Huawei’s latest powerhouse flagship phone is easily the most feature rich device the company has ever devised, and it makes sense why too. As the third largest smartphone OEM in the world, Huawei has a lot of expectations to live up to, and they’ve nailed it in more ways than one. Just by looking at the phone you can tell it’s a Huawei device. With a gorgeous design that’s IP67 water and dust resistant, this all metal and glass phone looks and feels more like ceramic than you might expect. On the front sits a new, taller 6-inch 1080p AMOLED display with an 18:9 (2:1) aspect ratio. This makes the bezels much smaller, and Huawei is utilizing software navigation buttons and a rear facing fingerprint scanner in this design too.
Along the back is the trademark striped bar design from Huawei, which looks simply fantastic with the dual camera modules. These dual camera protrude just a slight bit and both feature a round f/1.6 Leica lens, and underneath are two completely different types of camera sensors. A 12-megapixel RGB sensor sits behind one lens, while a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor sits behind the other. These sensors work hand in hand with each other to create some rather interesting camera tricks, one of which is of course a portrait mode that blurs the background for bokeh style photos. Huawei utilizes the new Neural Processing Unit (NPU) inside the Kirin 970 chipset inside the phone to intelligently identify objects in a scene, helping to automatically change the mode to better process different shots. This also includes using the monochrome sensor for higher resolution shots and adding in color information to help create a wider dynamic range.
Huawei is hoping to utilize this new NPU in a way that other phones could only dream of too. Designed to handle AI algorithms without needing to tap into the cloud, the NPU is also designed to keep data more private than ever. There are only a handful of applications that work with this NPU out of the box, but it’s certainly one of the more interesting components in any phone this year without a doubt. How is the rest of the phone? Check out our review below, and be sure to stop by the full written review for all the nitty gritty details.