Huawei P20

8.1/10 AVG.
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8.1/10
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The Huawei P20 currently has an Informr score of 8.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 21 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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Verdict

Unless you’re looking at the phone’s bigger sibling -- the P20 Pro -- the P20 has little competition at its price point. A great camera, all-day battery, vivid screen, and plenty of power make it a great choice for anyone looking for a top-tier device at a lower price.

What's good

  • Great camera
  • Blazing performance
  • Solid, eye-catching design
  • Fast charge support
  • All-day battery
  • 128GB of internal storage
  • Bright, punchy display

What's bad

  • No microSD support
  • Clunky camera interface outside of auto
  • No IP67 water-resistance

Offering all the power of their flagship model in a smaller, more affordable package, the Huawei P20 aims to provide a top-shelf experience at a fraction of the price. While it’s unlikely they’ll unseat the big names in smartphones, they’ve presented several compelling options before. Does the P20 keep this trend alive?

The phone looks very much like a mash-up of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and iPhone X it is trying to compete with.

It features a thin, long rectangular design with a metal frame and glass back. Reviewers loved the iridescent color schemes available with their shifting colors and sheen. However, as with all phones with glass back panels, the P20 is a smudge and fingerprint magnet.

There’s also no 3.5mm jack -- a feature common on newer phones. But most newer phones claim it helps to improve water resistance. The P20 is only IP53 water resistant though -- so it won’t stand up to submersion or heavy exposure like much of its competition.

Around front, you’ll find a 5.8-inch 2244-by-1080 TFT LCD panel with a notch at the top and fingerprint scanner at the bottom. Many reviewers who weren’t fans of the notch on the iPhone X grew to like the one on the P20.

If you hate it, Huawei offers an option to hide it in a black bar on the screen.

The screen is a strong point on the phone. It’s plenty bright, has accurate colors, and is great from almost any angle. Reviewers also had no problem with adapting apps to the longer, slimmer aspect ratio of the screen. However, since it’s a TFT LCD, you won’t get quite the contrast in other flagships -- or the P20’s bigger sibling the P20 Pro -- with their AMOLED panels.

Huawei uses their own processors in many of their phones. The P20 sports a Kirin 970 octa-core processor and 4GB of RAM. Reviewers found it capable of keeping up with anything they threw at it. While it might not compete in the benchmarks with Samsung or Apple’s flagship phones, in real-world use no one had any complaints. 

The phone runs Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.0 on top. While previous iterations of Huawei’s software made significant changes and piled on the bloatware, the latest version is more subdued. Reviewers liked the stock-like interface and found most of the bloatware could be uninstalled.

This is important since the 128GB of storage is all you get. There are no options for microSD expansion. Still, that’s a generous amount of space and will keep most users happy.

On paper, the dual lens rear camera with a 12MP RGB lens and 20MP lens for added detail and depth and 2x optical zoom and a massive 24MP front-facing lens looks like it should keep up with the competition.

Reviewers found that real-world performance was up to expectations. The AI-assisted camera modes made it easy to get great shots -- even in low-light. The analog zoom was great for getting up close shots. The front-facing lens took great selfies with balanced colors and detail that popped.

The only issue mentioned was that the camera app itself was rather cluttered and options were cumbersome to sort through. Fortunately, with the AI modes, they found they rarely needed to change things.

With a 3,400mAh battery and USB Type-C fast charging, you should never need to worry about running out of juice during the day. With the added power saving modes, you can stretch usage as far as 4 days on a single charge. However, for most a charge will last about a day and a half.

TechRadar reviewed the phone and said, “If you want a more affordable flagship that looks good and takes great photos, the P20 might be the phone for you.” Pocket-Lint was equally positive, saying, “It's compact, it's powerful, it has a lot to offer - and it's also looking like one of the highest quality devices that Huawei has built.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.36 GHz
Screen Size
5.8"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


IT Pro

The P series is improving and the P20 is an impressive device, but its still behind the likes of Apple and Samsung and having made the Pro so vastly superior, Huawei leaves us to wonder why you should buy the P20.

