Honor's Series 20 is the loser of the year. The ceremonial presentation of the 20 and 20 Pro was held two days after the US embarking on a trade sanction on Huawei, which covers the brand Honor. It was too late to withdraw from the event so Honor showed news at least with the promise "soon available" in May and had to wait for the whole situation to develop.
Finally, it seems that the conflict is resolved, at least according to the latest news. Both Honor models directly hit the case and are sure to sign their success.
However, we've been testing the phone for weeks in the editorial room so that we can provide our insights, regardless of whether the situation is the same or not.
Honor 20 adds to the popular "ten" last year and can be expected to attract a similar group of customers. It is a phone with excellent equipment led by one of the best cameras on the market and at a cheaper price. Let's see it closer.
Will I Love Honor 20?
As far as design is concerned, honors are generally not ugly, on the contrary. "Twenty" is an example, though it does not invent any extravagant elements of style and is rather a classic. We'll see the glass back and polished metal sides. The blue variant we tested from sharp angles spoke with purple reflections, so we can re-enjoy the color palette.
What Honor really did is shrink the frame around the screen. They equaled the thickness at the sides and above the screen, while the chin below it was slightly wider but still very thin. The front camera was hiding in a modern screen shot in the upper left corner. Circular cut for the camera is about the same size as this year's premium samsung, one of the smaller ones.
The manufacturer has already predicted the fact that people like to put background images that smartly use a bullet and pack a flaming background or parrots into the basic phone accessories that have their eye exactly where the camera is located. Obviously, honor follows the trends.
The IPS screen is 6.26 inches and has a resolution of 1,080 x 2,340 pixels. There is also a wide width and height ratio of 19.5: 9, and a cover foil that is glued to the base. The screen is very colorful, sharp and readable in the sun. There are no complaints about the phone.
How is it in terms of performance and equipment?
The phone is equipped with a Kirin 980 processor and 6 GB of memory. This processor has already served four generations of different top models (Mate 20 Pro, December Honor View 20, March Huaweie P30 and P30 Pro, and now both new recognitions) and is no longer the strongest in performance compared to the premium class model. However, it still works well on the middle class and premium class model, with 273,000 points in the AnTuT performance test.
The internal memory has a capacity of 128 GB, which is the final value, the microSD card does not support the phone. Today, such data retention continues to be generous beyond the average. But there are room for two SIM cards.
The terminal does not have a headphone jack, only a USB-C connector. On the contrary, as a bonus we see the infrared port as a universal remote control. NFC is missing in wireless equipment. The fingerprint reader is located on the side of the wake button. It is very accurate and fast.
As for the Android operating system, we have to repeat what we have already written in the Honor 20 Lite magazine: we can only guess how the software will be in the future. It is expected that even in the worst possible scenario for Huawei, the manufacturer will take care of some security patches, but the odds for the latest version of Android will not be good at all. Likewise, the situation may calm down (we have already pointed out that Huawei looks promising), and honor 20 as well as other smart phones will receive updates directly from Google.
On the side of the software we get the upgrade Magic Magic, which Honor wants to distinguish from the classic EMUI in Huaweie. In practice, however, differences do not matter. You'll still find similarly modified menus, a dedicated smart card startup and apps on others. Again, the phone is full of applications outside of normal equipment, there are various tips and tricks for controlling and phone function, custom app store, fitness app, recording tool, device manager, and popular Fortune game.
Honor has also prepared special features such as the GPU Turbo feature for players to improve gaming performance (which is why Fortneet is already installed here) and improved Virtual 9.1 Surround Sound audio production.
As for battery life, the Honor 20 is above the average, has a battery of 750mAh and supports a 22.5W quick charge. During our testing, it typically lasted less than two days on one charge, but it was enough to get full after two days, sometimes we were looking for a charger the next day.
How is Honor 20 photographed?
Here we come to what's really really nice, it's a shoot. It is currently the third best DxOMark's smartphone ever. We must admit that the quality of the photos taken with this phone is very good.
Photos taken in standard mode
First, a little bit of specification. The Sony IMX586 basic sensor has a resolution of 48 MPix and an aperture f / 1.8. It is complemented by a wide 16MP sensor with a viewing angle of 117 degrees and an aperture of f / 2.2. Following are 2 2MP cameras, one for better depth-of-field, and the other for a four-centimeter special macro mode. However, there is no optical stabilization.
Photo taken with a wide angle sensor
In spite of this, we have asked for some bigger mistakes on the Honor 20 camera. It really needs a top quality picture and the quality exceeds our expectations. Undoubtedly it belongs to the same category as last year's premium huaweie and can boldly oppose all this year's top models. Primary sensor pictures are quite sharp, they can withstand even fewer cuts, and you can record with full 48 MPix, but the phone has 12 MPix in automatic.
Night mode of prolonged exposure
Of course, the widescreen sensor does not coincide with the mainstream, but probably not even on a current smart phone market. As much as possible, we call it rather sharp, but at the same time, like everyone else, it distorts the picture. We do not understand the meaning of a macro sensor, it just focuses on something closer than the basic sensor, but at the same time you can get the same result by taking a photo in normal mode and easily cropping it.
Standard big plan in macro mode
In addition, the camera has different modes of operation, including night time (multiple photos in one), professional, portrait, light, panorama, HDR and also the "Qmojis" trends, basically the same as we've seen with animojis in Apple. , When you shoot a self-portrait photo, your face will replace a cute animated animal that copies your facial expressions with camera data.
Honor 20 can record videos up to 4K resolution. The front camera has a resolution of 32 MPix and aperture f / 2.0. This, by the way, is a parameter shared by the cheaper Honor 20 Lite.
Do I Need Honor 20?
First of all, you can not buy Honor 20, it's not on the market. So far, the Czech market will soon "pay tribute 20" to the equivalent of 499 euros, or around 12.5 thousand crowns. We feel that it is quite possible that Honor will try to compensate for his delay in the reduction from the beginning of the sale, but of course, the final price may be higher than we expect.
In any case, the price is important, and the previous prizes have always been proof that you can really get a lot of music for a bit of money. We do not dare to guess what the price under the aforementioned 499 euros Honor would have to bring to the market in the Czech Republic to become a real hit, but even for that money would not be a bad buy.
Putting aside the missing headphone connector, the absence of a microSD card slot or the uncertainty of future Android software updates, this is a well-equipped phone that is worth the attention. However, so far it seems that potential customers of other operating system updates are waiting.
In any case, the Honor 20 is a very stylish phone that is also suitable for playing games and playing multimedia content. Alternatives are currently presented due to unbeatable price and availability in terms of "if Honor 20 is not finally on the market". We think that Xiaomi Mi 9, Samsung Galaxy S10e or Sister Honor View 20 are convenient.