When it comes to performance, the flagship Huawei P20 comes with this list of specs:
- Kirin 970 chipset fabricated with 10nm process
- Octa-core processor (4×2.4GHz Cortex-A73 + 4×1.8GHz Cortex-A53)
- Mali-G72 MP12 graphics
- 4GB RAM
- 128GB UFS 2.1 storage
- 2240×1080 resolution display
- 3,400mAh battery
These specs are not to be messed with – literally. The new flagship chipset now features 20% better power efficiency and 40% smaller die area due to the process shrinkage to 10nm. Learn more about why it matters here.
Now, let’s dive into the benchmarks.
Our data here is clear – comparing the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Huawei P20, the Galaxy S9 wins in terms of pure computational power. However, the P20 wins when 3D graphics is involved.
Through my usage experience, the Huawei P20 is smooth sailing all the way. Without a doubt, it’s definitely a good chip. However, there is some heat issue that warmed the entire phone and makes it a little too hot to touch. The Huawei P20 can reach about 55°C while doing a few intense tasks all at once. That’s quite a rare case, but happened to me while updating lots of apps and playing games at once.
I played Honkai Impact 3 on the Huawei P20 and I’m glad to say that the P20 can indeed run the game at 60fps with all of the highest settings. The temperature is at a cool 45°C while playing on WiFi – so that’s a good sign.
Also, it seems that Huawei knew of their mistake from last year’s gamble. They even remove the microSD card slot in favor of a large and speedy internal storage only – which is good. You can run games and take 4K videos without any variance in video loading or saving speeds.