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Huawei P20 and P20 Pro aim to one-up Samsung

Huawei's striking phones challenge the Samsung Galaxy S9 with cameras aplenty and iPhone X-style notches.

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The P20 Pro has a 6.1-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2,240 x 1,080 pixels. It packs Huawei's Kirin 970 processor, and has a 4,000mAh battery. It runs Android 8.1 Oreo with Huawei's own EMUI layered on top.

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Huawei's new P20 and P20 Pro are potentially Samsung Galaxy S9 killers. The P20 Pro, for example, has three -- three! -- rear cameras that can take portrait shots with low-light blur. While maybe not-so cool, both phones feature an iPhone X-style notch.

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Th P20 Pro has three camera lenses on the back; the P20 has two.

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Yes, the phones come with a notch by default, but you can turn it off in the settings.

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You can see the notch on, and off.

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Here's the Huawei P20's dual camera. You have a 12-megapixel shooter joined by a 20-megapixel monochrome lens.

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The P20 Pro has a 40-megapixel lens, the 20-megapixel monochrome camera and an 8-megapixel telephoto sensor.

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Huawei's P20 Pro has a dust- and water-resistance rating of IP67, which means it can go up to 1 metre underwater for up to 30 minutes without getting damaged. On the other hand, the P20 only comes with IP57 resistance, which means it is splash- and dust-resistant.

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There's no headset jack, sorry. But a dongle adaptor comes in the box!

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The P20 and P20 Pro are shiny, beautiful fingerprint magnets. 

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The eye-catching Twilight model (on the right) is the one to look out for with its iridescent gradient from blue to violet.

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Here are the P20 and P20 Pro models side by side, notch and all.

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Missing from the shot is the P20 Pro's pink-gold model.

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More evidence that the shiny glass back of the P20 can be quite the fingerprint magnet.

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Both phones sport a 24-megapixel front selfie camera at the notch.

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The P20 Pro's camera's AI is smart enough to know when you're shooting a picture of someone, automatically switching the mode to Portrait for a picture with background blur.

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Portrait mode lets you take great-looking mug shots with a blurred background.

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The P20 is 7.8mm thick.

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Both the P20 and P20 Pro have the fingerprint scanner located on the front and the scanner also acts as a navigation bar -- tap once to go back, long-press for the home screen and swipe to bring up the overview function.

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The P20 comes with a 5.8-inch LCD display and packs a 3,400mAh battery inside.

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The P20 and P20 Pro can take 960 fps super slow-motion videos at 720p, like the Samsung Galaxy S9.

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Check out more shots of both phones in all their glory.

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Read CNET's full Huawei P20 and P20 Pro reviews here.

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