Huawei P20 and P20 Pro: all the rumors in one place (Updated March 14)

The rumored Huawei P20 Pro via

In this post, which will be updated regularly, we take a closer look at the latest rumors surrounding Huawei’s upcoming P20 and P20 Pro smartphones.

Although the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus are great smartphones, they didn’t grab as much attention as flagships like the Galaxy S8 and LG G6. That’s something Huawei wants to change with the P20 series.

The P20, P20 Pro and P20 Lite will be announced on March 27, and after weeks of rumors, has now offered up a wealth of device renders and some additional information, giving us a pretty good overview of what we can expect from Huawei’s next handsets.

We’ve integrated this into our previous coverage below: here’s everything we know so far about the Huawei P20 and P20 Plus.

Huawei P20 series: Name and release date

The rumored Huawei P20 via

The nitty-gritty
  • The phones will likely be called the P20 and P20 Pro instead of P11 and P11 Plus.
  • They will be announced on March 27 in Paris.

It was initially thought Huawei’s upcoming flagships would go by the names of P11 and P11 Plus, to follow the typical consecutive number pattern of the series. But that won’t be the case. Huawei has confirmed with a teaser video (below) that one of the upcoming smartphones will be called the P20, while the other is rumored to be called the P20 Pro.

When will the P20 series be announced? Huawei will hold a press event in Paris on March 27, where the smartphones will make their debut.

As a refresher, the P10 and P10 Plus were revealed in February 2017 at MWC in Barcelona. Huawei has pushed back the reveal date of their successors this year, likely because it didn’t want to compete with the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy S9 lineup that was revealed in Spain.

Huawei P20 series: Specs and features

The Huawei P20 Lite is also expected to launch alongside the P20 and P20 Pro. Via

The nitty-gritty
  • Both the P20 and P20 Pro should be powered by the Kirin 970 chipset, just like the Mate 10 series.
  • Huawei might include facial recognition that’s safer than Apple’s Face ID.
  • The P20 Pro could house a triple-lens 40 MP rear camera setup with 5x hybrid zoom.

We expect the P20 smartphones to come with larger displays than their predecessors; however, rumors on this topic are scarce at the moment.

XDA Developers obtained firmware files of one of the P20 smartphones, likely to be the Pro model. It revealed that the handset could sport a 6.01-inch LCD display with Full HD+ resolution. suggests both P20 and P20 Pro will sport 2240 x 1080 resolution displays, with 19:9 aspect ratios.

There’s no word on what screen size the smaller of the two devices may offer. But if the firmware files are legit, our best guess is that it may come in somewhere between 5.5 and 5.7 inches.

The P20 and P20 Pro are expected to be powered by the latest Kirin 970 chipset.

What’s almost certain is that the devices will be powered by the latest Kirin 970 chipset, the same chipset found in the Mate 10 series. This means they should have AI-related features on board including photo-based translations and a few smart tips like suggesting to enable Eye Comfort mode when reading in a dark environment.

The handsets are also rumored to support facial recognition that is said to be more accurate and safer than Apple’s Face ID. The company talked about the technology during the reveal of the Honor 7X and Honor View 10 in London, saying that it’s secure enough to be used for payments and can unlock a smartphone in just 0.4 seconds.

It’s possible the P20 Pro will come with an Always on Display feature, making it the second Huawei device to do so after the Mate 10 Pro. The feature was mentioned in the firmware files examined by the guys over at XDA Developers.

The files also suggest that the smartphone, which could have a similar footprint as the Pixel 2 XL, might pack a massive 4,000 mAh battery. For comparison, the battery of Google’s flagship comes in at 3,520 mAh. The Huawei P20, on the other hand, may be powered by a 3,320-3,400 mAh battery.

The smartphones may arrive with a digital assistant on board called HiAssistant, which may be exclusive to the Chinese market. It should allow users to control nearly every setting on the device with their voice like Wi-Fi, volume levels, screen brightness, and so forth. 

Other details we expect to see include 6 or 8 GB of RAM, a microSD card slot, and Android Oreo with Huawei’s EMUI user interface on top. Keeping the headphone jack and adding water resistance would also be a fantastic idea, although nothing has been confirmed yet.

  Huawei P20 specs (rumored) Huawei P20 Pro specs (rumored)
Display 5.5 to 5.7 inches
Full HD+ resolution
Full HD+ resolution
18:9 aspect ratio
Processor Huawei Kirin 970
Octa-core CPU (4 Cortex A73 2.36 GHz + 4 Cortex A53 1.8 GHz) + i7 co-processor + NPU
Kirin 970
Octa-core CPU (4 Cortex A73 2.36 GHz + 4 Cortex A53 1.8 GHz) + i7 co-processor + NPU
RAM 6 or 8 GB 6 or 8 GB
Camera Primary: Dual-camera setup (Leica-branded)

Secondary: 24 MP

Primary: Triple-lens 40 MP setup with 5x hybrid zoom (Leica-branded)

Secondary: 24 MP

Battery 3,320 mAh 4,000 mAh
MicroSD Yes, up to 256 GB Yes, up to 256 GB
Software Android Oreo with EMUI on top Android Oreo with EMUI on top
Facial recognition Yes Yes

Huawei P20 series: Camera features

The nitty-gritty
  • Huawei is strongly emphasizing the enhanced camera abilities of all the phones in the P20 line.
  • The P20 Pro could house a triple lens 40 MP rear camera setup with 5x hybrid zoom.
  • Promotional videos released by Huawei claim the P20 Pro will take professional photography shots without the need for professional equipment.

