Huawei P20: Price, release date, latest news and rumours
It’s no secret that Huawei is gearing up to launch a new flagship in March – and as if the latest leaks suggesting it’s going to be called the Huawei P20 weren’t enough, the company confirmed its existence at MWC 2018. Here’s everything we’ve heard about the handset, including the Huawei P20 release date, specs, features and price.
Huawei unveiled its new MediaPad M5 tablet at Mobile World Congress this year, but we also spotted the following ad whilst ambling around the Fira Gran Via, which confirms that the Chinese firm’s next flagship will indeed be called the P20 when it launches in Paris later this month.
You can see the promo in question below.
Prior to this, WinFuture’s Roland Quandt took to Twitter on January 27 to reveal that Huawei is working on a trio of new smartphones: the Huawei P20, Huawei P20 Lite and Huawei P20 Pro – with the former set to headline the range as the firm’s much-anticipated flagship smartphone of 2018.
Quandt also cast a light on the various colour options the handsets will ship in. The Huawei P20 and Huawei P20 Pro will be available in Ceramic Black and Twilight, while the more affordable Huawei P20 Lite will come in Klein Blue, Midnight Black and Sakura Pink, apparently.
And if that wasn’t enough, Quant followed up his revealing tweet a little more than a month later with another tidbit that apparently reveals how much the Huawei P20, Huawei P20 Lite and Huawei P20 Pro will cost when they hit the shelves in Europe sometime in April.
Huawei P20 Latest News: Huawei P20 surfaces in official-looking promotional material
The Huawei P20 Lite appeared on leak aggregator SlashLeaks on March 11, with the hands-on image lining up with all the pictures we’ve seen of the budget handset to date. How do we know it’s the Huawei P20 Lite, you ask? Well, that’s simple: there’s rear-facing fingerprint reader – and it’s the only handset in the range set to ship with one.
All three hands in the much-rumoured Huawei P20 series – the Huawei P20, Huawei P20 Lite and Huawei P20 Pro (also known as the Huawei P20 Plus) – surfaced in a batch of leaked promotional on March 8, confirming most of what we’ve heard about the units to date, including that all three will come with a cutout in the screen.
The Huawei P20 and Huawei P20 Lite are near-identical from a design standpoint, with a notch headlining the front of both handsets and a dual-camera taking pride of place on the rear. There is one notable difference, however: the former has a front-mounted fingerprint sensor and the latter a rear.
The flagship Huawei P20 Pro bears a couple of similarities to Huawei P20 in the sense that there’s a notch and a fingerprint sensor on the front, but flip the device over and you’re greeted by an all-new – and exclusive – Leica tri-camera setup that’s equipped with a five-times optical zoom.
Earlier that week, the Huawei P20 Pro was spotted in another official-looking promotional poster, with a triple-lens camera and an iPhone-esque notch in tow. The material also confirmed the scheduled release date for Huawei’s latest trio of devices – March 27 – and its apparent focus on AI.
The same day, the Huawei P20 Lite cropped up in a listing on Chinese certification authority TENAA’s database, corroborating most of what we’ve heard about the handset to date, including that it will not be treated to a tri-camera setup – it will have a dual-cam like the Galaxy S9 Plus.
Renders included in the documentation also reveal that the Huawei P20 Lite will be armed with a rear-facing fingerprint sensor, mounted in the centre, and could have a notch à la iPhone X, which would put it in line with the so-called Huawei P20 Pro in the design department.
The rest of the accompanying paperwork confirms much of what we already know. The Huawei P20 Lite will have a 5.8-inch 19:9 screen with a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels, a Kirin 659 octa-core CPU, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable internal storage and at least a 2900mAh cell.
Back in February, a prototype of the Huawei P20 surfaced in a batch of hands-on pictures, confirming most of what we’ve heard about the unit to date – including that it will feature an edge-to-edge screen and will come with a dual-camera setup, while the P20 Pro will have a tri-camera.
The images uncover a crucial new detail, however. It would appear that Huawei has done away with the traditional physical volume rocker in favour of a virtual alternative that requires users to swipe up and down to adjust the volume – and that could prove to be quite problematic.
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Just picture this scenario: You’re having the time of your life listening to your favourite song through a pair of Bluetooth earphones (not wired, because the Huawei P20 doesn’t have a 3.5mm jack). You pull the handset out of your pocket, accidentally catching the sensor. The song mutes at the best bit.
Your day is ruined, right? Okay, maybe not. But there’s a reason other manufacturers haven’t ventured down a similar path and that’s because virtual buttons don’t work when they’re on the side of a device. There are far too many accidental clicks, creating a poor user experience.
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Huawei P20 Design and Specs: What does it look like, and is it a beast?
The Huawei P20, Huawei P20 Lite and Huawei P20 Pro all broke cover in a drop shared on leak aggregator SlashLeaks on February 5 – with the former and latter touting a triple-lens camera equipped with a dual-LED flash, and the middle a dual-lens shooter.
Little is known about the Huawei P20 Lite and Huawei P20 Pro. A leaked promotional poster, however, points towards at last one variant of the Huawei P20 shipping with a 40-megapixel triple-lens camera setup, complete with a five-times hybrid zoom and a 24-megapixel selfie shooter.
The Huawei P20, which was once believed to be branded the Huawei P11, is also tipped to feature a 5.8-inch IPS ultra-tall screen (1440 x 2960 pixels), a 3GHz Kirin 970 octa-core processor, at least 6GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable internal storage and a 3,200mAh non-removable battery.
Tidbits of information uncovered in a firmware file for the supersized variant of the Huawei P20 – dubbed the Huawei P2o Pro – suggest that it will be armed with a massive 4000mAh non-removable cell, an always-on display mode and a voice assistant – HiAssistant – to rival Amazon Alexa.
Huawei P20 Price and Release Date: When does it come out, and how much will it cost?
Bruce Lee, Huawei’s VP of Smartphones, revealed back in 2017 that Huawei will “probably” launch all future flagships at Mobile World Congress, leading many to believe that it will showcase the oft-rumoured Huawei P20 at MWC 2018 in Barcelona at the end of February.
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But that wasn’t the case, with the firm sending out invitations to a standalone event it’s holding in Paris on March 27 ahead of Mobile World Congress, where it’s expected to announce not only the flagship Huawei P20, but also the Huawei P20 Lite and Huawei P20 Pro.
There’s no official word on pricing for the Huawei P20, let alone the Huawei P20 Lite and Huawei P20 Pro, just yet. That said, esteemed tipster Roland Quant took to Twitter at the beginning of March to reveal how much all three hands will cost then they’re released in Europe.
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