The Huawei P20 is the next flagship phone from the Chinese firm. While it's not been officially launched – that will happen on March 27 – there's no question that the Huawei P20 will be with us very soon.
That's because Huawei has already teased the P20, complete with name, ahead of its Paris launch event.
Update: Huawei has teased the existence of the P20 and P20 Pro, leaks point to 128GB of storage and more rumors about the P20 Lite means we could see a trio of new phones come March 27.
We'll be reporting live from the French capital to bring you everything you need to know about the Huawei P20 and Huawei P20 Pro next week (which has also been teased by Huawei) – so stay tuned.
The Huawei P20 follows on from the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro which arrived towards the end of 2017. It won't replace the duo though, rather it will be the next iteration of the Huawei P10, which has a smaller form factor and will likely slide in to the price bracket below the Mate 10 and 10 Pro.
While a lot of the initial rumors and leaks surrounding the phone called it the Huawei P11, we've now had confirmation that it will be the Huawei P20.
- Read our in-depth review of the Huawei P10
If you can't wait until March 27 to see what the new phone is going to be like, we've distilled down all the leaks to explain the key things you'll be likely to see.
Design: The Huawei P20 is likely to boast a premium metal and glass design and arrive in three variants – the Huawei P20, Huawei P20 Pro and Hauwei P20 Lite. The P20 and P20 Pro are set to have front-facing fingerprint scanners, while the Lite will have its digit reader on the rear.
Screen: Big screens with slender bezels are expected to feature on all three of the rumored handsets with an iPhone X-style notch housing the front-facing camera and sensors. The P20 Lite is expected to be the smallest at 5.6 inches.
Camera: The big talking point on the Huawei P20 is the camera. Or should we say, cameras? Leaks point to the P20 and P20 Lite both having dual rear facing snappers, while the Huawei P20 Pro is said to pack in three cameras on its rear, potentially reaching up to 40MP.
Specs: Huawei's own Kirin 970 chipset is expected to run the show, with a rumored 8GB of RAM alongside it. The P20 and P20 Pro are also tipped to come with 128GB of storage as standard.
Other key features: AI is expected to play a major roll in the P20 handsets, with the launch invite referencing artificial intelligence built into the camera.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? Huawei's next flagship phone
- When is it out? Tipped to land on March 27
- What will it cost? Possibly around $830 (£600, AU$1,080)
Huawei P20 release date
- CONFIRMED Huawei P20 launch date: March 27
- Huawei P20 release date: Likely April
The Huawei P20 launch event will take place on March 27. We've received an invitation for an event on that date, plus Huawei has since teased the name of the phone in reference to the event.
Currently it's not clear when the Huawei P20 release date will be, but we'd expect the handset to go on sale sometime in April.
Huawei P20 price
- Huawei P20 price: €679 (around $830, £600, AU$1,080)
- Huawei P20 Pro price: €899 (around $1,100, £790, AU$1,430)
- Huawei P20 Lite price: €369 (around $450, £320, AU$580)
There haven't been many leaks regarding the cost of Huawei's next flagship handset, but the one rumor so far pegs the Huawei P20 price at €679 (around $830, £600, AU$1,080).
The same leak also claims the Huawei P20 Pro price will be €899 (roughly $1,100, £790, AU$1,430), while the Huawei P20 Lite price could be €369 (around $450, £320, AU$580) – with the latter matching up with a separate price leak.
The Huawei P10 launched at around £599 (roughly $840, AU$1,090), while the P10 Plus was available for £679.99 (roughly $950, AU$1,230) SIM free, so if these rumored prices are accurate the new phones will be around the same as their predecessors.
Huawei P20 name
- CONFIRMED Huawei P20, not P11
- We could also see the P20 Pro and P20 Lite
As Huawei's next flagship follows on from the Huawei P10 it's logical to assume that it would be called the Huawei P11, but it's been confirmed that it will be called the Huawei P20.
The Huawei P20 Pro has also been confirmed, and it's widely rumored that we'll see a Huawei P20 Lite too.
Huawei P20 design and display
- iPhone X-style screen 'notch'
- Almost bezel-less premium design
- Different camera and fingerprint setups for P20, Lite and Pro
We've got a pretty good idea of what the Huawei P20 will look like. There has been a glut of image leaks claiming to show the handset both in real life, and in a number of official-looking press renders.
One of the most complete Huawei P20 design and display leaks comes from reputable leaker Evan Blass. In a series of tweets, Blass posted a number of images showing the Huawei P20, P20 Pro and P20 Lite in several colors.
The images reveal a notch in the screen and a dual-lens camera on the back of both the P20 and P20 Lite.
There are a few noticable differences however. The P20 Lite has a rear fingerprint sensor, while the P20 and P20 Pro appear to have their digit reader on the front, in the bezel below the screen.
The Huawei P20 Pro also boasts three rear cameras – yes, three – which chimes with teaser images that Huawei has been posting with three Os (OOO).
As if that wasn't enough, we've also seen another leak that shows off more shades across the three devices, including a cool-looking new 'twilight' color.
Before Blass shared the above shots, he posted real-life images of phones claiming to be the P20 and P20 Lite.
Again the pictures appear to show the notch in the display, and two different locations for the fingerprint scanner – front for the P20 and rear for the P20 lite.
Along with the show, Blass claims the Huawei P20 Lite has a 5.6-inch 1080 x 2250 screen.
And if you want a proper close-up look at the Huawei P20 Lite, take a look at this hands-on video of a unit in an Italian retail store.
With all of these now out in the wild, we can probably dismiss previous leaks, such as the pictures below.
We've also seen a 3D render supposedly showing the Huawei P20 Plus, this time with a notch above the screen (absent in the image above) and three cameras vertically running along one edge.
