Huawei P20 Pro Hands-on and Initial Impression; A Revolutionary Three-lens Camera Phone!

Ciara Alarcon
Huawei recently launched its newest flagship line in the country, the P20 series. Our team got a chance to mingle with the P20 Pro – a revolutionary camera smartphone that sports triple Leica cameras.

Huawei P20 Pro Hands-on and Initial Impression; A Revolutionary Three-lens Camera Phone!
Huawei P20 Pro Hands-on and Initial Impression; A Revolutionary Three-lens Camera Phone!

Here’s our first take at the device!

So far, the P20 Pro is definitely the most premium-looking smartphone that the brand has to offer yet. Dressed with metal and glass, the device could easily get the upper hand if we’re going to compare it with other flagship smartphones in terms of its look. Meanwhile, it is big at 155 x 73.9 x 7.8mm, while it weighs 180 grams. With this measurement, the device can still comfortably sit on our hands, thanks to its curved rear and rounded corners.  However, its body is too slippery so we don’t recommend one-hand usage. We also advise consumers to use its protective case to avoid smudges, as the device has a fingerprint-magnet body.

The home button doubles as its fingerprint sensor.
6.1-inch FD+ OLED Display

Its front is dominated by its large 6.1-inch FHD+ OLED screen that has 18:7:9 screen aspect ratio and 82% screen-to-body ratio. Huawei has officially joined the notch party, as well, through the P20 line. The notch accommodates the earpiece and its 24-megapixel front shooter. Good thing, if you don’t like its notched design, you can easily hide it in the display settings.

The home button doubles as its fingerprint sensor.
The home button doubles as its fingerprint sensor.

Its fingerprint scanner, however, is awkward below its panel. Personally, I felt like it’s better if it is located at the back of the phone where we can easily tap it, considering its size.

USB Type-C port and Loudspeaker
USB Type-C port and Loudspeaker

The left side of the handset houses the hybrid dual-SIM card slot, while its volume rocker and power/lock button are sited on the right side. On the other hand, its USB Type-C port and loudspeaker are placed at the bottom of the device. And yup! It lacks an audio jack.

40MP RGB + 20MP Monochrome + 8MP Telephoto sensors
40MP RGB + 20MP Monochrome + 8MP Telephoto sensors

Flip the device on its back to reveal its classy glass construction. Its back is so shiny that it literally disguises as a mirror. It sports a triple-camera setup that is composed of 40-megapixel RGB camera, 20-megapixel monochrome sensor, and 8-megapixel telephoto lens.

Its notch houses the earpiece, and the 24MP selfie snapper
Its notch houses the earpiece, and  the 24MP selfie snapper

Going back to its display, its screen is giving us a good viewing experience. We don’t mind its notch on the top of its panel, as well. The device is good for watching videos and playing games with heavy graphics, too. In addition, its brightness works fine both indoors and outdoors. We just have to note that its lowest brightness level is too dim.

Having the device for more than a week now, it can really accompany us on our daily tasks. In fact, it has smooth performance even when we are using it heavily. The device can handle multitasking activities and can run multiple applications at once, too.

With all the good things that we already said about the P20 Pro, we need to highlight that its camera performance brags its exclamation point! We already took the device on the road to better test its camera, and of course, it didn’t disappoint us.

We’re also happy about its power. Packed with 4000mAh battery with 5A Super Charge, it can last for almost a day when used as our primary device.

See Also: Huawei P20, P20 Pro Lead DxOMark Mobile Rankings

Huawei P20 Pro
Huawei P20 Pro


It’s safe to say that the Huawei P20 Pro turns out to be consumers’ favorite, most especially those who are looking for a smartphone that can really step up their mobile photography. It is packed with trendy features, as well.

So far, it has good performance, proving that it can challenge other flagship devices. Inside, it boasts 2.3GHz 64-bit Kirin 970 octa-core processor with NPU dedicated A.I. chip, i7 co-processor, and Mali-G72 MP12 graphics. It is coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Having this in mind, we’re expecting for more in terms of its actual performance. We’ll dig deeper soon! So, stay tuned!

The Huawei P20 Pro is now available in the Philippines for Php44,990!

Huawei P20 Pro Specs:

  • Dual SIM (hybrid), supports 4G LTE Cat 18 connectivity
  • 6.1-inch FHD+ OLED (224 x 1080) display w/ 3D curved glass and Gorilla Glass protection, 408ppi
  • Dimensions: 155 x 73.9 x 7.8mm
  • Weight: 180 grams
  • Android 8.1 Oreo w/ EMUI 8.1
  • 2.3GHz 64-bit Kirin 970 octa-core processor w/NPU and i7 co-processor
  • Mali-G72 MP12 GPU
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB internal storage
  • Main camera: 40MP f/1.8 RGB + 20MP f/1.6 monochrome + 8MP f/2.4 telephoto lens w/ 4D predictive focus, AIS, 5x zoom, 4K video recording, 960 fps slow motion, and dual tone LED flash
  • Front camera: 24MP f/2.0 w/A.I face beauty and 3D portrait lighting
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth 4.2 BLE, aptX HD
  • OTG
  • USB Type-C
  • NFC
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Face Unlock
  • IR Blaster
  • IP67 certified
  • 384K/32-bit HiFi DAC
  • Stereo Speakers
  • Sensors: accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic, pressure
  • Battery: 4000mAh w/5A Super Charge
  • Colors: Twilight, Black, Midnight Blue, Pink, Gold
  • Price: Php44,990

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