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Huawei P20 Pro – Triple the Fun?

Huawei P20 Pro - Triple the Fun - Special thanks to Digi Telecommunication and Digizens who made this review possible. Many thanks. ;)
Huawei P20 Pro - Triple the Fun - Special thanks to Digi Telecommunication and Digizens who made this review possible. Many thanks. ;)

Huawei P20 Pro – Triple the Fun?

The back is shiny as fxck - beauty in every angle.

Being one of the Huawei’s P series smartphone, a series pioneer in smartphone photography. Huawei P20 Pro brings us the game changer – Triple Camera system, co-engineered with LEICA, grabbing the No. 1 spot score at 109 in DxOMark.

Specifications

Let’s go thru some specs :

  • Screen : 6.1″ AMOLED Screen, 1080 x 2240px Resolution
  • Chipset : Kirin 970, Octa-core processor paired with Mali-G72 MP12 GPU
  • Memory : 6GB RAM, 128GB of Storage
  • Back Camera : Tri-lens camera system, co-engineered with LEICA, equivalent of 27-80mm focal length, consist of 40MP RGB camera, f/1.8 aperture + 20MP Monochrome camera, f/1.6 aperture + 8MP Telephoto camera, f/2.4 aperture, autofocus (laser focus, deep focus, phase focus, contrast focus)
  • Front Camera : Single-lens camera consist of 24 MP, f/2.0 aperture, fixed focal length
  • Battery : 4000mAh; supports Huawei Super Charge
  • Connectivity : Dual SIM (Dual 4G VoLTE stand-by), Wifi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth, NFC.
  • OS : Android Oreo 8.1 with EMUI 8.1
  • Others : IR Blaster

Hardware specs are certainly quite impressive. the screen resolution 1080 x 2240px (FHD) might be a lil bit “dated” for some, but it doesn’t really bother me.

The Kirin 970 chipset in the Huawei P20 Pro is able to handle graphically intense games like PUBG Mobile at full graphic detail with minimum lags, which some phones might ran into trouble.

No expandable SD card slot, but 128GB internal storage comes as standard which should be adequate for most.

IR Blaster is a plus, enable you to control all your home non-smart devices in a single device.

PUBG Mobile runs very fine, at max details.
PUBG Mobile runs very fine, at max details.

Body & Design - It's GLASS front & Back!

The review unit is a “Black” colour, not the infamous “Twilight” dual-tone colour that grabs the most crowd attention. As of the time of review, the twilight colour is not yet available in Malaysia. (Update: it’s coming to Malaysia after all, expect to see it early May 2018)

Even so, it is still an attractive phone. Front and back build entirely out of glass, shiny as fxck, and super-fingerprint-magnets too. It’s almost impossible to get a clean shot for my review(smudges just won’t go away). Luckily it’s easy to clean it away since it’s glass, but it won’t stay clean for long….

Notch - it's evil....

Yes, I know. It’s every Android enthusiast nightmare, NOTCH… so deal with it.

It houses the 24MP front camera, sensor and speaker(which act as part of the stereo speaker too).

Good news is that you have an option to sorta ‘hide it’.

Water and Dust Resistance - now you got a new way to cool it down

Opps.....

IP67 certification for water and dust resistance, no problem if you “accidentally” left your phone out cold in the rain. (maybe after laundry?)

Two more shots under the rain for no reason. ;)

Huawei P20 Pro - Watercooling?

Playing PUBG Mobile and the phone is too hot? Just DIP IT IN.

Video - 4K is rubbish, FHD is fine.

Full HD is a ‘ok’ with digital stabilization. 4K is AWFUL, with zero stabilization and image quality is BAD… Being a 2018 Flagship phone, this is kinda unacceptable.

Let’s get straight to the point…. on what I usually do.

PHOTO CAMERA - okokok, here we go.

Huawei Tri-lens camera system, collaboration with Leica Camera.

The most prominent feature of Huawei P20 Pro is doubt, the camera. it’s all the hype about this phone. Let’s get into some features shell we?

Huawei Master AI - leave it all to the AI Photography MASTER! or should you?

Digi D'House - The first photo I took with Huawei P20 Pro. Master AI went for the "blue sky" setting fully automatically.

Huawei first introduced the MASTER AI feature in the Mate 10, feature that utilize the on-baord NPU, it automatically detects the shooting environment and switch shooting modes on your behalf to create a better shoot.

Let’s take an example on the photo above, the moment I point my camera, the Master AI “Blue Sky” sorcery kicks-in in second, the sky immediately turns blue, saturation kicks up, building foreground got brighten up, and over-processed sharpness. Walla, Instagram-ready shot, rite?

Not so in every situation perhaps… In the course of the review, I find myself turning it off occasionally. The intrusive AI will sometime, switched into modes that are undesirable, sometime confused between two modes(greenery vs blue sky), switch into “portrait mode” when doing a wefie with a bunch of friends…

Another example of AI confusion.

A close-up shoot of Broccoli. It just can’t make up its mind, switching between Close-Up mode and Greenery mode.

And the colour gone haywire, some shoots appear have oversaturated green, some weird green and some pale green.

The most right image is Master AI turned off.

Huawei MASTER AI - Dog mode
Huawei MASTER AI - Dog mode

Master AI in action, switching into Dog Mode.

Handheld Night Mode - impressive...

Night Mode (handheld long exposures) is absolutely astonishing, the results are bright and clean image(noise still visible when u zoom in), but never been any camera phone that impressed me so much at night, P20 Pro took the night shooting crown.

Telephoto Zoom - Get closer to your subject.

As the images above, you can see that the telephoto lens on the P20 Pro allows you to do optical 3x zoom(2nd from left) and a 5x hybrid zoom(3rd from the left), both of these zoom levels are quite usable in my opinion, preserving most of the details and image sharpness.

There’s the 10x Digital Zoom(the most right, or bottom for phones), but image is ‘mushy’ painting-like, and detail lost.

f/0.95 bokeh is still around - not really a fan, but it's here.

f/0.95 bokeh effect, not something I particularly likes, but sometime it does gives you interesting effect.

Conclusion

The Huawei P20 Pro is certainly not a perfect phone, but the beautiful design, quality build, cleaner user interface and the triple camera system does offer an excellent photography experience, for once I don’t mind taking the phone out at night for pictures, taking night shoots.

Again, special thanks to Digi Telecommunication and Digizens who made this review possible. Many thanks. ;)

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