Huawei Honor 20 Pro Review & Pros And Cons

Picture of the Huawei Honor 20 Pro, by Huawei

- Analysis by KJ David


As its name suggests, the Huawei Honor 20 Pro is a step-up model of the Honor 20 that's geared towards a spot alongside some of the prominent photography-focused smartphones in town. That said, its technical pros and cons did not go through our technical review unscathed.

For starters, this 2019 high-end contender touts a 6.26-inch notch-less display that does not quite hit the flagship mark when it comes to sharpness, settling for a 2340 x 1080 FHD+ definition and a 412ppi pixel density count , instead of reaching for a QHD+ (1440p) sharpness that most of the best phablets offer.

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Additionally, although its 32-megapixel in-display main camera easily winds up as a pro in our book in terms of raw pixel resolution, an accompanying front-firing LED flash would have made it more promising .

Those slight cons aside, the Honor 20 Pro is still one of Huawei's highest-specked models as of this on-paper Phonerated evaluation, challenging some of the best photography smartphones of its time by rocking a premium-class quad camera consisting of a high-resolution 48-megapixel standard camera, a 16-megapixel wide-angle cam, a 2-megapixel depth cam tailored to bokeh photography, and an 8-megapixel telephoto cam that enables up-to-30x digital zooming and up-to-3x optical zooming . Its imaging specs also include a 960fps slow-motion video capture mode, 4K-2160p video-recording, and a bevy of AI optimizations.

Under the hood, the Honor 20 Pro combines a high-octane 2.6GHz + 1.92GHz + 1.8GHz eight-core Kirin 980 processor with a robust 8GB RAM , while a 4000mAh battery infused with the brand's 22.5W Honor SuperCharge technology takes charge of its power supply. Also on board is a 256GB internal memory , which we do not find that reassuring, given the number of competing high-enders that pack twice that amount.

Crowning its pros and cons are a holographic design of either Phantom Blue or Phantom Black and the Android 9.0 Pie platform skinned with the Honor sub-brand's Magic UI 2.1.0 interface.

So, even though it falters versus some of its high-class rivals display-wise, the Honor 20 Pro nevertheless calls out to tech junkies eying a phone with some highly-competitive cameras and a flagship-tier hardware setup.


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