The Huawei P20 Plus will have a beefy 4,000 mAh battery to power its Always on Display feature
Huawei, the third largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, is preparing to launch the P20, P20 Plus, and the P20 Lite at an event in Paris on March 27th. The company was previously expected to launch the 3 smartphones, code-named “Emily,” “Charlotte,” and “Anne” respectively, during the upcoming Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. However, those plans were scrapped, allegedly due to fear of being overshadowed by Samsung’s Galaxy S9. As the P20 series announcement approaches, we are continuing to see more information about the devices leak from various sources, and today we can reveal some new information about the P20 Plus: it will have a beefy 4,000 mAh battery and an Always on Display feature.
We have found evidence for these findings based on firmware files obtained by @FunkyHuawei, the man behind the FunkyHuawei.club service, which allows users to update, unbrick, or rebrand Huawei and Honor phones for a fee.
Digging into the firmware, we discovered that the P20 Plus’ product partition contains Huawei’s Always on Display APK. This means that the app will be pre-installed on the device at launch. Previously, the only other Huawei phone to feature an Always on Display feature is the Mate 10 Pro—which happened to be its first flagship phone with an OLED screen. Whether or not this means that the P20 Plus will have an OLED screen is unclear, though the possibility is strong. The Huawei Mate 10 featured an LCD screen in contrast with the Mate 10 Pro, so it wouldn’t be unusual for two Huawei phones in the same series to have drastically different display technologies.
Huawei Mate 10 Pro’s Always on Display Feature
As for the battery, we uncovered that the P20 Plus battery capacity is set at 4,000 mAh. This is the number that is reported to apps through Android’s APIs. Further, we also found that the regular P20’s battery capacity is registered as 3,320 mAh—a fairly substantial difference between the two models. We aren’t sure about any RAM/storage discrepancies between the two devices, but it’s likely that the P20 Plus will have a slight advantage in that regard.
We previously exclusively reported on the biggest design change of the upcoming P20 flagship smartphones: the controversial inclusion of an iPhone X-style notch. We believe that this notch will be where Huawei implements their new Point Cloud Depth Camera to compete with Apple’s Animoji and Face ID features. We also recently found that the latest P20 firmware is running on Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.1, though we do not know what new features EMUI 8.1 will bring. Both the P20 and the P20 Plus will feature Huawei’s latest HiSilicon Kirin 970 SoC, the same SoC in the Huawei Mate 10 series and the Honor View 10.
There are a lot of rumors about these two devices, and with the launch date creeping up next month, more will come. The alleged designs of all 3 devices recently leaked, so there probably isn’t much left to learn about these devices. If we do learn more information about the Huawei P20 devices, we will update you on our findings.