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Honor 20 Pro Review: Honor’s best flagship smartphone

Honor, Huawei’s smartphone booster subsidiary have a big hand on the company’s market growth and throughout the time the company has made substantial developments in its smartphones-line up, which has now lead us to the Honor 20 Pro.

Honor 20 Review: Camera, Performance and Beauty in one amazing package

Honor 20 Pro is the big brother of Honor 20 and looks pretty much similar to the regular version but comes with more well-finished design, powerful performance, powerful camera and more.

So, it’s time to take an in-depth tour of Honor 20 Pro, in which we’ll try to review every aspect of this “Pro” powered smartphone.

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Display
Design
Software
Performance
Camera
Battery
Sound
Our Opinion

Display:

Honor 20 Pro comes with a 6.26-inch display with 2340 x 1080 resolution and 412 PPI. The FullView display reaches to a 91.7% screen-to-body ratio and achieved with the help of a 4.5mm punch hole, which helps the phone to shape in a unique design without compromising viewing angles to enjoy Youtube or Netflix videos, rich-quality games.

The display itself is very sharp and the color reproduction is excellent, on top of this the phone let you optimize color scheme to choose between ‘Normal’ and ‘Vivid’ color options. Also, you can choose different temperature modes that suit better to your eyes. Also, to make the phone suitable to use in Night Time, the “Eye Comfort” feature is there help in the notification panel.

Moreover, if you’re not comfortable with Honor 20 Pro’s punch hole area, the feature to disable it is available at your service and will make a virtual bezel in the alignment to hide the front camera but it doesn’t seem to be a big issue once you hold this phone for few days.

Design:

One of the things that keep me praising Honor 20 Pro is its back design, known as ‘Dynamic Holographic Curved Glassback’ and made of Triple 3D Mesh technique including 3D curved glass, color layer, and depth layer.

And when it comes to your hand, the composition will react as it connects to the lighting, and once it happens you’ll a different variation of color forms, hues, and gradient that’ll change on the position you hold this smartphone.

We’ve got Honor 20 Pro in Phantom Blue color but it’s also available in Phantom Black, as both of these colors are blended with multiple colors and produces different hues according to the direction of light.

As for the measurements, Honor 20 Pro is 73.97 mm wide, 8.44 mm thick and 154.60 mm tall, and weighs only 182, which gives the phone very handy and easy to interact. Although it’s camera bump and glass back makes it little slippy on flat surfaces.

The phone’s design also excludes 3.5mm Jack but don’t worry the phone box has a USB Type-C adaptor to connect the phone with 3.5mm earphone.

Coming to the sides of Honor 20, another change you’ll find is the placement of physical fingerprint on the left side embedded right into the power button, which is very fast and responsive, on top of it there are volume adjustment keys.

Topside contains a secondary microphone and IR blaster, while the earpiece is sitting between the top side and the display. On the right side, there’s a sim card tray with two nano sim card slot, though, it’s not a hybrid one.

The primary microphone, speaker grills, and a USB Type-C port are placed at the bottom side.

Software:

To give users the highest amount of performance, Honor 20 Pro runs on Magic UI 2.1 built on top of Android 9.0 Pie, offering rich user experience and lots of features.

As a customized version of Android, Honor comes with a hefty amount of pre-installed apps on this smartphone including official and third-party applications. In addition, there’s also a set of Google apps and system utility tools that stays there for your help and productivity.

Honor 20 Pro’s UI is highly customizable and there are options to change Themes, Wallpapers, Widgets, App drawer animations, Home screen layouts, as well as system navigation.

Performance:

A flagship smartphone is built to deliver a flagship level performance, that’s why the phone is powered by 7nm Kirin 980 Dual NPU processor and with 8GB of RAM, that can boost intense gaming sessions and multitasking to its highest. In terms of space, the 256GB of internal storage can easily hold your apps, games and multimedia contents at one place. Although, we expected an option to expand the storage via an sd card.

GPU Turbo 3.0 is a part of Magic UI 2.1 and boosts gaming performance by focusing all of the system resources on a particular game while managing the power consumption. Games such as PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9 Legends run smoothly without experiencing frame drops.

In addition, the phone ships with Fortnite installer that can be installed and there’s a free exclusive game skin for the buyers of Honor 20 and 20 Pro devices.

Camera:

Honor 20 Pro comes with quad rear camera consists of four lenses: 48MP Main Camera (Sony IMX586) F/1.4 aperture AI Ultra Clarity mode 1/2 inch large sensor 4-in-1 Light Fusion (effective 1.6μm pixels) AI Image Stabilization (AIS) AIS Super Night mode 16MP Super Wide Angle Camera F/2.2 aperture 117-degree super wide angle Supported by distortion correction 8MP Telephoto Camera F/2.4 aperture (3X optical) + laser autofocus, 2MP Macro Camera F/2.4 aperture, 4cm macro photography.

For selfies, it is equipped with a 32MP Selfie Camera F/2.0 aperture 3D Portrait Lighting.

With a camera combination like this, Honor 20 raised the bar of photography and allows users to take photographs like a pro through the smartphone.

The 48MP high-resolution camera is a big deal for users, that captures images in detailed views and angles. Also, the depth detections work very accurately.

The Honor 20 Pro comes with the world’s first smartphone camera lens with f/1.4 aperture, that can take images in the darkest environments and powers the AI Super Night Mode.

With a 3x lossless optical zoom, 5x hybrid zoom, and 30x digital zoom, HONOR 20 PRO’s telephoto lens allows users to reach and capture incredibly detailed + vivid photographs.

Taking a look at the 16Mp super wide-angle came that has the ability to cover the 117-degree of field of view.

Imagine if you want to take an extra detailed closeup of a small object, that’s where the Super Macro Camera comes in work that can capture detailed images of any objects from an absolute close distance, suitable for tiny plants, flower, insects and more.

This phone establishes a new level of photography because its features are heavily fueled by Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Algorithms, whether we talk about the 48MP Clarity Mode, Super Night Mode, Image Stabilization, Light detection, Image composition, all of these features work perfectly on their respective use cases.

The camera app offers various modes including AR, Portraits, Video, Regular images, Videos recording supports up to 4k, Panorama, Slo-Mo, Time-lapse, HDR and more.

In addition, the camera also includes support for AI-powered HiVision that helps users to identify an object, real-time translations, shop an item, Check calories, QR code and more by just pointing the camera to the direction of a particular object.

Battery:

Honor 20 Pro has a 4000mAh battery that supports 22.5W Huawei SuperFast charging and can charge 55% battery in 30 minutes.

With the addition of power saving mode, the “Ultra power saving mode” allows users to optimize and maximize battery for longer use.

In our typical battery test, the phone ran all day without showing the “Low Battery” sign. Although, it may vary on the use case.

Sound:

Watching movies, playing games and most importantly listening music requires an amazing sound experience, that’s why Honor 20 keeps you covered with its Virtual 9.1 Surround sound feature that is powered by Huawei Histen 6.0 and provides you.

The virtual 9.1 surround sound supports almost all types of wired and wireless earphones. Also, the dual microphone with noise reduction helps you to get rid of any pesky background noise. This provides you with an immersive experience while performing and audio related tasks.

Our Opinion:

If you’re looking for a flagship phone then Honor 20 Pro is all you need because it comes with a fantastic camera, powerful performance for gaming and multitasking, massive battery life that can run all day, a beautiful design that currently hard find, all tagged with an attractive price.

This is our opinion but we also want to know you’re precious thoughts on this smartphone. So lets us know in the comment section.



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