Motherís Day was last weekend, which may have left you with in shambles knowing that you missed out on giving her one of the flashiest gifts of the year. The Huawei P20 and P20 Pro are two unique phones from the Asian manufacturer Huawei, a brand that has slowly meandered into Canadian territory and has posed as a cheaper alternative to Apple and Samsung products of the same caliber. The P20 Pro features some unique quirks, a highlight being its triple-camera setup that includes 40 MP rear camera with 3x optical zoom, meaning that the utmost quality is retained even after intense zooming on Snapchat; its front also includes a slightly weaker camera at 24 MP for facial recognition and unlocking, more than enough for your earnest selfies.
Like the iPhone, the Huawei P20 Pro is encased in sleek Gorilla Glass and a metal shell at a manageable size. Its frame is noticeably scratch resistant in comparison to the former and is reminiscent of a fancy sportscar in its colorway and design, albeit in exchange for being extremely prone to mucky fingerprints across the surface of its reflective material. Perhaps bundling the unit with hand sanitizer could be a plus for those sweaty consumers. The screen also pales in comparison to the highest display resolution on the market through its mere 408ppi, however when displayed on its 1080 x 2244 AMOLED screen, the difference is indistinguishable to the naked eye. Disturbingly, the phone further lacks a headphone jack, meaning that the user will require Bluetooth or use its clunky in-box USB-C to 3.5mm adaptor.
To make up for its flaws, the battery life lasts sufficiently longer than Samsung and Apple products in the long-haul, and can survive for hours of streaming or procrastinating on YouTube. The charger takes only 90 minutes to reach full charge. It borrows an eight-core chip from the previous year along with an inferior graphics setup that means only 540p streaming for Netflix and other things, but will ultimately lessen your GPU, CPU and data usage as a trade-off.
In contrast, the downgraded P20 model has a largely weakened dual camera setup and a smaller body in its 5.8-inch Fullview LCD screen, with less zoom and lower quality when taking pictures, while its on-screen visuals and pixel count are still the same. The differences extend further into its performance, such as its 4 GB RAM in comparison to the P20 Proís 6 GB, and a slightly inferior battery life. Are the changes justified in its price difference? And is Huawei strong enough to compete with Apple and Samsung, or does it belong with the E.T. cartridges buried in New Mexico? Let us know your thoughts.