Andy Boxall/Digital Traits
The Honor 20 is a good little telephone. It’s light-weight, has an honest digicam, is available in a shiny colour, and isn’t all that costly. Regardless of this, not solely is it tough to advocate, however I additionally query why it must exist in any respect. I’ve little doubt there are lots of justifiable enterprise causes behind it, however when the Honor 20 Professional and Honor 20 Lite appear to provide us all we’d like, the usual Honor 20 feels redundant.
The Honor 20 is much like the Honor 20 Professional in some ways. It has the identical dimension 6.26-inch LCD display screen with a hole-punch selfie digicam within the high left, in addition to the Kirin 980 processor powering the Android 9.Zero-based Magic UI 2.Zero working system. There’s rather less RAM at 6GB (which remains to be lots), you solely rise up to 128GB of storage, and the battery has a smaller three,750mAh capability. It’s a smaller cell, however battery life remains to be sturdy; it lasts with no drawback from early within the morning to late at evening, even with heavy use.
Alterations are available all of the locations the place we don’t need compromises to be made: the design and digicam. Look-wise, the Honor 20 is nearer to the Honor 20 Lite than the 20 Professional. It has a flat rear panel, in contrast to the great curve of the Professional mannequin, which lessens the visible influence of the so-called Dynamic Holographic Design. This refers back to the reflective impact on the again, the place ripples of colour seem to take a seat deep under the floor of the telephone. It’s efficient on the 20 Professional, however not as eye-catching on the flat Honor 20. Simply to be clear, it’s not an unsightly design. The Honor 20 is fairly sufficient for a mid-range 2019 telephone, it simply doesn’t stand out.
On the opposite ergonomic finish of the spectrum, the side-mounted fingerprint sensor is superb.
The much less curvy physique makes the telephone extra uncomfortable to carry; I discovered myself gripping it an excessive amount of, out of concern it might slip out of my hand. On the opposite ergonomic finish of the spectrum, the side-mounted fingerprint sensor is superb. It’s quick and dependable, whereas being straightforward to find even when not trying on the telephone. You’ll discover the identical to be true on the Honor 20 Professional. The outlet-punch digicam continues to be a superb function, because it successfully disappears when taking part in video games in panorama orientation, and is sufficiently small to not be intrusive or distracting at different instances.
Honor has made the physique 7.8mm thick and 174 grams in weight, so it does simply disappear in your pocket. That is the complicated a part of the Honor 20 — it’s compact, gentle, appears to be like high-quality, and is effectively made. Nevertheless it’s noticeably much less attention-grabbing than the Honor 20 Professional, and never as nice to deal with.
Honor has dropped the telephoto zoom function on the Professional mannequin for the Honor 20, changing it with a 2-megapixel depth sensing sensor. This makes the digicam much less versatile than with the Eight-megapixel telephoto lens, and unable to match the spectacular zoom capabilities. However it could possibly nonetheless take some actually wonderful images. Blue skies and inexperienced fields pop with the joy we’re used to seeing on Huawei and Honor telephones, as a result of synthetic intelligence usually boosting distinction and saturation in these eventualities. There’s little doubt they give the impression of being shareable straight off the digicam.
Evening mode is nice, capturing sensible colours with an efficient white steadiness for natural-looking low-light images. Just like the Honor 20 Professional, there have been a couple of issues with focusing and over-exposure of overcast skies, however that is seemingly a software program concern that might be cured sooner or later. Regardless of not having the ability to zoom in as shut because the 20 Professional, the 2x zoom and the wide-angle digicam are enjoyable, and the images they allow you to take add loads of creativity to the telephone’s digicam. However when the Honor 20 Professional is on the market, with much more options and stronger efficiency, you’re higher served shopping for that telephone. It has to final you a few years, so why not get one of the best?
Software program and efficiency
As a result of internally the Honor 20 is mainly the identical because the Honor 20 Professional, the identical downsides exist with the software program. Notifications aren’t all the time very dependable, and interacting with them within the Notification Shade is problematic; the dearth of an AMOLED-enabled, always-on display screen means they’re not all the time seen both. There are too many pre-installed apps, together with Amazon Alexa instead voice assistant to Google Assistant.
Visually Magic UI 2.Zero (as with the virtually similar EMUI software program discovered on Huawei telephones) is messier than Android on the Google Pixel 3a, for instance. However in my time utilizing the Honor 20, it has been swift, clean, and trouble-free expertise. I all the time advocate following a couple of steps throughout setup to make EMUI and Magic UI 2.Zero extra usable right away.
The efficiency is helped by the top-of-the-range Kirin 980 processor, which is a star contained in the Honor 20 Professional and the Huawei P30 Professional too. I skilled no issues taking part in video games or finishing up on a regular basis duties on the Honor 20. A sequence of benchmark assessments present the Honor 20’s efficiency.
Right here’s the Honor 20’s apparent benefit over the competitors: It has a monster processor, and delivers a stronger total efficiency than similarly-priced telephones. However I by no means seen the Honor 20 being a lot sooner than the Pixel 3a, and though the quick chip will make sure the telephone stays highly effective for the approaching years, it’s paired with a lesser digicam than the equally-capable Honor 20 Professional.
What about issues over the way forward for Android system updates for the Honor 20 (and Honor 20 Professional)? They’re unjustified, in keeping with Honor, which has repeatedly acknowledged the 20 Collection is Google-certified. Plus an inside supply not too long ago instructed Digital Traits the Honor 20 Collection is on observe to get Android Q sooner or later. Whereas the scenario with Huawei and its presence on the U.S.’s Entity Checklist has not but been resolved, the corporate goes out of its strategy to reassure you that every one is effectively with the Honor 20 household.
Sure, the Honor 20 is an efficient telephone, and at 400 British kilos (about $505) it’s respectable worth and goes straight up in opposition to the Google Pixel 3a within the U.Ok.. The Honor 20 Professional might be 550 kilos (about $695) when it will definitely goes on sale, making it dearer however extra thrilling and with a extra enticing design. This implies it’s going to last more in your possession.
The cheaper Honor 20 Lite — which has a downgraded digicam system with out the 48-megapixel sensor, and a Kirin 710 processor — is barely 250 kilos. When you can’t justify the value of the Honor 20 Professional, lower your expenses and purchase the Honor 20 Lite. Or, and that is in all probability higher recommendation, purchase the Motorola One Imaginative and prescient, the Google Pixel 3a, or push the price range and get the Zenfone 6 or Xiaomi Mi 9.
That’s the issue right here. The Honor 20 isn’t pretty much as good because the Honor 20 Professional, not as low cost because the Honor 20 Lite, and never as fascinating as different new smartphones which are out there for related costs. There’s nothing basically unsuitable with it, and also you received’t be dissatisfied by any facet must you determine to purchase it. Simply know a greater model that can final you longer is (nearly actually) coming subsequent month, and there are different (higher) various decisions we’d advocate extra on sale right this moment.
The Honor 20 is on the market by way of Honor’s on-line retailer within the U.Ok., Amazon, the Three community, and Carphone Warehouse retail shops. It has not been introduced for the U.S..