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Honor 20 Pro Reviews And Recommendations By Tecbaba

Honor launched its latest Honor 20 pro in May 2019. The phone comes with a 6.26-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080×2340 pixels at a pixel density of 412 (PPI).

Honor 20 Pro has loaded with an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 980 processor. It is powered with 8GB of RAM.

20 Pro runs on Android 9 Pie and is powered by a powerful 4000mAh battery. The Honor 20 Pro supports fast charging.

As far as cameras are concerned, the Honor 20 Pro on the rear packs a 48-megapixel primary camera with an f/1.4 aperture and a pixel size of 1.6-micron; a second 16-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 aperture; the third camera consists of 8-megapixel with an f/2.4 aperture and a fourth 2-megapixel camera with an f/2.4 aperture. The rear camera setup has autofocus. It supports a 32-megapixel camera on the front for selfies, with an f/2.0 aperture.
Honor 20 Pro runs on Magic UI 2.1.0 based on Android 9 Pie and is loaded with 256GB of inbuilt storage.

Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS, Bluetooth v5.00, and USB Type-C. Sensors on the phone include an ambient light sensor, compass/ magnetometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and fingerprint sensor.

The smartphone measures 154.60 x 73.97 x 8.44mm (height x width x thickness) and weighs 182.00 grams. It was launched in Phantom Blue and Phantom Black colours.

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Honor 20 Pro Reviews And Specifications

General

BrandHonor
Model20 Pro
Release dateMay 2019
Form factorTouchscreen
Dimensions (mm)154.60 x 73.97 x 8.44
Weight (g)182.00
Battery capacity (mAh)4000
Fast chargingProprietary
ColoursPhantom Blue, Phantom Black

Display

Screen size (inches)6.26
TouchscreenYes
Resolution1080×2340 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI)412

Hardware

Processorocta-core
Processor makeHiSilicon Kirin 980
RAM8GB
Internal storage256GB

Camera

Rear camera48-megapixel (f/1.4, 1.6-micron) + 16-megapixel (f/2.2) + 8-megapixel (f/2.4) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4)
Rear autofocusYes
Rear flashYes
Front camera32-megapixel (f/2.0)

Software

Operating systemAndroid 9 Pie
SkinMagic UI 2.1.0

Connectivity

Wi-FiYes
Wi-Fi standards supported802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
GPSYes
BluetoothYes, v 5.00
USB Type-CYes

Sensors

Fingerprint sensorYes
Compass/ MagnetometerYes
Proximity sensorYes
Ambient light sensorYes
GyroscopeYes

Pros and Cons of Honor 20 Pro

As you know everything is not perfect. Hence Honor 20 pro also has its pros and cons. Let’s discuss some of them:

Pros

DESIGN AND BUILT

The first thing that’ll draw you towards Honor 20 Pro is its compact footprint. It’s not particularly petite as say the Galaxy S10e, but with every other phone getting bigger and bulkier, the Honor 20 Pro feels rather handy.

What helped Honor to cut the forehead is the 4.5mm punch hole – which is currently the fanciest notch style. Honor already has tough competition from full-view screens that mandate housing the camera in a moving part.

Anyways, the cut-out and narrow bezels screen all around help Honor 20 pro score a 91.7 percent screen-to-body ratio.

Now Turn your attention to the Honor 20’s rear side, and you will notice what Honor calls ‘Dynamic Holographic Design‘. What’s that you may ask? Well, Honor has used a triple-layer design – one color layer, one standard glass sheet, and one with diamond shape tiny prisms – that together result in a gradient back.

Honor company claims that the entire manufacturing process is so complex that out of every batch only a handful are perfect enough to be used in phones.

In a surprising move, Honor 20 pro doubles the power button for fingerprint unlock, which isn’t a bad move as the sensor is snappier than an average in-display sensor and has better accessibility than the rear-mounted sensors. We quite love the implementation.
The rear glass panel is affixed tightly on the camera module, which sits on the top left corner protruding outwards. Honor 20 Pro is also the latest among a long list of phones that have forsaken the audio jack.

The 20 Pro feels slippery and is prone to fingerprint smudges like every other glass body phone. But that’s the price we have all accepted to pay for the premium feel.

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PERFORMANCE AND SOFTWARE

Honor 20 Pro offers 8GB of RAM and a Kirin 980 chipset, similar to the one found in Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro and P30 Pro. On paper, it also competes with the Samsung Galaxy S10.

