Huawei launches powerful P20 and P20 Pro flagship smartphones

Huawei has revealed its new lineup of P-Series flagship smartphones at a launch event in Paris.

The new smartphone range comprises the Huawei P20, P20 Pro, and P20 Lite.

Huawei’s P20 series showcases bold new design features, including bezel-less, notched displays, and a triple-lens camera on the P20 Pro.

Huawei said its new devices are designed to deliver professional photography features in a smartphone, and all P20 series phones sport high-resolution front cameras in addition to improved rear camera systems.

The P20 Pro’s camera features 3x optical zoom, 5x hybrid zoom, and “best-in-class” 10x digital zoom.

The device’s camera also includes zero shutter lag and intelligent motion detection, said Huawei.

The P20 and P20 Pro can also both record super-slow-motion video, at 960 frames per second.

“With the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro, anyone can take professional pictures on their smartphone,” said Huawei Consumer CEO Richard Yu.


The Huawei P20 Pro boasts a 6.1-inch AMOLED display, 6GB of RAM, and a 4,000mAh battery.

Huawei’s Kirin 970 processor with integrated AI features powers this device and aids in processing images taken with its triple-lens camera.

The Huawei P20 sports an extended, bezel-less RGBW display and a Leica dual-lens camera system.

Both devices have a 24MP front-facing camera and will be available in four colours, said Huawei – Twilight, Pink Gold, Midnight Blue, and Black.

The Kirin 970 enables both devices to take long-exposure photographs with minimal blur, by using its AI processor to automatically stabilise images.

Huawei said South Africa would be part of the initial launch wave for the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro.

The company also launched two new audio accessories – a pair of wireless earphones called FreeBuds and a pair of active noise cancelling earphones powered by USB-C.

Huawei Mate RS Porsche Design

Following the P20 launch, Huawei unveiled its Mate RS smartphone – built in partnership with Porsche Design.

The Mate RS has a similar triple-camera system to that on the P20 Pro, but it is placed in the centre of the device at the back.

The device’s fingerprint sensor then sits below the Leica camera system, on the rear.

In addition to the physical fingerprint sensor, the Mate RS also sports an in-screen fingerprint scanner on the front.

The Mate RS Porsche Design further packs a 6-inch, 2K OLED display – which is curved around the edges – up to 512GB of storage, an IP67 rating, and is available in either black or red.


The Huawei P20 and P20 Pro are available at the following prices from local online retailer Technomobi.

  • Huawei P20 Pro – R15,999
  • Huawei P20 – R11,999

The Huawei Mate RS is available globally at the following prices:

  • Huawei Mate RS 256GB – €1,695
  • Huawei Mate RS 512GB – €2,095

There is currently no South African pricing for the Mate RS.

Huawei P20

Huawei P20 PC

Huawei P20
OS Android 8.0
Display 5.84-inch 1,080 x 2,280 IPS LCD
Processor HiSilicon Kirin 970
Storage 64GB/128GB
Rear Camera Dual-lens – 12MP, 20MP
Front Camera 24MP
Battery 3,400mAh
Connectivity Bluetooth, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, USB Type-C
Network LTE
Price R11,999

Huawei P20 Pro

Huawei P20 Pro PC

Huawei P20 Pro
OS Android 8.1
Display 6.1-inch 1,080 x 2,240 AMOLED
Processor HiSilicon Kirin 970
Storage 128GB, microSD 256GB
Rear Camera Triple-lens – 40MP, 20MP, 8MP
Front Camera 24MP
Battery 4,000mAh
Connectivity Bluetooth 4.2, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, USB Type-C
Network LTE
Price R15,999

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