Our Opinion

The Huawei Honor 20 is a significantly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy A51, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Huawei Honor 20!

Huawei Honor 20  Samsung Galaxy A51 
Huawei Honor 20 Samsung Galaxy A51
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Excellence Score
69.8
51.3
Value for Money Score
88.1
65.6
Price ₹ 22,999 onwards ₹ 23,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jun, 2019 Jan, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.26 inches 6.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 412 pixels per inch) 1080x2400 pixels (~ 405 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Type IPS LCD AMOLED
Display Features Camera Punch-hole Super AMOLED
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.6 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name HiSilicon Kirin 980Ranked #11 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 9611Ranked #28 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G76 MP10 Mali-G72 MP3
RAM 6 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 48MP + 16MP + 2MP + 2MP 48MP + 12MP + 5MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 48MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 28mm Focal Length (Wide); 1/2" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 16MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 13mm Focal Length (Ultrawide); 1/3.1" Sensor Size, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 27mm Focal Length (Wide); Dedicated Macro Camera, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor, HDR, Panorama, Video: 2160p@30fps; 1080p@30/60fps; Gyro-EIS 48MP: f/2.0 Aperture; 1/2" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 12MP: f/2.2 Aperture; 13mm Focal Length (Ultra-wide), 5MP: f/2.4 Aperture; Dedicated Macro camera, 5MP: f/2.2 Aperture; Depth sensor, Panorama, HDR
Secondary Camera 32MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 0.8um Pixel Size, HDR, Video: 1080p@30fps, Gyro-EIS f/2.2 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length, 1/2.8" Sensor Size, 0.8um Pixel Size, HDR
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.87 mmMedium 7.9 mmMedium
Weight 174 gmMedium 172 gmMedium
Width 74.0 mmOk for one-handed use 73.6 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output USB-C 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3750 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, SuperCharge (50% in 30 mins) Yes, 15W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 22.5W Fast Charger Yes, 15W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Side-mounted Fingerprint Sensor; Noise Filtration In-display fingerprint sensor; NFC; ANT+ Support; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Premium, attractive design - with a outer glass shell that has a beautiful gradient design - this is certainly of the best looking budget flagships at the moment
  • The front feels modern, and cutting edge too, with an 'all screen' experience, and the front camera accommodated into a modern 'hole-punch', much like the Galaxy S10 series
  • The phone feels quite lightweight and compact, and fits well in hands
  • The tactile feedback of the power button and volume keys is good
  • The physical fingerprint scanner mounted on the power button is fast/responsive
  • Face unlock is very quick too
  • Crisp, vivid 6.26-inch full-HD+ display - with good sunlight legibility
  • Honor's Magic UI is feature-rich, and one the highly customized Android UIs
  • Top-notch flagship performance, with the powerful Kirin 980 at the core (lies somewhere between Snapdragon 845 and 855 in benchmarks) - you will get butter smooth performance, no matter what you throw at the phone
  • Excellent quad-lens module on the rear - virtually the same as the amazing camera setup on the Huawei P30 Pro - except that it has a depth sensing lens, instead of a zoom lens on the P30 Pro
  • There is a primary 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor along with a 16-megapixel ultra-wide angle lens, an 2-megapixel depth assist and lastly a 2-megapixel macro sensor - the last sensor allows users to take images in closest (4cms) proximity possible
  • You will get some incredible photos in daylight, especially with AI-scene detection enabled - the shots have great details, contrast levels, brightness and sharpness - and the HDR is easily class-leading
  • Low-light photography is very good too, and again, segment leading
  • The 32-megapixel selfie shooter is very good too
  • Overall, the camera setup on the Honor 20 is excellent for the price bracket, is comparable to the best of flagship camera phones, and is definitely a notch ahead of OnePlus 7, which will likely be its primary competitor
  • Very good battery life with a solid 3750mAh battery, plus a power efficient chip - you will comfortably get a day of use, even with heavy usage
  • 22.5W SuperCharge fast charging support - it charges a cool 20 percent in 15 minutes, and 100 percent in 1.5 hours - which is pretty impressive
  • Overall, Honor is really taking the fight to the OnePlus camp here, and presenting a more-than-worthy alternative to the OnePlus 7 - if you prefer a stock like Android approach, or really want an AMOLED screen, then OnePlus 7 would still be your go-to, but if you are looking to have the best design and camera instead, take a good hard look at the excellent Honor 20
  • Stunning looks, similar rainbow-like effects at the back as the Galaxy A50s when caught against the light, and a prism-like pattern that Samsung calls a “3D prism design” - it's a head-turner no doubt
  • While it supports a polycarbonate back, it still manages to look premium
  • The front looks stylish and modern too with a single punch-hole in the upper middle of the display
  • Compact and light for the display size and battery capacity, at just 172g, and 7.9mm in thickness
  • Bright, large 6.5-inches Super AMOLED panel with a full-HD+ resolution - its punchy colours make it a joy to stream content, while games also look great on the panel because of its high colour accuracy
  • There's Widevine L1 support by default, which makes streaming content in HD possible
  • Comes with Android 10 out of the box - Samsung's One UI 2 is now one of the better, more clean and streamlined Android UIs around, and is well optimised for modern large displays (like this one)
  • Samsung has also added some neat features including a Game Booster and an intuitive gesture-based navigation system
  • Decent performance with the same Exynos 9611 processor as the Galaxy A50s (similar to Qualcomm Snapdragon 660/665) - the experience is fairly smooth throughout with games like PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9
  • Decent quad camera setup at the back - a 48MP primary sensor + 12MP wide-angle camera + 5MP macro camera + 5MP depth sensor
  • Under good light, the Galaxy A51's primary camera managed to capture detailed shots with good dynamic range - images are reasonably sharp, noise is also competently removed, colours are generally nice, and the phone strikes a good balance with saturation
