Our Opinion

The Huawei Honor 20 is a significantly better phone, but the Samsung Galaxy M31 (6GB RAM, 128GB) is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But if budget is not a constraint then we recommend the Huawei Honor 20

Huawei Honor 20  Samsung Galaxy M31 (6GB RAM, 128GB) 
Huawei Honor 20 Samsung Galaxy M31
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Excellence Score
53.7
39.9
Value for Money Score
67.9
73.0
Price ₹ 22,999 onwards ₹ 15,790 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jun, 2019 Mar, 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 6.4 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 412 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Type IPS LCD AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
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 #13 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 9611Ranked #38 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G76 MP10 Mali-G72 MP3
RAM 6 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
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 64MP + 8MP + 5MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
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: [email protected]; [email protected]/60fps; Gyro-EIS 64MP: f/1.8 aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1/1.72" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 8MP: f/2.2 aperture; 12mm Focal Length; Ultra-wide; 1/4.0" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size, 5MP: f/2.2 aperture; 25mm Focal Length; Macro Lens; 1/5.0" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size, 5MP: f/2.2 aperture; Depth Sensor, Panorama, HDR, Video: [email protected]; [email protected]; EIS
Secondary Camera 32MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 0.8um Pixel Size, HDR, Video: [email protected], Gyro-EIS f/2.0 aperture, 26mm Focal Length, 1/2.8" Sensor Size, 0.8um Pixel Size, HDR
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes (Wireless)
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.87 mmMedium 8.9 mmMedium
Weight 174 gmMedium 191 gmHeavy
Width 74.0 mmOk for one-handed use 75.1 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output USB-C 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3750 mAh 6000 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, 22.5W SuperCharge (50% in 30 mins) Yes, 15W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 22.5W Fast Charger Yes, 15.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Side-mounted Fingerprint Sensor; Noise Filtration UFS 2.1 Storage; FM Recording; Noise Filtration
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
  • Decent looks and build quality - very similar to the Samsung Galaxy M30s, with a a unibody polycarbonate design, and glossy finish on the back panel - the only major difference is the camera module which now packs a fourth camera
  • The plastic body keeps the phone feeling relatively lightweight at 191 grams, which is mighty impressive for a phone packing a big 6000 mAh battery
  • It also feels great to hold with a seamless curved panel that meets the display up front
  • Modern, Infinity-U front - bezels around the screen are slim, except for a slightly thick chin - you still get around 90 per cent screen-to-body ratio, which is great
  • Fingerprint sensor at the back is easy to reach
  • Gorgeous, 6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display with excellent viewing angles, and brightness levels - easily one of the best displays in the price bracket
  • It also comes with "Widevine L1" certification, which helps stream content in crisp HD resolution
  • Blacks are deep on the AMOLED display, which looks good with Night mode enabled
  • Samsung's OneUI is today one of the more clean, refined Android UIs that's especially well optimised for large displays like this
  • One UI also brings in other useful stuff, like a System-wide Dark mode (which turns the background completely black, and looks great on the M30s' AMOLED display), and Always On Display option
  • Decent performance with the Exynos 9611 at the core (similar to Snapdragon 665) - the device is fairly quick to load up apps - multitasking is a breeze
  • Good quad rear camera setup - 64MP main sensor, a 8MP wide-angle lens, a 5MP depth sensor and a 5MP macro camera
  • Shots taken with the primary camera during daylight are quite satisfactory, images are detailed, especially the 64MP shots, and they showcase good dynamic range
  • The ultra-wide sensor, like on any budget phone, is a good addition - it takes social media-worthy images in great lighting conditions (in low-light, the quality dips and pictures look grainy and noisy, wide-angle shots also have barrel distortion at the edges)
  • Photos taken in low-light looks good - switching to Night mode helps reduce grain in the output and further improves image quality
  • Live Focus shots are quite impeccable and the camera app does give you the option to set the level of blur before taking a shot - edge detection is very good and the Galaxy M31 does a good job of separating the subject from the background
  • The macro camera takes decent shots outdoors (though, the quality dips when indoors and the output is restricted to 5MP in resolution)
  • The 32MP selfie camera is quite good and takes detailed selfies (though, in low light, the quality goes down a notch and results are grainy)
  • Overall, the cameras on the M30s are good for the price bracket, even though they are not the best (that title crowned to the POCO X2)
  • Monster 6000mAh battery delivers an incredible 2-3 days of usage easily, making for one of the largest battery life smartphones currently available
  • Supports 15W fast charging
  • Samsung has seen success with the Galaxy M30s, so it didn't want to fix what isn't broken, they upgraded the RAM, put in a fourth rear camera, and preloaded Android 10 - if you don't care for benchmark scores and just want a device that covers the basics and has great AMOLED display, has great battery backup and has a versatile set of cameras, the Galaxy M31 will do just fine
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 power button and volumes are quite flush with the frame which means they lack that tactile, clicky feel
  • Design feels a bit dated and underwhelming, there is no spark in Galaxy M31's design as we see in other brand's phones like Xiaomi and Realme
  • However, this is an old chipset and heavy gaming isn't best on this phone - the Redmi Note 8 Pro, the POCO X2 and the Realme XT are much better options that will handle gaming better than the Galaxy M31
  • Samsung Galaxy M31 falls behind in fast charging as competitors are offering close to 30W fast charging, the 15W on M31 feels low
  • Having said that, the Redmi Note 8 Pro and the Realme X2 will still offer you more bang for your buck overall and when it comes to intensive tasks like gaming, you’ll be better off choosing the POCO X2 or the Redmi Note 8 Pro that are probably the best phones for gaming in this segment
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 don't care for benchmark scores and just want a device that covers the basics and has a great battery, the Galaxy M31 will do just fine... though, not the best bang for the buck
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Improved cameras, more RAM and the battery is just as reliable as before
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. The combination of simple looks, lightweight design, capable quad cameras and perhaps above all the insanely long battery life makes the Galaxy 31 worth the money
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. If you are looking for a smartphone that gives you long-lasting battery life, then Galaxy M31 is meant for you... not for power users though
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Unbelievably compact for a smartphone that packs a massive 6000 mAh battery
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Massive 6000mAh battery, upgraded camera
    thenewsminute.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Perfect fit for the folks who aren't into gaming
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. You can go for Galaxy M31 if you want a reliable battery, an immersive display and camera-centric features packed in a handset... but it's no powerhouse
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Despite being good enough for now, the Galaxy M31 just doesn’t enthuse the kind of confidence that would see it being considered in the same breath as more powerful devices from Redmi and Realme
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. The Samsung Galaxy M31 is a reliable smartphone that makes use of a great AMOLED display, has great battery backup and has a versatile set of cameras... but you’ll be better off choosing the POCO X2 or the Redmi Note 8 Pro if you like gaming
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  12. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
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  14. ibtimes.co.in hands-on Read Review »
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