Huawei P20 Pro vs Pixel 2 XL: clash of cameras

Huawei P20 Pro vs Pixel 2 XL: clash of cameras

Totally different kinds for various tastes


Trying on the Huawei P20 Professional, two features bounce out instantly: it is a lovely smartphone, nevertheless it seems too much like the iPhone X. Sure, Huawei’s flagship is just not unique, however slightly displays Apple’s fashion, from which it tries to distinguish itself with the Twilight model, which creates stunning lighting results.

Nevertheless, the P20 Professional stays a chic and trendy smartphone that leaves its mark, particularly when considered from behind: the shiny glass physique acts virtually as a mirror, and strikes the eye-catching cameras and logos to the left facet. The outcome? A minimalist rear panel, regardless of the trio of picture sensors aligned vertically. It’s a disgrace, nevertheless, that fingerprints accumulate too simply on the physique.

The P20 Professional is helpful to make use of however there are two small particulars that I personally do not like: the digicam protrusion on the again and the earpiece enclosed within the notch. Nevertheless, the construct high quality is superb and because of IP67 certification you will not have to fret about water and mud.

This is the notorious notch. / © AndroidPIT


Sure, the P20 Professional definitely has a extra trendy look because of the coloring and the stylish notch. However will we need to discuss in regards to the Google Pixel 2 XL? The smartphone made by Google is virtually resistant to the fingerprints on the again of the smartphone because of the aluminum shell, apart from the small glass window across the digicam. This additionally makes it extra proof against falls and fewer vulnerable to unpleasant scratches on the physique. Do I’ve to go on in regards to the explicit curvature of the entrance glass and the orange energy button or is that this sufficient?

The digicam on the Pixel 2 XL additionally protrudes barely, nevertheless it’s not as annoying because the P20 Professional’s, should you put your smartphone on the desk it would not wobble manifestly. After which who nonetheless makes use of the smartphone on the desk? Actually not me (nothing to do with the truth that the fingerprint reader on the physique is inaccessible by mendacity the Pixel on the desk, no no).

Critically, the Google Pixel 2 XL fingerprint reader is quick. Not as a lot as those utilized by Huawei however a minimum of in a greater place: for me the fingerprint reader within the entrance reminds an excessive amount of of the Samsung smartphones of 2016, on the again is extra discreet and comfy however these are preferences.

The “panda” shade to the contact appears virtually ceramic and, though it isn’t shiny, it makes Pixel 2 XL distinctive in its personal method.

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The digicam of the P20 Professional is extra outstanding than the digicam of the Pixel 2XL. / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

Notch or not?


On the entrance of the P20 Professional is a FullView show that frees itself of the facet bezels, fingerprint reader below and notch above. The notch: there are those that like it, those that hate it and people who, in moments of indecision, can nonetheless conceal it by means of the software program choice within the menu settings.

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If you happen to do not like notch on the P20 Professional, you may nonetheless conceal it. / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova


The show won’t be one of the best on the planet and the bezels that encompass it should not eradicated however I’d by no means surrender these implausible stereo entrance audio system (sure, the stereo audio system are additionally current on P20 Professional) and the power to name Google Assistant by squeezing the smartphone with, properly…the notch. 

The longer term potential for a notch arrived through software program on Pixel 2 XL with the primary Developer Preview of Android P however I am positive it won’t stay within the last model. In any case, the Developer Preview is for builders to check new apps and Google wished to supply as a lot help as potential.

Digital camera: three towards 1


The P20 Professional gives three cameras on the physique (40MP with f/1.eight, 20MP with f/1.6, 8MP with f/2.four) that stunned us positively particularly for the evening pictures with out the help of a tripod and for portraits filled with element. Night time mode and 3X zoom are two of the highlights of the P20 Professional’s digicam, which additionally introduces SuperSlow Movement in HD at 960fps. 

Observe how properly the digicam software program is finished. Past the pictures, it is actually considerable how any person, even a newbie who would not intend to become involved in Professional mode, can get some stunning pictures.

It must also be famous that the P20 Professional is, for DxO Mark, one of the best digicam cellphone available on the market: with a complete of 109 factors, it beats all the opposite competitors.

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Night time mode and 3X zoom are two of the highlights of the P20 Professional digicam. / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova


The Google Pixel 2 XL was one of the best digicam cellphone ever from the second of its presentation till early March when the subsequent technology smartphones had been introduced, nevertheless it nonetheless holds its personal. A handbook mode is lacking within the digicam utility, however what in case your smartphone can course of just about all of your pictures completely by itself? Gradual movement at 240fps is greater than sufficient for many conditions.

The P20 Professional will get some wonderful outcomes with its new trio of cameras, however the truth that Pixel 2 XL stays on the rostrum of one of the best cameras on the planet with just one 12MP sensor f/ and is just bypassed by the Huawei P20 and Galaxy S9+ nonetheless means one thing.

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Three sensors for Huawei, one for Pixel 2 XL. / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

Pure Android or EMUI? 

Right here we’re each in settlement! Each the P20 Professional and Pixel 2 XL run Android eight.1 Oreo (until you downloaded the primary Android P Developer Preview to your Google smartphone). Huawei customizes its units with EMUI eight.1, and on this respect it stands out from the pure expertise provided by Pixel.

