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Honor 20 Series Packs a Serious Punch, Only at a Seriously Bad Time

It has been nothing short of terrible timing for Huawei sub-brand Honor. Just days ahead of the Honor 20 Launch in London, companies across the United States announced sanctions against the Chinese telecommunications giant. 

The Honor 20 series of smartphones includes the Honor 20, Honor 20 Pro and Honor 20 Lite. Image: Honor

Among these were GoogleIntel, Qualcomm and Broadcom– which provide essential products and services for Huawei and Honor’s Android-based smartphones. Despite this, Honor has gone ahead with the launch of the highly-anticipated

While many have lamented the ever-rising prices of flagship smartphones from the like of Apple, Samsung and Huawei, many budget options have filled in the vacuum. OnePlus had announced its first ever flagship, the OnePlus 7 Pro, and Honor follows hot on the heels of its competitor with the Honor 20 series of smartphones.

The Honor 20 in Sapphire Blue. Image: Honor

At SGD 338, the Honor 20 Litewas released ahead of its siblings about a week ago. The Honor 20, which starts at EUR 499, and Honor 20 Pro, which starts at EUR 599, feature a quad-camera array that has clinched a DxOMark score of 111, just one point behind the leader – the Huawei P30 Pro.

They both feature a 6.26-inch “all-view” display – which means they utilise a hole-punch cut-out to house the front-facing camera to attain an impressive 91.6% screen-to-body ratio. However, unlike most other flagships like the OnePlus 7 Pro, Samsung S10 and even the Huawei P30 Pro, the Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro utilise a side-mounted fingerprint scanner like on the Huawei Mate X.

The Honor 20 Pro in Phantom Black. Image: Honor

Both phones feature a 2340x1080p LCD screen, and the front-facing camera is an industry-leading 32-megapixel unit in terms of pixel density.

On the front, the main 48-megapixel camera utilises a half-inch Sony IMX586 sensor with superior light gathering capabilities. The Pro and regular versions feature an f1.4 and f1.8 aperture respectively. Both devices also feature a 16-megapixel super wide-angle camera with a 117-degree angle of view. That’s slightly under that of the ultra-wide angle lenses of the Samsung S10+ and Huawei P30 Pro, but that is deep flagship territory.

The Honor 20. Image: Honor

Both devices sport a 2-megapixel macro camera, but the Pro version sports a 8-megapixel telephoto for 3x lossless telephoto zoom, 5x hybrid and 30x digital zoom. For the regular Honor 20, it has a 2-megapixel depth assist camera to allow for bokeh effects.

The selfie camera cut-out on the Honor 20. Image: Honor

Both devices sport the top-of-the-Huawei-line Kirin 980 chipset, which also features on the Huawei Mate 20 and P30 devices. Manufactured on a 7nm process, the Kirin 980 will ensure the Honor 20 devices keep afoot of the most demanding apps and games. The Honor 20 will feature up to 128GB of storage and 6GB RAM, while the Honor 20 Pro will be available in up to a 256/8GB configuration.

The Honor 20 is available for pre-order from Thursday in Europe, although the actual release date has yet to be announced.

The Honor 20 will be available in Midnight Black and Sapphire Blue, and the Honor 20 Pro will be available in Phantom Black and Phantom Blue. All devices feature a unique “dynamic holographic design”, with an attractive 3D curved glass back on the Pro model manufactured in a painstaking process.

Ian Ling
Ian is the resident Tech Monkey and Head of Content at VR Zone. His training in Economics and Political Science is at the basis of his love for journalism and storytelling. A photographer by passion, and an audiophile by obsession, Ian is captivated by all forms of tech that makes enthusiasts tick.

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