For the last few weeks, I’ve had unconsciously formed a kind of an embarrassing habit. Every couple of hours, I take my phone out of its fingerprints-laden case and just behold and pet it for a moment. No, I have not gone mad. Alright, maybe a little. But I don’t blame myself for it. It’s the Huawei P20 Pro who’s at fault here. And by being at fault, I mean having the most thoughtfully designed exterior on a smartphone.
Yes, you read that right. After employing it as my primary phone for days now, I’ve weirdly fallen in love with the P20 Pro’s build. And trust me, there’s a good reason for that. Let’s begin with its corners which are imperative to how well it sits in your palm. They’re round, made out of a soft-touch chrome-finish metallic material and have just enough curves to yield that comfortable grip. The similarly laid out sides complement that even further and have a nicely polished surface which arches around perfectly to marry the glass panels on the rear and front.
But my favorite part of all is the weight. Not too heavy to make the phone seem like a glass sculpture and not too light to give away its ostentatious structure. Just the right amount evenly distributed throughout the body to constantly remind you’re holding a premium product. The satisfying sense of density it conveys is a pleasant addition to the whole aesthetic and I feel, a sort of an underappreciated feature none of its fellow Android competitors can match. That’s in part due to the monstrous 4000mAh battery Huawei has managed to cram in.
This brings me, of course, to the rear which is the piece de resistance to this design. It features a paint job that shifts colors ever so slightly (not so slightly on the Twilight Blue color option) depending on from which angle you project light on the glass surface. That’s also one of the key reasons why I keep taking it out of its case and just watch the colors play with the light. I wouldn’t, honestly, hesitate to call it a work of art especially in this age of mundane grey and silver phones. My only pet peeve with the P20 Pro’s back is the camera protrusion and the fact that one of the sensors has been placed outside of the bump. I also admire the symmetrical placement of the Huawei and Leica branding which makes the phone seem like a proper point and shoot camera. Alas, if only the company had added a hardware shutter key. Remember when those were mainstream?
The bottom line is the Huawei P20 Pro, in my opinion, is the most well-balanced phone ever made. Obviously, its perks extend well beyond the design. The long-lasting battery, a formidable set of cameras, and more. To know our final verdict, do wait for the complete review which should drop in a couple of days.