 plus (that has a lower battery capacity).
Next, let’s talk about the innovative camera module of P20 PRO that boasts of triple lenses. The top most lens comes with 8 Megapixel resolution (f/2.4)(VARIO-SUMMILUX-H 1:1.6-2.4/27-80ASPH) by Leica and offers 3X Optical Zoom.
The second lens comes with a 40 Megapixel RGB lens that has f/1.7 aperture while the third lens comes with a 20 Megapixel monochrome sensor with f/1.6 aperture.
Also, the camera module is fitted with a laser sensor for quick auto-focus and there is even a Leica color temperature sensor to ensure rich and deep colors with accurate natural settings.
Most telephoto mobile camera lenses offer 2X Zoom, but P20 Pro offers 3X optical Zoom and upto 5X hybrid lossless Zoom. The Zoom feature works as desired and can take images from a distance with good details.
What’s more, Huawei claims that it comes with the highest ISO setting upto 102400, same as the Canon 5D Mark IV.
Another highlight feature for the Huawei P20 Pro is the 4D predictive focus that offers instant lock. It has support for motion prediction to improve shots of moving objects or people, even comes with a “Zero Shutter Lag”.
Further, the camera also uses AI to recognize the scene that you are shooting, from a library of 500 predefined scenes, and try to improve the image automatically based on the scene selection. You can turn it on or off based on your own prefrences.
You can easily record 4K videos and the rear camera comes with 6 axis stabalization with OIS. Also, it can record the 960 FPS slow motion, similar to the Samsung Galaxy S9.
For selfie lovers, it offers a 24 Megapixel front camera that has f/2.0 aperture and fixed focal length.
Powering the P20 Pro is the Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 970 SOC (Four Cortex A-73 Cores with a max Clock Speed of 2.36 GHz and 4 Cortex A-53 cores with a max clock speed of 1.8 GHz). Aditionally, it has Mali G72 MP12 GPU that is excellent for gaming and graphics intensive tasks.
Also, there is a dedicated NPU (Neural Processing Unit) that helps the P20 Pro in AI (Artifical Intelligence) related tasks such as imaging, noise cancellation etc with up to 60% faster response time.
There is 128 GB storage space that is not expandable as P20 Pro lacks memory card support. It comes with 6 GB Ram for fast multi-tasking.
The user experience on the P20 pro is great as it comes with the latest Google OS, Oreo 8.1 and even has EMUI 8.1. Also, it supports Google Assistant as well as Google AR Core Apps.
Apart from having a front fingerprint scanner, the P20 Pro comes with fast facial recognition technology that allows it to unlock it in less than 0.6 seconds.
Furthermore, it has an IP67 rating that makes it dust and waterproof, allowing you to use it without worries in all weather conditions.
What’s more, it offers incredible battery back-up that is superior to both the iPhone X and S9+. Fueling the mobile is a 4000 mAH capacity battery that comes with highly efficient power saving modes, fast charging support to prolong the battery life.
Even without using any powersaving modes it can easily run for 1-1.5 days depending on the usage. The Kirin 970 processor and the FHD+ display also helps to optimize the battery life.
Egregiously, the P20 Pro skips the 3.5 mm headphone jack but comes with the USB Type C Port for charging as well as listening to music. You can use an adaptor to convert the 3.5 mm headphone jack to USB Type C.
Also, Huawei is giving USB Type C headphones and even the adapter, free of charge.
So far we have discussed a myriad of features and Pros for the Huawei P20 Pro, now let’s discuss some of the cons.
Lacks Wireless Charging – One of the fancy features that most flagships have is the presence of wireless charging, which Huawei has not provided in the P20 Pro.
No 3.5 mm Headphone Jack – A lot of people have moved on to wireless headphones, but still, there is plenty who want the good old 3.5 mm headphone jack.
Lacks Bluetooth 5.0 – Most modern phones have the latest standard of Bluetooth but the P20 Pro still comes with version 4.2.
No Micro-sd Card Slot – Although, the phone comes with ample storage (128 GB) it doesnot hurt to include support for a micro-sd card, in case the user wants to add more storage.
Processor – Undoubtedly, the Kirin 970 is a blazing fast processor and it is a match for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 but it is not a match for the Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 used in the S9+. Huawei is even using the same processor in the Huawei View 10 that costs less than half of P20 Pro.
The P20 Pro looks incredibly brilliant and is a far cry from conventional phones especially due to the gradient colors. The long battery life and phenomenal camera are two other major Pros that put it on the top spot.
User experience is great, and performance is lag-free with the addition of Android Oreo 8.1. To sum up, it is a great phone and a worthy purchase even for a price of 65k.
The key question is will the Indian mainstream buyers skip Samsung S9+, iPhone X or even the upcoming OnePlus 6 to go for the expensive Huawei P20 Pro?
For most enthusiasts, Huawei is a big brand but if you ask the mainstream buyers they still don’t have much information about Huawei. It mostly due to lack of retail presence, celebrity endorsements or a mass following like Xiaomi.
In my opinion, it is a good phone and people who buy it will be more than happy with the purchase, but at this price, it is difficult for Huawei to sell huge volumes to make a dent in Samsung, Oneplus or Apple’s share in the premium segment.
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