ಮಧ್ಯ ಶ್ರೇಣಿಯ ಮಾರುಕಟ್ಟೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಉತ್ತಮ ಕ್ಯಾಮೆರಾ, backed by good performance and long battery life
ಹಾನರ್ 20 Pro is the new flagship phone for Huawei’s cheaper offshoot, offering some of what made the Chinese firm the camera master but at £550 it is a little overpriced.
ಹಾನರ್ 20 Pro is essentially the same phone as the £400 Honor 20 with a better camera on the back, a slightly larger battery and more storage. It was meant to be released alongside its cheaper sibling, but Donald Trump’s Huawei blockade caused it to be delayed.
From the outside the phones are practically identical. ಹಾನರ್ 20 Pro is 0.5mm thicker, 0.3mm taller and 8g heavier than the Honor 20, not that you’d notice. It has the same 6.26in LCD screen, which looks good but can’t match the OLED screens on rivals.
The same 32MP selfie camera pokes through the same-sized hole-punch notch in the top left of the display. The body has the same metal sides and glass back. ಹಾನರ್ 20 Pro has a nicer light-reflecting finish under the glass, but it’ll probably spend most of its life in a case anyway.
The side-mounted fingerprint scanner, which doubles as the power button, is equally great for right-handed users, but less so for those who primarily use their phone in their left. There’s no headphone socket either.
Overall the Honor 20 Pro is a good-looking, well-made phone that has a large screen, but isn’t quite as massive as some of the monsters available in 2019.
- ಸ್ಕ್ರೀನ್: 6.26FHD + ಎಲ್ಸಿಡಿ (412ಪಿಪಿಐ)
- ಪ್ರೊಸೆಸರ್: Oct-ಕೋರ್ ಹುವಾವೇ Kirin 980
- ರಾಮ್: 8RAM ನ GB
- ಸಂಗ್ರಹ: 256ಜಿಬಿ
- ಆಪರೇಟಿಂಗ್ ಸಿಸ್ಟಮ್: Magic UI 2.1 ಆಂಡ್ರಾಯ್ಡ್ ಆಧಾರಿತ 9 ಪೈ
- ಕ್ಯಾಮೆರಾ: rear 48MP wide, 16MP ultra-wide, 8MP telephoto and 2MP macro, 32MP selfie
- ಸಂಪರ್ಕ: ಯುಎಸ್ಬಿ-ಸಿ (2.0), ಟಿಇ, wifi, ಎನ್ಎಫ್ಸಿ, ಬ್ಲೂಟೂತ್ 5 ಮತ್ತು ಜಿಪಿಎಸ್ (dual-sim available in some regions)
- ಆಯಾಮಗಳು: 154.6 ಎಕ್ಸ್ 74 ಎಕ್ಸ್ 8.4 ಎಂಎಂ
- ತೂಕ: 182ಗ್ರಾಂ
Reliable performance and battery life
Under the hood is the same Kirin 980 chip as the Honor 20, ಆದರೆ 20 Pro has 2GB more RAM (8GB total) and twice as much storage at 256GB. Unsurprisingly it performs exactly the same. I couldn’t appreciate the greater amount of RAM in day-to-day usage.
That means you get a good performing all-rounder, which feels slick in operation, but not quite as fast and smooth as the OnePlus 7 ಅಥವಾ 7 ಪ್ರೊ. The battery also lasts a long time, managing over 36 ಆರೋಪದ ನಡುವೆ ಗಂಟೆಗಳ, enough to see me from 7am on day one to 7pm on day two – four hours longer than the Honor 20.
There’s no wireless charging on the Honor 20 ಪ್ರೊ. Cable charging reaches 75% in an hour and a full power in less than 90 ನಿಮಿಷಗಳ.
Magic UI 2.1
ಹಾನರ್ 20 Pro runs the exact same Android 9 Pie-based Magic UI 2.1 software as the Honor 20. It works well most of the time, is good on battery and is fairly customisable. Some might not like the look of it out of the box, but you can change most of it with themes.
It’s not as good as OxygenOS on a OnePlus nor Google’s Pixel phones, but it’s getting better with each software release.
