Huawei P20 Pro Price is €899 or PHP 58,500+, Has Large 1/1.7" Image Sensor and Three Rear Cameras

Donning an official suggested retail price of 899 Euros or roughly Php 58,500 with current conversion, Huawei P20 Pro is easily one of the most expensive smartphones ever released.

In fact, it is more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy Note8 upon launch and more pricey than even the Samsung Galaxy S9+ 128GB version launched earlier this year.

This begs the question: Does this model have enough things going for it to be worth all that moolah?

Huawei P20 Pro Philippines

To help answer that, let's go through its strong points one by one.

In terms of design and build, well, Huawei P20 Pro - I'd say - is one of the best this year. The water-resistant glass-metal-glass construction and the sleek lines truly make this handset a head-turner. Add to that the unique, iridescent Twilight (Blue-Green) color option that looks downright luscious.

Huawei P20 Pro Philippines

The ultra-high 81.9% screen-to-body ratio - made possible by the 18.7:9 aspect ratio of the 6.1-inch QuadHD+ AMOLED display - should allow this phone to deliver an incredible viewing experience. Sure, there's a notch (which some users hate) but I personally don't think it diminishes the beauty of the screen. As I've said on Facebook, I don't think we should underestimate the value of the notch as a novelty marker.

Huawei P20 Pro Sensor Size Comparison

I'd say the strongest feature of this model is definitely the 1/1.7" sensor size of its 40 MegaPixel primary camera at the back.

Trailing the Nokia 808 PureView and Nokia Lumia 1020, this is the largest sensor size that's been put on a full-fledged smartphone. Needless to say, it's bigger that what's on today's Galaxy S-Series models and even the most recent iPhone releases.

Recommended Reading: Smartphone Camera Sensor Size Comparison

Sure, the quality of photos taken using a camera or cameraphone isn't solely determined by the sensor size (it is also affected by the quality of the lens as well as the imaging algorithms, among others) -- but this feature is definitely important. In fact, in nearly all cases, the bigger and more powerful the sensor is, the better the camera performs in low light and the clearer the details it can capture.

That said, as an owner of those two Nokia cameraphones, I am expecting great things from this handset. I look forward to taking it out for a spin.

I would like to give credit to Digital Trends on Youtube for all images of the Huawei P20 Pro that I used in this blog post.

In line with imaging, another notable feature of the P20 Pro is its triple rear camera set-up made up of the above-mentioned optic, a 20MP f/1.6 camera, and another 8 MegaPixel f/2.4 shooter. 

These three work together to allow Huawei P20 Pro not just to deliver amazing monochome shots and colored photos with great contrast and replication but also to have three times optical zoom capability and five times hybrid zoom without losing too much details.

For videos, this device can shoot 4K clips at 30fps and HD videos at a whopping 960fps - just like Sony Xperia XZ Premium and Samsung Galaxy S9 - for ultra-smooth slow-motion recordings that can be used for creative and artistic work or even just to capture fun and light-hearted moments with friends and family.

Now, if you love to take selfies, you'd be glad to know that this smartphone has a powerful 24 MegaPixel f/2.0 front-cam that comes replete the company's very own beautification software effects that can be adjusted to fit your taste and preferences.

As for power and gaming performance, P20 Pro is largely comparable to the Huawe Mate10 Pro, which is not a bad thing at all considering that the latter is a true beast of an Android smartphone. The 2018 flagship runs its EMUI-skinned Android 8.1 Oreo operating system with a Hisilicon Kirin 970 processor, has 6GB of RAM for ultra-smooth multitasking, and comes with 128GB of onboard storage that can be beefed up using the secondary hybrid nanoSIM slot that supports microSD memory expansion.

For those who hate always plugging their smartphone to a powerbank or electrical outlet just to make sure that it will still have at the end of the day, you'd surely appreciate this phone's large 4,000 mAh Li-Po battery that helps ensure extended uptime. With this pack, I think Huawei P20 Pro can easily cover a whole day of regular use on a full charge.

Alright! Now, let me ask you that question again: Do you think this smartphone's key highlights, which I've noted above, are enough to explain its hefty price tag? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below or through TechPinas' official social media pages. Let's talk!

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specifications Table
Product Name Huawei P20 Pro
Main Category Flagship Android Smartphone with Large Imaging Sensor and Three Rear Cameras
Dimensions 155 x 73.9 x 7.8 mm
Weight 180 grams
Display 6.1 inches, 1080 x 2244 pixels, 18.7:9 Aspect Ratio, AMOLED, 408 ppi
Screen-To-Body Ratio 81.9%
Screen Protection 2.5D Scratch Resistant Glass (To Be Specified)
Protection Against Elements IP67 Water and Dust Resistant
Front Camera 24 MegaPixels, f/2.0, 25mm
Rear Camera Triple Camera Module: 40 MegaPixels (f/1.8, 1/1.7", OIS) + 20 MegaPixels (f/1.6) + 8 MegaPixel (f/2.4) + Dual LED flash
Video Recorder Rear: 4K 30fps, 1080p, 720p 960fps
Front: 1080p 30fps
Operating System Android 8.1 Oreo
User Interface EMUI 8.1
Chipset Octa-Core (4 * 2.4 GHz ARM Cortex-A73 + 4 * 1.8 GHz ARM Cortex-A53), Hisilicon Kirin 970
GPU Mali-G72 MP12
microSD Card Slot via Hybrid Secondary nanoSIM Slot, Up to 256GB
Battery Non-Removable 4,000 mAh Li-Po
Charging Port USB Type C 3.1
WiFi802.11 b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.2
Dual SIM Capability Yes, 2X nanoSIM
Gyroscope Yes
Headphone Jack No
Fingerprint Scanner Yes, Front
Facial Recognition Yes
Shell Material Aluminum, Glass
Colors Twilight, Midnight Blue, Black, Pink Gold
Price Official SRP: €899
Availability in The Philippines TBA

Global Announcement: March 28, 2018
TechPinas Key Remark Huawei P20 Pro's large imaging sensor and three times optical zoom capability push the boundaries of what a modern day cameraphone can do.

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