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Product Review: Huawei P20

Disclaimer: I received this product as part of a review program in return for an unbiased review.

Huawei P20 (image source: Vodafone)

The Huawei P20 is every bit the modern, beautiful smart phone with a few unique touches. Having spent the last couple of weeks testing it out I can confirm the P20 is amazing: great camera, modern design and speedy performance.

Minimalist packaging with goil foil detail

If you have seen any of Huawei’s latest releases you will be familiar with the design, they have found a winning formula and are sticking with it. The all-screen design and premium build quality easily stands up to high-end handsets costing double.

There are a few design decisions that will split opinion, namely the notch, front-mounted fingerprint scanner, missing headphone jack and lack of SD card. Personally, I can live with the notch (it can be switched off), but I prefer the unspoilt front with the fingerprint scanner on the back. Interestingly, the headphone jack and SD slot are present on the thinner P20 lite, but not the P20.

The P20 is a joy to live with. The fingerprint scanner is quick and easy (likewise the face-recognition) and screen is bright and sharp. It ships with the latest version of Android and security updates have already been released. The Huawei skin is getting better, with options to customise it to your liking, and I haven’t experienced any lag.

The camera may be overshadowed by it’s big brother (the P20 Pro), but you will not be disappointed. The AI assist is not a gimmick, it really works. This is by far the best camera experience I have seen on a smartphone. It makes my point-and-shoot photos look amazing, and it’s so easy.

The P20 is a great phone in all respects, but the camera surely makes it a must-have.


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