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Things are getting confusing in the Honor/Huawei naming scheme. To clarify, the Honor 20 is the flagship handset from Honor - but Honor is actually just owned by Huawei. There is a lesser model - the Honor 20 Lite, and a larger model - the Honor 20 Pro. This is not to be confusing the the Huawei P20.
Confused? Us too. All you need to remember is that the Honor 20 is 'the' handset of the moment - so let's go in and review it.
At first glance, the Honor 20 and the Honor 20 Pro are almost confusingly similar. The size is identical, the camera unit is placed on the back top left, the metal frame gently rounded and attached the power button and fingerprint sensor on the right side. If you take a closer look - or look at the data sheet of both models - there are differences.
The Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro with 154.3 × 74 millimeters are actually the same size, but the Pro model is slightly thicker at 8.4 instead of 7.9 millimeters. The weight of the Pro model is also 182 grams- more than the Honor 20, which is 8 grams lighter.
Otherwise, at least in front and at the sides everything is the same. The Honor 20 offers the same 6.3-inch IPS LCD with punch hole Notch top left for the front camera. On the right, the volume rocker and power button and fingerprint sensor are embedded in a rounded frame. Even the IR blaster on the front of the smartphone is identical.
This praise also extends to the great workmanship. The Honor 20 has the same plastic antenna strips in the metal frame as the Pro. But you can only see them when you look closely, you can not feel them when you're stroking them with your finger. Even otherwise, the workmanship is impeccable. Different are the colours of the two models.
Depending on the light incidence and color variant, they change from black to turquoise or from black to purple depending on the light pattern and color, the Honor 20 is available in blue or black - without color gradient.
However, this is only hinted at by the name of the manufacturer: For the Pro model, the colours are somewhat mysterious Phantom Blue and Phantom Black, while the Honor 20 is pretty standard Midnight Black and Sapphire Blue. Chic was one word to describe our blue test model but also without play of colours, especially as light is strikingly reflected and has a similar depth effect as the Pro model. At very low viewing angles, the dark blue turns into black, so most people won't be able to tell the difference down the pub...
Four cameras are four cameras, so Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro are equally good at photos and videos - you might think so but that is not quite so, is clear when looking into the data sheet. Because the main camera has 48 megapixels and the f / 1.4 aperture, the super wide-angle optics with 16 megapixels, f / 2.2 and 117 degrees field of view and the macro camera with 2 megapixels and open aperture of f / 2.4 are basically the same. There are differences in the fourth camera. The Pro model is a teleoptics with f / 2.4 aperture and 3x magnification, while the Honor 20 only has a 2 megapixel camera for depth detection.
Or to put it more clearly: Huawei decided that the Honor 20 should have no telephoto lens. That is not all. Because the cheaper Honor 20 must not only do without laser autofocus, but also without optical image stabilizer (OIS) - but now cheaper smartphones at £300 or so have them... The front camera is then the same again, it allows photos with 32 megapixels and f / 2.0.
The Honor 20 is powered by Kirin 980, Huawei's top processor, like the more expensive brother the Pro. Although it does not quite match its counterpart to Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 855, when it comes to performance in benchmarks, it still offers significantly more power than current apps demand.
Because of the same chipset, the rest of the hardware features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS are identical. Main difference to the Pro model in the equipment are memory and internal memory, here offers the Honor 20 "only" 6 instead of 8 GB of RAM and 128 instead of 256 GB of internal memory. It is not expandable even with the "small top model". The fingerprint sensor in the Powerbutton, which can be used as a right-handed person with the thumb, responds as quickly and reliably as the more expensive model.
The battery is the last thing that distinguishes Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro. While the Pro model is equipped with a 4000 mAh battery, the battery in the Honor 20 with 3750 mAh has a slightly lower capacity.
Because of the otherwise largely identical features - especially in the display and processor - it is not surprising that the cheaper model also has a shorter runtime. If the Pro version in our video test still managed almost 13 hours, this value drops to almost 12 hours on the Honor 20. That's still good, depending on the usage behaviour it can be done for 1 to 3 days.
Wireless charging is also not available on the Honor 20. Since this is not the top model, it is easier to get over than the Honor 20 Pro. The Honor 20 also needs around 1.5 hours for a full battery charge.
Given that it costs about £499 in the UK at launch, the Honor is cheaper than you might expect - on contract expect to pay about £25 per month for a 18 month contract with reasonable data. There are several unlimited data deals available on the Honor 20 now too.
We are currently comparing 990 Huawei Honor 20 contract deals on SIX major
mobile phone network(s):
We'll shortly be adding Three, Tesco Mobile, Plusnet Mobile and more! No other comparison website offers such
a huge number of possible comparisons.
OneCompare completely gets it, it's not easy trying to understand the differences of each mobile network
operator. Is o2 any better than Vodafone for this smartphone, when it comes to coverage? Or worse? It's a
real minefield. Another example, which is better? A Huawei Honor 20 ee
contract or a Huawei Honor 20 Tesco Mobile contract?
The reality is, it can make a huge difference to your satifaction with the overall product. Who wants to have
cruddy download speeds? But never fear - OneCompare is here. Don't forget to check our latest Blog posts
Before you decide to buy a contract or handset, it's important to know if you'll get a signal. Who wants to
be walking around into mobile network's blackholes?! After all, ordering your brand
new Huawei Honor 20 contract only to find you can't use your data (never
mind going over the allowance!) in your own house will be pretty not cool.
A simple website a number of our visitors have used is Open Signal which maps signal
across all major mobile networks across the UK.
According to Which?, In their latest research, covering June to August 2017, they focused on 4G performance
and found that EE offered the fastest average 4G download speeds of the four networks (EE, O2, Three and
Vodafone). While EE customers enjoyed average 4G download speeds of 29Mbps, those using the O2 network had
to put up with an average speed of just 15.1Mbps.
EE's network was also at the top of the list when it came to the availability of its 4G signal, with
customers able to access it 78.5% of the time. Customers with Three had the poorest access to a 4G signal -
they were able to access it just 57.1% of the time - that's only just more than half the time, 24/7!
OneCompare.com extensive deals & contracts database includes
990 Huawei Honor 20 deals covering 3 model(s):
In truth, this answer will depend on your personal financial circumstances, in combination with your mobile
phone usage requirements.
Out of our 990 Huawei Honor 20 deals, our
cheapest Huawei Honor 20 deal over the entire life of the contract is
£385.99, this includes any upfront handset cost and cashback redemption.
We have seen a number of scenarios where our cheapest contract is actually cheaper than buying the phone SIM
free without any contract, this loophole can be a great way to save on your new phone and is largely
possible as the Mobile Networks subsidise the handset cost to gain you as a new customer.
A relatively simple SIM Only comparison calculation is to add up how much
a Huawei Honor 20 SIM free phone would cost, this is where you buy the phone
without a contract and pay for the full cost of the handset upfront. The benefit here is flexibility: you're
able to then compare the SIM Only contract market where Mobile Networks often give you far better usage
allowances and shorter contract terms. Once you've found a SIM Only contract that meets your needs, note the
monthly cost over the course of 24 months and add this to your SIM
Free Huawei Honor 20 handset cost. You're now in a great position to compare
this cost to a regular Huawei Honor 20 Contract.
Pro Tip: A great way to save a few extra pounds when comparing SIM Only contract is to consider purchasing a
pre owned Huawei Honor 20 phone from the likes of Music Magpie who provide
warranties and flexible handset payment terms.