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Honor 20 Pro Review

Everything you want to know about Honor's latest offering - Honor 20 Pro!

Introduction – Honor 20 Pro Review

Huawei’s latest flagship phone, the Honor 20 Pro, is more or less similar to its predecessor, the Honor 20. Featuring a better camera, additional storage, and a larger battery, the phone does not have anything significantly different to offer. Aesthetically speaking, both the phones are pretty much the same. The 32MP selfie camera peeps through a tiny hole punch notch at the top of the screen. The smartphone has been designed with a light-reflecting finish under the glass and has metal sides and a glass back. The fingerprint scanner is side-mounted and also works as the power button. It looks like left-handed people might have some trouble getting used to this phone. You will not find any headphone socket here either. Let’s move on to a more detailed Honor 20 Pro Review.

Performance And Battery Life

The USB-C port located at the bottom side of the phone controls both wired audio and power since there is no specific headphone socket available. The Honor 20 Pro features an 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. This means that the phone works smoothly and flawlessly. The battery is also pretty stable and offers about 36 hours of usage on a single charge. While there is no wireless charging capabilities in this smartphone, you will be able to charge it completely in less than 90 minutes. The phone charges about 75% in 60 minutes.

Honor 20 Pro Camera
Honor 20 Pro Camera

Magic UI 2.1

This phone uses Magic UI. Its gesture controls are similar to Google’s Android Q where the swipes can replace the back or recent screen buttons. The Honor 20 Pro runs on Android 9 Pie-based Magic UI 2.1 software. It offers good enough customization options, reasonable battery life, and works reasonably well in most cases. While its default look may not please everyone, you can easily customize it to suit your requirements. For comparison’s sake, it is not as great as OnePlus or Oxygen OS, but it is definitely getting better with every update. 

You can expect about two or so software updates every month for the first couple of years from the date of release. The company seems pretty confident that they can successfully update the Honor 20 Pro smartphone with Android Q, despite the fact that Google suspended Huawei’s future access to the Play Store. As you might already know that the current phones will receive support, future updates are uncertain.

Design

Although the Honor 20 Pro is by no means a huge smartphone, it is still pretty large with dimensions of 154mm x 74mm x 9mm. With a 91.6% screen-to-body ratio, there is a tiny amount of bezel for a notification light and a speaker. One unusual feature on this phone is that the power button and the fingerprint sensors are the same. This means that you can access your phone in double-quick time. It is far easier to use and works better than the now popular in-screen scanner. The button is also not placed too far at the top so that access is uncomfortable – it is just at the right height. The volume controls are above the power button. 

The quad-camera located at the back, unfortunately, is more than a slight bump and the phone will not lay flat on its back. However, it is not a big compromise considering the high tech-packed within the phone. The Honor 20 Pro is available in a nice green shade and a purple one. Both the colors give off an elegant feel and look gorgeous. 

Honor 20 Pro Display
Honor 20 Pro Display

Display 

While this model has a lot going for it, you might have to adjust to the quality of the display, especially considering the other fine features the phone offers and at a very affordable price. The Honor 20 Pro has a 6.26-inch screen with LCD Full HD+ tech. While it is not as great as the OLED screen, it does offer an excellent brightness range and is even clear when used in direct sunlight. The only drawback could be that the phone may not display the colors vibrantly. 

While the direct competitors of this smartphone do have better screens featuring OLED or AMOLED displays, this option is more affordable. Since there is a very thin bezel, the company has decided to skip the camera notch and go ahead with a punch-hole camera. This means the lens is part of the display area. According to Honor, Honor 20 Pro features the smallest punch-hole camera in the market right now. Overall, the screen is perfect for regular use and you will not experience any issues. 

Things to keep in mind

Keep in mind that the fingerprint scanner is located within easy reach of your right thumb. Do be careful since the Honor 20 Pro has a glass back and is pretty slippery. It might be a good idea to get a secure case for the phone so that you don’t drop it or the phone doesn’t slip out of the pocket as you sit down. If you have the phone on vibrate mode, you might need to be mindful of it since the vibrations are not strong enough compared to what we are used to with other models. Another thing to note is that the frame of the phone is known to get caught in hairs and other pieces of fluff. 

Honor 20 Pro Camera
Honor 20 Pro Camera

Camera

The Honor 20 Pro has an excellent camera with the AI doing a wonderful job of tweaking the settings automatically to get you better pictures. The phone features a 48MP standard camera with optical image stabilization, a 16MP ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 2MP macro camera. There is also an 8MP telephoto camera that features 3x optical zoom. Low light photography is also reasonably good, but the ultra-wide angle camera could do with some improvements. The 32MP front camera is one of the best in the market and manages to capture the tiniest details, regardless of the lighting conditions. 

Conclusion – Honor 20 Pro Review

The phone has been designed and manufactured as an affordable model packed with the best tech in the market. The manufacturers have done a great job managing the balance between design and functionality. 

 

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Shilpa

With an experience of over 7 years in writing and translations, I combine my love of technology with writing. I love checking out new apps and smart electronics on the market, trying them out, and of course, writing about them!

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