A new image depicting what's understood to be an invitation to Huawei's P20 launch event emerged online earlier today, revealing what's said to be the rear plate of the P20 Pro and the front panel of the regular P20. The leak that can be seen above is yet another indication that the P20 will feature a display notch housing its sensor array, whereas the P20 Pro is set to boast a triple-camera setup designed and optimized by German optics company Leica with whom Huawei has been collaborating for numerous years now. The two handsets appear to feature metal-and-glass builds, with the larger P20 Pro being depicted with an ocean blue-colored finish.
Industry insider Roland Quandt also reported the first European pricing details of the P20 series on Monday, claiming that the P20 will start at €679 ($836) on the Old Continent. The base model of the P20 Pro will supposedly feature an €899 ($1,107) price tag, whereas the P20 Lite mid-ranger will retail for €369 ($454), according to the same Germany-based source. The cited figures are largely in line with previous leaks and indicate Huawei will be retaining the premium price tags of its Android offerings. The exact prices of the P20-series devices are expected to vary to a degree throughout Europe, depending on the value-added tax rates of individual countries. The March 27 date mentioned by the newly leaked invitation has already been confirmed as the P20 launch day by Huawei, with the company being set to unveil its latest offerings later this month in Paris, France.
The new devices are expected to feature internal hardware that's nearly identical to that found inside the Mate 10 series, including the Kirin 970 chip, Huawei's first in-house silicon with a neural processing unit designed for on-device AI computing. The company recently showcased the capabilities of the chip at Mobile World Congress, having demonstrated a Porsche Panamera model controlled by the Mate 10 Pro. AI and mobile photography are hence likely to be the focus of the upcoming smartphone series that should be aggressively promoted in Europe, the largest flagship market in which Huawei has a significant presence. The devices are unlikely to be officially released in the U.S. where Huawei is still effectively blocked from doing business on any significant scale.