Huawei P20 Pro review
Like the look of the iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy S9 or the Google Pixel 2 XL? Just check first if you wouldn’t be better off with the Huawei P20 Pro
Startups rating ★★★★★ ( out of 5)
The Huawei P20 Pro is a favourite for creative business owners – it’s cheaper than most flagship iPhones, but offers pretty comparable specs, including a six-inch screen, three rear quality cameras, and a battery that lasts all day.
Now, onto what you came here for:
Not the cheapest, but one of the hardest to beat for specs
Typical price: £799
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128 GB memory and three rear facing cameras – when was the last time you saw specs like this?
|OS||Android 8.1||(operating system)|
|Internal memory||128 GB||(gigabytes)|
|Phone size||155 x 74 x 8 mm||(millimetres)|
|Screen resolution||1080 x 2240 Mp||(megapixels)|
|Cameras||40 Mp / 20 Mp / 8 Mp||(megapixels)|
What’s it like to use?
Fast and user-friendly
Quite simply, this is one of the most stunning phones on the market thanks to a unique range of colours and a slick metal and glass build.
The display is easy-to-read and colours show up well, but as with most glass phones, it can be a bit trickier to see the screen in direct sunlight.
A nifty processor
The P20 Pro comes complete with a generous 6GB of Ram and Huawei’s super-speedy Kirin 970 octa-core processor, which will let you whizz through your work.
With 128GB of internal memory, there’s very little chance of you running out of space.
How’s the battery?
One of the best
If you’re a heavy phone user, you can look forward to over 11 hours of surfing the web and over 22 hours talking on the phone – that’s more than most smartphones and more than enough for most small business owners.
The charge time is also speedy – just over two hours will get you back to 100%, and a 15-minute charge will provide around 25%.
How about the camera?
Well, for starters, there are three on the rear alone…
You may want to be seated for this section. The camera is where Huawei really have pulled out all the stops with the P20 Pro. First, you’ve got three rear-facing cameras: a 40Mp Light Fusion lens, a 20Mp black-and-white camera, and an 8Mp colour sensor.
Whereas the best of Samsung’s flagship phones take multiple images and combine them into your best composite shot, this phone takes shots using these different cameras to then bring them together in a stunning final picture.
Overall, the image quality is outstanding – though we found it pretty comparable to the best of the Samsung and Apple smartphones to be honest.
That said, if you like your arty shots but don’t want to spend time playing around with the lighting settings, the P20 Pro makes using these modes a breeze. In this aspect, it even gives the iPhone X a run for its money, and is great for professional use.
Is it for me?
We think it’s a winner for creative entrepreneurs
The Huawei P20 Pro is one of the best smartphones on the market today for the artier small business owners.
But if you're not convinced, you can compare it with its rivals in our no-bias review of the Top 10 Business Mobile Phones, including the other Androids and leading iPhones.
Why does the Huawei P20 Pro make the Startups Top 10 mobiles? Of course, you can find cheaper phones, but considering this one has a battery life and camera to rival even the iPhone X (which costs a couple hundred pounds more), we think it’s a great option for ambitious professionals who want quality specs.