Is the Huawei P20 Pro  the smartphone camera of the year? 

We give you five reasons why Huawei’s 2018 flagship deserves your attention:

 

Unedited shot of Kovalam beach Trivandrum clicked with 5X, 3X and 1X Zoom.

Outdoor shot of the historic Tangassery lighthouse next to Kollam beach in Kerala

 

The camera, camera, camera: This is the device’s headline feature. It’s the
first ever Leica camera with three lenses. It opens up a world of possibilities. The 40MP primary shooter (f/1.7 aperture) combines with a 20MP monochrome camera that adds extra light, and depth while an 8MP telephoto cam adds the zoom magnification. Add a 24MP selfie cam and you have close to 100MP in a single device. We tested this cam in lowlight and the cool 5X zoom feature. Brilliant. It addresses lowlight photography and zoom magnification (without loss in resolution) two key areas where smartphone cams have struggled. As for the selfie cam, it goes overboard on the beautification front. That can be handy when you want to look brighter or younger!

 

 

Premium build: the P20 Pro is probably the most svelte Huawei device ever. It’s all screen – with an impressive 82% screen: body ratio. Impressive because it manages to cram the fingerprint sensor just below the screen and not on the rear of the device where it’s tougher to find. It’s all glass – and therefore slippery, and we totally dig the standout blue colour option.

 

Hardware powerhouse: Huawei’s very own Kirin 970 octa-core processor is at the heart of this device. Add 6GB of RAM, 128 GB of internal memory and an AI engine that also adds its own perspective to your images and you have a solid device.  It chugs along effortlessly and multi-tasks without a fuss. The device is also powered by Android 8.1 and the latest version of EMUI – Huawei’s custom UI. It’s certainly not for those looking for a stock Android experience but offers a host of customisation options.

Lowlight shot at the dimly-lit Villa Maya restaurant in Trivandrum

An immersive screen: the first thing you will probably notice is the notch. It’s something that usually divides gadget buffs into haters and fans. It’s tinier than the one we first saw on the iPhone X though. The AMOLED display keeps up with the 18.7:9 aspect ratio that is becoming the norm for flagships. The specs – 1080 x 2240 pixels / 408 PPI (Pixels per inch) suggest that it’s not vibrant as rivals like the Samsung Galaxy S9+ but it is quite immersive when you’re playing catch up on Netflix.

 

A robust battery: the 4000 mAh battery gives the P20 Pro a discernible edge over the competition. During our usage tests, the phone comfortably sailed through a day even with multi-media and camera usage.  

The Huawei P20 Pro is priced at Rs 64,999 and goes on sale on May 3, 2018 in India. 

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