Review Honor 20 Pro: a powerful camera phone that wanted to become as budget as possible

Review Honor 20 Pro

A great option for those who are looking for an inexpensive alternative to flagship smartphones.

Honor 20 Pro - one of the most interesting novelties of this year. Not only because it is a smartphone with a very difficult fate (Honor 20 Pro had to enter the market a long time ago, but because of the sanctions imposed on Huawei, its fate literally hung in the balance).

Much more interesting than the other. It is no secret that in recent years, mobile cameras have made great strides, and in some devices, they may well compete with cameras. But you can only find such cameras in flagship smartphones that are not affordable for everyone.

But Honor 20 Pro, the main camera of which now occupies the third line in the rating of the authoritative DxOMark, at the start of sales costs 34,999 rubles - about two times cheaper than its closest "neighbors" - Huawei P30 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S10 5G.

Review Honor 20 Pro

What does the Honor 20 Pro look like?

The first thing you notice when you turn on the Honor 20 Pro is a small cutout under the camera in the upper left corner. It takes such a “point” a minimum of space, but not everyone likes even tiny cuts, which was taken into account in the firmware of the smartphone. Through the settings, the upper part of the display can be made black, while retaining the status bar icons, but it is still noticeable that the bar is different from the upper frame of the case, and the big maximum brightness of the black display, which is 0.390 nits, is to blame.

The screen is covered with a protective glass, on which there is an oleophobic coating that makes it easier to erase fingerprints, but poorly protected from scratches.

The speaker is located just above the top center of the screen, crawling slightly to the upper edge. A nice feature is that the LED indicator of notifications is hidden behind the speaker grid, and yes, it is not always visible, but even this diode has to rejoice, because in modern smartphones with thicker frames than the Honor 20 Pro, it most often does not is the location.


Review Honor 20 Pro

Between the camera and the flash hid the light sensor, for which a cutout is provided in the protective glass. On the top there is a hole for the microphone and a proximity sensor, which some users take for the infrared port, which is absent in the smartphone. At the bottom there is another microphone (which means there is noise reduction), a Type-C port and a hole for the speaker.

The right side is a volume control rocker and a power button with a surface for scanning fingerprints slightly deeper into the case. At first glance it seems that this button is hard to grope, but this is a deceptive impression. On the left side there is a tray for two SIM cards of Nano format. No memory card was found, apparently because of the large amount of internal memory, which the developers of the device considered sufficient.

The frame of the smartphone is aluminum, and the back surface is made of glass, and due to gradient shades, and in my case it is purple in the center and black in the upper and lower parts, the smartphone looks dull.

The reverse side of this beauty is the mark, and the device itself feels slippery. The block with the cameras bulges out strongly, so if you put the smartphone on the table and try to press the screen on the right side, then there will be a strong wiggle. The solution to the problem is one, as with a slippery glossy case - the use of a case.


Review Honor 20 Pro

Display Honor 20 Pro: the maximum for the money


The smartphone boasts a high-resolution display FullHD +, which can be reduced in the settings to HD +. The official screen diagonal is 6.26 inches, and in fact, taking into account the rounded corners, it is about 6.1 inches.

Minute savings: the Honor 20 Pro does not use AMOLED, as one would expect, but an IPS-matrix, which significantly reduces the cost of creating a smartphone.

AMOLED-matrix has a much smaller loss of brightness at angles, but the Honor 20 Pro display can be called excellent, with good viewing angles. Its maximum brightness is 444 nits without auto-adjusting turned on and 480 nits with the setting turned on, which is far from a record, but which, given the excellent anti-glare properties, is enough to view information in the bright sun. The minimum brightness, it seems, is nowhere below - 1.2 nits, and even when using the screen in the dark, you may want to add a bit. The contrast is standard, at 1138: 1.

Review Honor 20 Pro

Detailed color temperature adjustment is available in the display settings, but I’ll consider two standard presets - “normal” and “bright” colors. When choosing a normal profile, there is not only an ideal or almost perfect color gamut, but also a color temperature as close as possible to the reference value. If you want to enjoy realistic colors, the “Regular” profile is your choice.

If it seems that the screen will have a slightly yellowish tint - you are just used to the bad with the bluish screens of Chinese smartphones.

The only disadvantage of the standard colors exposed is that the maximum brightness at this setting drops to 423 nits with auto-adjusting turned off. However, this is not critical.

The “Vivid” setting will appeal to lovers of embellished bright colors, which are achieved through an expanded color gamut. The color temperature in this mode is greatly elevated, which is why the blue component will dominate in the displayed images.

And a little more positive associated with the display: a ten-finger multi-touch with good responsiveness, the absence of an air gap between the layers of the screen and the absence of flicker at any level of illumination.

Fast charging and running time Honor 20 Pro - at a decent level

Review Honor 20 Pro

The manufacturer claims support for fast charging up to 25 W, for which the complete power supply and cable that can withstand increased current will be useful. Namely, due to the higher current, which reaches 4.59 Amps, the charging time decreases, while the voltage remains at the standard level of 5 Volt or even slightly lower.

If you look at the charging schedule, it displays the maximum voltage of 21.8 W, but only in the first minutes of the charge, after which the indicators noticeably decrease. But this did not prevent the smartphone from charging up to 48% in 30 minutes and up to 87% in 1 hour. It took almost two hours to fully charge, although the percentage indicator of the smartphone will display the figure 100% earlier.



As a multitasking smartphone, Honor is also good, the only thing that is not very convenient to use without a case. Too much throttling also confuses, but I do not exclude that this is a feature of my specimen.

Review Honor 20 Pro

Main technical characteristics of Honor 20 Pro:

  • Display: 6.26 inches, 1080 × 2340 (FullHD +), IPS;
  • case: glass, aluminum;
  • colors: shimmering black and purple, shimmering turquoise;
  • processor: eight-core HiSilicon Kirin 980 (2x2.6 GHz Cortex-A76, 2x1.92 GHz Cortex-A76 and 4x1.8
  • GHz Cortex-A55);
  • RAM: 8 GB;
  • memory for data storage: 256 GB;
  • card slot: 2 Nano SIM slots;
  • connector: Type-C;
  • main camera: 48 mp, f / 1.4 + 16 mp, f / 2.2 (wide-angle) + 8 mp, f / 2.4 (telephoto lens) + 2 megapixel, f / 2.4 (macro lens);
  • front camera: 32 mp, f / 2.0;
  • Networks: 4G / 3G / 2G;
  • wireless connection: WI-FI 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac 2.4 GHz / 5 GHz, Bluetooth 5.0;
  • NFC support: yes;
  • navigation: GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, Beidou, QZSS;
  • bio-identification: fingerprint sensor, face scanner;
  • battery: 4000 mAh, fast charging;
  • dimensions: 154.6 × 74 × 8.4 mm;
  • Weight: 186.1 grams;
  • OS: Android 9.0, proprietary shell Magic UI 2.1.





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