Huawei must be doing something right if it has gotten the attention of one Vlad Savov. And not just any cursory mention - the well-respected senior editor at popular tech publication The Verge declared that its latest Huawei P20 series was ready to “upset the Apple-Samsung duopoly,” before hotly gushing “I do believe it’s one of the most important devices we’ve seen in the mobile world for years.” High words indeed.

The P-Series is Huawei’s boundary-pushing line of mobiles, but the just-released P20 and P20 Pro are something else all together. Nevermind their gleaming bezel-less displays and gorgeous gradient skins; the Internet has been abuzz about the phones’ camera setups and hardware. If you’re just catching up, you’re in a good place. Read our five-point lowdown about these game-changers now!


1. It has THREE rear cameras (on the P20 Pro).

The Huawei P20 Pro incorporates three rear-cameras, powered by the Kirin 970 artificial intelligence (AI) chip. (Image Credit: Huawei Mobile, via YouTube)

While the world reels from the rise of dual rear-camera mobiles, Huawei has casually checked in with its P20 Pro, which possesses a triple rear-camera array, capped by its headline 40 megapixel colour sensor and triple optical zoom telephoto lens.

Let that sink in for a bit.

Early phone camera photography was usually a hard compromise between image clarity and phone hardware space, but the Huawei P20 Pro has just about erased this conundrum, with literally never-seen-before detail in mobile photos. The base Huawei P20 model is also nothing to laugh at, with its dual rear-camera setup featuring a 12 megapixel main shooter supported with a 20 megapixel monochrome sensor.

Up front, both the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro are equipped with colossal 24 megapixel selfie cams that underpins the real-time Face Unlock security feature, which authenticates your facial features with a quick glance. Yes, it works in the dark too.


2. It has its own AI chipset.

The Huawei P20 and P20 Pros’ patented Kirin 970 AI processor houses a Neural Processing Unit (NPU), which powers the phones’ cameras, among other AI-related tasks. (Image credit: Huawei)

Mobile phone technology so far has required two separate units to handle graphical information and other processing tasks. The P20 series adds a third, a NPU on its latest top-of-the-line chip, the Kirin 970. But what does it actually do?

The brief idea is that the NPU helps with getting tasks done by machine-learning apps more quickly within the phone itself (see how NPUs work and more here.) The bigger reason for the P20 series however, is more to do with powering its AI-centred camera software - which you will see below.


3. It shines like no other in low light.

Huawei’s night photography mode has seen the P20 and P20 Pro being considered as the best low light camera phones yet. (Image Credit: Huawei Mobile, via YouTube)

This is where all talk of triple rear-cameras and neuron processing comes down to: the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro cameras shine brightest in low light. With the highest DxOMark recorded yet for a mobile phone, the latter is arguably the best low light camera phone right now, having been very favourably compared with other flagship giants.

Night mode is designed to mimic professional cameras with a four second-long exposure when capturing awe-inspiring night scenes. The high megapixel sensors, in tandem with the tremendous AI processor, all come together to give you ultra crisp, noiseless low light images, whether you’re capturing city skylines or colourful auroras.


4. It brings expert camera features to everyone.

The Master AI system in the Huawei P20 Pro will recognise the scene you’re shooting and make optimal adjustments. (Image credit: Huawei)

Just like the iPhone X’s high end camera features, which are designed to not frustrate users with umpteenth faders and drop-down menus, Huawei has taken the same line of thought with the P20 and P20 Pro. Both phones contain user-friendly assistive features, designed to bridge the divide between enthusiast and expert phone photographers.

For instance, Huawei’s 4D Predictive Focus stabilisation is a boon for those who hate dragging tripods around; the useful feature ensures that moving objects in your screen remain in focus for the shot. The AI engine then detects and optimises, in REAL TIME, from a whopping 19 image categories, that Huawei says include: food photography, cat photography, flowers, sunsets, waterfalls and (even!) dogs.

Add to that a tightened autofocus system that combines laser detection, face detection, depth information and contrast, and you have image assistance on a scale not seen before, housed in one of the best low light camera phones right now.


5. It’s a mobile home theatre on your headphones.

Huawei has jumped on the no-headphone-jack train for the P20 and P20 Pro; both phones support higher-bitrate audio streaming via Bluetooth. (Image credit: Huawei)

While users will undoubtedly admire videos splashed across the 6.1 inch Huawei P20 Pro OLED screen (and on the 5.8 inch LED screen for the P20), the understated factor that makes the P20 series worthy of the home theatre tag is the integration of Dolby Atmos® into the phones’ audio setup.

For the uninitiated, the famous Atmos surround sound system was actually developed by Dolby for use in cinemas and high-end home hifi setups, but it has been scaled down to size for the P20 series. Huawei has decided to complement this with the doing-away of regular headphone jacks. This gives you a hassle-free entertainment experience; the company offers a pair of wireless Bluetooth add-ons in the form of its Freebuds to set you (pun incoming) free from wire hell.

From being some of the best low light camera phones around to the Pro’s triple camera, the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro are set to become game-changers in the way flagship phones are designed inside and out. We reckon the best way to experience them would be to get one on our new revolutionary 1Gbps network for the smoothest data experience yet. What’s more, we’re throwing in FREE data on weekends! Find out how now.

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