Honor 20 Pro Review - Candidate for the best value for money!

8th September 2020

Honor 20 Pro is the latest flagship from the Huawei subsidiary. Like last year, this year the Honor has built on powerful specifications and an attractive design that makes the Honor 20 Pro a much sought after device. Add to that the price that is playfully subject to most flagships and you have an attractive package that many interested parties will turn to.

However, Honor 20 Pro is not without flaws, so let's take a look at what it really is. For completeness, we add that in this review, we used Honor 20 Pro in version 9.1. 0.125 (C431E2R5P1) .

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Honor 20 Pro: Basic information

Honor's goal is to offer most of the latest technologies from Huawei's flagships at a significantly lower price. We could see that this approach works with the Honor 10 last year. This year, Honor comes in three flavors. The cheapest Honor 20 Lite is at the price of approximately € 270 the cheapest and least equipped. The Honor 20 is very similar to the Honor 20 Pro, but has a smaller battery and slightly worse cameras. It is Honor 20 Pro that is the most interesting of all, especially with its ratio of functions, resp. equipment included.

The package Honor 20 for a visit really just basic things like the phone itself, 22.5 W the quick (Huawei Supercharge), USB cable and adapter from  3.5 mm to USB C . Do not wait for headphones or a rubber cover.

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Honor 20 Pro: Design and quality of workmanship

Like Huawei, Honor is true to its modern design. Both companies prefer rich colors with which light can play well when the device is tilted. Honor 20 Pro is no exception. For the test in the editorial office, we have a blue version , which looks more like emerald live. Not that I can recognize more than 6 colors, but our Honor 20 Pro is really blue with a touch of green. There is also a black version available , which breathes purple and blue , which in my opinion is even more interesting.

The front side, of course, consists of a crushing part of the display. There are slightly thicker frames around the display than on Huawei's flagships, and the whole impression is gently spoiled by the front camera directly in the display . However, its diameter is only 4.5 mm and, in fact, does not interfere at all when using the device. The top frame also has a thin speaker for calls.

The sides of the device are nicely rounded with one exception. On the right side is a small cutout in which the power button is stored. This is because Honor has inserted a fingerprint sensor that is really fast. If you still remember the times when Huawei didn't offer a fingerprint reader on the display, you know for how fast it can be. In the settings, you can set whether the phone should turn on when a fingerprint is detected (without pressing) or whether it should also require you to press the power button .

Of course, Honor 20 Pro also supports face recognition technology , which is also very fast. The combination of both methods will ensure that you get to the phone as fast as you can.

On the back, we find four vertically mounted cameras , which protrude from the construction, which you need to be careful about. On the right side there is an LED flash and a laser focusing system. To protect your cameras from scratches, which will sooner or later happen, buy a case. Really, without a case, it will sooner or later be scratched.

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Honor 20 Pro: Display

The Honor 20 Pro offers a 6.26-inch LCD display with a resolution of 2, 340 x 1, 080 pixels . Unfortunately, Honor probably didn't get a revocation from Huawei and has to stay at the LCD panel. We would be much better if at least the Pro model switched to a higher quality OLED.

In the real world, it doesn't matter so much. The display is beautifully readable in  interior or exterior . In direct sunlight, however, it begins to fade, which is a limitation of LCD technology, not the phone itself. However, I can't complain about the viewing angles, or the colors, or the minimum or maximum brightness. You can live with everything very, very comfortably.

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Honor 20 Pro: Power and battery

The Honor 20 Pro is powered by the Kirin 980 flagship chipset and  8 GB of RAM . There is also 256 GB of storage, which cannot be expanded. If these numbers tell you anything, you know that Honor 20 Pro is not a snail. On the contrary. It is one of the top performance, which in practice means that you will not have a problem with any application or demanding game.

Performance has also been translated into the overall operation of the system, which works smoothly and quickly. I checked the performance itself in the game PUBG Mobile , one of the more demanding game titles, and I must admit that Honor 20 Pro did it very well.

Despite the fact that we know the performance of the Kirin 980 chipset very well (for example from the review of the Huawei P30 Pro ), I ran AnTuT on the phone and received a result of 219, 000 points , which is extremely satisfactory.

In 2019, we somehow got used to the fact that premium devices offer at least 4, 000 mAh of battery capacity. Each rule has its exceptions, but I'm very happy that Honor 20 Pro follows this rule .

Despite the relatively large, 4, 000 mAh battery, the Honor 20 Pro could not get higher than over 6 hours of on-screen display . Just for comparison, the top of the Huawei workshop, the P30 Pro , was able to achieve up to 8 hours of on-screen display with a  4, 200 mAh battery. This is a big difference, not only the battery capacity itself, but also the LCD display . It does not adhere to the OLED panel with its colors or energy consumption.

Fortunately, the package contains a 22.5 W charger, which will replenish the entire battery in a little over an hour . Honor 20 Pro reported 50% capacity to me after 30 minutes . What disappointed me, however, is the lack of wireless charging, which I'm used to with the S10 + or P30 Pro.

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Honor 20 Pro: Cameras

The Honor 20 Pro has a total of five sensors . Four of them are stored at the back , one at the front. The main 48 Mpx comes from a Sony workshop (it's also found in the OnePlus 7 Pro) and takes "only" 12 Mpx shots in basic mode. This is because it combines 4 pixels into one , so it collects more light and can apply various enhancements based on artificial intelligence. The photos are good , but we were expecting that. Huawei and Honor take the camera as one of the most important points of the whole smartphone and it is visible.

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You also have an ultra-wide-angle camera, which is suitable for photographing landscapes or family celebrations, where you have to cram many people into one shot. On the contrary, it will also please 3x zoom , which is a kind of golden middle way.

Honor 20 Pro has one more interesting thing. It has a 2 Mpx macro sensor , which, as its name suggests, is designed for capturing small objects. It will be enjoyed mainly by lovers of details or hopeful photographers of the insect world.

Overall, however, the Honor 20 Pro is a very handy photo tool that is worth carrying in your pocket. The photos are beautifully sharp and full of color. I haven't noticed the problem of excessive saturation that was present at Honor 10 this year.

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Honor 20 Pro: Android 9 Pie and MagicOS 2.1

The device runs on the still current version of Android 9 Pie with the MagicOS extension in version 2.1 . This is a very similar user experience to that offered by Huawei devices. If you have ever met him, you will feel at home. Some may mind the design of the icons, but of course they can be changed. However, I quite missed the dark mode , which I firmly believe Honor will add to the next big update.

At the time of writing, it is still questionable whether Huawei and Honor will be able to use Android in the future. At the moment, it looks like they should be able to do it, but no one can guarantee whether it will be in two months. In any case, devices that will be sold in Slovakia with Android will continue to be able to use it. However, a big question mark hangs over other major updates.

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Honor 20 Pro: Is it worth buying?

The Honor 20 Pro will go on sale for € 599 , which is a real price difference compared to the € 1, 000 flagship. Of course, it lacks several handy features, such as water resistance , wireless charging or OLED display . Nevertheless, it offers a lot of things for which, from my point of view, I can playfully call it " TIP of the editorial office ". At least for its price category.

Its biggest competitor is the OnePlus 7 Pro , which costs € 100 more , but offers a more powerful chipset and a 90 Hz OLED display. Overall, however, the Honor 20 Pro is a great choice for those of you looking for great value for money with a camera that rarely, if ever, disappoints you.

What do you say, will you place the Honor 20 Pro among the candidates for another smartphone? Let us know!