- Bobby Hellard, IT Pro
The Gadgeteer

I had originally wanted to review the Huawei P20 Pro because after all, it’s the top of the line pro version… but I was sent the P20 and I’m happy to say that I haven’t been disappointed in the least. Except for a couple missing features like wireless charging and a micro SD card slot, the Huawei P2...

- Julie Strietelmeier, The Gadgeteer
TechNave

If you like taking photos but don’t need the water resistance or triple rear cameras of the Huawei P20 Pro, then the Huawei P20 is an excellent cameraphone by itself. In fact, it feels like how the 1st Kirin 970 smartphone should have been due to its sleek, compact and more easy to hold design, stun...

- Muzaffar Ismail, TechNave
PC Magazine

Huawei's attractive P20 phone combines an eye-catching iridescent body with intriguing AI-powered camera tricks.

- Thomas Newton, PC Magazine
Neowin

Ultimately, the P20 is a fantastic device that I can recommend to almost anyone. Sadly, it's not available in the United States, although I didn't have a problem getting 4G LTE service on T-Mobile, so if you can get your hands on one, go for it. If you're outside of the U.S., you're in an even bette...

- Rich Woods, Neowin


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


Huawei released the P20 on April 6, 2018.


The P20 price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Huawei P20 prices from around the web here on The Informr.


Huawei backs up the P20 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your P20 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Huawei support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Huawei's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
5.8"

The Huawei P20's screen size is 5.8 inches with 1080 x 2244 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.36 GHz

There is a HiSilicon Kiri 970 Octa core 2.36 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 24+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128 GB

Internal memory is 128 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3400mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3400 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 1140 minutes, 838 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Huawei P20 Specs

Overview
Release date April 6, 2018
Regions available Canada, UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/1800/2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 8.1 Oreo

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Processor HiSilicon Kiri 970 Octa core 2.36 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 128 GB
RAM 4 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.76 W/kg
Body: 1.26 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 3400 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 733 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 838 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1140 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 16.9 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Black, Midnight Blue, Pink Gold
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.91 x 7.08 x 0.765 cm (5.9 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 165 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 53
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2244 pixels
Pixel density 429 pixels
Size 5.8 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out HDMI
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Dual lens
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, Smile detection, Dual camera feature (20 MP 2nd camera, f/1.6), HDR
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
24+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Face detection, Self-timer, Aperture f/2.0
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
More
Additional comments

Also available in dual SIM variant.

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Critic Reviews


IT Pro

DeVito to the P20 Pro's Schwarzenegger

from IT Pro

The P series is improving and the P20 is an impressive device, but its still behind the likes of Apple and Samsung and having made the Pro so vastly superior, Huawei leaves us to wonder why you should buy the P20.

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The P series is improving and the P20 is an impressive device, but its still behind the likes of Apple and Samsung and having made the Pro so vastly superior, Huawei leaves us to wonder why you should buy the P20.

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The Gadgeteer

A pint-sized powerhouse

from The Gadgeteer

I had originally wanted to review the Huawei P20 Pro because after all, it’s the top of the line pro version… but I was sent the P20 and I’m happy to say that I haven’t been disappointed in the least. Except for a couple missing features like wireless charging and a micro SD card slot, th...More

I had originally wanted to review the Huawei P20 Pro because after all, it’s the top of the line pro version… but I was sent the P20 and I’m happy to say that I haven’t been disappointed in the least. Except for a couple missing features like wireless charging and a micro SD card slot, the Huawei P20 is a pint-sized powerhouse with a great camera that I love. I think this phone is a viable alternative to other flagship phones and has a better price.

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TechNave

Slimmer, sleeker and smarter cameraphone

from TechNave

If you like taking photos but don’t need the water resistance or triple rear cameras of the Huawei P20 Pro, then the Huawei P20 is an excellent cameraphone by itself. In fact, it feels like how the 1st Kirin 970 smartphone should have been due to its sleek, compact and more easy to hold design, stunning looks and great performance.

