Just a few hours ago, Huawei Malaysia launched the P20 Series which will be made available starting 6th April. The P20 Pro is currently the talk of the town as it features Leica triple camera system with AI technology.
I got the chance to play around with the P20 Pro and here are some initial thoughts on the device.
The midnight blue variant looks really stunning. Despite the ‘Twilight’ version is not available here, I reckon the blue is the next best thing.
The glossy glass back is also a fingerprint and smudge magnet. A protective case is definitely necessary here which I assume will come along in the package.
The 6.1″ OLED display is very vibrant, very sharp and very bright. But I guess we cannot run away from the notch as it’s going to be a ‘standard feature’ for all new phones coming out this year. Huawei actually added a toggle in the settings app to blackened the top bar to ‘hide’ the notch if you are really OCD and wants a flat-top display.
Here’s the pink-gold colour variant. Just in case you are not into blue and black… this is probably gonna be your last choice.
Now let’s talk camera.
The AI is smart enough to know what you are pointing the camera at. For instance, if you point it to someone, the camera automatically switches to Portrait mode. If you point it at some food, it will…. well you guessed it… switch to Food mode.
The P20 Pro is an ‘almost’ perfect Android smartphone.
I am very impressed with the portrait shot I took here. If you notice, the background cut off is done very perfectly and the colour and contrast are almost perfect. But of course, this is just initial impressions. I’ll talk more about this after a thorough review.
The Night Mode is also a very interesting feature. Once you switch it on, you can start taking photos in the dark. It’s like a special ability you get as a superhero in a movie or game.
If you are holding the phone to take a night shot, the P20 Pro takes a 6-second slow shutter photo which will then produce a photo like the above. If it detects 100% stability (assuming you are not holding it with your hands), it will then take a 30-second slow shutter photo to further enhance the clarity and vibrance of the night shot.
Here’s a similar shot I took using the iPhone X.
The iPhone X doesn’t come with a ‘night’ mode. Hence it takes a normal photo like how you’d expect it to be. Definitely not made for low light photography.
If you ask me, I would say that the P20 Pro is an ‘almost’ perfect Android smartphone. Why ‘almost’?
Well, the 4K video recording doesn’t come with stabilisation. Videos look shaky and.. ‘not professional’. But the AIS (AI Stabilisation) works superbly well on 1080p recording.
Here’s the P20 Pro side by side with the iPhone X. To those who are interested to see. lol
Malaysia will be getting the P20 Pro in 6 + 128 configuration. That’s 6GB RAM with 128GB storage spac for RM3,299. P20 on the other hand, comes in 4+128 and costs RM2,599. Colour options are Black, Midnight Blue and Pink Gold.
Huawei will be running a P20 roadshow from 6 to 8 April at LG Floor, Sunway Pyramid. Customers can get freebies worth more than RM999, ranging from items like Canon Pixma printer, Huawei sport bluetooth headphone, etc.