Our Opinion

The Huawei P20 Pro is a much better phone, but the Huawei P20 Lite is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Definitely the Huawei P20 Pro, if your budget allows for it.

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Excellence Score
43.7
90.7
Value for Money Score
67.6
63.0
Price ₹ 19,999 onwards ₹ 64,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) May, 2018 May, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 Oreo Android 8.1 Oreo
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.84 inches 6.1 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2280 pixels (~ 432 pixels per inch) 1080x2240 pixels (~ 408 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass OLED
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.36 GHz 2.36 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Hisilicon Kirin 659 Hisilicon Kirin 970
GPU Mali-T830 MP2 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 16.0 MP 40.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features Dual Camera (16MP + 2MP), 16MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 1.0µm Pixel Size, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 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 24.0 MP 24.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12µm Pixel Size, Full HD Video Rec., 3D Portrait Lighting F/2.0 Aperture, Autofocus, 3D Portrait Lighting
Internal Memory 64 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.4 mm 7.8 mm
Weight 145 gm 180 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes
Battery Capacity 3000 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 WiFi Direct; USB Type-C, USB On-The-Go; Noise Filtration NFC; USB Type-C; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Premium, good looking design, with nice rounded corners, and a glass back
  • Light-weight at just 145g
  • Fast, accurate fingerprint scanner at the back
  • Supports facial recognition too (and it works well)
  • Good, tall, 5.84 inch 'bezel-less' display with a notch at the top
  • EMUI is now one of the better Android skins around, and has a lot of useful customizations
  • Good, solid performance similar to phones with the Snapdragon 625 processors - both regular use and casual games will be smooth and lag-free
  • Good set of dual rear cameras, with a nice bokeh effect, and bright colors (especially in daylight)
  • The front camera has a 16Mp sensor and is pretty good too
  • The P20 Lite has a headphone jack (unlike its senior cousin, the P20 Pro) which is always appreciated
  • 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 most well-done, and 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]
  • Average loudspeaker
  • 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
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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
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  3. It's not just ambitious, it's audacious...a remarkably well-built device with a triple camera system and loads of style
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  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.
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  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
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  6. The Huawei P20 Pro is the perfectly executed flagship from Huawei
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  7. The Huawei P20 Pro shames every other smartphone camera in the market right now, thanks to the Leica branded optics
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  8. The P20 Pro is an excellent smartphone for those who want the best camera
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  14. Artificial intelligence, three cameras and excellent battery life make the Huawei P20 Pro a top notch Android flagship phone
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