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The Huawei P20 Pro is a significantly better phone than the Google Pixel 2 XL 128GB, and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Huawei P20 Pro!

Google Pixel 2 XL 128GB  Huawei P20 Pro 
Google Pixel 2 XL Huawei P20 Pro
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Excellence Score
83.9
89.8
Value for Money Score
57.7
62.2
Price ₹ 63,999 onwards ₹ 64,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2017 May, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PExpected update to next Android version Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6 inches 6.1 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x2880 pixels (~ 537 pixels per inch) 1080x2240 pixels (~ 408 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes
Display Features P-OLED, 3D Curved Glass, Always-on Display OLED
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.35 GHz 2.36 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Hisilicon Kirin 970
GPU Adreno 540 Mali-G72 MP12
RAM 4 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 12.2 MP 40.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features F/1.8 Aperture, 1.4um Pixel Size, 1/2.6" Sensor Size, Laser Autofocus, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS), Portrait Mode, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama Triple Camera (40MP + 20MP + 8MP), 40MP: RGB; F/1.8 Aperture; 1/1.7" Sensor Size; OIS, 20MP: Monochrome; F/1.6 Aperture, 8MP: Telephoto ; F/2.4 Aperture, Leica Optics, 3x Optical Zoom, Phase Detection and Laser Autofocus, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama, Slow Motion Video
Secondary Camera 8.0 MP 24.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features 1.4um Pixel Size, F/2.4 Aperture, Full HD Video Recording, Portrait Mode F/2.0 Aperture, Autofocus, 3D Portrait Lighting
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.9 mm 7.8 mm
Weight 175 gm 180 gm
Audio Output USB-C 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes Yes
Battery Capacity 3520 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Fast Battery Charging (7 hrs of charge in 15 min); Active Edge; 2 yrs Worldwide Warranty; DLNA; NFC; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; USB Type-C; MIMO; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Google Lens; Unlimited Online Storage for Photos and Videos NFC; USB Type-C; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Attractive looking (and unique) design, and an excellent, premium, aluminium build
  • The black and white Pixel 2 XL looks especially gorgeous!
  • Great hand feel
  • Fully water-resistant body
  • The fingerprint sensor is both fast and accurate
  • Pretty compact design - this is the Pixel to get if you either have smaller hands, or value portability over a large display
  • Good display - bright and sharp (though not quite as rich as a best-in-class screens on Samsung's flagships, and it also has some discernible blue-shift when you tilt the display)
  • Has a bigger, sharper 6-inch display versus a 5-inch AMOLED display on the Pixel 2 - making it a better device for immersive video and web browsing more - plus, that higher resolution is especially advantageous when using a VR headset
  • This is Google's Android software, as it is meant to be - simple, clean, easy to understand - with a few handy add-ons like the Pixel Launcher, automatic offline music detection, and Always On lock screen
  • Google also borrows from the HTC U11's pressure-sensitive sides - you can squeeze the phone to open Google Assistant and tell it what to do
  • Another interesting and useful add-on is the Google Lens, built into the camera's photo app, which calls up a trove of information on objects like a landmark or a piece of art
  • Top-end performance backed by the best-in-class Snapdragon 835 - the phone is consistently fast no matter what you throw at it - and matches other top-end flagships in benchmark tests
  • More than anything else, the Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL is about its absolutely brilliant camera - which is arguably the best overall camera on any smartphone right now - even beating the likes of the iPhone 8 Plus, and Galaxy Note 8 (although not by a lot)
  • The best way to put it is that camera simply works, no matter what the conditions
  • It can handle all sorts of tricky environments like low light, shadows and brightly lit backgrounds - Google's HDR+ continues to beat the pants off of everyone else
  • And the addition of OIS helps take the camera up another notch from last year's Pixels
  • Even bokeh shots are managed rather well, and without any fuss (even without using a dual camera setup like other phones - purely using Google's excellent software algorithms)
  • All in all, this is a truly impressive camera, and a milestone in how far we have come with mobile photography
  • The front camera is pretty great too - and can also take bokeh-style shots like the rear camera - something thats only offered by a handful of phones right now
  • The presence of OIS takes up video quality a notch higher too - you will be impressed by how smooth and natural-looking the stabilization is
  • Other features like Motion Photos (similar to the iPhone's Live Photos) add to the fun too
  • The camera is also optimized and calibrated to support AR and comes with AR stickers - they work like regular photo stickers you add to your photos and video, but they're 3D elements and characters that move around and interact in real-life environments
  • Good audio quality via headphones
  • Good set of dual front-facing speakers
  • The battery life is solid - will comfortably last the day with moderate use - overall its similar to what you would get from the iPhone 8, or the Google Pixel 2
  • Pretty good charging speed too - you will get about 7 hours of battery life with a 15 minute charge
  • Of course, the Pixel 2/ Pixel 2 XL gets better the more you buy Google products - it’s a great universal controller for your Chromecast, works in tandem with a Google Home, and will work seamlessly with Pixel Buds too
  • On the whole, if you want the Android phone that does the most stuff, you might choose the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 - it remains the "All The Things" phone to beat - but if you want a phone you don’t have to learn to use or fuss with just to make work properly, you will want the Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL - for the ordinary user, this is the best Android phone out there, as on date