The render is accompanied by dimensions, claiming the P20 Plus will have a 6-inch screen and be around 155.3 x 74.2 x 7.7mm (rising to 9.8mm at the camera bump).
This somewhat lines up with other leaks, such as one from XDA Developers, which was provided with firmware files backing up leaks that suggest the P20 will have an almost bezel-less design with a notch at the top of the screen.
The cutout at the top of the Huawei P20 screen is referenced as a 'notch' within the system build and an example of how it's set to look suggests it may just house the front-facing camera.
There's also word from that source which suggests the Huawei P20 will ship with a 4K display.
That's unlikely considering Huawei has continued to use Full HD panels in its phones up until now, but it would be interesting to see the company make a device to keep pace with the Sony Xperia XZ Premium.
Huawei P20 Face ID and biometrics
- Face unlock that's better than Apple's Face ID
- Unlikely to drop fingerprint scanner
A report from Notebook Italia suggests the Huawei P20 may have its own Face ID-style unlocking technology, taking inspiration from Apple's TrueDepth sensors and possibly improving on them.
The iPhone X made a splash towards the end of 2017 for a number of reasons, and one of those was the introduction of Face ID.
Apple ditched the Touch ID fingerprint scanner in favor of a facing-scanning system – although other leaks suggest the Huawei P20, P20 Pro and P20 Lite will utilize both facing and finger biometrics.
Huawei P20 camera
- Rear camera could be as high as 40MP
- Likely to made in partnership with Lecia again
- P20 Pro could have three rear cameras, P20 just two
Between the numerous image leaks and Huawei's teasing launch event invite, we expect the Huawei P20 camera to feature heavily during its unveiling and subsequent marketing campaigns.
The biggest potential news hinted at are a trio of lenses on the back of the phone, with the use of three circles on the event invite following the "OO" moniker used around the Huawei P9 and P10 launches.
The invite also hints that the camera will use AI, perhaps giving it additional processing power. That could be a big feature of the camera, as AI of some kind has since been teased again.
Elsewhere, we've heard that the Lecia partnership is set to continue and there will be some big changes to both the front and rear snappers.
Images from a digital artist that works with Huawei – and spotted by @evleaks – further suggest the P20 (or more likely now, the Huawei P20 Pro) is set to come with three lenses on the rear camera for the first time and one of those may be as high as 40MP. That also looks like it will be capable of 5x hybrid zoom.
The leak also suggests the front camera will be a 24MP sensor, which would be a big upgrade over the 8MP one on the Huawei P10.
The Huawei P20 Lite meanwhile is rumored to have a 16MP dual-lens camera with hybrid zoom capabilites.
Would you like to see some photo samples from the upcoming Huawei P20? Of course you would, so check out the snaps above, which have recently trickled out online.
Looks like the camera will once again be the focus (ho ho ho) of attention when the P20 gets unveiled.
Huawei P20 power
- Latest Kirin 970 chipset
- 8GB of RAM
Usually Huawei debuts the new chipset tech on the Mate line and brings it to the P device later, so we expect that to happen again for the Huawei P11.
The same source also suggests the phone will ship with 8GB of RAM onboard, in a similar move to this year's OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T. We are constantly updating this piece on the latest Huawei P11 rumors, so be sure to check back for more soon.
We've also heard some rumors about the Huawei P20 Lite, which will apparently have a mid-range Kirin 659 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage and a 3,520mAh battery.
One disappointment to brace yourself for: Huawei might be ditching the microSD card on the P20 and P20 Pro models.
However there's some potentially good news, as 128GB of storage is rumored to be the standard option on both the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro, so the loss of an expandable storage option may not be an issue.
Huawei P20: what we want to see
Although rumors and leaks are thin on the ground at the moment, we've put together a list of the things we'd like to see Huawei improved for the 20. Here's everything we have our fingers crossed to see on the Huawei P20.
1. A voice assistant
The Huawei P10 didn't come with an easy to use voice assistant. Amazon Alexa is available on the Huawei Mate 9 in the US, but not on the P10, and currently Google Assistant isn't available for the Huawei P10 either.
The lack of Google Assistant is a shame, but Huawei is aiming to get Google's helper onto the phone at a later date. We hope Huawei settles on what voice assistant should be used on the Huawei P11, and that it launches with one on day one.
2. Better battery life
One of our main criticisms of the Huawei P10 was the poor battery life.
We found it to be a touch worse than the Huawei P9 that went before it, so we hope that Huawei puts a lot of effort in to increase the battery life on the Huawei P11.
3. A better USP
Perhaps the biggest problem with the Huawei P10 was the lack of a big selling point. There's no particular reason to buy this phone – it's just all round a good handset, and we'd like to see an improved USP ready for the P11.
What exactly that should be, we're not entirely certain. Hopefully Huawei has something up its sleeve to help tackle the big selling features that other companies such as Samsung and Apple offer.
4. Lower price
Huawei has been steadily increasing its prices for the past few years and the P10 is one of the most expensive phones the company has made.
We hope that for the Huawei P11 the company decides to drop the price down a little, to make it a more appetizing buy compared to the other flagship devices on the market.
5. Google Daydream support
The Huawei P10 doesn't work with a virtual reality headset, so we hope the next phone from Huawei will be a part of Google's Daydream program and connect with the Google Daydream View headset.
Huawei has previously confirmed it's working on a virtual reality headset too, but there's been no official announcement so far on where the headset is in production.
6. A US release
That's a pretty simple one, but it's a big shame the Huawei P10 never officially launched in the US and we'd like to see that be a priority for the P11. We know there are many people in the US looking forward to using a Huawei phone, so why not supply the flagship to them?
- Check out our Huawei Mate 10 Pro review