Honor 20 Pro- Review and Buying Guide

The Honor brand has always easily confused the names of its lineup. But lately, this has become a little easier. The models began to be called more logically, and the new Honor 20 received a top-end version with the Pro prefix. Yesterday it was officially presented in Russia. We have already tried it and are ready to tell you about it.

In my opinion, when the word “Pro” is attributed to the name of a smartphone, this is also not very logical. A professional laptop or, in extreme cases, a tablet, but not a smartphone. But this is still more logical than assigning meaningless letters.

Honor 20 Pro

Honor 20 Pro presentation

The public learned about the Honor 20 Pro a couple of months ago at the same time as the  Honor  20, which we already talked about. Then he aroused a lot of interest for its characteristics and relatively low price. On July 25, 2019, the Russian presentation of Honor 20 Pro took place in Moscow, and we were not only once again listed its characteristics, but also named the official price.

In addition to the Honor 20 Pro, the Honor Band 5 was also shown, which received an updated color OLED display with a diagonal of 0.95 inches, a real-time heart rate monitoring function, and special modes for 10 types of training. The tracker will be available for purchase in August 2019. The exact date is still unknown.

First impression of Honor 20 Pro

 When you pick up the Honor 20 Pro, there is a subtle feeling of déjà vu. In the first few seconds, it seems very similar to Honor View 20. Later you realize that there are still differences, but there are still more similarities.

The smartphone is sold in a box similar to the one in which the Honor View 20 arrived on the shelves. There is nothing superfluous in the kit. Under the white cardboard, the user will find the following accessories:

charging adapter

USB Type-C cable

adapter from USB Type-C to MiniJack

The body of the smartphone is glass with all the pros and cons that come from this. Thanks to the rounding of the edges and the weighty body, the smartphone lies very firmly in the hand, although sometimes it seems a little slippery. I think difficulties may arise in winter.

There is no headphone jack on the case. The bottom is just USB Type-C, speaker, and microphone. On the left is the SIM card tray and nothing else. All buttons are located on the right side. At the same time, the fingerprint scanner is combined with the power button. I really like this design. Although sometimes it causes discomfort. For example, when you just need to turn on the screen without unlocking the smartphone.

On the top edge of the case is another microphone and a proximity sensor. The unusual location is due to the lack of space on the front panel. As is usually the case at the presentation of a new Honor smartphone, a lot of emphasis is placed on its appearance. The presentation of Honor 20 Pro was no exception.

The back panel is made with the “dynamic holography” effect. The name of the technology was even sounded at the event – Triple 3D Mesh. The bottom line is a triple-layer, which allows you to achieve a certain effect.

I have long tried to figure out how the Honor 20 Pro’s brilliance differs from the brilliance of other smartphones. After a while, I realized that light sources are not just reflected in several places, but when tilted, they do not change their position synchronously, but each in its own way. In general, it looks nice but does not pull the design revolution.

Honor 20 Pro screen

The 6.26-inch screen has a standard resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. With this diagonal, the resolution provides a pixel density of 412 dpi.

No matter how you call the screen frameless and what marketing names you can think of for it, it still has a camera, and I personally still don’t like it very much. Opinions were divided among my colleagues and acquaintances, but many support me in my opinion and consider “bangs” the lesser of evils.

It doesn’t make much sense to go into the intricacies of the Honor 20 Pro’s screen yet, since they need to be used for several weeks in order to draw more balanced conclusions. He makes a good first impression, but there is no breakthrough in him. Sure, it doesn’t match the OnePlus 7 Pro’s screen, but that doesn’t make it any less worthy.

I have always liked the ability to adjust the display hue in Huawei and Honor smartphones. Honor 20 Pro did not get rid of this feature, but there are changes that I could not appreciate. For a reason not clear to me, the screen became more sensitive. Not like some Samsung models, but I couldn’t help but notice. Is this a new brand path or a feature of a particular model? I have no answer…

Performance Honor 20 Pro

The Kirin 980 is responsible for the performance of the Honor 20 Pro. It can be found in all the latest Huawei and Honor models. A new generation will be released (if any) in the fall, but so far it is Kirin 980 that is found in smartphones almost more often than any other chipset.

Despite the fact that Kirin processors are not the best solution for gaming, the company is working hard to convince everyone otherwise.

So at the presentation, it was separately noted that Honor 20 Pro copes much better with games, and against the background of conditional “competitor A” and “competitor B” it stably shows 60 frames in games like Mobile Legend and does not allow frame drops in other games.

This is largely due to the GPU Turbo 3.0 technology, which, based on the existing hardware, optimizes graphics quality and reduces power consumption when working with popular games. At the same time, they did not forget about the refinement of cooling technologies.

At the presentation, the word “graphene” was often sounded, but we know that a smartphone will still not be able to stay cold after a couple of hours in Fortnite or PUBG. Technology is good, but physics cannot be fooled.

It remains only to add that the RAM in the smartphone is as much as 8 GB, and the built-in memory is 256 GB. Memory cards are not supported, but with such amounts of memory, it is quite possible to put up with it.

Honor 20 Pro camera

Recently, attempts by manufacturers to find out whose camera is cooler lead not only to a struggle for resolution but also to an increase in the number of sensors. There are 4 of them in Honor 20 Pro, and the back wall resembles an attempt by designers to apply all solutions at the same time.

The main camera has a resolution of 48 megapixels, a huge 1/2-inch sensor, the best f /1.4 aperture among smartphones, and optical image stabilization. The famous IMX 586, which is in all flagships, acts as a sensor.

In addition to the main module, there is also a wide-angle 117 degrees, a telemodule with a threefold increase, and a macro lens for focusing at a distance of 4 cm. A significant disadvantage of the latter will be the resolution of 2 megapixels. With this resolution, it is easier to take a picture with the main sensor with a resolution of 48 megapixels and simply crop it to the desired values.

There are algorithms to improve the quality of video shooting. They not only improve the picture but also allow it to be more stable. At least that’s what we were promised at the presentation. Below is an example of shooting a video with the Honor 20 Pro camera.

The front camera deserves no less attention since it also uses a module that is not found in every smartphone on the market. As mentioned above, the camera is integrated into the display. It has 32-megapixel resolution and image enhancement algorithms. In general, there are no complaints about the quality, but sometimes I would like to make the processing a little softer. The latter also applies to the main camera.

Final opinion

Overall, I liked the Honor 20 Pro. I separately noted its price. The smartphone is not inferior in terms of capabilities to the Honor View 20, which I often remember when I talk about the price, but it costs 10,000 rubles cheaper if we take the price at the start of sales.

There is a feeling that this was influenced not only by the latest news from the battlefronts of Huawei and the US government. Perhaps the company just realized that at that moment it overdid its pricing and decided to fix it.

I also noted in the smartphone a really decent camera and very high responsiveness of the interface, which, as it seemed to me, is superior to other models based on Kirin 980.

Also, based on personal preference, I can highlight the fingerprint scanner in the power button. But I didn’t really like the design of the camera set itself. I also do not consider the color palette the most successful for the brand, although I cannot say that it is completely bad. It’s just that some of the earlier Honor models have a nicer color scheme.

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