The Huawei P20 and P20 Pro have finally arrived in our office and while we are already drooling over that 40-megapixel camera, it's time to first unbox the pair and see what these new phones are really all about.
The nice thing is that both phones come with a pre-applied plastic screen protector that ensures that your screen will not get scratched. You can and should upgrade to a tempered glass screen protector if you want better quality protection, but for the first days having a pre-applied screen protector is a nice touch.
The P20 Pro and P20 both lack a 3.5mm audio jack, and instead you need to rely on USB-C only for wired audio, or you can use the adapter that comes in the box. It's a bit disappointing to see more and more manufacturers moving away from headphone jacks, but this will likely push wireless headphones into the mainstream and hopefully bring better quality headphones at lower prices. Meanwhile, if you don't have wireless earbuds, you can use the pair of basic USB-C earbuds included in the box.
Of course, the striking thing about the P20 series is the stand-out design with a color gradient on the back. The finish looks unlike that on any other phone and we have the blue gradient on the Pro and a peachy colored one on the P20. The notch and sides, even the speaker grills are all very, very iPhone X-like and it's clear that Huawei is borrowing heavily from Apple's most popular phones these days.
Even the vertical camera arrangement mimics the one on the iPhone X, but you need to look further than just how the camera lenses look: you need to look at the quality of the pictures, because the P20 Pro comes with a triple camera and a main 40-megapixel shooter, straight out of the best Nokia traditions of the past. Yes, we already have some photo samples, so expect a camera comparison coming soon.
Meanwhile, let us know: do you miss not having these phones in the United States? Do you like what Huawei has done with them?