With rumours rife around the upcoming release of the Huawei P20, we've turned our inquisitive minds to the furthest reaches of the internet to find out all we can. But what can we expect from the P10 successor? Read on for the experts’ best guesses…
With Huawei set to unveil its P20 series in Paris later this month, the flurry of new flagships is far from over. But what features will set this smartphone apart…
The biggest coup could come from the camera – is it two? Is it three? It’s time to dive into the rumours…
Camera: 1, 2, 3?
Every year, smartphone manufactures try to take advantage of consumers’ affinity with photo-taking. Cats, sunsets, avocado-infused dinners – you name it, we’ll snap it. Because when it comes to likes, comments and filters, we just can’t get enough.
So, what is Huawei doing to help with all that visual creativity? Android Authority believes we could see a P20 with a trio of rear lenses.
— Ubergizmo (@ubergizmo) February 11, 2018
While there is a bit of discrepancy – and serial leaker and Venture Beat reporter, Evan Blass, believes the P20 will have “two, not three great cameras” – many tech experts are yet to rule it out.
In fact, Huawei’s own press invite (shared by Ubergizmo) features three circles that could represent the three camera arrangement. And it’s possible we’ll see it in the Huawei P20 Pro.
One Huawei P20, three different variants?
Speaking of the P20 Pro, rumours are swirling around three potential models – the P20, P20 Lite, and the P20 Pro or Plus.
Roland Quandt, self-proclaimed “master of scoops”, from WinFuture is a strong believer in this concept.
Huawei P20 family – codenames and colors
Huawei P20 – “Emily” – Ceramic Black / Twilight
Huawei P20 Plus – “Charlotte” – Ceramic Black / Twilight
Huawei P20 Lite – “Anne” – Midnight Black / Klein Blue / Sakura Pink
— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) January 27, 2018
Could the three circles on the Huawei invite represent three different phones and not the camera count? We’ll have to wait and see.
A top-notch display, but how big?
Evan Blass strikes again, this time sharing what is being referred to as the “Huawei P20 Lite“.
This leaked image of a supposed P20 Lite reinforces the possibility that there could be at least a couple of different versions of Huawei’s new P20 flagship. Alongside an earlier image from Evan, it also indicates the inclusion of a display notch, similar to the one on iPhone X.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) February 28, 2018
The screen-to-body ratio sits favourably on the side of the screen, with bezels almost non-existent. In terms of screen size, Phone Arena has shared some benchmark results that suggest 18.7:9 – a bit of a growth spurt.
Glass, front and back
Most expect the back of the Huawei P20 to be made out of glass.
While this super-sleek and shiny (most people like shiny, right?), it can be a magnet for fingerprints. A good-looking case may be in order.
The Huawei has a BIG battery
“We uncovered that the P20 Plus battery capacity is set at 4,000 mAh. This is the number that is reported to apps through Android’s APIs. Further, we also found that the regular P20’s battery capacity is registered as 3,320 mAh—a fairly substantial difference between the two models.”
This may be to power its ‘Always On’ display – a popular Mate 10 Pro feature.
Which Operating System (OS) will the Huawei P20 run?
While rummaging around in firmware files, XDA Developers also discovered all P20 variants will be running a new version of EMUI based on Android 8.1 Oreo. Though it’s unclear what new features this will bring, the phones are also rumoured to be using the Kirin 970 chip, which will boost AI capabilities for speedy operation.
Where and when?
While all of these rumours are just that – non-confirmed snippets of speculation – we can’t wait to sort fact from the fiction. The big reveal will take place 27 March in Paris. Until then, we’ll keep reading with interest.
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