Huawei’s latest P-series of smartphones was announced last week and, if you’ve been itching to get your hands on what looks to be the best smartphone camera on the market at the moment, we have good news.
The P20 Lite, P20 and P20 Pro will be available in South Africa from today at a price of R5 999 for the Lite, R12 999 for the P20 and R15 499 for the P20 Pro.
The P20 Pro is the star of the show here sporting not two cameras but three. As has become the norm, Huawei partnered with Leica for the lenses so the same high-quality camera optics we’ve seen since the P9.
This time around however the P20 Pro has a 12MP RGB sensor, a 20MP monochrome sensor and a 8MP sensor with a telephoto lens.
“The Huawei P20 Pro sports a revolutionary and highly-sensitive image sensor of 1/1.7 inches, 170 percent larger than its closest competitor, with a pixel size of 2 μm micrometers. The Huawei P20 has a pixel size of 1.55 μm. Its larger image sensor allows for bigger pixels, which in turn enables the device to capture more light and produce cleaner, higher-quality shots,” the firm said in a statement.
Huawei is also introducing a new form of image stabilisation – AI Image Stabilisation (AIS). This feature reduces blur and steadies your hand so that you can take long exposure shots and effectively “paint with light”.
The P20 and P20 Pro house Huawei’s own Kirin 970 chipset which introduces a 12-core GPU. The company also says that the AI capabilities of the chip have been improved, these days it can recognise 2 000 images per minute.
As for the most important feature (the battery) vice president of Huawei Consumer Group South Africa, Likun Zhao, says it has TUV Safety Certified Huawei SuperCharge technology.
“A 10-minute charge powers the battery to 20 percent, while a 30-minute charge powers the battery to 58 percent. The battery remains at a low temperature during fast charging to ensure safety,” explains Zhao.
The P20 and P20 Pro both come with one free screen replacement (though it’s only valid for a year) and one hour fast service repair, all for free.