Huawei P20 launches today, here's how to watch the event live

Huawei P20 launches today, here's how to watch the event live

Huawei CEO for consumer business group Richard Yu unveils the P20 and P20 Pro in Paris on March 27, 2018.

Like previous Huawei devices the Pro includes plenty of clever image software with Huawei using AI to predict what you are capturing. There's a color temperature sensor that helps in a better color reproduction. Huawei has announced a global price of €680 for the P20, which converts to Rs 54,700.

This is Dual SIM phone and comes with 4GB LPDDR4 RAM and 128GB of internal storage which is not extendable. The P20 also lacks the water and dust resistant present on the Pro. Huawei is debuting "Master Stabilisation", which uses the AI smarts of the Kiri 970 chip inside to ensure you get steady photos and video.

The phone comes with Wi-Fi 2.4 G, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with Wi-Fi Direct support, Bluetooth 4.2 and USB Type-C connectivity options. That's not a problem in and of itself. This feature alone makes the P20 Pro much nicer than the P20. There are differences in the screen tech, too, with the P20 Pro using a lovely OLED panel with FHD+ resolution.

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Apart from the size, the P20 also has slightly cut-down specs when compared to its bigger brother.

This camera system at the back of the P20 Pro ensures that you can optically zoom upto 3 times and uto 5x hybrid zoom according to Huawei.

Carphone Warehouse, the UK's largest independent mobile phone retailer, is also offering all customers pre-ordering the P20 Pro and P20 devices a free pair of Bose® QC®35 wireless headphones II (RRP: £329), which it claims is the ideal accessory to take advantage of the range's advanced AI capabilities. The Huawei P20 Lite packs a 3000mAh battery, and it has 18W fast charging. Frankly we are stunned at this news.

The glass back is smooth and solid, while the metal edges are pleasingly chamfered and tactile. They will be available in a choice of black, midnight blue, twilight and pink gold colours. At the time, the innovation pointed the way toward in-display fingerprint sensor technology, which was widely anticipated to be the big mobile innovation of 2017.

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Here's the front, with a camera notch and bottom bezel.

What's new to Huawei's advanced camera system is 4D predictive focus, which allows the camera to predict moving objects and focuses on them with extreme efficiency in order to capture minute details of objects in motion.

I'm not convinced that the ability to boost ISO sensitivity to 102,400 will produce anything but horribly grainy images, but the 960fps 720 video mode ought to be good for a laugh if nothing else. There is also a dedicated NPU for machine learning acceleration.

"With an overall score of 109 points, the Huawei P20 Pro sets a new benchmark for smartphone cameras on DxOMark.com, outscoring all of its closest rivals, such as the Apple iPhone X, the Google Pixel 2, and the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus by a margin that is close to or higher than 10 points".

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Huawei has introduced two "gradient" colourways, which shift colour depending on the light. Huawei also took advantage of the Neural Processing Unit by including several AI features. Whether you want to call it appealing or not is one thing, but it's definitely not your normal smartphone. Courtesy of numerous leaks and speculations, we are quite sure of that. How long the battery lasts with the RGBW screen might well be, though. The P20 Pro is also expected to get a 6-inch OLED display and a premium design.

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