Honor 20i: Six Points to Note in Honor’s New Mid-Segmenter


The Honor 20 might have grabbed more headlines because of its higher end design and specs (read our review), but it was certainly not the only phone with the 20 moniker to be released by Honor. Also released was the Honor 20i, which while possessing a more modest spec sheet, was targeted at perhaps a much wider audience. Aimed squarely at the highly competitive mid-segment of the Indian smartphone market, the Honor 20i has quite a battle on its hands. Here are six features that we think are worth noting about this new phone:

Compact, shiny design
At a time when phones are getting bigger by the day, Honor seems to have opted to follow a more compact route. No, it is not super handy but its 6.21 inch full HD+ display squeezes into a comparatively compact 154 mm long, 8 mm slim frame. There is also a drop notch selfie camera on the display, while the back is all about the latest trend – shiny with a gradient finish. It is not exactly path breaking in terms of design, considering the number of phones following the same template, but it is nevertheless a very good looking phone, in best Honor tradition.

A middling processor
If the Honor 20i has a bit of a weak point, it is the processor. The phone is powered by the Kirin HiSilicon 710 chip, which although a very able chip in its own right, is now beginning to show signs of ageing. It is almost a year old and we are not sure whether it would be able to compete with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 and 675 chips seen in competing devices, even though Honor has backed it with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. It will handle most routine tasks well and if our experience is anything to go by, will also see off a PUBG and Asphalt session without too much trouble, but compare it with the newer chips and you will see a discernible change in speed.

Scoring on cameras
The processor might seem a little on the old side for some, but the camera set up on the Honor 20i is pretty cutting edge. It comes with three cameras on the back – a 24 megapixel main sensor with f/1.8 aperture, a 8 megapixel ultra wide camera and a 2 megapixel depth sensor. On the front, the punch hole display contains a 32 megapixel selfie snapper. Big numbers those, although not in the 48 megapixel zone occupied by the Redmi Note 7 Pro, and given Honor’s reputation, we expect some very good photography from them.

Pie with some Honor Magic
Making all this run is Android Pie, but with a unique touch on it. Honor’s phones have the company’s Magic UI on top of Android, which is very similar to the EMUI found on Huawei’s devices. It is very comprehensive and comes with a number of options, but well, it can take some getting used to.

A smallish battery…which charges fast
The Honor 20i comes with a 3400 mAh battery. That is not small in itself but gets dwarfed by the 4000 mAh and 5000 mAh batteries we have been seeing from the likes of Samsung, Redmi and Asus. On the plus side, the battery does come with support for 10W fast charging, but given the full HD+ display, we really think it is going to last a day at best.

A price that has fierce competition
At Rs 14,999, the Honor 20i goes right up against the likes of the Realme 3 Pro and the Redmi Note 7 Po. And that is quite some competition, especially when you consider that both those devices are perceived to have better processors and bigger batteries. The Honor 20i then has really to get those cameras firing to stand out. We will let you know if it does in our report card.



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