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.