Our Opinion

The Huawei Honor 20 is a significantly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy S9 64GB, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Huawei Honor 20!

Huawei Honor 20  Samsung Galaxy S9 64GB 
Huawei Honor 20 Samsung Galaxy S9
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Excellence Score
65.9
49.3
Value for Money Score
84.9
63.5
Price ₹ 22,999 onwards ₹ 24,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jun, 2019 Mar, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 8.0 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.26 inches 5.8 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 412 pixels per inch) 1440x2960 pixels (~ 568 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type IPS LCD AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features Camera Punch-hole Super AMOLED, 3D Touch (home button only), Always-on Display, Infinity Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.6 GHz 2.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name HiSilicon Kirin 980Ranked #11 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Exynos 9810Ranked #12 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G76 MP10 Mali-G72 MP18
RAM 6 GB 4 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 12.0MP
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: 2160p@30fps; 1080p@30/60fps; Gyro-EIS F/1.5-2.4 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length, 1/2.5" Sensor Size, 1.4µm Pixel Size, Dual Pixel PDAF, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), Geo-tagging, Simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, Touch focus, Face/Smile Detection, Auto HDR, Panorama, HDR, Dual-Video rec., Slow-motion Video
Secondary Camera 32MP 8.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 0.8um Pixel Size, HDR, Video: 1080p@30fps, Gyro-EIS F/1.6 Aperture, Autofocus, Full HD+ Video Recording, Dual Video call, Auto HDR
Internal Memory 128 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 400 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.87 mmMedium 8.5 mmMedium
Weight 174 gmMedium 163 gmMedium
Width 74.0 mmOk for one-handed use 68.7 mmComfortable for one-handed use
Audio Output USB-C 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 3750 mAh 3000 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
Included Fast Charger Yes, 22.5W Fast Charger Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Side-mounted Fingerprint Sensor; Noise Filtration Scratch Resistant Back (Corning Gorilla Glass 5); Samsung DeX (desktop experience support); Qi Wireless charging; Bixby; NFC; ANT+ support; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Samsung Pay
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
  • Absolutely luscious design, continuing the design language that was introduced with the Galaxy S8 series (which is not a bad thing at all) - and it has some really sizzling color options in purple and blue, which really helps those supple curves stand out - the body colors look deep, rich and ever-changing thanks to the way the glossy glass catches the light - you will be hard pressed to find anything remotely as elegant, and beautiful in the Android market
  • The S9's tall, narrow proportions fit your hand well - and it's significantly easier to handle than its larger cousin (S9+)
  • The biggest design change is on the back, where the fingerprint reader moves below the camera module - this corrects the worst design mistake of both Galaxy S8 phones and the Note 8
  • Water resistant body
  • The tall, 18:9, minimal bezel, 5.8-inch AMOLED screen is absolutely gorgeous and even brighter than last year's (15 percent brighter, in fact) - and the sexy dual-curved design adds to the charm
  • Samsung software on top of Android adds some useful extras, extending the core functionality of Android - it is one of the better, more refined UIs in the Android world
  • Whiplash-fast performance backed by the super powerful Samsung's Exynos 9810 (similar to the Snapdragon 845 in terms of performance) - performance is top-notch as expected under all use cases
  • Terrific camera - the first to bring a mechanical dual-aperture lens from DSLRs to the much tinier mobile phone, a feature that's designed to let in more light, reduce image noise and generally make your photos a lot better
  • The image quality in well lit situations is top-notch
  • Low light performance often borders on astounding - with the amount of brightness & lack of noise you will find in the shots (thanks to the dual aperture lens) - although its not very consistent (some low light photos are oddly washed out)
  • The super-slow motion video mode is pretty cool too, and when you frame the shot well, can give some incredible result
  • The selfie camera is good too, and has a new Selfie Focus mode, which uses software (and not a second lens) to create a depth effect with the front-facing camera, similar to the Pixel 2, or the iPhone X
  • On the whole the cameras on the Galaxy S9 compare well with the those on the other top camera phones - the Google Pixel 2, and the iPhone X - it's a toss up between these 3 - the Galaxy S9 can produce some truly exceptional shots especially in the dark, but perhaps the iPhone X and the Pixel 2 are just a bit more consistent all round, everything considered
  • Dual-speaker system is excellent, and makes for loud, rich audio - and results in one of the best speaker experience of any smartphone, ever
  • Call quality is fantastic too, with the AKG tuning really paying off
  • Also has the good old-fashioned headphone jack! (that's missing in a lot of other flagships now)
  • Good (though not exceptional) battery life - will definitely last the work day on a single charge
  • Supports fast charging (although it's not the fastest around)
  • Supports wireless charging
  • DeX Pad support is another cool feature that enhances the Desktop Experience Samsung introduced on last year’s flagship Galaxy phones
  • On the whole, while outside of the display, the S9 isn’t a class leader in any category, but it’s good enough in all of them that the whole package makes for a great flagship phone - it will compete with the Pixel 2/XL and the iPhone X for the title of the best smartphone - which one of these 3 you might choose will depend on what specific things you value
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
  • Fragile glass front and back means you should buy a case day 1
  • The new face-unlock tool is not particularly secure (it might have been better for Samsung to build out a more refined version before rushing in to compete with the similar feature on the iPhone X)
  • The 3D avatar software is again not that well executed - the AR Emojis track your expressions poorly and need far more customization options
  • There’s also still no compelling use case for Bixby, Samsung's AI agent (though of course you have no compulsion to use it, and can instead keep using the Google Assistant)
  • While the camera is great generally, it can sometime make low-light photos look blurry and lack detail - even though brightness levels is excellent and noise is minimal - so its sometimes a double edged sword
  • The S9 also lacks the second rear lens of the step-up S9 Plus that's dedicated to creating those depth-of-field portrait shots that blur the background to make people and objects pop
  • Battery life is good, but not exceptional - some of the competition is ahead here
  • Everything considered, S8 owners can skip the upgrade - the S9 is excellent all-round, and incrementally better - but it's not a monumental change from the S8
  • Apart from the iPhone X and the Pixel 2/XL, the S9 will also face tough competition now from lower priced flagships like the OnePlus 5T, which are almost as good on most of the important counts
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 »
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  1. You can hardly find anything remotely as elegant, as advanced, and as polished, all in a single product, on the Android market
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Thanks to blazing performance, solid cameras and long battery life, the Galaxy S9/S9+ continue to uphold the S series’ reputation for excellence
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. If you're looking to upgrade your phone, especially if you're already a devoted Samsung customer, this one has everything you'd want.
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Both Galaxy S9 and S9+ are solid, dependable workhorses with excellent displays, premium craftsmanship, and improved cameras
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Impressive, to say the least
    bgr.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Samsung gets it exactly right
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The S9 and S9+ are probably the best Android phones for most users, and I’d have no problem recommending them to almost anyone
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
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