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
35.1
88.5
Value for Money Score
61.9
61.1
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 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie
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 659Ranked #43 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Hisilicon Kirin 970Ranked #4 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
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
  • Decent 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) - comparable to the other very good camera phone in this price bracket, the Redmi Note 5 Pro
  • The front camera has a 16Mp sensor and is pretty good too
  • 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]
  • EMUI is getting better with time, but is still a little cluttered
  • While performance is decent for most use cases, there are many better performing phones in this price bracket
  • Average loudspeaker
  • Battery life is average - with light to medium use, you will found yourself reaching for the charger by 7-8pm each day
  • Although the phone does theoretically support quick charging, a quick charging adapter is not included with the phone (will have to be purchased separately)
  • On the whole, while the P20 Lite is a good looking phone with a good display and good cameras, it's let down by performance and battery to some extent - it will find it difficult to compete on value with the likes of the Redmi Note 5 Pro, Asus Zenfone Max M1 Pro, Honor 7X, and Honor 9i
  • 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. If you look beyond that captivating display, you may want to check a few other options before placing your order as some of those will give you better value
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. It’s a solid and attractive phone, but you can get better for less
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. If you want a modern-looking phone with a great display, the Huawei P20 Lite is a good choice....However,the Redmi Note 5 Pro is hard to beat as an all-rounder, and costs quite a bit less
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Just an average smartphone
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. It’s a phone meant for taking good photos, but when it comes to performance, it lags behind almost everyone in the mid-range segment
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. A good looking device that could use more power
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. The Huawei P20 Lite has some of the nicest fit and finish in the mid-range space, plus some powerful features that set it apart from the competition – but an older processor means its days are numbered
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
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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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