UMIDIGI Z2 Pro VS Huawei P20 Pro: How much should you pay for a flagship? (video)

by Dimitris Economou 0

Since the iPhone X hit the market, flagship prices increased to a point that makes you wonder if it is worth it to pay so much money for a smartphone that you will probably change next year. Another aspect is whether a $1000 is 3 three times better than a $300 one. Speaking of flagships, the UMIDIGI Z2 Pro recently entered the presale period at a discounted price, starting at $299.99 for the standard versions. So, the Chinese manufacturer made a short comparison video to prove that the Huawei P20 Pro might cost 3 times more but it isn’t 3 times better. Let’s check it out.

In the short video we can see the design and some of the build quality of both phones and as it turns out, there is almost no difference at all, at least by just looking at them. Both phones have a flagship-grade build process, and should feel really premium in the hand. Both feature a FHD+ notch display with the Z2 Pro having a slimmer bottom bezel thanks to the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. Also, besides the gradient color that both phones feature, the Z2 Pro also has a Luxury Ceramic edition. Lastly, the design on the Z2 Pro is more symmetrical thanks to the center-located cameras.


On the camera department, the Huawei P20 Pro is the absolute winner but not by that far to justify the 3x price. UMIDIGI chose a dual setup with two 16MP/8MP sensors, with an aperture of f/1.7, while the Huawei flagship uses three cameras with 40MP/20MP/8MP setup with f/1.6 aperture, so the P20 Pro has the edge here. We are eager to see the photo capabilities of the Z2 Pro since it comes with improved algorithms and top Samsung sensors.


Moving on to the performance, the P20 Pro obviously has a more powerful SoC but mobile CPUs have improved so much the last few years that both phones can handle whatever you throw at them. Multitasking is a piece of cake for both although Huawei’s flagship sports better performance on demanding 3D games. That doesn’t mean that the Z2 Pro with its Helio P60 under the hood isn’t pretty capable of running most of the new games without a hassle. A major role here plays the lightweight stock Android 8.1 Oreo found on UMIDIGI’s flagship while the P20 Pro runs on its proprietary EMUI Android fork.


As for the pricing, here is where the Z2 Pro really shines: for $299 it’s able to offer an extremely well-rounded product able to go toe-to-toe in many aspects with the $1000 flagship P20 Pro, and even offering some extra features like the wireless charge and the luxury Ceramic Variant. So, is some extra horsepower and the triple camera setup enough to make you pay $700 more? This is up to your personal preference but UMIDIGI’s proposal offers a well-rounded device with above average performance, premium materials and top build quality at 1/3 of the price. That’s why they call it “A Flagship for Everyone”. The Z2 Pro is currently on offer until August 19th starting at $299.99 on Gearbest. Get your $60 off discount on the company’s official website while the offer lasts!


UMIDIGI Z2 Pro specs versus the competition

  UMIDIGI Z2 Pro Huawei P20 Pro
Display size, resolution 6.2-inch LCD IPS Screen; 1080×2246 pixels 6.1-inch OLED; 1080×2240 pixels
Pixel density 403 ppi 408 ppi
Dimensions (Millimeters) 153.4×74.4×8.3 mm 155×73.9×7.8 mm
Weight ( Grams) 165g 180g
Mobile software Stock Android 8.1 Oreo EMUI 8.1 based on Android 8.1 Oreo
Camera 16-megapixel (S5K2P7, f/1.7), 8-megapixel (S5K4H7, f/2.0) 40 MP (RGB, f/1.8 aperture) + 20 MP (Monochrome, f/1.6 aperture) + 8 MP (Telephoto, f/2.4 aperture
Front-facing camera 16-megapixel (IMX371, f/2.0), 8-megapixel 24-megapixel, f/2.0 aperture
Video capture 4K 4K
Processor Helio P60 HUAWEI Kirin 970 CPU
Storage 128GB 128GB
Expandable storage 256GB 256GB
Battery 3550mAh 4000mAh
Connector USB-C USB-C
Wireless Charge 15W N/A
Variants Twilight, Carbon Fiber, Luxury Ceramic Twilight, Black, Pink Gold, Midnight Blue
Special features NFC,Global bands,single/dual SIM (type: nano), Bluetooth v4.2, Wi-Fi,GPS/GLONASS Global bands, Fingerprint sensor, single/dual SIM (type: nano), Bluetooth v4.0, Wi-Fi, Type-C USB port, GPS/GLONASS
Price (USD) $299.99 (Twilight, Carbon Fiber), $359.99 (Ceramic) From $1099 (6GB+128GB version)