Huawei P20 Pro full review

The Huawei P20 phones are now official and the firm is making some big claims, especially against the Apple's flagship device. Here we take a close look at how the P20 Pro compares with the iPhone X.

In this comparison review we'll be breaking down the price, design and specs of these high-end smartphones to help you decide which one to buy.

Price and availability

As you probably know, the iPhone X is the most expensive smartphone you can buy starting at £999/$999 (64GB) and jumping to an eye-watering £1,149/$1,149 (256GB).

Even though the Huawei P20 Pro is pretty pricey at £799 (128GB), that's a lot cheaper than the iPhone X. And as a side note, the regular P20 model is a comparatively budget £599. 

The P20 phones are out now and you can buy from Carphone Warehouse, O2, Three, Vodafone or EE.

Design and build 

You'll notice that the Huawei P20 Pro looks a lot like the iPhone X. As with some other Android phones, the screen has a notch at the top so the only giveaway it's different at the front is the fingerprint scanner below the screen - unless the screen is on then you'll notice the OS, of course.

At the back the Huawei P20 Pro also has a vertical camera array just like the iPhone X, although there's a third camera which we'll talk about later.

P20 Pro colour

The back is glass, too, but the colours of the P20 Pro are quite different - especially the pearlesant Twilight option which is both purple and green.

Whether Huawei has copied Apple or not may or may not be something you care about.

With that front mounted fingerprint scanner, the P20 Pro is a bit taller than the iPhone X and it's also a few millimeters wider. They're both thin at 7.8- and 7.7mm respectively but the P20 Pro is a little heavier at 180g compared to 174g. 

Both phones offer an IP67 waterproof rating and neither has a headphone jack for connecting headphones.

None of those figures should make a big difference in your buying decision though. There are much bigger differences to take into account.

Features and specification

With very similar designs, it's a little easier to split the phones when we look at specs and features.

As we've mentioned the P20 Pro is a slightly bigger phone overall and that's because it has a 6.1in screen. The iPhone X's is a little smaller at 5.8in. Both use OLED technology and have a 'notch' at the top but Huawei's is smaller allowing for more notification icons and you to effectively switch it off if you're not keen.

Moving on, they both have powerful processors so you can expect smooth performance either way. However, there's better value on offer with the P20 Pro as it comes with 128GB of storage as standard - that's double what Apple provides and at a lower price.

iPhone X

A front mounted fingerprint scanner is a key difference here becuase the iPhone X doesn't have one, but the P20 Pro does. Apple forces you do use Face ID instead, or a more old fashioned option if you prefer.

Photography is important and the Huawei P20 Pro has no less than three rear cameras. One is a regular camera, one is monochrome and one does x3 telephoto - they total 68Mp! That's impressive and the front camera is 24Mp, too.

The iPhone X *only* has dual rear cameras both at 12Mp with the secondary for x2 telephoto. Don't be fooled by the lower megapixels though, it's still capable of some amazing things. We'll be testing both, among others, in a 2018 best phone camera shootout soon.

Apples tends to get away with a small battery and the 2716mAh one inside the iPhone X is way below average. The Huawei P20 Pro has a huge 4000mAh battery so you can expect longer life.

Although the P20 Pro has a much bigger battery, it's worth noting that Huawei doesn't offer wireless charging which the iPhone X does.

iPhone X cameras

A huge part of any comparison like this is the choice of iOS or Android and it's likely you already have a loyalty to one - it's understandable wanting to stick with what you know and the ones you've spent money on apps for. If you're thinking about switching, try the other out in a shop or borrow a friend's.

Here's a breakdown of the key things for each phone specific to this comparison:

Huawei P20

  • Cheaper
  • Larger screen
  • Smaller notch
  • 128GB as standard
  • 6GB RAM
  • Triple rear cameras
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Android OS

iPhone X

  • More expensive
  • Smaller screen
  • 64GB as standard
  • A11 processor
  • Wireless charging
  • Face ID
  • Smaller and lighter
  • iOS

And here's a full specs table so you can see how the phones stack up:

  Huawei P20 Pro Apple iPhone X
Price £799 £999
Operating System Android Oreo 8.1 iOS 11
Display 6.1in 1080x2244 18.7:9 OLED, 408ppi  5.8in 1125 x 2436 OLED, 458 ppi  
Processor Huawei Kirin 970 Apple A11
GPU Mali-G72 MP12 Apple GPU
Storage 128GB 64GB/128GB
Primary Camera 40Mp (RBG), 20Mp (Monochrome) and 8Mp (x3 Telephoto) triple rear cameras 12Mp and 12Mp Telephoto
Selfie Camera 24Mp front camera 7Mp f/2.2
Wi-Fi  802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 
Bluetooh 4.2 5.0
SIM card Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) Nano-SIM
Battery 4000mAh non-removable 2716mAh non-removable
USB USB 3.1, Type-C, fast charging  Lightning port, fast charging, wireless charging
MicroSD No No
Water resistance rating IP67 IP67
Dimensions 155x74x7.8mm 144x71x7.7mm
Weight 180g 174g


Huawei P20 Pro: Specs

  • Android Nougat 8.1 + EMUI 8.1
  • 6.1in 2244x1080, 18.7:9 OLED display, 408ppi
  • 2.4GHz HiSilicon Kirin 970 octa-core processor
  • Mali-G72 MP12
  • 6GB RAM / 128GB storage
  • Cameras: 40Mp with OIS (colour) + 8Mp telephoto (3x) + 20Mp, f/1.6 (monochrome)
  • Front camera: 24Mp, f/2.0
  • 802.11 ac Wi-Fi (2.4 and 5GHz)
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • NFC
  • GPS + Glonass
  • 4G LTE Cat 18
  • Dual nano-SIM
  • 4000mAh, non-removable battery
  • USB-C SuperCharge
  • IP67 rating
  • 155 x 73.9 x 7.8 mm, 180g