Under normal circumstances you could expect bi-monthly software updates for two to three years from release. But there’s a question mark still hanging over Huawei and therefore Honor’s ability to work with US companies such as Google, due to Trump’s actions. Honor says it is “confident” that it can update the 20 Pro with Android Q.
ಹಾನರ್ 20 Pro has the same great 48MP standard camera, with added optical image stabilisation here, fun 16MP ultra-wide angle camera and disappointing 2MP macro camera as the Honor 20. New for the Honor 20 Pro is an 8MP telephoto camera with a 3x optical zoom.
That means you get some really good images from the main camera, well balanced with good colour and dynamic range. While overall detail is good, images look a little smooth on a highly textured surface on full crop, something most will probably never do.
Low-light performance was also good, although not quite as game-changing as Huawei’s P30 Pro. The ultra-wide angle camera is clearly inferior in less than ideal lighting conditions, but works really well in good lighting and gives you another perspective to use in your photography.
The 8MP telephoto camera produces a 3x optical, 5x hybrid and then up to 30x digital zoom. The 3x and 5x zooms produce really good, usable images in even average light levels, getting you far closer to the action than 2x optical zooms. ಹಾನರ್ 20 Pro has the best zoom short of the Huawei P30 Pro, which has 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid and 50x digital.
Performance in video was similar to flagship rivals, although it caps out at 4K at 30 frames per second (not 60fps). While the camera app is generally easy to use, it still hives off HDR to a dedicated mode, rather than being built straight into the main photo mode. The front-facing 32MP camera pokes through a hole in the screen and is good, capturing detail-rich selfies even in fairly challenging lighting conditions.
- The phone is pretty slippery so you’ll need a case to keep it from dropping out of shallow pockets when you sit down.
- The vibration motor is not as good as rivals in 2019, feeling baggy and imprecise.
- The frame of the phone traps hairs and fluff.
- Call quality was good, but the speaker is fairly small and needs a bit of attention to get the correct alignment with your ear.
ಹಾನರ್ 20 Pro costs £550 in either phantom black (purple) or phantom blue (ಹಸಿರು).
ಹೋಲಿಕೆಯಲ್ಲಿ, ದಿ ಹಾನರ್ 20 ವೆಚ್ಚ £400, ಗೌರವಾರ್ಥವಾಗಿ View20 ವೆಚ್ಚ £ 350, ದಿ OnePlus 7 ವೆಚ್ಚ £ 499, ದಿ ಹುವಾವೇ ಪು 30 ಪ್ರೊ ವೆಚ್ಚ £ 899, ದಿ Samsung Galaxy S10e ವೆಚ್ಚ £669 ಮತ್ತು ಆಪಲ್ ಐಫೋನ್ ಖೋ XR ವೆಚ್ಚ £ 749.
ಹಾನರ್ 20 Pro offers a lot of camera for £550, getting you closer to the action and with a greater versatility than some phones that cost twice as much.
The rest of the phone is good too. It’s slick, isn’t enormous, has top performance and long battery life. The software is solid too, but there’s still the Trump-China trade war lingering over things that could cause issues with Android security and version updates should it escalate.
The two biggest problems with the Honor 20 Pro are its price and the existence of its non-Pro sibling. You get the same experience minus the camera zoom with the vanilla Honor 20 for £150 less, which also undercuts the best of the competition: namely the £499 OnePlus 7. I would argue the Honor 20 Pro is therefore £50 too expensive.
So the question is whether the Honor 20 Pro’s optical zoom is worth the extra money. If you’re after one of the most capable and adaptable camera systems on your phone for less than £600 then yes. If not there is better value to be had elsewhere.
ಒಳಿತು: hole-punch notch, ಸಿಡುಕುವ ಪ್ರದರ್ಶನ, good battery life, cracking camera, ಉತ್ತಮ ಸ್ಕ್ರೀನ್, dual-sim, fast fingerprint sensor.
ಕಾನ್ಸ್: Magic UI not to everyone’s taste, slow updates, Trump, ಯಾವುದೇ ವಿಸ್ತರಿಸಬಹುದಾದ ಶೇಖರಣಾ, no water resistance, ಯಾವುದೇ ವೈರ್ಲೆಸ್ ಚಾರ್ಜಿಂಗ್, no headphone socket, right-side fingerprint sensor not for left-handed.
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