Honor 20 Pro: First impressions

Can Honor's 20 Pro take the crown as the smartphone camera king?

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The Honor 20 Pro was made official months ago. But its launch was unfortunately plagued by the US’ global ban on Huawei smartphones. With Honor closely working with Huawei, a negative impact was inevitable. However, with those issues sorted now, the phone is now slowly being rolled out to consumer markets.

In the box

Aside from the smartphone, a good amount of accessories come bundled in the box. There is a SIM card removal tool as well as a plastic cover for the phone. Additionally, you find USB-A to Type-C cable and the charging adapter. Both of these are the same that come with Huawei phones. So you will be able to benefit from Huawei’s SuperCharging capabilities on the Honor 20 Pro’s 4,000mAh battery.

Design and specifications

Owing to its curves, the Honor 20 Pro fits comfortably in the hand. The glass and metal build on the phone is nice, but there is no confirmation on whether the glass comes with Corning’s Gorilla Glass protection. The right edge of the phone houses the volume rocker as well as an indented power button doubling as a fingerprint scanner, something I like a lot. The left side is bare, only with the dual SIM slot.

Honor’s 20 Pro has a comfortable design and feel in hand

Along the top edge, you will find the secondary microphone and an IR blaster. The bottom houses the primary microphone, USB-C port and speaker. Up front is the 6.26-inch IPS LCD display with a 2,340 x 1,080 resolution. It hosts a punch hole-style 32MP selfie camera on its left edge, which may be deemed a bit dated in the era of pop-up selfie mechanisms.

With no 3.5mm headphone jack, you may need to get a pair of wireless earphones

But the phone’s internals are anything but dated. Huawei’s HiSilicon Kirin 980 processor is on-board clocked at 2.6GHz with 8GB of RAM. You also get 256GB of storage, which nice to see considering the phone does not support microSD card expansion.

The quad-camera primary setup is something that needs to be tested further

On the back of the phone, you find a quad-camera setup. This includes a primary 48MP f/1.4 camera, an 8MP f/2.4 telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom, a 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera and a 2MP f/2.4 macro camera, which particularly piques my interest. This is one of the few phones on the market with a quad-camera array and we are excited to put it to the test.

Until the review

A lot on how the Honor 20 Pro performs in daily use still needs to be looked at. How it can handle gaming, multitasking as well as multimedia consumption. From the initial time we have had with the phone, things are looking promising. But with more daily use, we will also be able to judge battery performance and Honor’s Magic UI 2.1, the software that the phone runs on top of Android 9.0 Pie.

There is no word on the pricing of the Honor 20 Pro as of yet

As mentioned earlier, the quad-camera also sounds like a treat on paper. But with more time, we will be able to tell how it stacks up with other phones. And whether or not it can compete with the offerings of other flagships.