Our Opinion

The Huawei Honor 20 is a significantly better phone than the realme XT (8GB RAM, 128GB), and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Huawei Honor 20!

Huawei Honor 20  realme XT (8GB RAM, 128GB) 
Huawei Honor 20 realme XT
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Excellence Score
71.0
60.4
Value for Money Score
89.1
87.2
Price ₹ 22,999 onwards ₹ 18,684 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jun, 2019 Sep, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to 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 5
Display Type IPS LCD AMOLED
Display Features Camera Punch-hole Night mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.6 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name HiSilicon Kirin 980Ranked #9 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 712Ranked #22 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G76 MP10 Adreno 616
RAM 6 GB 8 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 48MP + 16MP + 2MP + 2MP 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
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 64MP: 1/1.72" Sensor Size; Samsung GW1 Sensor; 0.8um Pixel Size; F/1.8 Aperture; EIS, 8MP: 119° Wide-angle Camera; F/2.25 Aperture; 5P lens, 2MP: Depth Sensor, 2MP: Macro Camera; 4cm Shooting Distance, AI HDR, AI beauty, AI scene recognition, Chrome boost, Super nightscape, Filter mode, Panorama, Expert mode, Time-Lapse
Secondary Camera 32MP 16MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 0.8um Pixel Size, HDR, Video: 1080p@30fps, Gyro-EIS Sony IMX471 Sensor, F/2.0 Aperture, 5P lens, AI beauty, AI HDR
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 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 8.6 mmMedium
Weight 174 gmMedium 183 gmMedium
Width 74.0 mmOk for one-handed use 75.2 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output USB-C 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash 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, VOOC 3.0
Included Fast Charger Yes, 22.5W Fast Charger Yes, 20W 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; In-display Fingerprint Sensor; 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
  • Beautiful, attractive, premium glass design (Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back - a first for Realme), with a modern gradient finish at the back
  • The phone is also marginally smaller than the Realme X and is lighter too at 183 grams, which gives it a very balanced in-hand feel
  • The glass on the back is of the glossy kind, but it barely registers any fingerprints or smudges and it isn't very reflective
  • The in-display fingerprint sensor is snappy as is the facial recognition
  • Very good 6.4-inch FHD+ (1080x2340) Super AMOLED display with a dewdrop notch - it has vibrant colours, deep blacks, good sunlight legibility, and good viewing angles - one of the best displays of this price range
  • Also comes with Widevine L1 standard, which means videos on platforms like Netflix and Prime can be seen in crisp HD resolution
  • ColorOS is now more streamlined than before, and packs fast animations that helps the phone feel snappy - there are of course a number of add-on features too, compared to what you would get in stock Android
  • The UI also isn't ad-strewn as recent Xiaomi phones have tended to be
  • Very good performance backed by the powerful Snapdragon 712, which is one of the better mid-range mobile SoCs out there, especially for gaming - the Realme XT is able to run graphically intensive games like PUBG on default high graphics without breaking a sweat - of course day-to-day use is a breeze too
  • Thermal management is good too - the phone remains quite cool throughout gaming sessions
  • Excellent quad camera setup at the rear - 64MP primary + 8MP ultra-wide + 2MP macro + 2MP depth sensor - this is the first phone to launch in India with a 64MP sensor
  • Much like the popular 48MP sensor, the 64MP camera also works (by default) on a 4-in-1 pixel binning technology that combines four 16MP shots to offer one bright and detailed photo
  • The primary camera capture some really attractive photos in daylight, offering good brightness and clarity - with HDR enabled, the camera offers a wide dynamic range
  • The ultra wide-angle camera comes in handy if you want to capture a wider frame of view or want a different perspective on the subject (but there is some noise even in daylight conditions)
  • The camera also supports Nightscape (Night mode), which comes in handy in low-light conditions, and helps improve picture clarity
  • The Realme XT also does a good job when using Portrait mode - edge detection is excellent thanks to the dedicated 2-megapixel depth sensor and details are crisp
  • Decent video recording performance - image quality is good, and there is also stabilization at 1080p (but not at 4k)
  • Overall, this is now arguably the new camera champ of the under 20k category, coming out a bit ahead of the current leaders pack - the Realme 5 Pro, the Realme X, and the Redmi Note 7 Pro
  • Good speaker - verbal audio sounds clear enough even in max volume, and the audio is loud enough for you to hear the phone ring from another room
  • Very good battery life with a large 4000mAh battery - you will get about 1.5 days of moderate use
  • There is VOOC 3.0 fast charging support, which is great - you can charge up the Realme XT in about 80 minutes
  • Once again, like clockwork, Realme has launched another champion phone with the XT, that sets the benchmark for mid-range phones even higher
  • But more broadly, you won't go wrong with either of the current leading 3 Realme phones - Realme 5 Pro (cheapest, Snapdragon 712, but not a premium glass design, not a 'full-screen' display, not an AMOLED display), Realme X (pop-up selfie, and 'full-screen' AMOLED experience, but not a premium glass design, and 'only' Snapdragon 710), or the Realme XT (premium glass design, AMOLED display, best camera of the lot by a small margin, Snapdragon 712, but not a 'full-screen' display) - and you can chose one depending on your priorities
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
  • There is as usual some bloatware that comes pre-installed (but most of it can be uninstalled)
  • The macro lens is ordinary - you will be able to get really close to the subject, but detail levels in the images are low
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. Amazing value for money proposition...one of the easiest recommendations we have given
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Realme XT has it all...the next round of Realme vs Redmi begins
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Yet another solid addition to Realme's smartphone lineup...packs in a lot of features for the price
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. One of the best phones in the midrange segment
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Realme has delivered an ace with the XT....it is hard to not get impressed by
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. The camera is a well-rounded hardware and software package that makes this one of the best smartphones in the mid-range segment
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Makes for a very attractive option, especially with the aggressive pricing
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Solidifying Realme's presence in sub-20K smartphone category...it's going to be a tough call choosing between the Realme XT and Redmi Note 8 Pro
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. Standout phone...the phone to beat in this segment when it comes to value
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. The realme XT offers a raft of exciting features and top-notch performance at an equally impressive price.
    finder.com.au in-depth Read Review »
  11. Great choice for those looking for camera-centric smartphone
    thenewsminute.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Emerges as a winner
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. A very able phone
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. You will be hard pressed to find a phone that offers as much value...an easy recommend for anyone looking for a phone in the sub-20k segment
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. A good device even apart from its excellent camera performance
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. It's a steal...comes really close to being a game changer
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. A good phone on most counts....but if you are going for this smartphone only and only for the 64 MP camera, don't
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. Takes the whole value for money proposition thing to another level...Dear mid-segment, we have a real(me) contender for your crown
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. Yet another winner from Realme
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  20. asianage.com in-depth Read Review »
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