Huawei Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro Released

Honor has just introduced three new smartphones with the 20 series in London. They are Honor 20 Pro, the Honor 20 and the Honor 20 Lite. At first glance, the three devices looks cool due to their special body colors and each of them also offers at least four cameras. In the following sections you will find details about the technical data of the smartphones, as well as first impressions and pictures.


Honor 20 Pro and Honor 20

The Honor 20 Pro and the Honor 20 are visually almost identical, only with a very close look you will find the differences. Both smartphones measure 154.25 millimeters in length and are 73.97 millimeters wide. The Honor 20 Pro, however, is a bit thicker and heavier than the Honor 20 (7.87 mm, 174 grams) at 8.34 mm and 182 grams. The differences are probably due to the additional 8 megapixel telephoto sensor. On both devices also on board: a 48 megapixel main camera (f1.4 aperture on the Honor 20 Pro, f.16 on the Honor 20), a 2 megapixel macro camera and a 16 megapixel wide-angle camera.


The first impression of Honor 20 (Pro) is good. The demo devices had a perfect processing and the materials (glass or metal) were high quality. The colors have been particularly good: Phantom Black makes the device shimmer violet, depending on the light, and Phantom Blue turns the device into blue or green. Honor calls the color game “Dynamic Holographic Design”. Unfortunately, the Honor 20 with its 6.26-inch display is not particularly compact, so it is easy to operate even with very large hands.



The 32 megapixel front camera is embedded in the display of the Honor 20 (so-called punch hole notch). This looks especially nice with the matching wallpaper, but is not better overall or worse than the most common on other smartphones diffused “Notch”.


The internal memory is 128 GB for the Honor 20 and 256 GB for the Honor 20 Pro. The processor is HiSilicon Kirin 980, which is the most powerful from HiSilicon now. The memory is 6 GB in the normal model and 8 GB in the Pro model. Both devices are apparently not dual SIM capable, a major disadvantage over the previous models. The modem supports LTE Cat. 21 Gigabit speeds, including bands 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 19 for FDD band and band 34, 38, 39, 40, 41 for TDD band. But the China version would support dual-SIM card, band 15.



On the side of the Honor 20 (Pro), a fingerprint sensor is located next to the volume rocker. This is very fast with less than 0.5 seconds according to Honor. On the bottom there is a USB type C connector for charging the battery and for data transmission. A fast-charging power supply with 22.5 watts of power is included. The battery is 4,000 mAh (Pro model) or 3,750 mAh strong. Whether the Honor has 20 stereo speakers could not be learned at the launch event.



Honor 20 Lite

The Honor 20 Lite is the cheapest smartphone from the Honor 20 series. It offers a 6.21 inch display with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. The display has only thin edges and there is a small recess (“notch”) for the front camera. According to Honor, 90 percent of the front surface is filled by the display. For the front camera, a 32 megapixel sensor with f2.0 aperture is used.

The Honor 20 Lite has three cameras on the back. The main camera resolves with 24 megapixels and offers a f1.8 aperture. An 8 megapixel wide angle camera is available for a different perspective; a 2 megapixel camera is responsible for depth information.


The processor is a HiSilicon Kirin 710 used, the memory is 4 GB. The internal memory of the Honor 20 Lite is 128 GB and expandable via MicroSD memory card. In addition, dual-SIM is supported. The smartphone is sold in Germany in the colors “Phantom Blue” and “Phantom Black” and left a pretty good first impression. However, the competition in this price range is quite strong represented, for example, by the Samsung Galaxy A40s. Honor will probably have to lower the price of the 20 Lite to help the device succeed.