Amidst the fight between its parent company and the US government, Honor unveiled the 2019 flagship smartphones at an event held today in London. Just like OnePlus, Honor also came up with two flagship variants – Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro. The Honor 20 will be the affordable flagship competing with other cheaper Snapdragon 855-powered smartphones. On the hand, the Honor 20 Pro stands alongside the premium flagship smartphones like Galaxy S10 and Huawei P30 smartphones.
Apart from the telephoto sensor on the rear, the Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro smartphones share the same internals. Even on the design front, both the smartphones look very much the same. The LED flash on the Honor 20 Pro is moved from the long camera module and is replaced with laser autofocus. Talking about the build quality, both the Honor 20 smartphones come with four-sided curved glass body with aluminum mid-frame.
Unlike many other 2019 flagship smartphones, the Honor 20 and 20 Pro come with a side-facing fingerprint scanner. It is actually embedded into the power button on the right edge. On the front, the devices come with a 6.26-inch punch-hole display with Full HD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels) resolution and 91.6% screen to body ratio. The company is still using the IPS LCD panels instead of the more vibrant AMOLED panels. The 4.5mm cut out on the top left corner features the front-facing camera.
Under the hood, the Honor 20 smartphones are powered by HiSilicon Kirin 980 octa-core processor built on 7nm FinFET node. This is the same chipset which also powered the Honor View 20 smartphone launched in December 2018. It is the world’s first SoC to feature Cortex-A76 chipset, Mali-G76 GPU, dual NPU, and Cat.21 LTE modem. While the Honor 20 packs 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.1 flash storage, the Honor 20 Pro is equipped with 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 256GB of UFS 2.1 flash storage.
In the camera department, both the Honor 20 smartphones come with a 32MP front-facing selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture. On the rear, the Honor 20 sports 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor with f/1.8 aperture, a 16MP super-wide-angle sensor with f/2.2 aperture, a 2MP depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture, and a 2MP macro sensor with f/2.4 aperture. Coming to quad camera setup on the Honor 20 Pro, the 48MP primary sensor comes with OIS and f/1.4 aperture and the depth sensor is replaced with an 8MP telephoto sensor with OIS and f/2.4 aperture.
The devices offer 117-degrees ultra wide view, 4cm macro mode, AIS super night mode, 960fps super slow-motion videos. With the telephoto sensor, the Honor 20 Pro also supports 3x optical zoom, 5x hybrid zoom, and 30x digital zoom. While the Honor 20 is backed by a 3,750mAh battery, the Pro variant features a 4,000mAh battery. Both devices support 22.5W SuperCharge fast charging technology that can charge from 0% to 50% in just 30 minutes. The Honor 20 smartphones will be running on Android 9.0 Pie based Magic UI 2.1 out of the box.
On the software front, the Honor 20 smartphones will now support enhanced GPU Turbo 3.0 for better gaming performance. The Honor 20 measures 154.25 x 73.97 x 7.87 mm and weighs 174 grams. With a slightly bigger battery, the Honor 20 Pro measures 154.6 x 73.9 x 8.44 mm and weighs 182 grams. As seen on the Honor View 20, the Honor 20 Pro also features graphene cooling technology for better heat dispersion.
Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC, 3.5mm audio jack, and USB Type-C port. Though the devices come with a mono speaker, the company added Virtual 9.1 Surround Sound technology for better audio output via earphones and headphones. While the Honor 20 comes in Midnight Black and Sapphire Blue color options, the Honor 20 Pro will be available in Phantom Black and Phantom Blue colors.
Talking about the pricing, the Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro are priced at EUR 499 (approx USD 555 / INR 39,000) and EUR 599 (approx USD 665 / INR 46,500) respectively. In India, the company will be launching exclusively via Flipkart on June 11th. Stay tuned on Phone Radar for more details!