Do you remember, as I told you, that Huawei's excellent P20 Pro was a phone that would frustrate Americans if they were not on their market? Well, this week at the IFA, this device got even more annoying when Huawei introduced four new variants: two new color options and two genuine leather backs that look and feel nice.
First, the colors: one of them twists the gradient of the original Twilight P20 Pro, with the darker side now down and the bright blue overlaying the phone like the glow of a distant flame. Huawei calls this Morpho Aurora because the gradient indeed morphs and varies depending on the angle you look at from the phone. I like the gradient design of the original P20 Pro and I like this new model even better. The white P20 Pro is called Mother of Pearl because it has a couple of alternate colors dipped in white, though I'm much less enthusiastic about it. White reflective things do not look nearly as attractive as dark reflective things. Both phones are of course on the front and back of glass, and both are unchanged from the P20 Pro, which we already know
The leather P20 Pros are in my opinion the most attractive variants of this mobile phone. Yes, the color gradients of the glass versions are fun, but the leather P20 Pro is much nicer to hold and use. Both the black and brown leather options use real calf leather (sorry, vegan friends), and the lighter has a matching golden metal frame around the phone. If the future of telephones looks like a departure from the aluminum designs we've been enjoying for many years, I'd like to see companies use more of those supple, touch-friendly materials to wrap them up. Motorola and LG have earlier offered leather backs on their phones, and if we see a return to this fashion, I am all for it. It does not necessarily have to be leather; just something that is more tactile, grippy and philanthropic than plain glass.
For the privilege of owning Huawei & # 39; s most chic and beautiful phone, you must (a) be prepared to spend the Chinese equivalent of $ 999, and (b) live or import into China, because that's the only market Huawei plans to release the P20 Pro leather. The leather versions cost 100 € more than the base P20 Pro, but also increase the memory and memory from 6 GB with 128 GB to 8 GB with 256 GB. All new P20 Pros will be available from September 5th
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