Huawei P20 (Hisilicon Kirin 970) Specifications, Tests and Review

5.8", 2244 x 1080
Front Camera
24 Megapixel
Main Camera
12 Megapixel
Operating System
Android 8.1 Oreo
128 GB
4 GB
Hisilicon Kirin 970
3400 mAh

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Huawei P20 (Hisilicon Kirin 970) Full Specifications and Details

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DESIGN AND DIMENSIONS Huawei P20 (Hisilicon Kirin 970)
Product Type Smartphone
Form Factor Touch
Height 149.1 mm Better than 71 % of phones rated.
Width 70.8 mm Better than 59 % of phones rated.
Depth 7.65 mm Better than 91 % of phones rated.
Weight 165 g Worse than 69 % of phones rated.
Body Colour Black
Waterproof (Water-resistant) -
SAR Value 1.26 W/kg (body), 0.76 W/kg (head)
Connector Type USB Type-C - 24 pin USB-C
SIM Card Type (Size) Nano SIM
SIM Card Qty Single-SIM

The Huawei P20 (Hisilicon Kirin 970) has a height of 149.1 mm, a width of 70.8 mm and a thickness of 7.65 mm. The weight of the phone is 165 g.

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DISPLAY Huawei P20 (Hisilicon Kirin 970)
Display Type LCD display
Display Technology LTPS TFT
Screen Size (Display Size) 5.8" Better than 76 % of phones rated.
Screen Resolution (Display Resolution) 2244 x 1080 pixels Better than 82 % of phones rated.
Pixel Density 428 ppi Better than 73 % of phones rated.
Colour Depth 16.7 million colours Better than 99 % of phones rated.
Display Features FullView Display

The screen size reaches 5.8" inches. With a large display, phone offers a great experience for watching videos, playing games and reading. The best phones today are 6.5'' or more. They have the advantage of a large display area that allows you to see more content than with conventional display sizes. LCD displays are currently taking a back seat. This is mainly due to higher power consumption. In addition, they have the disadvantage of lower colour contrast, which can be reflected e.g. in the resulting photos. On the other hand, phones with LCD displays are in general cheaper than those with OLED technology.

Display Resolution of Huawei P20 (Hisilicon Kirin 970) is 2244 x 1080 pixels. A higher display resolution is a prerequisite for a sharper image. The standard for mid-range phones today is a Full HD resolution of 1920 × 1080 px. Cheaper phones, which usually have a smaller diagonal, have an HD resolution of 1280 × 720 px. Smaller resolutions can only be found in older models. Best phones, on the other hand, have a 4K resolution of 3840 x 2160 px. Display´s pixel density is 428 ppi and represents another significant factor affecting image sharpness besides resolution. The higher the value, the sharper the image. Average value is currently about 350-400 ppi, which guarantees a fine and sufficiently sharp image. Finest modern phone displays reach 450 ppi and above.

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PROCESSOR Huawei P20 (Hisilicon Kirin 970)
Processor Type (CPU) Hisilicon Kirin 970
Clock Speed 2.36 GHz Better than 86 % of phones rated.
Processor Core Qty 8-core Better than 99 % of phones rated.
64-bit Architecture Yes Better than 81 % of phones rated.

Huawei P20 (Hisilicon Kirin 970) is equipped with Hisilicon Kirin 970. The number of processor cores is 8. It is a number of cores that plays an important role in evaluating the performance of phone as it is responsible for computing operations. Smartphones already commonly have a core count of around 4 to 8. Multi-core processors can perform better and reduce the processing time of a request to a minimum, which is reflected in the responsiveness of the phone, e.g. in the speed of opening applications. The processor frequency indicates how many instructions phone can process in 1 second. The higher the frequency, the better the performance. Standard processor frequency range today is between 1.8 GHz and 2.8 GHz. Huawei P20 (Hisilicon Kirin 970) reaches the frequency of 2.36 GHz.

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MEMORY Huawei P20 (Hisilicon Kirin 970)
RAM 4 GB Better than 80 % of phones rated.
Internal Memory Size (Storage Capacity) 128 GB Better than 92 % of phones rated.

