Honor 20 Pro review

GSMArena team, 01 June 2019.

Introduction

Following recent events, the Honor 20 Pro might turn out to be one of the best value smartphones you won't be able to get, ever. No matter how things unravel in the next few months, we decided to make a review just in case because this is Honor's great alternative to pricey flagships. Of course, it's not the Huawei P30 Pro but it does give the phone a run for its money.

It has what it takes to be a modern-day flagship device - full-screen design (excluding the punch-hole camera, of course), big battery, flagship SoC and a quad-camera setup with all four units having a purpose of their own.

Unfortunately, though, the display is where Honor had to cut some corners. The use of IPS instead of OLED might put off some users, especially those that are coming from OLED and will most probably miss those deep blacks.

Honor 20 Pro review

But if that's none of your concern, the Honor 20 Pro has a few great selling points with photography being the centerpiece of the action. We saw what the Honor View 20 can do with the 48MP sensor and the Honor 20 Pro does it even better with some additional help from a more refined software, improved night mode and OIS.

Honor 20 Pro specs

  • Body: 154.6 x 74 x 8.44 mm, 182 grams, glass front and back, metal side frame.
  • Screen: 6.26" All-view IPS LCD, 1080 x 2340px resolution; ~412 ppi.
  • Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 980 CPU; (2x2.6 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2x1.92 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A55); Mali-G76 MP10.
  • Memory: 8GB RAM, 256GB built-in storage.
  • OS: Magic 2.1 UI based on Android 9.0 Pie.
  • Rear camera: Main: 48MP, f/1.4, PDAF, EIS, OIS, AIS; Ultra-wide: 16MP, f/2.2, 117 FOV, no AF; Telephoto: 8MP, f/2.4, OIS, 3x optical lossless, 5x hybrid; Macro: 2MP, f/2.4, 4cm fixed focus; LED flash; Laser autofocus; 2160p@30 video recording with all cameras except for the macro.
  • Front camera: 32MP, f/2.0; 1080p@30fps video recording.
  • Battery: 4,000 mAh, 22.5W SuperCharge fast charging.
  • Misc: IR blaster, NFC, side-mounted fingerprint reader, punch-hole camera design, Vitual 9.1 Surround Sound (with headphones only), Dynamic Holographic back design coming in Phantom Blue and Phantom Black.

One thing that bothers us is the rather subtle segmentation between the vanilla Honor 20 and the Pro version, which we are reviewing. There aren't many differences that set those two apart - hardware-wise and feature-wise. Even the screen size is the same but perhaps good pricing strategy will take care of the issue.

Unboxing the Honor 20 Pro

The handset came in its original packaging containing all the usual stuff like user manuals, SIM ejection tool, USB-A to USB-C charging/data cable and 22.5W-capable fast charging brick.

Honor 20 Pro review

Since the Honor 20 Pro doesn't have a 3.5mm audio jack, there's a dongle in there as well. And although there was a compartment in the box which could have easily fitted a protective case, we didn't get one bundled with our review unit. Perhaps other markets will be luckier. But let's check out the phone iteself.

Reader comments

  • Sinx

Is this phone only dual band, Europe only. Or quadband worldwide

  • Dan

How to use ir blaster on honor 20 pro?

  • Anonymous

does it support wireless charging?