Whatever name it carries, the successor to the Huawei P10 should be a fascinating device.

Huawei, like many other big names in mobile, has a predictable cadence to its flagship smartphone launches. The new technology gets showcased first in the Mate series in the fall, usually paired with an updated version of EMUI, running the very latest Android build. That technological base is then further refined for the P series the following spring.

That gives us a rough idea of what to expect from the Huawei P20 (or P11, though our money's on the former), which we're expecting to see in early 2018. And, of course, the usual flurry of leaks that accompany any big phone launch have helped to fill in some of the gaps.

Here's what we know so far:

The name: Huawei P20

Huawei trademarked the "P20" monicker earlier in 2017, and at least one source familiar with the company's plans has suggested that this is indeed the name for the next Huawei flagship. P20 is a rounder number than 11, with fewer syllables (in English, anyway). And the jump from 10 to 20 would also underscore the significant tech upgrades coming in this new phone, such as the rumored triple-camera setup and bezelless display.

It's also reasonable to expect Huawei, for the third year running, to offer the P-series flagship in two sizes, so expect a P20 and P20 Plus.

Huawei Mate 10

The hardware: Same core platform as the Mate 10

Expect Huawei's Kirin 970 chip to return, complete with Neural Processing Unit, and possibly an upgrade to Android 8.1 on the software side. (Given Huawei's newfound alignment with Android's version numbers, this might mean we jump to EMUI 8.1.)

Android 8.1 is important for Huawei because it'll allow third-party apps to unlock the power of the NPU through Android's own neural networking APIs — APIs which aren't present in the older version 8.0.

Besides that, expect the same core feature set we saw in the Mate 10's software, only in a more compact handset. With one major exception.

Huawei P20

Three cameras?

Huawei's Leica-engineered cameras have finally started to hit their stride, with the latest iteration in the Mate 10 going toe-to-toe with the Google Pixel 2. The Huawei P20 series could take things even further, if one usually reliable leaker is to be believed.

Evan Blass managed to dig up images from "a digital artist at one of [Huawei's] creative agencies," pointing to a whopping 40-megapixel resolution from a triple-lens rear camera setup, offering 5X hybrid zoom (compared to the Mate 10's 20MP + 2X hybrid zoom.) That'd be combined, if the images are accurate, with a 24-megapixel selfie camera.

If true, this would point to photography being a major focus for the P20, just as battery life and performance has become the main pillar of Huawei's Mate phones. Considering the quality of the Mate 10's cameras, it'll be fascinating to see what Huawei might be able to conjure up with a more exotic set of cameras in its next flagship.

An iPhone-style notch?

It had to happen sooner or later. Eventually, one of the big names in Android would emulate the iPhone X's infamous sensor cutout. This report comes from XDA, which did some digging in pre-release firmware and discovered references to a display with rounded corners and a central iPhone-style notch, likely used to house sensors and the front-facing camera.

An overlay image included in the software gives us a clue as to what the P20's front face might look like. As you can see, it's somewhere between the Essential Phone and the iPhone X.

Notch yo

Details pulled from the same ROM suggest one device, possibly the P20 Plus, will use a 6.01-inch Samsung LCD with a Full HD+ screen resolution. That model carries the codename "Emily," it's reported, with model numbers carrying the prefix "EML."

As a final note on the display, we'd caution against saying the LCD (as opposed to AMOLED) part choice is set in stone. AC understands that the Mate 10 Pro at one point was being tested with 6-inch LCDs before Huawei was able to secure supplies of AMOLED panels.

Other bits

Expect a launch at MWC 2018.

Shortly ahead of the P10's announcement, Huawei execs exclusively told Android Central that Mobile World Congress, the show in Barcelona, Spain each February, would be the target for future P-series models.

Bruce Lee, Huawei's Vice President of Handsets Product Line, told us to expect future flagship launches in a similar cadence to that of the P10.

"In the future, we will probably launch the devices at Mobile World Congress," Lee told us through an interpreter back in February 2017.


That's it for now. We'll continue to update this page as more becomes known about the Huawei P20.