Fast Verdict

For the worth, the Honor 20 is a really spectacular smartphone with a giant display, good digital camera and trendy design. The 4cm macro mode is great for a smartphone and although greens/reds may be oversaturated, typically, color copy in photos is great. There are some clipping points when utilizing portrait mode and the 2x zoom (and past) is not nice however for £400, you are getting a good digital camera, that may seize 48MP photos, in one thing that was initially designed to make telephone calls which continues to be a fairly cool factor. The on-going Huawei issues which might be nonetheless taking over newspaper columns could also be a priority however Honor have promised they are going to proceed to help their prospects however at the moment, we do not know if Huawei/Honor smartphones will proceed to obtain updates. Nevertheless, this apart, for those who’re not an Apple/Samsung fanboy and wish to save your self a bit of money, the Honor 20 sequence of smartphones ought to go in your ‘smartphones to think about’ listing. 

+ Execs

  • All-screen show 
  • Good picture high quality  
  • Wonderful value  
  • Nice specs (for the worth)

– Cons

  • Huawei points cannot be ignored 
  • 2x zoom and up is poor
  • Nonetheless room for enchancment with low gentle photos
  • 48MP photos solely barely higher than the 12MP photos


The Honor 20 smartphone is the middle-man sitting between the premium Honor 20 Professional and cheaper Honor 20 Lite. Though it is sitting in between the 2 different smartphones within the Honor 20 vary, it truly has extra in frequent with the Professional model so it’s going to be attention-grabbing to see how effectively it could possibly seize photos; much more so when you think about the somewhat affordable £399 asking value (6GB + 128GB) which is £150 cheaper than the Professional model (£549). 

Earlier than we get onto the overview, we have got to say the elephant within the room which is the USA vs Huawei debate/problem… no matter you wish to name it as Honor are a Huawei sub-brand and although Honor is attempting to reassure prospects that Honor smartphones will proceed to obtain safety patches and Android updates, it is nonetheless going to be a fear for some. 

As we’re nonetheless unsure how this political problem will finish, we thought it was solely proper it was talked about however for the second, it appears like issues could be on the up for the smartphone producer who has now overtaken Apple within the smartphone rankings. 

One factor we will say for positive is that the Honor 20, on paper, appears to be a cracking smartphone at a terrific value however does this equate in actual life conditions? Let’s discover out…


Honor 20 Options

Honor 20

With a model that has a actual deal with images, it is no shock that we discover a quad digital camera system constructed into the Honor 20 with a 48MP f/1.eight fundamental digital camera, 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle, 2MP f/2.four macro lens, which may focus inside 4cm of your topic and a 2MP f/2.four depth help sensor. The selfie digital camera is 32MP and is constructed into the display (there is a very small gap) so there is no notch taking over helpful display area which measures 6.26-inch, the identical because the Honor 20 Professional. 

The digital camera app is stuffed with cool options similar to portrait mode, night time mode and so on. and the mid-range smartphone additionally shoots 4K video. 

Underneath the shiny exterior, it is just like the older Huawei P30 Professional however it does not have a flowery in-screen fingerprint sensor, as a substitute, that is constructed into the ability button on the aspect of the smartphone. Speaking of energy, a 3750mAh battery may be discovered within the Honor 20 together with a Kirin 980 processor.

One other cool function, which we point out rather a lot with Honor/Huawei smartphones, are the color choices which might be normally accessible. The Sapphire Blue (we’ve got on check) is basically eye-catching and stands out towards the all too frequent black smartphones in the marketplace. 

Key Options

  • 48mp f/1.eight fundamental digital camera
  • 16mp f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle
  • 2mp f/2.four macro, 4cm macro focus
  • 2mp f/2.four depth help
  • 32mp selfie digital camera, in-screen
  • Tremendous Evening Mode
  • 6.26inch display
  • Kirin 980 Processor
  • Fingerprint sensor and NFC
  • 3750mAh battery


Honor 20 Dealing with

Honor 20

The Honor 20 could be a mid-range smartphone however it actually does not look ‘inexpensive’. It has a metallic body, glass entrance/rear and an ultra-modern edge-to-edge show with a cut-out selfie digital camera within the high left nook which suggests extra display to your hard-earned money. Rounded edges make the Honor 20 comfy to carry and it does not really feel overly huge both. The ability/fingerprint sensor button is barely recessed, too, which provides a little bit bit additional grip once you’re holding the system with one hand. Having stated that, we nonetheless advocate utilizing two arms when capturing pictures to maintain shake to a minimal and it’ll additionally imply it is much less more likely to slip out of your arms. 

