Huawei’s sub-brand Honor has recently unveiled its flagship device, the Honor 20. Priced at about EUR 499, the brand is expected to launch the device soon in India and is expected to be priced around Rs. 35,000-40,000 (the final price has not been confirmed at the time of writing). This pricing places the upcoming Honor 20 right in the OnePlus 7/ 7 Prozone, which dominates the budget flagship segment and also that of the recently launched Oppo Reno X10 Zoom. So what does the Honor 20 bring to the table. It certainly has at least seven features worth a look:
A Design that Sticks to Trends
When it comes to design, the Honor 20 subtly ticks off all the boxes of what makes a trendy looking smartphone today. It sports a tall display that is surrounded by extremely thin bezels. The back of the device is made of glass, like most premium (and even non-premium smartphone these days. The back is shiny and reflective but does not have a colour gradient effect or fancy light patterns do not appear when light fall on it. The black unit especially is rather subtle as compared to what we have seen from Honor in the past. It might not appeal those who want their smartphones to attract attention but the Honor 20 is definitely smart. It lacks the wow factor in design but the device is definitely not an eyesore in any regard. For a smartphone that comes with such a tall display, the Honor 20 is refreshingly compact and fits easily in hand.
Served on the Side, A Fingerprint Scanner
With the Honor 20, Honor has decided to take a slightly off beat route when it comes to placing the fingerprint scanner. Unlike most smartphones that either place the fingerprint scanner on the back or under the display, the Honor 20 actually sports it on the frame under the volume rocker on the right side. The flat button doubles up as a fingerprint scanner and power/lock button which unlocks the device as soon as you touch the lock button, killing the need to wake the phone separately and unlock separately. Very different and definitely an innovation.
Punching a Hole in the Display
If Honor has taken the road less travelled with the fingerprint scanner, it has taken a slightly more popular option for the “notch” containing the front-facing camera. The Honor 20 comes with a 6.26 inch full HD+ display with screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. And just like the Honor View 20released in late 2018, the Honor 20 also comes with a punch hole display. This means there is a small black dot on the top left side of the display which actually is the front-facing camera of the device. The display looks bright and responsive and contrast seems pretty deep. And the punch hole seems rather unobstrusive!
High Quality Silicon from HiSilicon Kirin
In the processor department, like many Honor/ Huawei smartphones, the Honor 20 is also powered by company’s in-house chipset. Running the Honor 20 is the high-end HiSilicon Kirin 980 processor, a flagship level processor which Huawei claims matches the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, and which we earlier saw in the superb Huawei P30 Pro. It is paired with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage. Because there is no slot for memory card, this all the storage you get on the phone. From what we have seen in past, the Kirin 980 is a pretty good performer. Which means that the phone should be able to sail smoothly even though most heavy duty tasks. Incidentally, it comes with all the connectivity options you would expect on a flagship including support for dual SIM, infrared port, USB Type C port, USB OTG, GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0.
Cameras? Gimme Five!
Multiple camera setups are nothing new now and have become pretty mainstream, especially in the premium segment. The Honor 20 comes with five cameras in all. A quad camera arrangement is seen on its back – it comprises a main 48-megapixel sensor with f/1.8 aperture and PDAF, a 16-megapixel ultra wide angle sensor with f/2.2 aperture, a 2-megapixel sensor dedicated for macro photography with f/2.4 aperture and lastly, there is a 2-megapixel depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture. The Honor 20 is actually one of first phones that comes with sensor dedicated to macro shots, which is again an interesting touch (most other brands seem to be more concerned about bokeh, zoom and ultrawide). The punch hole on the front carries a 32-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture with support for HDR. Those are some pretty hefty numbers and Honor has a great reputation of coming with plenty of shooting options and good image quality too. There is a Super Night mode which is being highly promoted. We will let you know how that one pans out.
A Bigg-ish Battery
Running the device is a 3,750 mAh battery. That might not sound like a lot when compared with the 4000 mAh ones we have seen on the Oppo Reno and also the OnePlus 7 Pro, but then it does have to power a smaller display as well. The battery incidentally comes with support for 22.5 W fast charging, which means the phone will give you a battery life worth of a couple of hours in 15-20 minutes. Honor is also claiming up to 18 hours of video playback and more than a 130 powers of audio playback. Big numbers those. Let’s see how they hold up in the real world.
Android Pie with a Magical Touch
Although there are signs Huawei’s relationship with Google is in danger but that has not kept the Honor 20 away from getting a slice of Android Pie. The Honor 20 runs on Android 9.0 Pie and is topped with Honor’s Magic UI 2.1.0. The Magic UI is generally pretty clean and clutter free and is not too difficult to get used to. What is interesting is whether the Honor 20 will get updates from Google in the coming days. But as of now, this device has pretty much everything one would want from a high-end Android flagship. Let’s see what it gets priced at. Of course, we will be submitting a report card on it.