After taking some hits surrounding CES 2018 and Huawei’s entry into the U.S. market, many were looking forward to Huawei launching their next flagship at MWC 2018 later this month. However, Huawei appears to want to do a solo reveal and has scheduled their own launch event for March 27th in Paris with invites going out to media today.
Along with the move to their own event a bit later than MWC 2018, the latest leaks suggest Huawei has finally decided to stick with the P20 name for their next flagship instead of using P11. Back in the fall there were several bits of information suggesting Huawei was going to switch to P20, primarily based on their registration activity in the U.S. market and an internal road map. A Chinese registration for P11 that was recently discovered suggested Huawei may stick with P11. Now we are back to P20 apparently in a standard version, a P20 Plus version, and a P20 Lite version.
The different configurations were recently uncovered by Roland Quandt who posted the codenames and color options for the different P20 models on Twitter. They include the standard Huawei P20 with codename “Emily” in Ceramic Black and Twilight; the Huawei P20 Plus or “Charlotte” also in Ceramic Black and Twilight; and the Huawei P20 Lite known as “Anne” in Midnight Black, Klein Blue and Sakura Pink.
Huawei P20 family – codenames and colors
Huawei P20 – "Emily" – Ceramic Black / Twilight
Huawei P20 Plus – "Charlotte" – Ceramic Black / Twilight
Huawei P20 Lite – "Anne" – Midnight Black / Klein Blue / Sakura Pink
— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) January 27, 2018
As far as technical specs for the three devices in the flagship P20 line, we are still trying to figure that out. Presumably they will get Huawei’s in-house Kirin 970 processor and an 18:9 ratio screen. An earlier report pegged the resolution at standard HD instead of Quad HD, which would be bit unusual – and disappointing – for a flagship level device.
We will keep an eye on things to see if any firmer information surfaces regarding the new Huawei P20 family of devices while we wait for the March 27th launch event.