Huawei P20 Pro – The Photographers Dream Smartphone – With a 68mp Leica Triple Rear Camera Setup

Yesterday, Huawei announced the new Huawei P20 Lite, P20 and P20 Pro. They also announced the luxury version of the Huawei P20 Pro, the Porsche Design Mate RS.

Let me start by saying the P20 lite and standard P20 are not a patch on the P20 Pro. My advice is to buy the P20 Pro as it is a totally difference phone to the lower models. Here’s why?

– The rear cameras feature a co-engineered Leica Triple Camera New AI-assisted camera system. The 3 lenses are as follows. A 40mp RGB sensor. a 20mp monochrome sensor and a 8mp zoom sensor. The P20 Pro can do 3 x optical zoom and up to 5 x lossless zoom.

– The front camera is 24mp.
– A huge 4,000mAh battery.
– 6gb ram & 128gb storage
– 6.1 inch full vision OLED display.
– Bluetooth codecs APTX, APTX HD , LDAC , HWA
– DxOMark – The camera leap frogged everything else by a massive margin. Here’s is what DxOmark said in summary –

“With an overall score of 109 points, the Huawei P20 Pro sets a new benchmark for smartphone cameras on, outscoring all of its closest rivals, such as the Apple iPhone X, the Google Pixel 2, and the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus by a margin that is close to or higher than 10 points. Much of this is due to the Huawei’s outstanding still image capabilities that earn it an unprecedented Photo score of 114 points. The large sensor in the main camera combined with the B&W sensor allows for excellent low-light performance and class-leading dynamic range; the dedicated 80mm equivalent tele-lens in combination with the high-resolution monochrome chip, delivers the best zoom performance we’ve seen on a smartphone to date. The monochrome chip is also used to help generate the P20 Pro’s excellent bokeh-simulation.

And the P20 Pro is no slouch either in video mode, thanks to class-leading image stabilization, a good autofocus, and very low noise levels. At 98 points, it just manages to push the Google Pixel 2 off the number one spot in the video ranking, making the P20 Pro the best all-around mobile device for imaging that money can currently buy.”

So one of the shooting modes on the P20 Pro is handheld night mode. Using the AI camera you can take up to 6 seconds hand held long exposure night shot. It can also shoot an ISO over 100,000.

There is a lot more to the P20 Pro, but hopefully you get that this is a leap forward in camera innovation over anything else currently on the market. The P20 Pro is available from all UK carriers and most major retailers too.

Now of course, if money is no object, there is the Porsche Design version. This is called the Porsche Design Mate RS. It comes in a stunning black and in China there is a red finish. The cost 1,550 euros.

The Porsche Design features the same camera setup as the P20 Pro, in fact most of the phone is the same, except for the following upgrades.

– the fingerprint sensor is embedded under the front glass of the phone. There is also a second fingerprint sensor on the rear.
– storage is increased from 128gb of the P20 Pro to either 256gb or 512gb.
– The speakers are upgraded
– Porsche Design skin and logos. Phone is curved beautifully.
– 10 watt Qi Fast Wireless Charging is added.

My review of the P20 Pro will be coming soon in a few weeks time. Below are some useful links –

Huawei P20 Pro incl accessories on Amazon UK
Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS
Huawei website


13 thoughts on “Huawei P20 Pro – The Photographers Dream Smartphone – With a 68mp Leica Triple Rear Camera Setup

  1. “My advice is not to buy the P20 Pro as it is a totally difference phone to the lower models.”….Um I think you may want to change that sentence Gav. A not has crept in where I don’t think you meant it. Otherwise great review as always.


  2. They completely had me sold up until the point where I read that the main camera doesn’t have optical image stabilisation. I know it has EIS, but I’ve had two main issues with EIS in the past:

    1) It necessarily crops the frame (that’s part of how it works).
    2) Because it uses frame data to match one frame to the next, it struggles in low light and you see a fuzzy juddering pattern as the frame matching struggles to get reference points.

    Apart from that. It looks awesome!


      1. I will reserve judgement then Gavin. It’s possible that it’s up to task for low light video, but I’m skeptical!

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  3. Gavin, I might be tempted to switch from the S8+ to this one. What wireless headphones would you recommend for listening to FLAC files on this phone?

    Hopefully the dreaded drop outs are no longer an issue when listening to audio on bluetooth.

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      1. Hey Gavin,

        With the offer of the free Bose QC 35 II with the phone, I’m going to try my luck with this offer. It almost feels like a no brainer to me.

        Some of the YouTube reviews I have seen show the P20 Pro as a slightly better camera than the S9+, have you had a chance to look at any of these?


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