Huawei unveils new P20 series flagship Android smartphones

Huawei has unveiled in Paris, France the new P20 and P20 Pro smartphones. These two new flagship models promise to continue Huawei’s focus on camera prowess in collaboration with Leica.

Update (2 April, 2018):

Singapore is one of the first few countries to launch the new phones. The prices, colours and availability of the Huawei P20 and Huawei P20 Pro in Singapore has been released. Read the details here.

The P20 and P20 Pro includes improvements to Huawei’s AI engine for enhanced camera functionality while the P20 Pro features the new Leica triple camera.

The P20 and P20 Pro includes improvements to Huawei’s AI engine for enhanced camera functionality while the P20 Pro features the new Leica triple camera.

Key features of the Huawei P20 series include the following.

  • The Huawei P20 Pro features a camera that promises to capture more light and detail with the new Leica triple camera, boasting what the company claims the smartphone industry’s highest pixel count.
  • The Huawei P20 features a new Leica dual camera.
  • Both includes Master AI which includes AI-driven professional photography settings and Huawei AIS – its AI stabilisation technology.
  • Thin bezel, with new colours including a dynamic gradient finish.
  • Features Kirin 970 processor with a dedicated NPU and EMUI 8.1 based on Android 8.1 for a premium and smooth user experience.

In addition to the P20 and P20 Pro, Huawei also unveiled the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS (Race Sport).

Singapore will be one of the first few countries in the world to launch the Huawei P20 and Huawei P20 Pro in early April 2018.

The Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS will be available in Singapore in May 2018.

More details below from the press release.

Introducing Master Photography powered by AI

The HUAWEI P20 Series introduces an advanced new camera system that brings consumers features that ultimately enhances every part of the smartphone photography experience.

“We look for inspiration from artists to continuously evolve our approach to design and innovation. The HUAWEI P20 Series builds on the legacy of our collaboration with Leica. With a breakthrough triple camera on the HUAWEI P20 Pro, an advanced dual camera on the HUAWEI P20, and powerful artificial intelligence on both, today’s most vibrant consumers can capture and share the brilliance of the world around them,” said Richard Yu, Chief Executive Officer, Huawei Consumer Business Group.

The HUAWEI P20 Pro features a Leica triple camera with the highest pixel count on modern smartphones – the camera configuration comprises a 40MP RGB sensor, a 20MP monochrome sensor, an 8MP sensor with telephoto lens.

It also features a dedicated ISP and color temperature sensor for better color reproduction.

With f/1.8, f/1.6 and f/2.4 wide aperture to capture crisp, clear details with perfect clarity, the HUAWEI P20 Pro also includes a brand new Leica VARIO-SUMMILUX lens with 3x optical zoom to capture long-range photography of up to 5x Hybrid Zoom as well as a highly sensitive image sensor of 1/1.7 inches model (about 7.76mm x 5.82mm) to capture low light images photos with up to ISO 102400.

The HUAWEI P20 builds on the foundation of its predecessor, with an all-new Leica dual camera featuring a 12MP sensor with a pixel size as high as 1.55 μm, and a 20MP monochrome sensor, enhancing the HUAWEI P20’s ability to capture photos in low-light settings.

In addition, the HUAWEI P20 and HUAWEI P20 Pro feature a 24MP selfie camera with AI beautification and 3D portrait lighting – the result is beautiful selfies with healthy-looking skin tone adjustments, delicately outlined face details, and realistic 3D feature enhancements.

The HUAWEI P20 Series’ Kirin 970 processor and dedicated Neural Network Processing Unit (NPU) enable truly effortless photography.

AI-powered scene and object recognition has the ability to identify 19 different scenarios and objects and choose the right skills for the right moment – brand new to Huawei’s advanced camera system is 4D predictive focus.

In this mode, the camera predicts moving objects and focuses on them with extreme efficiency in order to capture minute details of objects in motion.

New to the HUAWEI P20 Series is AI-Assisted Composition, which provides intelligent suggestions to frame group shots and landscapes.

In addition, HUAWEI AIS (AI Image Stabilisation) steadies handheld night shots and results in incredible pictures, even without a tripod.

This also benefits videos, as the HUAWEI P20 Series devices support six-axis stabilisation and 960fps slow motion for clear and detailed footage.

Light-inspired design

From the outside in, the HUAWEI P20 Series is inspired by light.

Notably, the HUAWEI P20 and HUAWEI P20 Pro come in an all-new exclusive color, Twilight, achieved by applying several layers of NVMC optical coatings underneath the glass back, so light hitting the surface refracts and creates a gradual change in hue, from a striking blue to a twilight effect.

The HUAWEI P20 series also feature HUAWEI FullView Display (5.8-inch for the HUAWEI P20 and 6.1-inch for the HUAWEI P20 Pro), with ultra-thin bezels and impressive screen-to-body-ratios, and a display that seamlessly blends with rounded edges for a comfortable hold.

Globally, the HUAWEI P20 and HUAWEI P20 Pro are available in Twilight, Black, Midnight Blue and Pink Gold.

AI-powered, intelligent experience

Powered by Kirin 970 with EMUI 8.1 based on Android 8.1, the HUAWEI P20 Series delivers premium performance and a smooth user experience.

EMUI 8.1, fully customisable with AI support, includes HUAWEI Share 2.0 to seamlessly share files between Huawei phones, PCs, and Macs; an easy projection feature to connect the HUAWEI P20 Series wirelessly to a larger screen, and a Smart Screen function for an intelligent split-screen interface to run two supported apps side by side.

The HUAWEI P20 Series includes the best Bluetooth audio quality with 990 kbps bandwidth to support Hi-res audio files.

Like the HUAWEI Mate Series, the HUAWEI P20 Series features TÜV Safety Certified HUAWEI SuperCharge and a 4000 mAh battery on the HUAWEI P20 Pro – and 3400mAh (typical value) on the HUAWEI P20 – with AI-powered Battery Management.

Huawei has also established a proprietary version of Prisma for the HUAWEI P20 Series, which supports real-time filter recommendations based on object and scenario recognition.

The calculation speed is 3-4 times that of the cloud version. Additionally, in partnership with Google, the HUAWEI P20 Series supports Google ARCore to deliver advanced AI capabilities.

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