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Huawei P20 Release Date, Price & Specification Rumours

The Huawei P10[1] is about to be replaced with the Huawei P20, aka the Huawei P11. Coming in standard, Plus and Lite versions the Huawei P20 is likely to be announced not at MWC 2018 but at a separate event in Paris on 27 March. The new Huawei phone will be available in three models[2]: ‘Emily’, the standard phone in Ceramic Black/Twilight; ‘Charlotte’, a Plus version in Ceramic Black/Twilight; and ‘Anne’, a Lite model in Midnight Black/Klein Blue/Sakura Pink.

The Lite version yesterday passed through the FCC[3] with a 6.1in (2280x1080px) 19:9 ‘notch’ screen and a 2900mAh battery, and today has leaked in new photos (via GSMArena).

When is the Huawei P20 release date?

We were certain the Huawei P20 would be unveiled during Huawei’s MWC 2018 press conference on Sunday 25 February, but the company has thrown us completely off the scent with an invite to a Paris launch event for a flagship Huawei phone on 27 March (shown at the top of this page). It reads simply: “SEE MOOORE WITH AI.” The triple Os may allude to the rumoured triple rear camera. From this we are 99 percent certain that the P20 launch is in March, while we’ll see something else from the company in February in Barcelona.

Potentials include the Huawei Watch 3[4], new MateBook tablets or laptops, or a smart speaker – everyone else seems to be jumping on that bandwagon so why not Huawei? New mid-range Nova smartphones have also recently passed through TENAA.

Huawei’s Vice President of Handsets Product Line Bruce Lee has already confirmed[5] to Android Central that the company will “probably launch devices at Mobile World Congress” as it wants to get the devices on-sale by the Easter period in Western Europe.

Also see: What to expect from MWC 2018[6]

How much will the Huawei P20 cost in the UK?

Going on the GBP449 price tag of the Huawei P9[7] and the slightly more expensive GBP569 price tag of the Huawei P10, we imagine that the Huawei P20 will cost somewhere in the range of GBP550 and GBP600. While Huawei’s flagship prices were once competitive when compared to Samsung and Apple, it’s slowly changing.

Huawei P20 Release Date, Price & Specification Rumours

What are the rumoured new features and design?

We can take a look at sister company Honor’s 2017 flagship, the Honor 9, for an idea of what to expect.

The 2016 Honor 8 had a very similar design and feature set to 2017’s Huawei P10, including the dual-camera setup on the rear. With that being said, the Honor 9 is the first Honor phone to ‘do an Apple’ and remove the 3.5mm headphone jack from the smartphone, suggesting that it could also be removed from this year’s Huawei P20. It’s a move that Apple has faced much criticism for, and is something that many Android manufacturers have avoided thus far.

Leaked renders[8] suggest the Huawei P20 will actually have three cameras at the rear. As mentioned earlier there might well be three models including a Pro or Plus model as well as a Lite version. Slashleaks[9] has obtained what looks like a render of the phone showing three cameras on the back.

Other leaks from the site show another model with a dual camera setup as well as a ‘notch’ in the screen similar to the iPhone X. A case for the Lite model also shows dual cameras and a rear fingerprint scanner but a regular style screen.

Huawei P20 Release Date, Price & Specification Rumours

In a concept video published in August the Huawei P20 is shown to have a titanium body, a full-screen display and an under-glass fingerprint scanner:

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However, just like Apple’s iPhone X the upcoming Huawei P20 is thought[10] to maximise screen space on its 6.01in display by replicating Apple’s notch.

Whereas the iPhone X has an 19.5:9 screen ratio, the Huawei P20 (or at least one version of it spotted in benchmarks[11]) will have an 18.7:9 screen. The phone in question has a full-HD screen, whereas we’re expecting the P20 Plus to feature a Quad-HD screen. We expect it will feature the 10nm Kirin 970, which is the chip that will feature in the Mate 10 and is said to deliver 25 times better CPU performance and 50 times greater energy efficiency.

Huawei P20 Release Date, Price & Specification Rumours

Huawei leaked the Kirin 970 at IFA 2017 ahead of CEO Richard Yu’s keynote speech where he announced the chip will be inside the Mate 10.

That phone will be announced on 16 October. We’re assuming that the P20 will get it, too. The Kirin 970 is an octa-core chip (4×2.4GHz Cortex-A73 and 4×1.8GHz Cortex-A53 cores) with a 12-core GPU all built on a 10nm process like the Snapdragon 835 co-made with Samsung.

It’s Huawei’s first mobile AI computing platform featuring a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU) and will be open to developers.

The firm says it will bring ‘AI experiences to life and changing the way we interact with our devices’.

When we hear more about the Huawei P20, we’ll be sure to update this section.

Read next: Huawei P10 vs Huawei P10 Plus comparison review[12]

References

  1. ^ Huawei P10 (www.techadvisor.co.uk)
  2. ^ will be available in three models (twitter.com)
  3. ^ FCC (fccid.io)
  4. ^ Huawei Watch 3 (www.techadvisor.co.uk)
  5. ^ has already confirmed (www.androidcentral.com)
  6. ^ What to expect from MWC 2018 (www.techadvisor.co.uk)
  7. ^ Huawei P9 (www.techadvisor.co.uk)
  8. ^ renders (technocodex.com)
  9. ^ Slashleaks (www.slashleaks.com)
  10. ^ thought (www.xda-developers.com)
  11. ^ spotted in benchmarks (html5test.com)
  12. ^ Huawei P10 vs Huawei P10 Plus comparison review (www.techadvisor.co.uk)

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