The P20 has been something of a mysterious monster in the four (!) months since we revealed that data miners over at XDA-Developers had discovered that an unnamed, future flagship from Huawei would feature a notched screen design. Later, leaked schematics pointed towards only the Pro model featuring a notch whilst yet more pointed towards, well, a series of designs, none of which truly lined up with each other.

It’s led to a situation where, although we have a pretty good idea about the internals of the P20 range, we hadn’t much of what the flagship range would actually look like. Until serial leaker and Venture Beat journalist Evan Blass tweeted high-res images of both the front and back of each models in the range. Let’s take a look.

Huawei P20

huawei p20 leak

Contrary to previous reports, the standard P20 does indeed feature a notch, but doesn’t feature three rear cameras. Instead, it appears to sport a front-facing fingerprint scanner, vertically aligned dua;-camera array (co-engineered by Leica) and, potentially, a dual speaker set up down the bottom alongside the usual power and volume buttons. Close inspection seems to confirm that there’s only a single front-facing camera too.

P20 Lite

P20 lite leak

The P20 Lite moves the fingerprint reader over to the rear of the device and appears to feature a smaller screen (or simply has larger bezels). Additionally, it seems as though Huawei are moving towards a plastic or glass back for the P20 Lite, compared to what seems like aluminium on the P20. Although the P20 Lite’s camera system looks identical to the P20, it lacks the Leica branding, indicating it could feature a lower-res camera system, or at least one lacking the Leica tuning of the P20 and Pro.

P20 Pro

Huawei p20 pro leak

There’s only one visible element which separates the P20 Pro from the P20 – the addition of a third camera, which first leaked back in December. The separation of the third camera unit and a tweet from Huawei account inviting us to ‘See Mooore with AI‘ indicate that rather than being used for any visual tricks, the third camera will serve some sort of AI purpose. Exciting!

A further tweet from Blass revealed three alternative colours for the phones, each a distinct shade of blue, which we’d imagine will be joined by a broader selection upon launch.



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