Huawei P20 review

17 April 2018
A strange bird this Huawei P20 - a headliner without a spear. The omission of the triple camera is baffling, but as long as you give it a chance, you may be surprised. And if you don't dwell on what didn't make the cut, you should be able to see the P20 for what it is - one dazzling flagship.

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  • JHE

not recommended phone

  • 1 year with the p20

1 year with the p20, playing Pubg everyday with no problems. if u are not interested in photography buy the mate 10 pro, more battery and better screen (oled)

A great phone in many ways but one glaring problem. Notification and Ringer volume controls are not separate. And for whatever reason Huawei refuses to fix it, a known issue for at least 6 months. A basic feature on any Samsung, Motorola or HTC Ive owned. Returning my phone after 6 days of use.

At the beginning was ok. But now everyday i found a glitch. After fingerprint sensor replacement still not ok. After another 2 month it is loosing data connection des pite carrier sign is present. Need to toggle on and off with mobile data, and airplane mode. Huawei seriously???? So my trust in this device is gone.

Two weeks ago I have buy the p20 and by the first power on for activatiecode she update to Android pie verry fast. At this moment I have only compliments for these phone because the p20 work's so smooth and quick and she 's a beauty. The power time with one charge is for me verry good and the absolutely number one on this phone is the superlative awesome good camera. Never i have see so nice quality such as taken with the p 20. I have decide now that I have for the first time a phone without external sd card support that minimal 128 GB internal memory give's a much better, quicker and smoother phone experience. By example I explore that YouTube music starts directly up but when I used in the past with the downloads on external sd the app frozen continous and was slow.. My p20 have really surprised me and she work very great with the gorgeous Huawei watch GT.

  • hwei?user

Helpmepls, 23 Nov 2018Can anyone help me: Huawei P20 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro p20 way better..... redmit note 6 pro is better than p20 lite

Got my P20 4 months back and it is o.k. Just the home screen on the bottom when you type seems to be in the way and you always tap on it when typing, making it go out of the app to the home screen--frustrating. Then, the battery is losing too much power even in eco mode with back ground apps off-this is frustrating for such an expensive phone. Camera is good.

  • Anonymous

Helpmepls, 23 Nov 2018Can anyone help me: Huawei P20 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro P20 is better in everything
But how did you found them at the same price ?
Note 6 pro is a too cheaper

  • Helpmepls

Can anyone help me: Huawei P20 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro

  • DocJameL

This is gud

Hello, i disapointed in p20, because have a fake 3k video recording, When i post video on youtube i have just 1080p video recording. what can i do?

  • greystorm

Camera, design, test results…how about real-life test?

This is the worst ever smartphone, according to business. The built-in email client is outdated by decades. There is absolutely no integration with cloud (except Huawei cloud). In order to sync both ways with cloud anything, you always have to use 3-rd party apps, which got killed by AI for battery sake… It turns out, you have to be software engineer to opt your apps not to get killed and keep running.
What about the UI – slow, with lots of lags and bugs. If you wait enough (I mean lose time), labels for unread emails from the icon and status bar will go off, missed call to, so there will be no need to open the app 3-4 times, to realize you have already done these 5 times…
Dual SIM… - Another outdated future. No default dial number per contact, UI and 3-rd party apps, interact only with SIM 1…
Wake up HUAWEI!!! Software update is crucial, if you want to go ahead…

  • Anonymous

Gsmarena: "but there's little it can do against motion blur. This is how long-exposure pretty much works, so this is not a criticism"
That's nonsense. The P20 doesn't take a long exposure, it's ghosting due to multi frame noise reduction. You don't get such horrible artifacts with a normal long exposure!!!! Furthermore Google proves that multi frame noise reduction is possible without noticeable ghosting!

  • Julian Ryder

My P20 does not overheat at all under GeekBench.
I Think it was a softer glitch that got solved.

  • Sharp

I cannot explain how much these phones today bug me with rounded screen corners, just to follow the design of a phone. Don't do that! Don't make too rounded phones, also!!!

  • AnonD-408187

Very interesting, especially the camera part. From this and other reviews it seems that the P20 Pro has a very good camera...but actually the P20 too! The 40 MP main module doesn't seem to bring anything really - I've read somewhere that the night mode is very slightly better on the Pro but except that there's no difference. There remains the telephoto lens which provides more versatility, of course, but apparently from that if you buy a P20 for the camera quality only both are pretty much the same except the price.

I'm very curious to read about the Honor 10 and it's 24MP RGB + 16 MP BW camera! It's obviously different sensors than the P20 and I'm curious to see if it produces the same (or better?) results while being even less expensive.

  • Anonymous

I bought a P20 but i wouldn't say it's all that great... The camera is good and all but I dont really see what the fuss is about. Huaweis "Master AI" is rubbish, total unusable garbage .. luckily you can turn it off.. it's a nice build an dthe screen is pretty nice. Kirin 970 feels snappy but somehow I feel there very little new.. or different. Instead I feel P20 is overpriced - should have bought the P20 Pro instead , methinks-..

  • AnonD-732820

Kaloyan, 20 Apr 2018I've been using the Nokia 8 for a while as a second phone. There... moreI have exactly same problem with my Nokia 8 6/128. Working fast and accurate on ALL areas EXCEPT the camera!! The quality of the camera is deep down in the dirt! If Nokia (HMD Global) comes with an update very soon I will throw it away and buy myself a Google 2.

JackTheIPhoneKiller, 20 Apr 2018Sorry, my apologies. I really had to go back and read your revie... moreI've been using the Nokia 8 for a while as a second phone. There are two major issues - the awfully slow and very inaccurate autofocus. That's it. It don't know what happened since the initial release, but those only got worse in time. I have a really hard time to shoot pictures in low-light and even in broad daylight - the focus fails quite often. If it weren't for those problems, I would have probably put the Nokia 8 in quite a few Competition chapters.

So, I really love the Nokia 8, but it pretty much disappoints me on a daily basis. :(

  • JackTheIPhoneKiller

Kaloyan, 19 Apr 2018I wrote the Nokia 8 review and there is not a single line critic... moreSorry, my apologies. I really had to go back and read your review about Nokia 8 again only to find out that you are absolutely right about what u said.
And yes, other reviewers really were very harsh on Nokia 8 fingerprint scanner. But not you.
My apologies again.
Still, what do u think about Nokia 8 against Huawei P20? Isn't it a pretty good option considering its one of the last (perhaps the last) flagship level phone with old 16:9 screen and all those goodies? Plus you would be saving at least 150 USD too.