Last updated on February 16, 2019
The Galaxy S9 is up to (what now seems like) very fierce competition. Huawei’s new P20 and P20 Pro are pretty cool, with enough extensive camera capabilities and incredible hardware implications to put Samsung’s premiere phone right in the middle.
With a total of three camera lenses on the back, the Huawei P20 Pro is a legit revolution. A triple-camera array is an industry first for photography but not for augmented reality, which we covered in our article about Apple’s recent education event but Huawei also crams the P20 Pro with the same slow motion video seen on the Galaxy S9, extreme zoom and a feature that entails some amazing photos in the future.
Important to note
The regular Huawei P20 gets many of the P20 Pro’s tools, but not all.
The Huawei P20 is a bit smaller and cheaper than the Huawei P20 Pro, some very common themes emerging particularly from Apple in 2014 with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The Huawei P20 (not pro) has a different screen (LCD instead of OLED), a smaller battery, and — importantly — has two rear cameras on the back, instead of three. The cameras it does have also have lower megapixels
The shocker (but not really)
These phones will not be available for purchase in the United States. It’s been years since Huawei has sold any of its phones through a carrier, but it does sell some through retailers like Amazon and through its own site. The bottom line is Huawei is not selling their phones in The United States. The question is why?
The answer is the Chinese company faces sharp criticism from the US government over fears that Huawei intends to spy on the US through its products — it also makes networking infrastructure equipment. Shown above is an image of the case when The U.S. Government said “We don’t recommend Huawei or ZTE Phones”
In February, the heads of the FBI, CIA and NSA all “expressed concerns” over the company’s smartphones. Since then, huge carriers such as AT&T, Verizon, and others have dropped Huawei due to mainstream and political pressure. In my personal opinion, I don’t think Huawei posed a real threat to U.S. National Security however I think the decision made on behalf of the United States government was informed, especially due to heavy political tensions.
Also, in 2012, the US government banned the sale of Huawei equipment. AND No other country has banned Huawei, although, according to Reuters, Australia blocked Huawei from working on its national broadband network.
One of Huawei’s spokespersons were pressed on the question of countries banning them. They retaliated with a very positive response: “We have earned the trust of our partners across the global value chain,” a spokesman said.
Huawei P20 and P20 Pro specs versus Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus detailed charts can be found if you scroll down. Sources below
I think this phone has great potential but, it is definetley sad to see that Huawei could not earn the trust of an enormous economy, that being America of course. Hopefully this phone sells well and does well for Huawei!
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