Do I trade in my Pixel XL for the Huawei P20 Pro?

The last of the OS updates for my Pixel XL is coming this October, which means I’ll have a year of monthly security updates left after that. Although I’ll probably trade in my Pixel XL for the Pixel 3 XL, there are other phones I’m drooling over. Well, only one that I’m drooling over, the Huawei P20 Pro.

The Huawei P20 Pro is more of a pipe dream than a reality for me. The specs for the phone are amazing, and the reviews have been stellar, but it lacks the one thing that makes the Pixel line stand apart from other premium phones, regular updates. Still, the P20 Pro has such great specs and a killer camera that it makes me think of jumping ship.

For me, the focal point of the P20 Pro, aside from the 6.1″ FHD OLED screen, is the camera. The P20 Pro is the first phone I’ve seen with a camera that makes the one in the Pixel XL and Pixel 2 XL look primitive. The P20 Pro comes with three cameras and works some of its magic with software. Check out the camera specks below.

Huawei P20 Pro Specs

Display: 6.1 inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Resolution: 1080 x 2240 pixels, 18.7:9 ratio (~408 ppi density)
OS: Android 8.1 (Oreo)
CPU: Hisilicon Kirin 970 Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
Storage/Memory: 128 GB, 6 GB RAM
Camera: Primary Triple: 40 MP (f/1.8, 27 mm, 1/1.7″, OIS) + 20 MP (f/1.6, 27 mm) + 8 MP (f/2.4, 80 mm), Leica optics, 3x optical zoom, phase detection and laser autofocus, LED flash, check quality

Check out the above specs for the P20, read the reviews on Forbes, CNET, Android Authority and you’ll be amazed. The only things I do not like about this phone are the notch at the top and the lack of an app drawer, both of which which can be fixed via the settings.

Why Not Just Buy the Damn Thing?

Why don’t I just buy the P20 Pro? I’ve seriously considered it, that’s how much I’m interested in this phone. But it’s really too damn soon for me to think about it (I still have one major update coming) and I told myself that I would not think seriously about my next phone until I get the update to Android 9.0. By that time I’ll know what to expect from the Pixel 3 XL and will be able to compare them to each other.

Since I’m in the United States, I would have to buy an unlocked P20 Pro on Ebay. This means more homework to find a reputable dealer.

Unless Google messes up with the camera on the Pixel 3 XL, I doubt very much that I’ll give up monthly security updates for a better camera. The Pixel line is known for top-of-the-line cameras, so I doubt that this will happen. I also doubt that Huawei or any other phone manufacturer is going to start rolling out timely updates to the OS, never mind regular security updates.

If you read my post on Why I Still Love My Pixel XL, you know how I feel about regular updates.

Huawei has some loyal followers, and I can see why. They’re known for innovative phones, and offer a quality product in both high-end and mid-range price points. And although the P20 Pro will get two major updates, I can’t buy a phone knowing that the upgrades won’t come in a timely manner.

I’m not about to get rid of my Pixel XL until some time late next year, so there’s plenty of time for Huawei to figure out a better upgrade schedule.

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