The phone´s internal memory capacity is 128 GB. The size of the internal storage determines e.g., how many photos, songs, movies, or applications you can store on your phone. For everyday use and storing photos, songs or movies, this medium-sized internal storage is ideal. The advantage is also a lower price of phones equipped with this storage capacity. Best phones today range from 256 GB to 1 TB. That size is suitable for the most demanding users who shoot a lot of high-resolution photos or videos in 4K. Nevertheless, you'll have to pay extra for these higher capacities. Luckily, most smartphone manufacturers nowadays offer models with different memory sizes to suit every user.

RAM memory of the Huawei P20 (Hisilicon Kirin 970) is 4 GB. Most powerful phones currently have an operating memory of 12 GB or more, which is especially useful for demanding users such as gaming enthusiasts. Normally, phones nowadays have 6 to 8 GB of RAM, which means that the phone can easily handle normal operation and more demanding applications. Operating memory of less than 4 GB is found in lower-end phones or older models, and they are suitable for low-end users who don't use demanding applications and have the phone more for basic use.

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CAMERA Huawei P20 (Hisilicon Kirin 970)
Number of Main Cameras 2
Sensor Resolution 12 Megapixel Better than 64 % of phones rated.
Sensor Type RGB CMOS
Lens Aperture F/1.8 Better than 81 % of phones rated.
Focus Adjustment Automatic
Digital Zoom 2x Worse than 91 % of phones rated.
Camera Modes Auto scene recognition, 3D Portrait Lighting
Light Source Dual tone LED flash
Video Resolutions 3840 x 2160 (4K), Super slow motion video 1920 x 1080 (1080p) at 960 fps
Camera Features (Functions) Leica Dual-Kamera, 2x Hybrid Zoom
Sensor Resolution (2nd Camera) 20 Megapixel Better than 96 % of phones rated.
Sensor Type (2nd Camera) Monochrome CMOS
Lens Aperture (2nd Camera) F/1.6 Better than 97 % of phones rated.
Number of Front Cameras 1
Sensor Resolution (Front) 24 Megapixel Better than 94 % of phones rated.
Lens Aperture (Front) F/2.0 Better than 89 % of phones rated.
Camera Features (Front) Light Fusion technology

The rear camera of the Huawei P20 (Hisilicon Kirin 970) is equipped with 2 lenses, with each lens having a different role in taking pictures. Most common lens you'll see on smartphones is a wide-angle lens, telephoto lens or macro lens. A wide-angle lens is mainly used to capture landscapes and other spatially larger compositions where a wide field of view is needed. A telephoto lens is designed for photographing subjects at a distance and often has an optical zoom. A macro lens is ideal for close-ups and small objects. The resolution of the main lens is 12 Megapixel. Higher resolution does not necessarily mean super high quality photos. Furthermore, it depends on the pixel size but also on other important factors. The aperture of main lens reaches F/1.8 value. The best phones have a lens with an aperture of up to F/1.5, where more light can pass through sensor and photos will be of a high quality even in low light conditions. However, lenses with apertures around F/1.8 to F/2.2 are the most common. The lower the number after the slash, the better the photo quality.

Digital zoom in this case offers zooming up to 2x. Of course, the higher the lens value, the more distant object can be zoomed in. Nonetheless, the disadvantage of digital zoom is that the quality and sharpness of photo deteriorates when using it.

Second camera
The resolution reaches size of 20 Megapixel. Furthermore, the second lens is equipped with aperture of F/1.6.

Front camera
The front camera of phone Huawei P20 (Hisilicon Kirin 970) has one lens. This number of lenses is standard on most smartphones nowadays. The resolution of front lens reaches 24 Megapixel. Again, it should be noted that resolution is only one of several other significant factors that affect resulting quality of a photo. The main lens is also equipped with aperture of F/2.0.

