Huawei P20 and P20 Pro unboxing and first look


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.

Here is what is inside the box:

  • Phone
  • 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
  • User Manual


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?

Related phones

P20 Pro
  • Display 6.1" 1080 x 2240 pixels
  • Camera 40 MP / 24 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2360 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 4000 mAh(25h talk time)
P20
  • Display 5.8" 1080 x 2244 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 24 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2360 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3400 mAh(19h talk time)

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13 Comments

1. dubaiboy78

Posts: 457; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Wow p20 pro is a killer!

2. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

The best Goddamn phone on the planet. Best camera, best battery life, oled display, best color, fastest fast charger (0-50% in 30 mins for a 4,000mah battery), IR blaster, fm radio (worldwide), water resistant, revolutionary low light shooter, 128G storage, and crazy fast. What a beast. infact I wonder what the mate 20 pro will be like.

3. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

obsolete junk with processor and gpu of 2017, a screen with AIDS and a camera of fake dxomark

5. notfair

Posts: 767; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

sounds like you took a look in the mirror right before writing that comment.

4. geordie8t1

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

Wish the twilight version was available from launch in the UK....even the blue is sold out in most stores black has a waiting list, a popular phone

6. Sparkxster

Posts: 1247; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Not having these excellent phones in the US is bad for US consumers. We need more Huawei phones!

7. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

it's about to get worse as more exciting phones will be forced to do away with the American market like upcoming nubia red magic.

8. Sparkxster

Posts: 1247; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

I agree. I've seen the renders of the red magic phone and it looks pretty cool has a slim design. US will be missing out on these great phones that would give us more choices instead of the usual stuff :-(

9. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

the president of the USA has done well to ban this obsolete s**t. And it has saved huawei from a demand for cheap copy of the iphone x. I would have let them in so Apple would sue them and then prohibit their sale

12. Einstein333

Posts: 146; Member since: May 22, 2012

Have been using it for almost two weeks now and I'm very very happy with it!

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