Honor 20 Pro announced

Today we have had the pleasure of being in London again. This time Honor have announced their very handset. This phone is actually part of a new collection of phones called the “Honor 20 Series”.

Within the series, there will be a Pro version, a Standard version and also the Lite version which is already available. We are going to look at the Honor 20 Pro for now though…

The big focus of this newly announced phone, and an area that was heavily mentioned during the keynote, was the big uptick in camera capability. Honor is really pushing hard in this area. It is the first Honor phone to have been tested by DXOMark and achieved a score of 111 combined.

The phone will also feature 4 lenses. all which will be used for different jobs. Starting at the top we have got a 16MP Super Wide Angle and next down is the 48MP main camera that will come courtesy of Sony IMX 586 sensor. That has been popping up on a lot of phones in the last few weeks. Next to that is an 8MP Telephoto with 3x optical zoom and up to 30x zoom. This has various stages in-between. Finally, there is the 2MP Macro lens that is built into the area where the flash module is also to be found.

The lenses are set out in an L-Shaped design that is familiar with what we have seen on the P30 Pro.

These camera promise to be really impressive and we will be putting them to the test over the next few weeks as part of our review cycle.

Next up is the new positioning of the fingerprint sensor. In what is a first for Honor, and a move that I am personally a fan of, the sensor has been mounted on the right-hand side of the phone instead of on the back or under the display. A lot like the Xperia 10 that Leigh reviewed this morning.

Don’t get me wrong, I really do like the setup of my P30 Pro, but that comes at a high cost as the technology to implement this setup is still relatively new.

For the rest of the design, the phone is adopting Honor’s stunning use of colour for the rear of the phone. They are also bringing a Dynamic Holographic glass back which is crafted using an industry-first Triple 3D Mesh technology. This is a step up from the beautiful design that was fundamental to the Honor View20 from late last year.

The mesh consists of 3 separate layers. The “depth layer” has millions of miniature prisms to give a diamond-like look. This is then topped by a glass layer which in turn is then coated with the hue that will give the phone its unique colour.

Around the front, we now have a 6.26″ “All View Display” with a stunning 91.6% screen-to-body ratio. This also has a resolution of 2340 x 1080 and a PPI of 412. It is also Honor’s first ever OLED screen with a hole punch camera measuring 4.5mm across whilst providing 32 MP sensor. Unlike its Huawei stablemate, the Honor 20 Pro does have an earpiece, so audio playback should be a bit better, but this is something that will have to be tested in a quieter environment than the Battersea Evolution!

The edges of the phone have been curved and smoothed for a much better feel in the hand, as you expect from a flagship phone. This, along with the curved screen, make for a much better feel in the hand and aids to grip. The front and back glass have also been coated with anti-fingerprint treatments to try and keep the design elements of the phone shining through.

The aforementioned L-Shaped camera design does allow for a larger battery than previously seen in Honor devices, coming in at 4000mAh. This will also support quick charging at a speed of up to 22.5w. This, of course, facilitated through USB Type C 3.1. This port will also double-up as the audio jack as we no longer have the 3.5mm headphone jack present. Using the USB Type C has the added benefit of enabling 9:1 surround sound, which is a first on any smartphone.

Inside this beauty we have the tried and tested Kirin 980 processor. This can be paired with either 6GB RAM and 128GB storage or 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage depending on which model you go for.

With the pricing starting at 599 Euro, this is a phone that is definitely worth a look.

So there we have it, the Honor 20 Pro. We will be getting a review device in due course which will be put through its paces very soon.

Full press release below..