Huawei Launches Honor 20 Pro despite US Ban

Kelley Robertson
May 24, 2019

A man takes a picture of an Honor 20 Pro smartphone at a launch event for the Honor 20 Series smartphones at Battersea Evolution in London. DxOMark seemed to think they were pretty groovy, scoring them among the best smartphone cameras on the market.

It has already been confirmed that the Honor 20 series will be launched in India on June 11 and these phones will be exclusive to the e-commerce portal Flipkart.

The Honor 20 has a new quad-camera setup, with a traditional 48-megapixel main camera, a 16-megapixel super-wide-angle camera and a 2-megapixel depth camera, which is used for the prerequisite portrait mode. The quad camera is also packed with the 16MP Super Wide Angle Camera, 8MP Telephoto Camera, and the 2MP Macro Camera, which allows users to capture wider and closer with Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS).

The Honor 20 Pro has a 6.26-inch Full HD+ display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a 91.7 percent screen-to-body ratio. The fingerprint sensor can be found on the side of the device. These four cameras contribute to an impressive DxOMark score of 111.

The HONOR 20 series includes the HONOR 20 LITE, HONOR 20 and HONOR 20 PRO, and they can all work with Britain's current 4G network. Meanwhile, the Honor 20 Pro will retail for EUR599 (~RM2,790) for a memory configuration of 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. You can also zoom to 10x with the aid of Hybrid Zoom, that further utilises the huge resolution of the primary camera sensor to give greater magnification with a minimal drop in image quality. You can imagine the time and workload needed for fixing every single problem, not to mention the dozens of photos we got from all over the world everyday. "To that end it has a 6.26" display (2340×1080) with an all-screen design that has a punch hole for the 32MP front facing camera.

Honor has long talked up its GPU Turbo tech for faster, lag-free gaming and a third version of the tech is also incorporated in the 20 Pro. Except that with an expected price of around $US650 ($945) (the Honor 20 Pro is listed at 599 euros overseas), it might be an even better deal. However, on the other hand, Honor 20 is equipped with a gradient finish as well.

If the Huawei P30 Pro ticked your fancy, and so it should, but you can't afford it, you could opt of the Honor 20 Pro which is around £350 cheaper or 38% less.

The HONOR 20 also comes with the same 48-megapixel primary sensor but it has f/1.8 aperture lens and doesn't have OIS.

But the big concern is that with the USA having officially put Huawei on the list of potential security threats, the Honor Pro could be one of the first phones to suffer the fallout of the mounting digital cold war between the US and China.

Honor 20 will cost €500 in Europe and £400 in the UK. Nonetheless, you will find that the phone ships with Android 9 with MagicUI 2.1 skin on top. The Pro variant has a slightly bigger battery at 4,000 mAh while the standard variant comes with a 3,750 mAh one. A flat battery will hit 50% charge in 30 minutes.

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