Following the launch of the Mate 10 series late last year, Huawei’s next focus will be their upcoming P-series smartphones. This would replace their current P10/P10 Plus/P10 lite and it will feature a Full View display like its current Mate10 and Nova 2i series.
After having two generations of dual-camera smartphones in partnership with Leica, the next flagship will come with up to three cameras at the rear. If you’re wondering how it might look like, @onleaks has revealed a couple of renders for the purported P20 and P20 Lite via TigerMobile. The model name isn’t finalised yet but Huawei has been speculated to jump from P10 straight to P20 for 2018.
According to the source, there are two prototypes for the P20 Plus with one having a fingerprint sensor below the display, while the other has a rear-mounted unit. To maximise the screen size, the P20 Plus will get a full edge to edge display that comes with a notch at the top like the iPhone X that’s slightly narrower. It appears to have two cameras up front while the rear gets a total of 3 camera lenses.
For this prototype, the 3rd lens is separated from the main dual-camera bump which looks quite strange. A few days ago, we saw a couple of casing renders that placed all 3 cameras on a single camera bump. Interestingly, the HUAWEI brand is placed vertically at the lower back, which makes it more noticeable when held in landscape mode. You can check out the 360-degree video of the device below.
For its entry-level model, the P20 Lite comes with a dual-camera setup instead. It gets a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and it also features an all-screen display with a notch at the top.
The dual-camera bump also looks similar to the iPhone X with LED flash placed underneath. While the P20 Plus display looks like a 6-incher, the P20 Lite’s screen appears to be about 5.7 inches.
In terms of appearance, Huawei tries to mimic the iPhone X’s execution of an all-screen phone but it doesn’t appear to be as symmetrical as the bottom chin is thicker than the rest. This is somewhat similar to the Essential phone.
In terms of hardware, it is likely that Huawei will retain the same Kirin 970 processor from the current Mate 10 series for the new P20. It’s also speculated that the rear triple-camera setup is capable of capturing 40MP images and it is assisted by a 5X Hybrid zoom. What’s also certain is that it will run on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.
A purported P20 Lite was purportedly caught on camera and the design matches the renders from @onleaks. You can see the connectivity icons on the top left corner of the screen, while the clock and battery percentage is shown on the top right corner. The bottom chin looks quite massive here like the current Galaxy S8/S8+.
The next Huawei flagship will be revealed in Paris on 27 March 2018, which is a month after the launch Galaxy S9/S9+. The three “O”s in the background and the text “see MOOORE with AI” clearly indicates that their next device will carry a triple camera setup. What do you think of the design? Is it the flagship worth waiting for? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.