After weeks of rumors and leaks, the Huawei P20 and P20 Plus have finally been officially announced by the Chinese manufacture. The two new phones follow up on last year’s P10 lineup and they both bring some serious specs to the table.
Both devices are powered by the Huawei Kirin 970 SoC, the same one used in the larger Mate 10 Pro. The P20 comes with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage while the P20 Plus will sport 6GB of RAM with 128GB of storage. Neither device supports memory expansion, just like the Mate 10 Pro.
The Huawei P20 has a 5.8-inch 2240×1080 RGBW LCD display with a 16:9 aspect ratio while the P20 Plus has a 6.1-inch 2240×1080 OLED display with a 18:9 aspect ratio. The P20 is IP53 rated against splashes while the P20 Plus is IP67 rated against water and dust intrusion. Both devices will be running EMUI 8.1 which is Huawei’s variant of Android Oreo 8.1.
Camera wise, Leica optics are still the soup du jour for both phones. With the P20, you get a 20MP rear dual-camera configuration while with the P20 Plus, you get a staggering 40MP shooter in a triple-camera configuration. Both phones have a 24MP selfie camera.
If there is a big disappointment it is the fact that the P20 and P20 Plus will not be coming to the United States. Huawei has confirmed they will be available in Europe and Asia as well as Canada. This isn’t surprising given the extremely rough road that the company has had in the US since the beginning of 2018, but a disappointment nevertheless.