Overview & Price
In this Honor 20 Pro review we go over everything you need to know about the phone, from specs to camera and much more.
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The Honor 20 Pro release date was back on May 21st of 2019 and is one of the first quad-camera phones that Honor has brought out.
The phone aims to be for the bargain hunter, ensuring the user gets high specs alongside a great design, but avoids the price tag of say the Huawei P30.
The Honor 20 Pro price is £549.99 here in the UK, it really does give the competition a run for their money, especially when looking at what it has to offer.
So here are some of the Honor 20 Pro specs;
- Quad-camera setup
- Kirin 980 chip
- 4000mAh battery
- 2-inch FHD+ display
- Well built design
As you can see this phone does bring a lot to the table, and Honor usually take components from their flagships, water them down slightly then bring them out in the shape of a new Honor phone.
The Honor 20 Pro batter life is impressive, with a big 4000mAh cell that will keep you going all day, but more on that shortly.
The phone doesn’t fit this mold though, with the phone looking even more promising that the Huawei P30 Pro.
Lets take a look at what the Honor 20 Pro has to offer..
Design & Display
So first things first the Honor 20 Pro design, one of the first things we noticed is that it looks great.
The metal and glass design give the phone an incredibly premium feel, with it actually feeling more like a £800 phone than a mid-range.
The front of the panel is flat whilst on the back it is curvy, ensuring you can grip the phone easily with one hand without it feeling like its going be dropped.
Honor love to be outlandish with their design finishes on phones, and we expected nothing different here.
The phone comes in three colours that are Phantom Blue, Phantom Black and Icelandic Illusion; we were lucky enough to get our hands on the Black to conduct this review.
Honor has actually implemented a panel beneath the rear glass of the Honor 20 Pro to ensure that when the light hits it, you wont see reflections in your face as clearly.
Unlike the Honor View 20 there are no chevrons on the design of this phone, which to be honest we are glad too see as the View 20 reminded us of a road crossing.
So with dimensions of 154mm x 74mm x 9mm the 20 Pro is certainly not a big phone, so if you are someone who has small hands on simply doesn’t like the plus sized phones then this could be the one for you.
On the right hand side of the phone you will find the power button, which doubles as a speedy fingerprint scanner to help keep your device secure.
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The button has a small indent too which allows your finger to fall onto the scanner easy, making it much quicker and more responsive that you’re average scanner.
Slightly above this button is the volume rocker; there is also a USB-C port down at the base of the phone.
Unfortunately there is no 3.5mm headphone jack on this device, so it may be worth checking out our Apple Airpods 2019 and Samsung Galaxy Buds review too.
Flip the phone over and you are immediately greeted with the quad-camera setup, it looks great but it does bulge out from the display quite a bit.
Which means that it won’t sit still on a flat surface, you will find it has an irritating wobble.
One thing we should note is that the Honor 20 Pro is not waterproof, meaning you don’t want to drop this device in the tub as it will definitely damage the device.
The Honor 20 Pro display is a 6.26-inch LCD Full HD+ panel, yes that’s right we said LCD.
The fact that this device has an LCD display means that you don’t get the deep blacks and super vivid colours like you would with an OLED.
This ensures that you get, as much real estate as possible, which means viewing content is the full width of the phone.
Honor claims that this is the smallest hole-punch camera on the market, at 4.5mm, however the Honor 20 Pro does have a fair amount of real estate that simply isn’t used, the space around the edge of the display.
The display doesn’t curve around the edges, which to be honest isn’t all bad as we feel it ensures you don’t get any cut off area on social media, we found this an annoyance on the Samsung S10 as it would often cut Instagram stories and posts off.
We do love that the Honor 20 Pro comes with a pre-installed screen protector; this ensures that your phone has a little more protection when it comes to scratches and cracks.
At the very top of the display is a small notification LED, which is nice to see as we feel a lot of mobile phone companies to skip this small luxury.
It is pretty dim, and easy to miss but its nice to see nevertheless. As a whole the Honor 20 Pro display is decent, colours are definitely on the warmer side but for the most part the device does do well to give you a great media experience.
Netflix and YouTube is a pleasure on this phone, and if the small hole-punch camera does get in the way simply dig into the settings and hide the notch.
The only real downside to the Honor 20 Pro display is that it’s not an OLED, but this is only apparent when comparing it to its competitor, the average user wouldn’t notice much of a difference.
When it comes to software the Honor 20 Pro runs from Android 9.0 with Honors Magic OS laid over the top.
One thing we immediately noticed is that Magic UI doesn’t have an app drawer by default, meaning your apps look rather messy and scattered around your home screen.
Don’t fear though as simply diving into the settings, you’ll see a setting called home screen style, give this a tap and click drawer, this will give you the app drawer to ensure your phone is de-cluttered.
Magic UI also allows you to adjust the colour temperature of the display, the mode is in ‘Vivid’ by default but you can easily change this to ‘normal’ if the vivid mode isn’t to your taste.
If the small hole-punch display starts to get annoying this can easily be hidden in the settings too, however it does create a black bar at the top of the screen with lowers the amount of real estate on the Honor 20 Pro display.
‘Eye-Comfort’ mode is also worth turning on if you don’t want to be kept awake at night by that big display, this mode helps protect your eyes especially when using the phone at night.
This mode can also be schedules for a certain time, when we had the phone for this review we set ours for 9pm, so after this time the phone display would dim down a little to protect our eyes.
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So what are the Honor 20 Pro specs like? Well it runs from the Kirin 980 chip, which is absolutely fantastic for gaming.
We found in testing that you can play games in the highest graphical setting with no lag and no fps drops either.
We played PUBG for hours on this phone and it didn’t break a sweat, we love this about the phone and found it to be a similar experience to the Honor Play.
