We know that the Huawei P20 will not be at the upcoming MWC 2018 event in Barcelona. We also know that the Chinese OEM has planned an event on March 27, during which the P20 will be unveiled alongside the P20 Plus and P20 Lite.
Not so long ago, we got details of the three phones’ codenames and color variants courtesy of tipster Roland Quandt, who says the standard P20 and P20 Plus, whose codenames are Emily and Charlotte, respectively, will be sold in Ceramic Black and Twilight color variants. On the other hand, the P20 Lite is codenamed Anne and will be sold in Midnight Black, Klein Blue and Sakura Pink.
While we do know that the Huawei P20 and P20 Plus will be powered by the new Kirin 970 processor, other details about the phones have remained patchy. And we have one such patchy detail regarding the P10 successor.
According to XDA Developers, the P20 will be powered by Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. The OS will be based on the newer EMUI 8.1 and not the current EMUI 8.0 found on the likes of Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro.
This is definitely some good stuff from Huawei. Recently, the company has been doing a great job with software updates. In fact, it was among the first non-Google OEMs to release a device powered by Oreo out of the box and so far, a flurry of its devices have either received or are in the process of getting the new OS.
The XDA report further notes that the new Android 8.1 Oreo will open a wealth of AI-based capabilities nested within the Kirin 970 as the company pushes on with artificial intelligence.
While this report touches specifically on Emily or rather the standard P20, we believe that the P20 Plus and P20 Lite will also follow suit and come with Android 8.1 Oreo based on EMUI 8.1.