Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro bring quad-lens video cameras and style to the mid-range phone market



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David Nield

David Nield

May 22 nd, 2019

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The Honor 20 Lite, Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro( Credit: Honor)

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The Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro are the latest mid-range phones with flagship goals to hit the marketplace, unveiled at a press event today. A sub-brand of Huawei, Honor’s mission is to discover the ideal balance between price and efficiency– and these two new handsets may simply have found it.

In regards to headline features, Honor is very keen to promote the photographic abilities of these handsets– likewise a favorite topic of Huawei’s of course– and brand-new Sony lenses let more light than ever previously into the camera system, Honor states.

That results in images as excellent or better than those from today’s flagships, though we’ll need to take Honor’s word for that in the meantime. On paper however, a 1/2-inch sensing unit and an F1.4 aperture do sound like impressive video camera specs. Both handsets come with quad-lens rear video cameras: 48 MP 16 MP 2 MP 2 MP for the Honor 20, and 48 MP 16 MP 8 MP 2 MP for the superior Honor 20 Pro.

As for the other specifications, both phones sport a 6.26- inch display with little punch-hole 32- MP selfie electronic cameras on the front, while the finger print sensing units are transferred to the power buttons on the side rather than being positioned on the front or back.

In terms of cost-cutting steps, there’s no cordless charging on either handset, and no waterproofing. There’s also no room for a 3.5 mm earphone jack on the Honor 20 or the Honor 20 Pro.

Like the Huawei P30 phones, both these handsets feature Huawei’s latest Kirin 980 processor under the hood, so performance should not be a concern. You can get an Honor 20 with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage for EUR499(approximately US$555), while an Honor 20 Pro with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage will set you back EUR599(about $670). We’re still waiting to hear when these phones will go on sale.

It’s actually that extra video camera trickery– including 3x optical zoom– on the Pro model that you’re paying more loan for, with other specifications and functions mainly the same throughout both the handsets. The Pro does have a bigger battery also though, providing a capability of 4,000 mAh rather than 3,750 mAh.

There’s likewise the formerly revealed Honor 20 Lite, which gives you a little bit less power for a lower cost.

However, the future of both Honor and Huawei stays uncertain, especially in Western markets like the US. As part of a trade restriction put in location by the US government, Google has this week pulled Android assistance from Huawei and Honor handsets (which are already hard to source in the United States however more widely available in Europe).

While it looks as though these phones simply got under the wire before the restriction happened, they’re unlikely to get significant updates to Android in the future. Any phones released by Huawei or Honor from this point on won’t be able to run Android or gain access to the Google Play Shop, if the ban enters force.

For now there’s a lot of uncertainty and a great deal of concern marks about exactly where this leaves Huawei and Honor exterior of China– which’s a shame, due to the fact that the Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro look like outstanding mid-range handsets.

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