What might set the P20 Pro apart from the competition is its camera setup. According to Evan Blass and others, it could house a triple lens 40 MP rear camera setup with 5x hybrid zoom. It’s also expected that the setup will be co-developed with Leica, like in previous years.

The P20, on the other hand, is expected to come with dual cameras on the back. Both devices may also have a 24 MP selfie snapper on board and laser autofocus.

Huawei more or less confirmed the triple-camera setup with the press invite for its March 27 event. It shows an image of three circles overlapping the Eiffel Tower in Paris, hinting that at least one of the devices will feature a triple-camera setup. Additionally, Huawei got a little smart with its invite which also says “see mooore with AI.” Apart from being a blatant misspelling, the word “mooore” also contains three O’s (likely representing the three lenses).

In two promotional videos published on March 12, Huawei teased that the P20 line of phones will be able to do things normally done with professional photography equipment.

In the first video, titled “See Brighter,” a pro photographer tries different lighting techniques to get a great shot with his DSLR camera, while a woman with a P20 line phone (the phone is disguised in the video) simply takes a quick snap and gets great results:

In the second video, titled “See Closer,” the same pro photographer has several cameras with different lenses around his neck, and struggles to switch from one to the other to get great shots. However, the same woman from the first video, with the same phone-in-disguise, simply snaps away, using pinch-to-zoom to get close-up shots with ease.

Of course, many companies have touted how easy it will be to get DSLR-like shots on a smartphone, so the real test will be real-world use. However, no other smartphone has had three lenses like the P20 Plus might have, so it will be interesting to see how that affects photo quality.

Huawei P20 series: Design

A leaked render of the Huawei P20 Pro in black via

The nitty-gritty
  • The phones could sport a near bezel-less design and an iPhone X-like notch.
  • They likely have a redesigned back with a vertically positioned camera setup.

Evan Blass shared alleged images of the P20 and P20 Pro on Twitter, giving us a closer look at their designs. The two smartphones look more or less identical with one exception — the Pro model has the anticipated triple-camera setup on the back, while its smaller brother features dual rear cameras. You can check out both devices in two color options in the gallery below.

Evan Blass

The images reveal that the smartphones might come with a front-mounted fingerprint scanner and an iPhone X-like notch to house the secondary camera, speaker etc. They also show a redesigned back with a vertically positioned camera setup and Huawei’s branding. The bezels are also much thinner than those found on the P10 series, which would be a welcome change. Later leaks have also reaffirmed these designs, so they look like safe bets right now.

The P20 is expected to be available in black, blue, and a rose-gold (seen below), while the P20 Pro may come in black, blue, and Twilight (the fancy two-tone color seen at the top of the page). The P20 Lite, meanwhile, is likely to come in black, blue, and rose-gold.

Huawei P20 series: Price

The rumored Huawei P20 Lite via

The nitty-gritty
  • The P20 smartphones could be more expensive than their predecessors.
  • The Huawei P20 could cost €679, making it €30 more expensive than the P10.
  • The Huawei P20 Pro could cost €899, which is up to €200 more than the P10 Plus.

The P10 retailed for €649 at launch, while the Pro model went for €699 (4 GB/64 GB) and €799 (6 GB/128 GB). According to the latest rumors, their successors will be more expensive.

Roland Quandt claims the P20 could go for €679 — €30 more than its predecessor. The Pro model is said to cost €899, which is €100 or €200 more than the P10 Plus. The P20 Lite is also expected to make its debut at the same time as the P20 and P20 Pro and will reportedly cost €369  you can learn more about the device here.

The P20 and P20 Pro prices roughly convert to $840 and $1,115, although they will be lower if the flagships make their way to the US — smartphones are generally more affordable in the US than in Europe.

One of the main reasons for Huawei’s rapid success in Europe is that their smartphones have always had great price-performance ratios. With that in mind, it might be difficult for the P20 Pro to outsell its predecessor if it will indeed cost €200 more.

The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus retail for €849 and €949 in Europe. With an €899 price tag, the P20 Pro has to bring a number of new things to the table to have any chance of luring consumers away from Samsung’s offering. Will it succeed? Only time will tell.

These are all the rumors about the P20 and P20 Pro we have come across so far. We’ll update this page as soon as we hear more.

Meanwhile, do let us know your thoughts on Huawei’s upcoming smartphones. Do you think they could give the Samsung Galaxy S9 a run for its money? Let us know in the comments.

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