Nevertheless, I have to admit that, along with the potential of activating Assistant by squeezing the smartphone, the Pixel 2 XL, regardless of being Google’s personal creation, doesn’t provide unique capabilities. The software program updates will attain the Pixel 2 XL first, nevertheless it should be admitted that for main releases, Huawei is doing job with the updates.

EMUI gives by default some helpful companies comparable to App Twin, the power to dam some apps or to cover their information in a non-public part. The general expertise is fluid however the software program could possibly be improved: should you’re used to utilizing tales on Instagram, for instance, you will be dissatisfied by the imperfect implementation of the notch.

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The Pixel 2XL beats the P20 Professional with software program updates. / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

Probably the most fascinating capabilities


There’s one factor the P20 Professional can do this the Pixel 2 XL cannot: flip right into a PC because of the desktop mode and a USB kind C cable. It is a function already current on the Mate 10 Professional that for some customers, not all, will be very comfy.

The NPU, Neural Processing Unit, will be thought-about one other unique function of the Huawei machine which, on a sensible degree, interprets into the applying of synthetic intelligence within the recognition and processing of pictures and in translation. The infrared sensor is current, however Bluetooth, FM Radio, headphone jack and risk to increase the interior reminiscence are lacking. All of it depends upon your wants!

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No mini headphone jacks for both smartphone! / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova


The Pixel 2 XL has an excellent ear. I’m referring to the truth that it is ready to acknowledge the songs performed within the surrounding atmosphere with out the necessity for additional apps and all this even offline! A operate that nearly borders on black magic. It’s also in a position to unlock inner reminiscence autonomously by importing your pictures and movies to Google Images in unique high quality after which delete them out of your smartphone. All with out consuming the few free GBs you’ve gotten in your account, those that purchase a Pixel are entitled to limitless house for the content material uploaded from their smartphone.

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The final Google smartphone additionally has an NPU however on this case it is known as Pixel Visible Core. This co-processor is used to enhance the processing velocity and picture high quality of all purposes used in your smartphone comparable to WhatsApp or Instagram. If you happen to seize a picture with such purposes, all of the optimizations of the P20 Professional’s picture software program are lacking, however the Google HDR+ stays. And what in regards to the fantastic portraits made with the entrance digicam?

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Two 2017 processors as compared. / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

Efficiency: on paper and in observe


Though the P20 Professional was launched in 2018, it integrates a 2017 processor, the Kirin 970 supported by 6GB of RAM and 128GB of inner reminiscence. The Chinese language flagship has extra reminiscence since its launch, and in benchmark checks the P20 Professional additionally beats Google’s smartphone on this class. In benchmark checks, nevertheless, it is the GPU of the Pixel 2XL that provides one of the best outcomes, versus the CPU that on Geekbench is outperformed by the GPU of the P20 Professional.

In each day use, the P20 Professional is quick with multitasking, video games and another job. Even the four,000 mAh battery does job and below intensive use can get to the tip of the day with about 15/20% cost nonetheless accessible, with a extra average use you may hold it alive for a day and a half with out drawback. For quantity lovers, the P20 Professional on the PC Mark benchmark check reported a results of 9 hours and 33 minutes.

P20 Professional vs Pixel 2XL in benchmark checks

Check Pixel 2XL

P20 Professional

3D Mark
Sling Shot ES three.1
3571 2972
3D Mark
Sling Shot ES
4714 3346
3D Mark
Ice Storm Limitless ES
37844 30602
Geekbench CPU
Single core
1867 1920
Geekbench CPU
6291 6780
PassMark Reminiscence
13836 14091
PassMark Disk
47759 64144


Pixel 2 XL additionally has a earlier technology CPU however this does not imply it will probably’t sustain. The Snapdragon 835 and its 4GB of RAM are greater than sufficient to finish any operation with none drawback. As well as, clear software program and Google optimization actually make this smartphone fly, it’s virtually inconceivable to note body losses or apparent stops.

In video games there are by no means issues though clearly newer smartphones are in a position to get the identical outcome with much less effort. The three,520 mAh battery is just not miraculous, however enough. The precise time of use is way superior to different prestigious rivals all the time exceeding 7 hours of display time per day however doesn’t hold tempo with the wonderful work performed by Huawei.


The 2 smartphones differ in design, however each provide customers wonderful efficiency in all fields. At first, the digicam. Whether or not you select the P20 Professional from Huawei or the Pixel 2 XL from Google, you will put in your pocket a flagship that for all intents and functions won’t disappoint you.

Are software program updates and safety patches a precedence for you? Google’s machine is what you should purchase. The Pixel 2 XL, it should be stated, can be cheaper: you will discover it on Amazon for about $830 (£720 within the UK). 

The P20 Professional prices £799 within the UK and, because of the US Authorities’s suspicion of Huawei, is not even formally accessible stateside. It could, nevertheless, be discovered as an unlocked worldwide model on Amazon for $1,200 and up.

If the finances and service help is just not an issue and you like to have a extra trendy trying smartphone that additionally gives help for Twin SIM, Huawei has the reply!

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