Chinese company Huawei has been on a streak in the past few years by selling millions of phones and quickly growing to become the world’s third-largest phone maker, behind Apple and Samsung.
The company planned a loud US debut in early 2018 and was on the verge of launching its flagship phones on AT&T and Verizon Wireless, but lawmakers intervened and the deal fell apart in the last minute. The reason? US politicians say Huawei is “effectively an arm of the Chinese government” and the heads of the FBI, CIA and NSA have recommended people not to use Huawei phones. Huawei, on the other hand, denies those allegations and says that US customers are the ones missing out.
With all this in mind, it’s no wonder that the company’s new Huawei P20 and P20 Pro will not be sold in the United States. Still, those will be the company’s most important phones in 2018.
While both are flagship-grade devices, the Huawei P20 Pro is the truly exciting phone: one claiming to have the best camera ever put on a phone, a great battery life and a great-looking OLED display.
So are US customers really missing out? And are the new Huawei P20 series as good as an iPhone, a Samsung Galaxy or a Google Pixel? Let’s find out.
First, here is what’s In the box with the two phones:
Huawei fast wall charger
USB-C to USB-A cable
USB-C to 3.5mm audio adapter
Sim ejector tool
White Earbuds with in-line mic
An iPhone-like style with a notch, vertical rear cameras, but also a unique color gradient on the back that gives the P20 extra points for style.
After the original, stylish design of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, it’s a bit surprising to see the P20 and P20 Pro turn to a brand new look that is not only closely reminiscent of the iPhone X, but clearly a copy: it’s not just the notch that is smaller, but has an identical shape, but then also the overall form and styling, the vertical cameras aligned to the side, the shiny rounded metal sides, the symmetricaly drilled holes for the microphone at the bottom.
Between each other, the P20 and the P20 Pro are hard to tell apart: the P20 Pro is just slightly bigger and it has three cameras versus the two on the P20, but most else is nearly identical. There is, however, a clear difference in the signature gradient colors: the P20 Pro has a very stylish “Twilight” gradient that transitions from blue to purple, while the P20 does not have that color version, but instead has its own signature, lighter, peachy “Pink gold” gradient version (we have those two for review). Additionally, if for some reason you don’t want the gradient colors, you can get both phones in a standard black or midnight blue version. The P20 also has an exclusive “Champagne gold” version. Both are on the large side, but still smaller and narrower than say an iPhone 8 Plus.
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