+ Friday January 18th, 2019 Ausdroid » News and Editorial » Huawei P20 will launch with Android 8.1 Oreo and EMUI 8.1

Huawei seems to have started the hype machine ahead of the upcoming smartphone announcement on March 27 in Paris, with a leak that’s either deliberate or ridiculous. It was thought that Huawei’s P20 might launch with Android 8.0 rather than the newer 8.1, but today, we can confirm this is not the case.

XDA Developers has confirmed a swathe of information about the upcoming device, including:

  • The P20 line will launch with the latest Android 8.1, and EMUI will have the same version number.
  • Jumping to Android 8.1 will unlock the Neural Networks API which will allow third-party developers to take advantage of Huawei’s Kirin 970 Neural Processing Unit. Expect some fancy camera-based AI here.
  • P20 devices may feature an iPhone X-style notch at the top, which houses (what Huawei calls) a “Point Cloud Depth Camera” – shown above.

Though XDA Developers have got their hands on this new Android 8.1-based firmware, there’s no hardware capable of running it just yet. They’ve attempted to flash it onto a Mate 10, and in the process, destroyed the phone irrecoverably.

We don’t have long to wait now, though. Huawei’s P20 will likely be discussed off the record at MWC 2018 in a couple of weeks, and the announcement event will follow a month after. To say I’m excited is an understatement.

Source: XDA Developers.

Chris Rowland   Managing Editor

Chris Rowland

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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Tibb So

It will launch with Android 8.1 and it will still have Android 8.1 two & half years later, Huawei Australia has an extremely strong dislike for updating software/firmware.

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My mate 10 pro from Optus has received 3 updates since launch, has January security patch.

Dominic Brodowski
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Mate 9 is on Android 7, EMUI 5, Security Patch level June ’17 and they have been promising updates forever. Meanwhile Huawei in every other region has gotten these updates. Whoever is running their Aus division is a hack.


An iPhone X notch… Huawei has absolutely no originality.

Max Luong
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I’m assuming that launching with 8.1 means that it will support Project Treble? I’m eagerly awaiting the day when we can buy phones without worrying about what horrible skin the manufacturer decides to put onto it.

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