Honor 20 review
Quad-camera at a reasonable price
Our Honor 20 review finds a quad-camera smartphone that is rich in performance throughout. Priced from £399 handset-only in the UK, the Honor 20 is a fantastic deal for anyone looking for a mid-range phone with a premium processor and camera.
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All-View Display with a pinhole camera
The Honor 20 gets a 6.26-inch All-View Display and this fills nearly all of the front face of the phone. There is no camera notch and instead, there is a 4.5mm in-screen ultra-small camera pinhole, which is less obtrusive than a wide notch or dewdrop notch.
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The Honor 20 has FHD+ resolution with thousands of pixels creating an ultra-clear viewing experience (2,340x 1,080 pixels / 412 pixels per inch). This Honor phone has a mirror-glass back with a subtle pattern that shines and reflects light. The aluminium metal frame is 7.87mm thick and the phone is pretty light at 174g.
For the colour of the phone, you can take your choice of either Midnight Black or Sapphire Blue.
A huge performance upgrade
The Kirin 980 2.6GHz octa-core processor with 6GB RAM is the world’s first 7nm mobile AI chipset. The performance goes off the chart with:
- 75% performance upgrade
- 58% power efficiency upgrade
- 46% graphics performance upgrade
- 178% graphics power efficiency upgrade
Phone Set Up
Security and transferring your content
The side-mounted fingerprint sensor is built into the power key and this is quite a natural place for the reader to be, allowing you to wake up and unlock the phone in one action. The phone has a healthy 128GB internal memory and the Phone Clone app makes it easy to bring over your old content, from either an Android or iOS device.
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GPU Turbo 3.0
GPU Turbo 3.0 is built into the chipset of the Honor 20 and brings with it a full-frame gaming experience without lag. GPU Turbo 3.0 also lets you enjoy new gaming titles such as Fortnite, Into the Dead 2, Real Racing 3, Subway Surfers, and PES2019.
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Virtual 9.1 Surround Sound
Connect a pair of headphones or earpods to the Honor 20 and you will be able to enjoy virtual 9.1 surround sound. The spatial sound effect is created based on how sound interacts with your eardrum, so the sound appears to come from everywhere, even from above.
Android 9 OS
The Honor 20 runs on Google’s Android 9 Pie operating system. With this, you get the best Android apps pre-loaded, such as Maps, the Google Assistant, Gmail, and YouTube. The experience has been refined with Honor’s Magic 2.1 UI, which adds to the overall experience and look of the menus, app icons, and interface.
Camera & Video
The quad-camera system on the Honor 20 has four lenses as follows:
- 48MP main lens – this offers AI Ultra Clarity offered by the processor’s Dual-ISP and Dual-NPU functionality
- 16MP super wide angle – shoot wide landscapes through 117-degrees
- 2MP depth assist lens – this works with the main lens to capture portraits with bokeh blurred backgrounds
- 2MP macro lens – take ultra-close shots from as little as 4cm away
The Honor 20 camera is supreme in low light with Super Night Mode and an AIS algorithm. The artificial image stabilisation captures clear, crisp images, even when your hand shakes.
Further camera features include:
- 30x digital zoom
- slow-motion video – record 960 frames per second at HD (720p) quality
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32MP selfie camera
The 32MP selfie camera combines four pixels in one, for clear and bright results. For professional-looking photos, AI Beauty and Portrait Modes let you capture that bokeh blurred background effect.
The high-capacity 3,750mAh battery offers up to:
- 18 hours of video playback, or
- 132 hours of music playback, or
- 26 hours of calls
The Honor 20 uses a 22.5W SuperCharge charger and quite remarkably, this charges the battery to 50% in 30 minutes.
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Written by: Michael Brown