This year Huawei released these two high spec devices to their eager fans, and nobody has been disappointed with their purchase from the Chinese tech firm. The Huawei P20 and Huawei P20 Pro are incredibly different from the predecessors (the Huawei P10 and Huawei P10 Plus), in a very good way, as they feature a design overhaul, new and better specs and updates all round. Huawei also pushed the P20 Pro this time round as the high spec model (so it’s not just a bigger screen anymore), with better performance figures than the P20. The Pro also features, among others, a triple camera instead of the dual one on the P20. Below you’ll find the differences between the P20 and the P20 Pro.
To begin with, both the P20 and P20 Pro look nearly identical from the front with the only real difference being the Pro is slightly larger. When you turn over the phones however, you can immediately see the different cameras – the two cameras on the P20 and the three cameras on the Pro. The Huawei duo also has different water proof and dust proof ratings; the P20 features an IP53 rating and the Pro has an IP67 rating. There is also a minor difference in thickness with the two, the Pro is 7.8mm thick and the P20 7.65mm thick.
The next variations between the two are found in their displays, as they are two different screens effectively. Compared with the previous P-series generations, both the P20 and P20 Pro have switched aspect ratios to a wide screen capable 18.7:9 (effectively 2:1), Huawei have dubbed this “FullView Display”. The Pro is slightly larger than the P20, being a 6.1-inch display compared to the P20’s 5.8-inch one. The P20 has an LCD screen (2240x1080) which is superb in its own right, but with the P20 Pro having an OLED display there is a difference here. The OLED found on the Pro does mean there is a slight colour difference, the Pro has a warmer and richer display which is the norm for OLED, other than this (which can be changed in the settings anyway) they are both superb displays for their respective screen sizes and uses.
Both devices pack decent hardware in the form of the Kirin 970, which is the same one found in the Mate10, and is a platform aimed at moving toward artificial intelligence while also competing with other flagship devices. The P20 has 4GB of RAM while the P20 Pro has been upped to 6GB, more than enough for the devices which enables incredibly smooth running while in use. Unfortunately neither phone offer MicroSD expansion, but do have 128GB standard which is plenty but may not be enough for some. Both the phones are dual SIM, which begs the question why they didn’t add the storage expansion.
The cost to get one of the two phones are inevitably different with the Huawei P20 priced at £599, and the Huawei P20 Pro will set you back £799. With a camera that edges that of the Samsung Galaxy S9+, the P20 Pro is better value for money than the Samsung equivalent – the S9+ - which is £100 at £899 for the 64GB version, quite a difference. These two Huawei handsets are up there with the best phones of 2018, and if you the top dog the P20 Pro is the way to go. Both the phones offer brilliant performance, with the extra money spent on the Pro giving you a better camera, some excellent Twilight colour options and a more vibrant and colourful display.