The speaker setup of the Honor 20 Pro is also great, they do well to enhance gameplay and music when listening without headphones.
This keeps the phone running exceptionally smoothly, we found ourselves breezing through the UI with no lag whatsoever.
It is actually surprising just how quick this phone is, with everyday tasks becoming extremely pleasant such as scrolling through social media or checking the latest news.
The Honor 20 Pro comes with a huge 128GB of internal storage too, this is more than enough for the average user and ensures you can store as much music, apps and photos as you wish.
Unfortunately there is no option to expand this, which would have been nice. However we do feel like 128GB is more than enough storage for most people, the only people who may need more are those that run businesses from their phones and store lots of documents on their device.
As a whole the Honor 20 Pro specs are great, offering tons of performance power to keep you running smoothly no matter how much stress the phone is under.
With plenty of storage you are sure to never get that annoying message pop up which insists you delete applications and your memories in the form of video.
So the Honor 20 Pro camera set up is one of the phones main attractions, not only for its eye-catching style, but its performance too.
This impressive quad-camera set up has certainly swayed people from the Huawei P30 Pro, over to this more affordable device.
So the meat of the camera is a 48MP f/1.4 main snapper with optical image stabilisation (OIS), a 16MP sensor with a wide-angel lens, an 8MP shooter with a telephoto lens and OIS as well as a 2MP macro camera.
When you take into account the price of the Honor 20 Pro this setup really is breathtaking, to be on par with flagships in the mid-range market is seriously impressive.
One of our favourite features of the camera is that it lets you 30x zoom, which we found incredible.
This allows you to take close up shots of objects that are extremely far away, although bare in mind that anything past 5x is purely digital, and it does get rather pixelated at the high-end zoom.
The main camera does well to produce excellent images especially when in good lighting, when compared to the Huawei P30 Pro it was hard to find differences between the two images.
Thanks to the 48MP lens you get really clear images even when zoomed in, taking images of number plates with the 48MP lens from far away reveals the number and letter combination clearly.
The main lens has an absolute ton of detail; incredible dynamic range and colours look great.
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The Honor 20 Pro camera even has an ‘AI Ultra Clarity’ mode that uses AI to enhance detail of images, this works well for the most part but its no match for the P30 Pros full-res mode.
The macro lens of the Honor 20 Pro is impressive too, it lets you focus on subjects that are 2-inches away, where other mobile devices simply couldn’t focus from this distance.
Images do come out with not a lot of detail though, but they are still great for social media. We tested the macro lens out taking some shots of bugs in our garden, and we have to say we were most impressed by this lens.
The wide-angel lens is fun to play around with too, this lens allows you to get a huge field of view in order to take shots that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to take with a main lens.
One advantage of this lens is taking group photos; it allows you to get everyone in the shot without having to bunch everyone together.
The Honor 20 Pro camera also performs exceptionally well in low light, as it has a dedicated night mode that draws tons of natural light into the shot from surroundings.
The ‘Super Night Mode’ brightens up the image and provides lots of detail in shadows and dark spots, this mode works by taking multiple images at the same time and stacking them together to get the best shot.
Around the front of the phone you get a 32MP selfie camera that does well to produce some superb selfies ready for Instagram.
The portrait mode does lack a little compared to the P30 Pro but for the most part the selfie cam is a solid lens and adds to the amazing camera setup of the Honor 20 Pro.
When it comes to video recording the Honor 20 Pro can shoot 4K@30fps, and can also switch between for better editing.
We were less impressed with the video aspect of the phone than we were with the camera side, but to be honest this didn’t come as a surprise as the camera setup on this phone is extremely strong.
As a whole the Honor 20 Pro camera is the key selling point of this phone, images whether it is night or day come out with tons of quality and look superb.
The Honor 20 Pro battery life is impressive, with a 4000mAh cell that will easily last you a full day of use.
This of course depends on how you use the phone but for the light phone users out their you will get two full days use out of this device.
This is because of the phone only having an LCD display, which doesn’t take up much of the battery’s power.
The Honor 20 Pro battery even has two different power saving modes to help you keep a hold of as much power as possible when in desperate situations.
The phone does come with a 25W fast charger, which ensures you can get a couple of hours use after just 10 minutes plugged into the cable.
Unfortunately the phone doesn’t have wireless charging or Qi charging, meaning you need to keep this phone plugged into a cable to keep the battery charged unlike the P30 Pro.
The phone doesn’t overheat even when using the phone intensely for games, which this is a common trait in the mid-range market.
Overall we found the battery life of the Honor 20 Pro to be just as we expected, more than capable of handling a full day of intense usage without overheating or aggressively shutting applications down.
So should you buy the Honor 20 Pro?
Well that depends, if you are looking for a superb camera that is up their with the likes of the Huawei P30 Pro and OnePlus 7, then yes.
As well as this the Honor 20 Pro is a lot cheaper than these two devices, but the camera is definitely on par.
The phone does lack an OLED display that is definitely one of the biggest downfalls of the device, but design wise we thought this phone is fantastic.
It is well built and each of the colours looks equally as good as each other.
The Honor 20 Pro specs are superb too, if you love to game on your smartphone then this is definitely one to look at, with 8GB of RAM and a super speedy chip this phone breezes through the most graphically demanding games out there.
The phone even has 128GB of internal storage, which allows you to store a ton of images and photos without breaking a sweat.
The Honor 20 Pro Battery life is decent and will easily last a full day of intense use, although there is no wireless or Qi charging here.
The Honor Watch Magic is a great accessory for this phone, so if you are thinking about purchasing the phone then we would check out our watch review too.
Given the Honor 20 Pro price it really is hard to find a phone that offers the same level of specs and value for money.
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