“The Honor 20 could be a mid-range smartphone however it actually does not look inexpensive.”

Honor 20

Speaking of slipping and sliding, because the again is constructed from glass, it could possibly slide off surfaces fairly simply so do watch out and as trendy smartphones are fragile issues, it is all the time value popping a case on it. Nevertheless, for those who do, could we recommend a transparent one as it could be a disgrace to cowl up the expensive-looking end the Honor 20 has. The sapphire blue we’ve got on check is especially enticing, reflecting gentle fantastically. The issue with such pretty finishes, although, is fingerprints, and we all know there’s not a lot you are able to do about them however nonetheless, it makes the smartphone look messy. 

You may assume the aspect fingerprint sensor would take some time to get used to, particularly as most different smartphones have these sensors on the again however truly, it feels somewhat regular as your fingers naturally relaxation on the aspect once you’re holding the smartphone anyway. Above the ability button/fingerprint sensor is the amount management and to the underside is a USB-C port and speaker. There is no headphone jack, annoyingly, though a USB Sort-C to headphone socket adapter is supplied within the field. 

The Honor 20’s show is basically nice, measuring 6.26-inches and providing a 1080×2340 decision. Plus, the edge-to-edge design is nice for viewing pictures as photos actually do fill the entire entrance of the system. 

Honor 20


The cutout, dewdrop, top-notch debate will proceed to be mentioned however the extra cutout/punch gap entrance cameras we see, the extra we have a tendency to love them – particularly when paired with hardly-there bezels. 

As for display brightness and viewability, there’s nothing majorly improper with it. Is it as shiny as a number of the premium smartphones? In all probability not however colors are balanced effectively and pictures are sharp. 

The digital camera set-up sounds spectacular with a 48MP f/1.eight fundamental digital camera, 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle, 2MP f/2.four macro lens, which may focus inside 4cm of your topic and a 2MP f/2.four depth help sensor. You might have seen {that a} telephoto lens is lacking which makes the mid-range value level extra noticeable because the costlier Professional model does have a telephoto lens and with out it, zoom is a bit poor – one thing we’ll cowl within the subsequent part. The selfie digital camera is 32MP and, as talked about, is constructed into the display. 


Honor 20

As talked about, the principle digital camera is a 48MP shooter which makes use of Quad-Bayer Array know-how to enhance decision and light-weight sensitivity – one thing we’re seeing in additional of Huawei/Honor’s inexpensive smartphones as at one time, it was reserved for extra premium units such because the Mate 20 Professional

The know-how is especially helpful in low gentle and at night time because it makes use of 2×2 adjoining pixels in the identical color, growing gentle sensitivity and conserving noise to a minimal and elevating the sensitivity to a degree equal to 12 efficient megapixels. 

AI-powered know-how all the time options in Honor smartphones and it recognises scenes, adjusting settings to offer you optimum outcomes. It is also used when taking pictures with the ‘Extremely Readability’ mode which, when chosen (it is an possibility within the setting’s menu) permits the digital camera to take a number of 48MP photos directly which the most effective particulars are collected from and are mixed to make 1 48MP photograph. A intelligent algorithm then asses the general look of the photograph, adjusting and optimising outcomes. 


Honor 20


The digital camera app is similar as what you see on different Honor/Huawei smartphones, is straightforward to make use of and has varied modes built-in. These embrace a panorama mode, night time mode, professional mode and a portrait mode the place you’ll be able to alter pores and skin softness and background bokeh. 

Battery life – The battery is rated at 3750mAh which is okay and there are a number of energy saving modes accessible that will help you preserve power. There’s additionally a quick charger equipped so you’ll be able to go from zero to round 50% battery in half an hour or so. 

Antutu and Geekbench scores are as follows: 279033 (Antutu) and 3213 (single-core Geekbench), 9691 (multi-core Geekbench). Spectacular for such a effectively priced smartphone.


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