Just a couple of weeks ago a London the new smartphone range was presented Honor, or Honor 20 Pro, Honor 20 e Honor 20 Lite (here you will find our full review), where we saw a policy similar to that of Huawei thanks to the launch of three different variants. If del Pro there is still no definite information about Honor 20 instead we know that will surely arrive in Italy and after several days of testing we are finally ready to tell you how he behaved during our tests.
Honor 20 review
Unboxing - Honor 20
The sales package is made of white cardboard and above is a photo of the product. Inside is the following equipment:
- Honor 20;
- silicone cover;
- wall power supply with Huawei SuperCharge;
- USB data transfer cable - USB Type-C;
- USB Type-C adapter - mini-jack;
- pin for the SIM slot;
- instruction manual.
Design and construction
On the frontal profile the company has decided to opt for the same philosophy as Honor View 20, so we have a All-View display with hole on the left side, while the back cover is made of glass with the usual workmanship of Honor which gives the smartphone many shades with the changing of the light. Unfortunately the sample in our possession is in coloring Midnight Black, therefore it is not possible to notice all this, unlike the beautiful one Sapphire Blue.
Honor 20 it gives us a feeling of extreme solidity, but the back cover holds back a little too many fingerprints. We will be able to partially solve this problem by putting the supplied cover.
The dimensions are of 154.25 x 73.97 x 7.87 millimeters for a weight of 174 grams, which implies that it is not easy to use with one hand, although it has a well balanced weight and a high screen-to-body ratio.
On the left side there is only the dual Nano SIM input, while on the right we find the volume rocker and the power button which, for the first time in the company's history, also integrates the fingerprint sensor. As for the latter I remained completely satisfied by the speed and precision with which the release occurs. In fact, this will happen successfully 10 times on 10.
Below it is possible to note the Type-C input, the system speaker and the main microphone, unlike the upper profile on which we find the secondary microphone and the infrared port. I also make a little clarification on the latter, as I am really glad that they continue to include it, but this time it seems that they are forgot to insert the system app of the remote control within the software.
Finally, frontally we find the brightness and proximity sensor, the earpiece on the edge between the two profiles and the camera for selfies in the hole, unlike the back cover on which the four cameras reside accompanied by the LED flash. The module is slightly protruding and will shake the smartphone when we use it on a flat surface.
Honor 20 It is equipped with a panel IPS da 6.26 inches diagonal with resolution Full HD + (2340 x 1080 pixels), density of PPI 412 and 19.5 report: 9.
This unit features vivid colors, but never too saturated, the maximum brightness is very good and perfect for readability in direct sunlight. In general it is a level panel, blacks are not turned off like AMOLED but are still satisfactory. If you were not satisfied with the color calibration you can always adjust it in the settings menu.
L'Honor 20 is driven by the usual chipset produced in-house by the company, or theKirin HiSilicon 980, which is inclusive of an octa-core processor with a maximum clock frequency of 2.6 GHz, ARM GPU Mali-G76 with support to Turbo 3.0 GPU, 6 GB di RAM LPDDR4X e 128 GB di internal memory UFS 2.1 not expandable via microSD.
Needless to say, the performances are a real top of the range, as the opening of the app happens in a decidedly fluid way, we don't find excessive reloads in the switch between apps open in the background and everything runs smoothly.
Turning to Gaming, as mentioned above, the GPU is supported by Turbo 3.0 GPU which should improve the player's visual and tactile experience during the most intense sessions. This has not been optimized for all the games but only for some titles with which the brand has forged a collaboration such as Fortnite, PUBG, Arena of Valor and many others. In all this playability is very good, Honor 20 manages to execute Fortnite smoothly and without lag with maximum details to 30 FPS, but after a few minutes of play we will feel the smartphone becoming lukewarm.
Benchmark - Honor 20
Honor 20 arrives on the market with a good number of cameras, more in detail we talk about 4 sensors, main it's a Sony IMX586 da 48 mega-pixels with opening f / 1.8, wide-angle lens and from 16 mega-pixels with opening f / 2.2, the one dedicated to the capture of depth and from 2 mega-pixels with opening f / 2.4, while the last one is dedicated to macro and it is always from 2 mega-pixels with opening f / 2.2. Do not miss the PDAF autofocus, the LED flash and stabilization AIS.
In conditions of good brightness the shots taken with theHonor 20 they are satisfactory. In fact, aexcellent definition, good management of the lights and colors faithfully represented, even if on some occasions they tend to be slightly too saturated, especially when we use theAI Mode which tends to increase HDR and shoot colors. Despite this, the results are good, but it also depends on what kind of photography you like.
There are very good even photos taken with the wide-angle camera, since we have no optical distortion on the sides and by day there is almost always good light management. He didn't convince me, instead, it zoom 2x which presents a bit of grain and a quality not at the top, both in conditions of sufficient brightness and not.
