Numerous tech websites – including reputed ones such as TechRadar and GSMArena – have revealed that the new Huawei flagship phones P20, P20 Lite and P20 Pro will (most probably) be launched at a Paris event to be held on March 27, 2018.
The sites report that they have received an invite to attend a Huawei launch in Paris on that date and are speculating with near certainty that the event will see the debut of the much-awaited Huawei flagship smartphones.
Here’s everything that’s being said about the Huawei P20.
ANE-LX1: Is it the P20 Lite?
Meanwhile, another ‘leaked’ source appears to reveal various details of the as-yet-under-wraps devices. Successors of the P10 and expected in three varieties, the new Huawei phones need to undergo certifications before they are allowed on retail shelves.
One such phone did indeed undergo such certification last month.
The American inspection authority, the FCC, inspected and certified a Huawei smartphone bearing the model number ANE-LX1 early in February, information about which was leaked onto the internet some weeks ago.
Many sources have already excitedly announced that this is none other than the HUAWEI P20 Lite – but it must be noted that the manufacturer has not officially confirmed this yet.
The smartphone is expected to pack a 6.1-inch display with an unusual 19:9 aspect ratio and dual-rear camera setup, according to several top tech review sites. It will also likely run Android 8.0 Oreo and have a 2900 mAh battery – no surprises here.
The leaked FCC certification reveals the ANE-LX1 will have a resolution of 2280 × 1080 pixels. So this can mean that the smartphone also gets a notch in the display for the sensors. It will also feature slimmed down screen bezels, a virtual volume button, rounder edges, dual (rather than mono) speakers and USB-C, but no headphone jack.
Amongst other things, the P20 will support Hybrid dual SIM support and Wi-Fi, while the P20 Lite is expected to be 148mm tall and 70mm wide. The P20 Lite will also most likely have a dual-camera setup at the back, affixed in a vertical layout on the top left corner of the device.
In a concept video published in August last year, the Huawei P20 is shown to have a titanium body, a full-screen display and an under-glass fingerprint scanner. However, just like Apple’s iPhone X, the upcoming Huawei P20 is thought to maximise screen space on its 6.01” display by replicating the US tech giant’s iconic notch.
Although the P20 Lite has a full-HD screen, the P20 Pro is expected to feature a Quad-HD screen.
The Kirin chip
It is also expected that the smartphone will feature the 10nm Kirin 970 chip, which is believed to be able to deliver 25 times better CPU performance and 50 times greater energy efficiency.
Huawei had previously teased the Kirin 970 at IFA 2017 ahead of CEO Richard Yu’s keynote speech, in which he announced the chip will be inside the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro. So, the expectation is that the P20 will get it, too.
The Kirin 970 is an octa-core chip (4×2.4GHz Cortex-A73 and 4×1.8GHz Cortex-A53 cores) with a 12-core GPU all built on a 10nm process like the Snapdragon 835 co-made with Samsung.
The P20 Pro was originally thought to be called the Huawei P20 Plus, but a billboard in Spain has confirmed the name. And the P20 Lite was also spotted in Vodafone’s catalogue, so there’s no doubt now that it’s real.
Watch this space for the latest updates on this eagerly awaited.
This article was contributed by: Sonali Kumar