  • Gorgeous fit, finish, and design - Huawei is known for its stunning hardware and the Huawei P20 is no exception - the phone looks stunning - and build quality is exceptional too
  • Water, and dust resistant (IP67 certified)
  • Fast, effective face unlock
  • Gorgeous tall OLED edge-to-edge screen with a notch - it looks great and ticks all the right (flagship-level) boxes
  • EMUI is now one of the more refined Android experiences - it is feature-rich, but sticks fairly close to stock Android, and most of the added touches are pretty useful - such as unique knuckle gestures (taking a screenshot with a single knuckle tap to the display), and drawing a line for split-screen mode
  • The software also supports 'easy projection' - so you simply plug in the USB-C to HDMI and out to a monitor to use your phone as your computer
  • Top-end, flagship level hardware (the Kirin 970 chipset) ensures a flawless, butter-smooth performance, and is on par with other top Snapdragon 845 level phones
  • Superlative triple (yes, triple!) camera system on the rear, goes one up on the already very good camera on the P20 - and is supercharged by some intelligent AI features - low light performance is amazing, slow-mo video is great, and the portrait mode delivers great results too - in every way, the camera is a blast to use and results are outstanding - and with even better low performance compared to the P20 and a 3x zoom setting that also happens to work great for portraits, the P20 Pro is arguably the best camera phone to date, even leaving behind the Pixel 2/XL and the Galaxy S9/Plus - and it certainly is the most compelling use of computational photography seen in a phone yet
  • Ample internal storage
  • The single speaker is quite loud
  • Good call quality and strong network reception
  • Epic battery life - will comfortably last you about 2 days with moderate use
  • Fast charging support
  • On the whole, if you’ve been waiting for a phone that can upset the Apple-Samsung duopoly, this is it - the P20 Pro surprises and delights like few others and the the synergy between the excellent ergonomics, display, camera, and responsiveness of the Huawei P20 Pro shouldn’t be underestimated - many people may (justifiably) prefer it to the likes of the Galaxy S9 (the P20 has a more potent camera, better ergonomics, longer battery life, and arguably a better Android skin) and the Pixel 2 (the P20 again has better battery life, and better design) - with Huawei’s rapid improvement, Apple and Samsung now have a credible third competitor in the contest for super flagship phone supremacy - it’s time for the entire world to sit up and take notice
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The larger screen size than the Google Pixel 2 means its not quite as comfortable to use and handle as its smaller cousin
  • No standard headphone jack - Google goes the way of the iPhone here - and that is kind of a drag for people who have a pair of great wired headphones or earbuds they'd rather keep using without an adaptor dongle (which comes included in the box)
  • The battery life while good, is certainly not class leading among the flagships - it is significantly behind for instance the Galaxy Note 8 and the OnePlus 5 - both of them comfortably give battery life of over a day
  • No support for wireless charging, that's now present on the likes on iPhone 8
  • With the glass back, you will need to get used to smudges unless you use a case
  • The fingerprint sensor is positioned a bit too low and is not in any sort of natural ergonomic position
  • While the rear camera setup is excellent, the fixed focus front camera is only decent
  • No headphone jack, like a lot of modern flagship phones, so you will be dependent on USB-C or bluetooth headphones
  • No support for wireless charging like some other flagships
Expert Reviews
  1. It's the best smartphone for Android enthusiasts
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Buy the Pixel 2/XL for the best camera on any Android phone and fast Google updates
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A really impressive smartphone with an absolutely killer camera
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The fastest and smoothest Google Android device has a cracking camera, squeezable sides, great battery life and baked-in AI
    theguardian.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. The Google Pixel 2 XL has a class-leading camera
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  1. Huawei offers true innovation with the P20 Pro catching everybody else off-guard
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Huawei P20 Pro's groundbreaking low-light mode and stunning twilight colour scheme make it a serious contender to Galaxy, iPhone and Pixel phones
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. It's not just ambitious, it's audacious...a remarkably well-built device with a triple camera system and loads of style
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Great battery life, top specs and the most compelling use of computational photography seen in a phone yet make the Huawei P20 Pro one of the most interesting phones available.
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. If you want one of the most versatile cameras in a smartphone at the moment, the Huawei P20 Pro should be your first pick
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. The Huawei P20 Pro is the perfectly executed flagship from Huawei
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The Huawei P20 Pro shames every other smartphone camera in the market right now, thanks to the Leica branded optics
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. The P20 Pro is an excellent smartphone for those who want the best camera
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. Artificial intelligence, three cameras and excellent battery life make the Huawei P20 Pro a top notch Android flagship phone
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. A true flagship....Competes with the greatest smartphones out there today, and comes out winning in a lot of ways
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
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