As we approach the end of Q1 2018, rumors are swirling around Huawei’s next P series devices. This specific year might be different, though. Not only because rumors indicate an industry-first feature, nevertheless there’s also a possibility of which This specific year’s P series will be the first to officially launch inside US.
For our US readers unfamiliar with Huawei’s lineup, the company releases two flagships each year, the P series along with the Mate series. Similar to Samsung with its Note along with Galaxy S flagships, the Mate series is usually more for enthusiasts, while the P series is usually a more approachable flagship of which focuses on appealing design, great cameras, along with slightly smaller screens. There are three P series phones coming This specific year, so we gathered all the rumors currently along with listed them down below.
A Name Change
Up until currently, the P series naming convention has been simple — after the P9 in 2016, last year’s style was the P10, for example. nevertheless This specific year, the name will increase by ten instead of one, meaning the 2018 products will go by the P20 moniker. This specific change was confirmed by reputable leaker Roland Quandt, then reaffirmed by a trademark application through Huawei.
Camera: 40 MP Triple Camera Array
Probably the most exciting news surrounding This specific device is usually the rumored triple lens setup for the rear camera. The Leica lenses will work in tandem to create 40 MP photos along with allow for 5x “hybrid zooming.” Not only would certainly This specific be an industry first, nevertheless a game changer. Depending on the success of the Huawei P20, manufacturers may soon flock to including the same feature into their own devices, similar to how the industry quickly adopted the dual camera setup.
This specific three-lens setup has been confirmed by several rumors, including respected leaker Evan Blass, who tweeted similar specs.
According to unconfirmed schematics through Phonearena (who found the design on Weibo), the lens arrangement will depend on the style. The cameras will be horizontal on the P20, while the P20 Plus will arrange them vertically. There is usually also a reference to an unconfirmed “Pro” style which sports vertically-aligned cameras inside middle of the phone, nevertheless rumors of its existence are weak.
While all rumors indicate the P20 Lite will only have a two camera array, recent leaks show of which the P20 will also share This specific array with only the P20 Plus including the groundbreaking feature.
Recent leaks of its TENAA listing (China’s FCC) reaffirms the dual camera setup on the P20 as well. However, the difference inside camera structure (vertical instead of horizontal) puts each leaked image’s validity in question. Hopefully we get more clarity before March 27.
Kirin 970 with NPU
According to rumors, all three devices will be powered by the Kirin 970, the same flagship SoC found inside Mate 10 along with Mate 10 Pro. This specific chipset is usually more than capable of providing top-notch flagship performance while only being bested by the A11 Bionic along with Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 845 chipset.
One the more noticeable feature of This specific chipset is usually its inclusion of a dedicated Neural Processing Unit. We discussed the benefits of the NPU at the link below, nevertheless the cliffs notes style is usually of which NPU allows for machine learning enhanced photography.
Apparently, Huawei is usually attempting to undercut Apple by bringing the same technology used in Face ID to Android. This specific is usually largely fueled by two pieces of evidence. The first piece of evidence is usually of which the entire P20 lineup will have a notch similar to the one on the Apple iPhone X. The second is usually of which Huawei already demonstrated technology of which performs of which same facial tracking along with authentication as Face ID last year.
During the Honor 7x along with Honor View 10 announcement, Huawei revealed the Point Cloud Depth Camera. This specific camera is usually a combination of a laser projector along with two LED sensors which creates a “cloud” of dots to map your face. A 3D image is usually created using the images collected by the sensors, which is usually then used to authenticate you. Check out the video below for a breakdown of This specific technology.
Huawei claims their Point Cloud Depth Camera can create 300,000 point clouds (dots) in 10 seconds, which is usually 10x more than the iPhone X. The increased number of dots improves the security of the technology by improving the overall accuracy of the 3D image. However, for face unlock to happen quickly, they would certainly use only 120,000 point clouds, which can be captured in 400ms.
Huawei even demonstrated their style of Animoji using the same technology, which was able to capture even more facial expression than the Apple’s technology. While Huawei hasn’t officially announced the completion of This specific technology, the P20 along with its notch would certainly be a great way to reveal the final product to the earth.
However, completely new images of the P20 are missing the notch which could mean of which This specific feature might also be exclusive to the Plus variant.
Pricing & Availability
We expect Huawei to announce these P20 products on March 27, 2018, at their event in Paris, France. The previous expectation was Mobile World Congress, nevertheless recent rumors suggest of which after the fiasco of their botched US launch, Huawei wanted more time before revealing the P series.
During an event in Israel, Huawei’s roadmap for 2018 was leaked, which revealed the three variants of the phones along with their projected Discharge dates. P20, P20 Plus, along with P20 Lite are slated for Discharge in Q2 2018, which would certainly ideally mean a Discharge closer to April 2018 if they are announced in March.
While no rumors address pricing, we can get an idea based on the pricing of last year’s P10 products. The P10 along with P10 Plus launch at $800 along with $860 when converted through Euros to US Dollars. Therefore, the P20 along with all its variants should be priced around the same, that has a slight cost increase (though note of which import tariffs are different inside US along with could impact pricing by as much as $100 either way). Expect somewhere around a $50 increase through last year’s pricing with the P20 Lite retaining the P10 Plus pricing.
As for the potential US availability, the evidence is usually sketchy, nevertheless the most promising in years. As mentioned previously, rumors indicate the P20 reveal was delayed due to the US government interfering with Huawei’s partnership with AT&T along with Verizon.
In addition, Huawei has shown a stronger desire to enter the American market as they see This specific as the best pathway to becoming the number one smartphone OEM. Recently, they surpassed Apple for the number two spot, achieving This specific with little to no US presence. While success without carrier support (along with the US government recommending to not use their devices) would certainly be difficult, This specific is usually possible of which Huawei could follow their past strategy of using Amazon along with Best Buy as a way deal with these problems.
With P20 along with its variants, This specific might initially Americans get a worthy Android competitor to Samsung’s Galaxy S series. Not only does This specific offer fast performance with its Kirin 970 SoC, nevertheless potentially game-changing camera performance with its three-lens array. Are you excited about the Huawei P20 line-up? Let us know inside comment below.