Read full review

If you like taking photos but don’t need the water resistance or triple rear cameras of the Huawei P20 Pro, then the Huawei P20 is an excellent cameraphone by itself. In fact, it feels like how the 1st Kirin 970 smartphone should have been due to its sleek, compact and more easy to hold design, stunning looks and great performance.

Read full review

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PC Magazine

Another solid, powerful phone from Huawei

from PC Magazine

Huawei's attractive P20 phone combines an eye-catching iridescent body with intriguing AI-powered camera tricks.

Read full review

Huawei's attractive P20 phone combines an eye-catching iridescent body with intriguing AI-powered camera tricks.

Read full review

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Neowin

A great phone that lives in the shadow of the P20 Pro

from Neowin

Ultimately, the P20 is a fantastic device that I can recommend to almost anyone. Sadly, it's not available in the United States, although I didn't have a problem getting 4G LTE service on T-Mobile, so if you can get your hands on one, go for it. If you're outside of the U.S., you're in an even better spot.

Read full review

Ultimately, the P20 is a fantastic device that I can recommend to almost anyone. Sadly, it's not available in the United States, although I didn't have a problem getting 4G LTE service on T-Mobile, so if you can get your hands on one, go for it. If you're outside of the U.S., you're in an even better spot.

Read full review

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Notebookcheck

A very good high-end smartphone

from Notebookcheck

Thanks to its Leica dual-camera, the Huawei P20 takes excellent pictures without much effort from the user – just aim and shoot, the camera AI takes care of the rest. The “small” Huawei is definitely a recommendation for camera enthusiasts, even though the Huawei P20 Pro even offers more features with its Leica triple-camera.

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Thanks to its Leica dual-camera, the Huawei P20 takes excellent pictures without much effort from the user – just aim and shoot, the camera AI takes care of the rest. The “small” Huawei is definitely a recommendation for camera enthusiasts, even though the Huawei P20 Pro even offers more features with its Leica triple-camera.

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Android Police

A cost-cutting exercise that mostly works

from Android Police

Like last year, Huawei impressed me with the P-series. A lot of the changes since then set the P20 well above its predecessor, though the AI Master in the camera makes the photography experience a bit more arduous than the P10. Even so, this phone has excellent performance overall and excellent battery life.

Read full review

Like last year, Huawei impressed me with the P-series. A lot of the changes since then set the P20 well above its predecessor, though the AI Master in the camera makes the photography experience a bit more arduous than the P10. Even so, this phone has excellent performance overall and excellent battery life.

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Cnet

A killer low-light camera you can actually afford

from Cnet

The Huawei P20 takes terrific low-light photos from the dual rear camera, comes in some astounding colors and is small enough to use with one hand. Like the P20 Pro, it lets you hide the default screen notch many Android fans hate.

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The Huawei P20 takes terrific low-light photos from the dual rear camera, comes in some astounding colors and is small enough to use with one hand. Like the P20 Pro, it lets you hide the default screen notch many Android fans hate.

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Android Headlines

Notch Your Average Smartphones

from Android Headlines

This is Huawei’s best devices yet, no doubt, but ultimately don’t check every single box, and while they offer a better camera in most regards than Samsung’s best, don’t deliver quite as compelling feature-sets as Samsung’s Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S9 in other areas.

Read full review

This is Huawei’s best devices yet, no doubt, but ultimately don’t check every single box, and while they offer a better camera in most regards than Samsung’s best, don’t deliver quite as compelling feature-sets as Samsung’s Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S9 in other areas.

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Photography Blog

Excellent image quality

from Photography Blog

Overall, the standard P20 is a very impressive device, and definitely worth considering if your primary concern is the quality of your phone’s onboard camera. If your budget can stretch to the P20 Pro, it’s worth the extra outlay, but you’re unlikely to be disappointed by the P20’s capability if you need to save money.

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Overall, the standard P20 is a very impressive device, and definitely worth considering if your primary concern is the quality of your phone’s onboard camera. If your budget can stretch to the P20 Pro, it’s worth the extra outlay, but you’re unlikely to be disappointed by the P20’s capability if you need to save money.

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