Let's move on to the sensor macro which is a great novelty, this in fact will allow us to push ourselves up to a few centimeters away from the subject to grasp the details. Also in this case the photos are sufficient only in optimal light conditions, in that the opening of f / 2.4 and the absence of optical stabilization will not allow us to take quality photographs at night.
At night Honor 20 behaves differently, as the general quality decreases, as well as the detail and the management of the lights. There night mode gives us a hand to pull up the votes in critical situations, as it manages to capture a very good amount of light even when it's darkest, but in general the compartment gets the sufficiency without surprising.
Looking at the photos from display of the smartphone will seem to level, but analyzing them on a monitor we can see that sometimes the shots are micromossi due to the absence of an optical stabilization and a slight grain is present. The latter can also be seen on wide-angle sensor and in the case of zoom 2x.
La front camera di Honor 20 consists of a sensor from 32 mega-pixels, which gives us back some great photos in good light conditions thanks to a high level of detail, good colors and good light management. In backlight the sensor tries to manage how exposure can, but apart from the slight lens flare the situation remains more than sufficient.
In night la quality decreases, but if you are enlightened we can overcome the sufficiency without problems. The situation is different when we are in the absence of light sources or when we are in the presence of strong light sources in which the management of these last ones is in crisis.
Generally the photographic sector perfectly reflects its price range, during the day he manages to dare even something more, but all in all it is worth the 499 € required to take home Honor 20.
I video they can be registered up to the maximum resolution 4K a 30 FPS, As well as in Full HD a 30 / 60 FPS with stabilization ICE CREAM. The quality è good thanks to a rapid focus, discreet colors, clean sound and good stabilization.
L'audio outgoing from the lower speaker appears to be powerful enough and with a fair balance of frequencies. In fact, we have a good representation of the highs and mids and enough for the bass. However, in headphones the listening improves without any doubt, bringing quality to a higher level. Regarding the latter, support is provided for the following Bluetooth codecs: SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC and HWA Audio.
As if that were not enough, the Virtual 9.1 Surround Sound in headphones during the gaming sessions, which increases gaming performance thanks to directional audio.
In the earpiece the listening is good even if to hear better you will have to rest your ear right on the edge between the two profiles, while the audio captured by the microphone is crystal clear.
Honor 20 supports dual Nano SIM with 4G + and I have not found any problem in the reception of the signal or in the use of the data network even in more isolated places. For the rest we find the Wi-Fi a / b / g / n / ac Dual Band MiMo, the Bluetooth 5.0, L 'NFC and the GPS Compass (L1 + L5 dual band)/ AGPS / Glonass / Beidou / Galileo(E1 + E5a dual band)/ QZSS.
Also in the other cases I have not found anomalies, the Wi-Fi keeps the signal well, the device does not lose a beat nor with devices with BT 5.0 than with those with BT 4.2 and satellite navigation is very precise thanks to a fast and responsive signal fix.
On this Honor 20 we do not find particular differences with respect to the other versions or to its cousins of Huawei, if not the name of the OS. In fact, on board we have the Magic UI 2.1 with Android 9 Pie e security patches updated to April 1 2019.
We know this software very well, it has the right number of customizations including themes, digital management, color management, energy saving modes and so on. There is not much else to say because Honor 20 è fluid, reactive ed free of bugs. The only thing that I didn't appreciate it is the elimination of the system app of remote control, which was well made and functional.
Autonomy - Honor 20
Autonomy is the workhorse of Honor 20, in fact, the performances found with are confirmed Honor View 20! Thanks to the battery from 3750 mAh this smartphone will allow us to carry out safely a day and a half of autonomy with intense use. In this case we can also reach the 6 hours of active screen without activating any type of energy saving.
For the first few days it will take some time break-in, but you will already start from a base of 4 hours and 30 minutes of SoT!
La recharge it is quite fast with the power supply supplied as we have support for the Huawei SuperCharge which takes little more than one hour and 10 minutes to switch from 0 to 100%.
Conclusions - Honor 20
Probably Honor understood that i 699 € requested a few months ago for Honor View 20 were too many and in fact with the new series has lowered the shot. Indeed, of the list Honor 20 6 / 128 GB is available a 499 €, a fair amount for a smartphone like that (maybe a 50 euro less it would have been even better). This is because in conclusion I would define Honor 20 a balanced device, as it does everything well and stays in its place without disappointing, but without even marveling.
However, when compared to Honor 20 Pro 8 / 256 GB a 599 € then the evaluation is different, because for alone 100 euro more you can have a more complete smartphone in terms of the camera and with a better battery, as well as more generous memory cuts. So at that point it would be better to buy the more expensive version. Unfortunately, however, there is no news of the latter and at the moment we do not know yet whether it will arrive in Italy or less.