Huawei P20 and P20 Plus specs, price, release date rumors, and more

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

Let’s take a look at the latest rumors surrounding the upcoming devices to find out.

Huawei P20 series: Name and release date

The nitty-gritty
  • It’s possible the phones will be called the P20 and P20 Plus instead of P11 and P11 Plus.
  • They are expected to be announced on March 27 in Paris.

There’s some confusion around what the P10 successors will be called. It was initially thought they’ll go by the names of P11 and P11 Plus, as that makes the most sense considering the P10’s predecessors were the P9 and P9 Plus. But at a recent event held in Israel, the CEO of a Huawei device importer said the smartphones will actually be called the P20 and P20 Plus.

Huawei trademarked the P20 name back in July. Even so, nothing has been confirmed yet, so things can still go either way — but we’ll refer to the two devices as P20 and P20 Plus in this post.

When will the smartphones be announced? Huawei will hold a press event in Paris on March 27, where the smartphones are expected to make their debut. The invites the company sent out don’t mention the P20 series, but they do say we’ll see “new flagship devices”. This, of course, likely refers to the P20 smartphones, as Huawei’s only other flagship series — Mate 10 — was already announced back in November.

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 doesn’t want to compete with the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy S9 lineup that will be announced in sunny Spain.

Huawei P20 series: Specs and features

The nitty-gritty
  • Both the P20 and P20 Plus 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 handsets 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 — over 5.1 and 5.5 inches. 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 Plus model. It revealed that the handset could sport a 6.01-inch LCD display with Full HD+ resolution, which also means it should have an aspect ratio of 18:9. But take this one with a grain of salt; the P10 Plus has QHD resolution, and it doesn’t make sense for its successor to offer anything less than that.

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 Plus 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.

What might set the P20 smartphones apart from the competition are their camera setups. According to Evan Blass, they 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 devices may also have a 24 MP selfie snapper on board.

Huawei more or less confirmed this with the press invite for its March 27 event, where the two smartphones will likely make their debut. It shows an image of three circles overlapping the Eiffel Tower in Paris, hinting that the P20 series 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.

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 Plus 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 mAh battery.

Other things 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 Plus 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
RAM 6 or 8 GB 6 or 8 GB
Camera Primary: Triple-lens 40 MP setup with 5x hybrid zoom (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 and P20 Plus: Design

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

OnLeaks has teamed up with Tiger Mobiles and revealed alleged CAD renders and 360-degree videos of the Huawei P20 and P20 Plus. They show the two devices from all angles, leaving nothing to the imagination.

The P20, which you can see below, could look a lot different than its predecessor. The video and renders reveal the smartphone might come with a front-mounted fingerprint scanner and an iPhone X-like notch to house things like the secondary camera. They also show a redesigned back with a vertically positioned triple-camera setup and Huawei’s branding.

The Plus model might look identical, with one exception. The renders and images below show there’s no fingerprint scanner on the front or back of the device. This may mean it could have the scanner under the display like the Vivo X20 Plus UD, or that Huawei will ditch it and only use facial recognition like the iPhone X.

According to leaker Roland Quandt‏, the P20 series will come in Ceramic Black and Twilight. But he didn’t mention whether these will be the only colors available, or if we can expect to see a few more options. We would assume the smartphones will launch in a lot more colors based on the fact their predecessors were available in eight different shades.

Opting for a complete redesign is a good move by Huawei. The P10 series isn’t ugly, but it does look dated when compared with other 2017 flagships that sports so-called bezel-less designs. If the videos and renders above are legit, the P20 and P20 Plus will look a lot more modern, although some consumers might still skip the smartphones because of the notch.

Huawei P20 and P20 Plus: Price

The nitty-gritty
  • The P20 smartphones could be more expensive than their predecessors.
  • The Huawei P20 could cost anywhere between €649 ($779 USD) and €699 ($839 USD).
  • The Huawei P20 Plus could cost between €699 ($839 USD) and €749 ($899 USD).

Huawei has to get the pricing right to spark consumers’ interest. The P10 retailed for €649 at launch, while the Plus model went for €699 (4 GB/64 GB) and €799 (6 GB/128 GB). The smartphones weren’t released in the US.

There’s no word on how much the P20 handsets will cost, but it’s safe to say they won’t be any cheaper. The best case scenario would be for the P20 and P20 Plus to cost the same as their predecessors. However, there’s also a chance Huawei may increase prices. For how much? We don’t expect the price to go up for more than €50.

Going down that road is a big no-no. One of the main reasons for Huawei’s rapid success in Europe is that their smartphones have always been cheaper than those from Samsung, Sony, and other brands. If that changes with the P20 series, the manufacturer’s sales just might drop in 2018.

These are all the rumors about the P20 and P20 Plus 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 will give the Samsung Galaxy S9 a run for its money? Let us know in the comments.

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