Sure enough, the 20 Pro is snappy to load apps and can handle high-intensity video games like Injustice 2 with ease—the standard Honor 20 lagged slightly performing the same task due to its lower memory. There’s 256GB of storage; if that’s not enough for you, keep in mind there’s no memory card available.

The battery is 4,000mAh, which is enough for about two days of typical use between charges. If you’re addicted to your phone, you’ll still want to charge it every night.
Honor’s Magic UI performs on Android 9 is more intuitive than competing skins from the likes of OnePlus, but it still trips over its feet when it comes to bloatware including Tips, Optimizer, Mirror, Facebook, and Booking.com. Once again, nothing can beat the stock Android offered by Google.

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QUAD CAMERA

The camera is the main change between the Honor 20 and the 20 Pro, and it is undoubtedly a significant one. The Honor 20 Pro has a four-camera lens setup, which includes the same 48MP f/1.8 main sensor, one 16MP f/2.2 wide-angle sensor, and the 2MP f/2.4 macro found on the standard Honor 20. The
Honor Pro removes a depth sensor found on the standard phone and replaces it with an 8MP f/2.4 lens with a 3x telephoto angle of view. In addition to bringing subjects into a clearer view with optics, the fourth lens adds a 30x digital zoom feature.

Detailed Photos

This means that the Honor 20 Pro is much more capable of taking detailed photos, especially for distant subjects. There are immediate clarity and a greater sense of texture that comes from the Pro that you don’t get with the standard version; zooming in, it’s clear that the Honor 20 Pro is able to more sophisticatedly capture contrast, too.

While you can’t infer color accuracy from a single test shot, we were happy with what the 20 Pro’s Leica-branded camera managed to do under artificial lighting. The honor 20 Pro shows better texture and more faithful color tones than the OnePlus 7 Pro, which skew a little yellow, and the Huawei P30, which shows colors with a little less vibrant.

It’s not all roses and champagne, however. The choice to keep the macro lens instead of the depth sensor is, in my opinion, the wrong one. It’d be good if the camera could automatically detect macro subjects and switch to the appropriate lens, especially when the company bills its photographic engine as intelligent.
Like all Honor and Huawei devices, there’s also an AI mode. It is supposed to enhance the quality of a photo like the green of a leaf or how fluffy a cloud looks. Much like all other Honor’s devices, the results can be a little overblown.

On the front, through the hole punch, is a 32MP selfie camera. It works fine, and your front-facing photos will look adequately detailed.

Cons

  • No 3.5mm audio jack or microSD card slot.
  • Subpar audio output quality.
  • Doesn’t come cheap and an OLED screen would have made the deal odd.
  • The product’s future is uncertain due to the US ban on Huawei and Honor.

CONCLUSION

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The smartphone market has probably never been more robust, with pretty much all of the major manufacturers arguing over who offers the best camera on the market.

If you’re somebody who considers the quality of the onboard camera to be an important part of the decision to buy a smartphone, but, crucially you don’t have a top-end budget to play with, it’s phones like the Honor 20 Pro which will likely be on your radar.

For your money, you get a heck of a lot, with the camera being similar to older Huawei models that once would have set you back a bigger chunk of cash.

Camera Review

At the moment, the Huawei P30 Pro is Huawei’s flagship, and while the Honor 20 Pro doesn’t match up to that in terms of quality and flexibility, it comes reasonably close to last year’s flagship – the P20 Pro, but with the addition of a super wide-angle camera. The Honor 20 Pro’s triple-camera line-up (I’m choosing to ignore the macro camera) gives you great flexibility to move between super-wide-angle and 3x optical zoom and should be the ideal setup for most amateur photographers.

For those who are looking for a little more control, having different shooting modes to experiment with, as well as a dedicated Pro mode is a little bonus. Having the ability to shoot in raw format is also welcome, even if the vast majority of users don’t ever intend to use the option.

Overall, image quality is excellent, with bright, vibrant colors and a satisfying impression of overall detail. Low light shooting is well facilitated by the Night mode, while modes such as Portrait and Aperture allow you to get a little bit creative.

Final Review

If your budget is even tighter, you might want to also consider the standard Honor 20, which was announced at the same time as the Honor 20 Pro. It’s around £150 cheaper, and you lose the telephoto lens, but otherwise, the setup is very similar.

We were expecting good things from the Honor 20 Pro and it hasn’t failed to deliver. With very little to dislike about it, especially for the price, If you’re sitting comfortably in the mid-range and don’t want to splash too much cash, it’s therefore very easy to recommend.

I hope my Honor 20 Pro review is helpful for you.

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