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Huawei P20 Pro appears with a triple camera setup and a notch display

Huawei will be unveiling its P20 series in three weeks and now we get a clearer view of its tri-camera flagship via an image that looks like a teaser. The design looks pretty close to what we’ve seen so far in earlier leaks.

Succeeding the P10 and P10 Plus from last year is Huawei’s new P20 and P20 Pro for 2018. The Chinese smartphone maker is still working closely with Leica and this time they are shaking things up with a total of three cameras for the rear. As rumoured earlier, the P20 Pro will get a vertically positioned camera module which sits on the top left corner of the phone.

You have two cameras which are likely to retain the same RGB + Monochrome sensor arrangement and a third camera that’s added separately in between the dual-camera and the LED flash. Until now, we’re not sure what the third camera is for. Perhaps it’s for telephoto, wide-angle or a maybe it’s a dedicated depth sensor for AR.

As revealed earlier, the P20 will feature a notch at the top of the display and it’s also visible here in the pictures above. Similar to the Mate 10 series, one of the models will get a front-facing fingerprint sensor while the other has a different placement for its fingerprint sensor.

Based on TENAA’s photos, the standard P20 will get a fingerprint sensor at the bottom chin of the photo which leaves us to assume that the P20 Pro will get a rear-fingerprint sensor. However, if you look at the teaser picture above, it looks like there isn’t one at the back of the P20 Pro. This opens up a possibility that Huawei could be fitting one on the screen itself or perhaps they decided to ditch it all together for Face Unlock.

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In terms of price, the P20 is expected to carry a 679 Euros (about RM3,288) price tag, while the P20 Pro is said to be going for 899 Euros (about RM4,353).

Mind you that the European pricing is much more expensive than Malaysia. As a comparison, the Mate 10 was priced higher at 699 Euros (about RM3,385) but it went on sale in Malaysia at only RM2,699. Meanwhile, the Mate 10 Pro was listed at 799 Euros (about RM3,869) but we got it for only RM3,099.

Looking at the Mate 10 pricing, there’s a chance that the standard P20 could retain a similar RM2,499 price tag as the P10 but do expect to pay much more for the P20 Pro. If it’s going to cost 100 Euros more than the Mate 10 Pro, you could be looking at about RM3,500-RM3,700, which is still cheaper than the top of the line flagships from Apple and Samsung.

The launch is happening in Paris on 27 March 2018. We’ll find out more at the end of this month.


Alexander Wong