Huawei P20 Pro vs Google Pixel 2 XL: Night Time Camera Comparison

The Huawei P20 Pro has 92 megapixels worth of camera sensor in its 7.7mm thick frame, including a 40-megapixel primary camera.

Holding three cameras on its back with Leica lenses: 40MP, 20MP and a third 8MP sensor. The 40MP camera serves several functions, first it gives the Huawei something to show off with, a 40-MP sensor sounds far more advanced and interesting than the iPhone X 12MP camera. It also lets the phone take exceptionally detailed photos when there’s enough light to avoid using high sensitivity settings. The high-resolution sensor is also used alongside the third of the Huawei P20 Pro’s three rear cameras to take low-loss 5x zoom images. Amazing right?!

The third camera has a 3x zoom lens in front of an 8MP sensor. When you zoom past this native 3x zoom to 5x, the Huawei P20 Pro reverts to a “hybrid” zoom strategy. The visual feeds of both the 8MP zoom camera and a crop of the 40MP wide angle camera are combined, giving the behind-the-scenes image engine more data with which to work.

The way Huawei’s night mode works is a technological marvel. The camera’s shutter is open for about 4 seconds, during which time you get to see the image exposure rising until night scenes start to appear like daytime, than all the information is gathered and intelligently used to render a clean and sharp image. You would expect the result from this process to turn out soft and blurry but in the above video you can see the Huawei phone outdid the Pixel. With the P20, you can still discern tree branches in the background and there’s more color and just better saturation throughout the frame.

Huawei is throwing in extra layers of sharpening and noise-reducing blur to make an image pop more. You “may” lose some of the naturalness of the Pixel photo but you gain a crisper picture for sharing across mobile devices where pixel-level detail isn’t that crucial. Huawei’s algorithms are clever enough to account for moving objects and keep them reasonably fixed in place. 

BODY Dimensions 155 x 73.9 x 7.8 mm (6.10 x 2.91 x 0.31 in)
Weight 180 g (6.35 oz)
SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
– IP67 certified – dust/water resistant (up to 1m for 30 mins)
DISPLAY Type AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 6.1 inches, 93.8 cm2 (~81.9% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2244 pixels, 18.7:9 ratio (~408 ppi density)
Multitouch Yes
– EMUI 8.1
PLATFORM OS Android 8.1 (Oreo)
Chipset Hisilicon Kirin 970
CPU Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
GPU Mali-G72 MP12
MEMORY Card slot No
Internal 128 GB, 6 GB RAM
CAMERA Primary Triple: 40 MP (f/1.8, 1/1.7″, OIS) + 20 MP (f/1.6) + 8 MP (f/2.4), Leica optics, 3x optical zoom, phase detection and laser autofocus, dual-LED dual-tone flash
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p, 720p@960fps
Secondary 24 MP, autofocus, f/2.0, 1080p
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack No
– 24-bit/192kHz audio
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE, EDR, aptX HD
Infrared port Yes
Radio No
USB 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
– Fast battery charging 4.5V/5A (58% in 30 min)
– XviD/MP4/H.264/WMV player
– MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/Flac player
– Document viewer
– Photo/video editor
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery
MISC Colors Twilight, Black, Midnight Blue, Pink Gold
Price About 900 EUR