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Honor 20 Is The Next Commendable Competitor With Great Camera And Slick Looking Phone

Articles Jul 01, 2019 11:40

Huawei's subsidiary Honor released Honor 20, their newest lineup of smartphones. Honor 20 shocked the world with how slick the phone looks, the outstanding quality of the camera and budget price. Here is Honor 20's review that will give you more insight about the phone.

Design: Same same but different

Going with the trend of eliminating notches and bezels, Honor 20 adopts the punch-hole camera design. Going with the repetitive-yet-trendy glass sandwich design, the device is surprisingly light at just 174 grams. The aluminium chassis holding both the glass portions is curved around the edges, which makes it really convenient to hold on to the device. What's not convenient are the smudges on the glass back. But surprisingly, the prism-like effects on the glass don't make the smudges too evident. 

The right of the Honor 20 holds the power button, which also doubles as the fingerprint scanner, along with the volume controls. The power button placement is perfect, and the fingerprint scanner is responsive too, but what's really annoying is the fact that the scanner sits a little higher than the notch for the button. This reveals the lack of refinement in the design. The left has nothing but a dual-SIM card tray. The phone has no microSD card slot, which could be a deal-breaker for many.

Honor 20 Is The Next Commendable Competitor With Great Camera And Slick Looking Phone

The top holds an IR blaster to control your TV, AC or other compatible appliances, along with a secondary mic for noise cancellation. The bottom, on the other hand, gets a primary mic, a USB Type C port and a speaker grille. The phone lacks a headphone jack, that sort of ends this with a sour aftertaste. 

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Display: I miss OLED!

Honor 20 gets a 6.26-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 2340x1080 pixels. As mentioned before, it is using a hole-punch design with the camera at the top left corner of the display. 

First things first- I am not happy seeing an IPS LCD panel on a device in this price point. With OLED delivering superior contrasts and deep blacks, the IPS surely isn't the first choice. But the display on the Honor 20 isn't bad by any means. You get some really sharp details, vibrant contrasts and great viewing angles. Although I do feel it could be better if it was a little more brighter while using it outside. 

Honor 20 Is The Next Commendable Competitor With Great Camera And Slick Looking Phone

The edges on this are really thin, making the content on the screen feel really engrossing while making the phone feel easy to hold on to. And if you're concerned about the punch hole being visible, trust me, put a cute wallpaper like this and you'd hardly notice it. 

Camera: The AI Quad-shooter

Coming to the hottest feature that the Honor 20 is truly banking on- its quad-camera setup at the back. It sports 4 different camera units at the rear- a 48-megapixel, f/1.8, 28mm wide camera, a second 16-megapixel, f/2.2, 13mm ultrawide camera, a third 2- megapixel, f/2.4, 27mm (wide), dedicated macro camera and a fourth 2-megapixel, f/2.4, depth sensor. And apart from all these, it also gets a 32- megapixel, f/2.0 selfie shooter. The cameras lack Optical Image Stabilisation and opt for an Electric Image Stabilisation using the gyroscope instead, which manages to perform decently, but not quite as good as OIS. 

Honor 20 Is The Next Commendable Competitor With Great Camera And Slick Looking Phone

Let's talk about the rear cameras first. The camera software uses Honor's AI camera modes that detect the subject and change the colours and contrasts accordingly. For example, if you're trying to take the picture of a flower, it'll pop the colours, add more detail and make it look attractive. Similarly, if it detects a landscape with mountains, it'll use a few presets to get the colours and contrasts right.

Honor 20 Is The Next Commendable Competitor With Great Camera And Slick Looking Phone

Now while this might seem like a cool feature (which it is) the outcome might not be suited for everyone. With the over post-processing on the images using the AI mode, the natural aesthetic of the image is kind of lost, and it doesn't look great in every scenario. There will be times when someone wants to capture the image the way it looks without the AI trying to cast its magic- and if you want this you do have the option to disable it. But even with that disabled, the camera does a ton of over-sharpening and post-processing, that doesn't look good when you go pixel-peeping. 

Honor 20 Is The Next Commendable Competitor With Great Camera And Slick Looking Phone

Also, the dynamic range isn't one of the strong suits of the camera. When using night mode, the camera tried its best to keep elements sharp while juggling a decent exposure, and it somewhat did a decent job. Definitely not close to the sorcery Pixel's cameras can do, but really impressive nonetheless. 

Honor 20 Is The Next Commendable Competitor With Great Camera And Slick Looking Phone

The selfie camera, on the other hand, isn't great in low-light conditions. It shoots some really sharp shots when it's in good lighting conditions though. Just wished it was a tad bit wider to make it a better overall package. 

Concluding the camera performance, the Honor 20 is able to take out decent shots, pretty much in a variety of lighting conditions and presets, but don't expect it to blow your mind like the Google Pixel 3 XL. It definitely gives the OnePlus 7 and Asus 6Z a run for their money.

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Performance: Truly flagship grade

For hardware, Honor is trusting its homegrown Hisilicon Kirin 980 octa-core processor with Mali G76 MP10 GPU. The device pairs this with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. This is the same processor that you'd find on the big boy Honor 20 Pro. Now, even though this isn't a Snapdragon 855 and not as powerful, it is still pretty snappy and fast. Switching between apps is a breeze without any lags and even under immense PUBGloads, the device performed splendidly.

Honor 20 is running on Android 9 Pie with its custom Magic OS skin on top. As I mentioned in the first impressions, I am not a fan of this UI skin. Believe me, I really tried to like it, but I just couldn't. The icons were too glossy and flashy for my taste and it is nowhere close to stock Android. But in this case, my opinion isn't definitive. Some people like just aesthetics. I'm just not a big fan.

Honor 20 Is The Next Commendable Competitor With Great Camera And Slick Looking Phone

Powering the whole device is a 3750mAh battery with fast charging support that Honor claims can reach 50 perfect charge in just 24 minutes. The device in my daily use easily lasted a day, in some cases closing near a day and a half. This is all thanks to a close and harmonious sync between the hardware and the software, creating a truly optimised powerhouse. The quick charging feature surely came in handy too. 

Verdict: A worthy competitor

Honor 20 is a smartphone with a really solid spec-sheet. From the camera to the internals to the aesthetics, it is loaded with quite the artillery to take down the competition, and in many places, it surely does that. The multiple camera setup is a boon to help you shoot in any situation, and the battery performance surely is the best in its class. 

But there are places where it also falls a bit flat that can make the competition seem superior. For example, the inclusion of an LCD instead of an OLED display at this price point, the lack of a stereo speaker setup that both OnePlus 7 as well as Asus 6z offers, or the lack of availability of more RAM and storage variants or even the overly customised and cluttered UI. If you can overlook these drawbacks, Honor 20 stands to be a great offering at a price point of Rs 32,999. 

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