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BATTERY AND CHARGING Huawei P20 (Hisilicon Kirin 970)
Battery Capacity (Battery Size) 3400 mAh Better than 78 % of phones rated.
Fast Charging Technology HUAWEI Safe SuperCharge technology Better than 87 % of phones rated.
Recharge Time (Charging Time) 90 min Better than 85 % of phones rated.
Standby Time 405.6 hours Better than 62 % of phones rated.
Talk Time 1140 minutes Better than 78 % of phones rated.
Run Time Details Talk: up to 1140 min
Standby: up to 405.6 hrs
Battery Technology Lithium polymer

The battery size of Huawei P20 (Hisilicon Kirin 970) is 3400 mAh. Nevertheless, battery capacity is not the only factor that affects the phone's battery life. For example - the size of the display, the performance of the processor, the use of data functions and, of course, the intensity of use of phone in general all have a significant impact on battery life. Standard for most smartphones today is a battery capacity of around 4500 to 5000 mAH. Phones with this battery size usually guarantee a phone life of at least 1 day. Older or cheaper smartphone models can then reach battery capacities typically around 2500 mAH and below. With this capacity, you may find that if you use your phone heavily, you may need to recharge your phone during the day.

Standby time is 405.6 hours and it expresses the maximum time your phone can last on a single charge when you are not actively using it. Talk time, or we can say battery life when making calls, then indicates amount of time your phone will last from a full charge if you are constantly on a call. Huawei P20 (Hisilicon Kirin 970) is provided with a talk time about 1140 minutes. The fast charging function will also please many people. Owing to fast charging, phone charges up to several times faster, which you will appreciate, for example, on the go.

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CELLULAR Huawei P20 (Hisilicon Kirin 970)
Technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
Mobile Broadband Generation 4G Better than 91 % of phones rated.
Operating System Android 8.1 Oreo
User Interface HUAWEI Emotion UI 8.1
Navigation GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou

Huawei P20 (Hisilicon Kirin 970) supports 4G. 5G connectivity, which is slowly replacing standard 4G connectivity, is still more the preserve of the latest phones. The operating system in this case is Android 8.1 Oreo.

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COMMUNICATIONS Huawei P20 (Hisilicon Kirin 970)
2G Band 850 GSM, 900 GSM, 1800 GSM, 1900 GSM
3G UMTS Band Band 1, Band 2, Band 4, Band 5, Band 6, Band 8, Band 19
3G UMTS Frequency 2100, 1900, 1700, 850, 800, 900, 800
4G LTE Band Band 1, Band 2, Band 3, Band 4, Band 5, Band 6, Band 7, Band 8, Band 9, Band 12, Band 17, Band 18, Band 19, Band 20, Band 26, Band 28, Band 32
4G LTE Frequency FDD 2100, FDD 1900 PCS, FDD 1800+, FDD 1700 - 2110 AWS, FDD 850, FDD 850, FDD 2600, FDD 900, FDD 1800, FDD 700a, FDD 700b, FDD 800 lower, FDD 800 upper, FDD 800 DD, FDD 850+, FDD 700 APT, FDD 1500 L
Wireless Interface IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2
NFC Yes Better than 68 % of phones rated.
Messaging Services SMS, MMS

Fans of modern technology will appreciate NFC function, which allows, among other things, contactless mobile phone payments, but also finds other uses in connectivity, such as unlocking the door or loading the menu in restaurant using the NFC tag. Basic connectivity standards also include Bluetooth 4.2, making it easy to communicate wirelessly with other devices such as headphones, tablets, speakers and smartwatches.

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MEDIA Huawei P20 (Hisilicon Kirin 970)
Supported Digital Audio Standards Apt-X, LDAC, apt-X HD
FEATURES Huawei P20 (Hisilicon Kirin 970)
Phone Functions Speakerphone, voice control, call timer, conference call, flight mode, voice dialing, vibrating alert
Sensors Accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, digital compass, gyro sensor, hall sensor, laser sensor, colour temperature sensor
Security Devices Fingerprint reader
Additional Phone Features Face Unlock, MIMO technology, Knuckle, Split Screen, Neural Network Processing Unit
Android Enterprise Recommended Yes
OTHERS Huawei P20 (Hisilicon Kirin 970)
Included Accessories Power adapter, clear soft case, USB-C cable, USB-C headphones, USB adapter (USB Type-C)

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