  • The ultra wide-angle cam is a significant upgrade from the one on the A50s, and it offers improved sharpness and detail - dynamic range is also substantially better, making for an altogether pretty capable ultra-wide camera as far as mid-rangers go
  • Macro camera turns out quite good close ups - you can get a lot closer to your subject when using the macro camera and the sensor picks up a fair bit of detail
  • Very good portrait mode ("Live focus") - image quality is good and the depth camera helps the Galaxy A51 do a decent job of edge detection
  • The front 32MP camera is decent and produces nice colours, the detail is quite good as far as selfie cameras go - portrait selfie mode is decent too
  • Decent video recording from both primary and wide cameras with dedicated 'super steady' mode which allows you to shoot decent “action” videos (though stabilisation is not available at 4K)
  • Decent bottom-firing speaker - sufficient for personal listening
  • Solid, dependent battery life from the 4000 mah battery - will easily manage to get a day and a half's worth of regular use
  • Reasonable 15W fast charging - charges 67 percent in an hour (though, not as quick as others in this segment such as the Redmi K20 Pro)
  • Overall, a decent and likeable smartphone from Samsung - offers a polished experience, a slim and light body, solid battery life, a crisp display, and of course the Samsung brand (though, the performance at this price is a letdown)
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The glass body however, like all glass bodies, is slippery, and attracts fingerprints easily - so you will probably be using a case
  • It is not AMOLED though, so the quality is not quite as punchy as the OnePlus 7
  • If you are an Android purist, and prefer stock like Android and minimal bloat, you should look elsewhere
  • The in-display fingerprint sensor as well as the facial recognition are on the slower side
  • The glossy body is prone to picking up fingerprints
  • There's still some bloatware pre-installed, including third-party apps and some of Samsung's own apps such as Samsung Shop (though most of them can be uninstalled)
  • At this price, the performance feels weak - there are cheaper phones that offer much better performance, like the Redmi K20 & the Realme X2
  • Low light photos out of the Galaxy A51 aren't great (from all cameras) - The output is soft and noisy, while the colours are relatively desaturated
  • Overall, while the Galaxy A51 offers good cameras, there are certainly better options available, such as the Redmi K20 Pro
  • However, as far the value for money goes, the Galaxy A51 is far behind from the competition - there are better options like the Redmi K20 Pro which gets you a flagship-grade processor, an HDR display, more premium materials, and even better cameras - in fact, for a bit less money, you could also get the Redmi K20, which is also very capable
Expert Reviews
  1. Great all-rounder
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Beautifully balanced, excellent value phone
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A very capable phone..the Honor 20 impressed us
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. An impressive all-round package and an excellent affordable alternative to Huawei P30 Pro
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. An impressive piece of hardware, at an attractive price
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. Honor's pedigree for delivering competent mid-range phones shines through, but the Honor 20 falls behind its superior competition
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Impressive smartphone..but there is strong competition from the likes of OnePlus 7 & Asus 6z
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. A mid-range marvel....we'd definitely recommend you take a look at the Honor 20 if you're seeking an affordable yet capable flagship phone
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. I see little reason to not go for the Honor 20 as a great alternative to the mainstream offerings
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. A fantastic premium smartphone
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  11. This is a phone that can take on far pricier flagships...impressive balance of features to price
    pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Because of the sum of its design, specs and overall performance, Honor 20 is quite simply one of those rare devices that's very difficult to ignore...Excellent value for money
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. A great all-rounder with no obvious weak areas
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  14. notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  15. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. pcmag.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  20. zdnet.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. If you absolutely must have a Samsung, this one isn't bad to spend the brand-related premium on... but there are better options available
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A nice-looking phone that offers a beautiful AMOLED display, very good battery life, and we don’t mind the plastic build at all... but the performance is underwhelming
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Galaxy A51 appeals to those looking for a polished experience, a slim and light body, solid battery life, a crisp display, and of course the Samsung brand... but a more powerful processor at this price would be preferred
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. There’s a lot to like including the Infinity-O display, stylish design as well as good cameras.
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Samsung Galaxy A51 has great design and display, decent cameras, reliable battery and Samsung's brand trust and loyalty... but performance could have been better
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. A very respectable mid-range mobile
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  7. If you aren't too bothered about gaming and just want a great everyday driver which is sleek and lasts through the day on a single charge, the Galaxy A51 will certainly not disappoint... but the overall performance is a bit of a letdown
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Offer a unique Samsung experience tailored to the next gen Indian buyer
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. The Galaxy A51 is a mid-range smartphone that does a good job in all areas and takes good photos
    notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  10. This is a phone that you could flaunt
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  13. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
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