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Huawei P20 vs P20 Pro: Which one is worth it?

The Huawei P20 Pro is reviewing very well, making it easy to forget it’s part of a range of new flagships launched by Huawei which includes the regular P20. The Huawei P20 doesn’t deserve to play second fiddle to the Pro model though — it’s a fully-fledged flagship boasting many of the same high-end specifications. It retails for 200 pounds less (€230) than the Pro model — quite a compelling price point if you’re looking for a cost-effective flagship without the usual compromises.

 Dual camera or Triple camera?

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The only major differences between the regular Huawei P20 vs P20 Pro are in the camera department. While the Pro model boasts an impressive and industry first triple camera configuration, the regular P20 sticks with Huawei’s more familiar dual RGB and monochrome camera setup, giving each slightly different capabilities when it comes to photography. There are a few smaller specification differences too, which might be the deciding factor depending on your needs and preferences. So let’s take a look at exactly how the two stacks up against one another in this Huawei P20 vs P20 Pro comparison:

                                     HUAWEI P20  HUAWEI P20 PRO
Display 5.8-inch Huawei FullView IPS LCD
2244 x 1080
18.7:9 aspect ratio
6.1-inch Huawei FullView OLED
2240 x 1080
18.7:9 aspect ratio
Processor Huawei Kirin 970
Octa-core CPU (4 Cortex A73 2.36 GHz + 4 Cortex A53 1.8 GHz) + NPU
Huawei Kirin 970
Octa-core CPU (4 Cortex A73 2.36 GHz + 4 Cortex A53 1.8 GHz) + NPU
GPU Mali-G72 MP12 Mali-G72 MP12
RAM 4 GB
LPDDR4
6 GB
LPDDR4
Fingerprint Scanner Front mounted Front mounted
Storage 128 GB 128 GB
Cameras Rear cameras:
12 MP RGB f/1.8 + 20 MP monochrome f/1.6
dual-LED flash, PDAF+CAF+Laser+Depth autofocus
4K video recording at 30fpsFront camera: 24 MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture, fixed focus
Rear cameras:
40 MP RGB f/1.8 + 20 MP monochrome f/1.6 + 8 MP telephoto f/2.4 with OIS
dual-LED flash, PDAF+CAF+Laser+Depth auto focus, 3x optical zoom, 5x Hybrid Zoom, 4K video recording at 30fpsFront camera: 24 MP sensor with a f/2.0 aperture, fixed focus
Battery 3,400 mAh
Non-removable
Huawei SuperCharge
4,000 mAh
Non-removable
Huawei SuperCharge
IP rating IP53 IP67
SIM Dual SIM
Primary SIM: 4G
Secondary SIM: 2G/3G/4G
Dual SIM
Primary SIM: 4G
Secondary SIM: 2G/3G/4G
3.5mm headphone jack No No
Connectivity Wi-Fi 2.4 G, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with Wi-Fi Direct support
4x4MIMO Cat 18
Bluetooth 4.2, support BLE
support aptX/aptX HD and LDAC HD Audio
USB Type-C
NFC
Wi-Fi 2.4 G, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with Wi-Fi Direct support
4x4MIMO Cat 18
Bluetooth 4.2, support BLE
support aptX/aptX HD and LDAC HD Audio
USB Type-C
NFC
Software Android 8.1 Oreo
EMUI 8.1
Android 8.1 Oreo
EMUI 8.1
Colours Twilight, Black, Midnight Blue, Champagne Gold, Pink Gold Midnight Blue, Black, Pink Gold, Twilight
Dimensions and weight 149.1 mm x 70.8 mm x 7.65 mm, 165g 155.0 mm x 73.9 mm x 7.8 mm, 180g

As has become the norm with regular and plus sized variations, the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro pack in the same processing package: the HiSilicon Kirin 970. They’ve got the same high-end CPU and graphics performance, as well machine learning perks using the chip’s dedicated NPU. We benchmarked the chipset and found it marginally outperforms existing Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 powered handsets but isn’t quite as fast as newer handsets with the Snapdragon 845 like the Galaxy S9. Even so, you can expect top-tier performance with both models.

The phones differ slightly with RAM. The P20 Pro has a larger 6GB pool of LPDDR4 compared to the smaller model’s 4GB configuration. However, both amounts are more than big enough for stutter-free multitasking, so this certainly shouldn’t be a deciding factor in your purchasing decision. Both phones also come with 128GB of internal storage, large enough for a major portable music and video collection. Neither have a microSD card slot for expanding storage which is a disappointment.

Final Thoughts:

Huawei P20 isn’t as exciting as the Pro model pretty much entirely because it’s missing out on that extra camera performance and shooting modes. That said, at £599.99 the Huawei P20 is cheaper than most other flagship phones. Its high-end processor and camera punch well above that price point.

Sam Ashraf


Sam is a First Line Support Engineer in Network Rail. He loves to play around & tinker with smartphones. He has a strong background and extensive experience in troubleshooting and configuring Android. He's our go-to guy when it comes to smartphones because he always has a trick or two up his sleeve. In his spare time, he likes to listen to music & binge-watch Netflix.
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