Written by Amber

Specialist review of the Huawei P20 Pro

In March 2018, Huawei introduced the P20 series with the Huawei P20 Pro as showpiece. The flagship has no less than 3 cameras, which is a first in the smartphone world. In addition to the triple camera, the device has a 6.1 inch Full HD screen, a large battery and a stylish, watertight housing. Are you curious about what I think of the P20 Pro? I tested the device for a weekend.

The Huawei P20 Pro in short

  • 128GB storage capacity
  • 6.1-inch Full HD screen
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
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  • Thanks to the triple camera you can take sharp, detailed photos and videos.
  • Watch series and films on the large 6.1 inch Full HD screen.
  • The powerful battery with a battery capacity of 4000 mAh lasts for at least 1 day.
  • The device is waterproof, so you can also take photos under water.
  • Fingerprints are quickly visible thanks to the shiny glass housing.
  • Photos are not always sharp with 5x optical zoom.

Out of the box

When I take the Huawei P20 Pro out of the box, the large screen immediately stands out. The glass case exudes luxury, but is quickly susceptible to greasy fingerprints. At the top is a notch with the selfie camera and at the bottom you will find the home button with fingerprint scanner. The smartphone comes with a glued-on screen protector, which I think is a big plus. Your device is protected and you no longer have to struggle with sticking on the screen protector. There are 3 cameras on the back of the device. I could not wait to test them.

Camera: the more the better

The high expectations that I had of a triple camera were more than fulfilled. The cameras perform particularly well in low light; photos that I took in the evening are detailed and very sharp. Because one of the cameras has a telephoto lens, I also made beautiful portrait photos with a sharpness-depth effect. I was a little less enthusiastic about the optical zoom function, because when zoomed in 5 times, the image was not sharp. The Artificial Intelligence (AI) function is also very useful. When I wanted to take a picture of a landscape, AI automatically made the sky bluer.

Selfie camera: razor-sharp self-portraits

With the 24 megapixel selfie camera I made clear selfies. The beauty mode is standard on the camera, but you can easily turn it off. Although the beauty filter is switched off, the software in the camera continues to smooth out your skin. I don't mind the camera filtering out my bumps, but if you like completely natural selfies then you will not like the selfie camera. You can also make selfies with a professional look thanks to the Bokeh filter. With this a software sharpness-depth effect is applied.

Screen: ideal for series and films

Because I travel a lot, I often watch series on my smartphone. On the large 6.1 inch Full HD screen of the P20 Pro this is absolutely no punishment. The image is clear, colorful and detailed. The only drawback is the lack of a headphone connection. Because of this I can only plug in ear plugs with usb c connection or use the included adapter if I want to watch a series on the train. The stereo speakers, on the other hand, make up for this. The sound is powerful and doesn't crack when I put it at the highest volume.

Battery: powerful battery

If you are a media glutton just like me, a smartphone with a large battery capacity is very handy. The battery of the P20 Pro easily lasted 1 day with me. Thanks to the fast charging function and the included fast charger, I charged the battery more than 50 percent in half an hour. What may be a disadvantage to some is that the smartphone does not support wireless charging. I do not charge my device that way, but if you are used to charging wirelessly then this is not pleasant.


The Huawei P20 Pro is a smartphone and a camera in one. Do you use your smartphone just like me to take vacation photos and videos? Then I definitely recommend the P20 Pro. With this device you are assured of sharp, detailed photos both during the day and at night. In addition, the device is quickly through the large memory and the battery can easily last a day. Moreover, the device looks stylish thanks to the glass housing.

Article by:
Amber Phone Expert.

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