Our Opinion

The realme Narzo 20 Pro (8GB RAM, 128GB) is a much better phone than the Huawei Honor 8X (4GB RAM, 64GB), and is also much better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the realme Narzo 20 Pro (8GB RAM, 128GB)!

Huawei Honor 8X (4GB RAM, 64GB)  realme Narzo 20 Pro (8GB RAM, 128GB) 
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Excellence Score
22.6
55.7
Value for Money Score
53.9
85.3
Price ₹ 13,990 onwards ₹ 16,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2018 Sep, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Low likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.5 inches 6.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 396 pixels per inch) 1080x2400 pixels (~ 405 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 90 HzHigh
Display Features IPS LCD, FullView Display, Eye comfort mode, Night mode, Sunlight display N/A
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 2.05 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Hisilicon Kirin 710Ranked #49 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Mediatek Helio G95Ranked #21 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G51 MP4 Mali-G76 MC4
RAM 4 GB 8 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 microUSB USB-C
Primary Camera 20MP + 2MP 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 20MP: F/1.8 Aperture; PDAF, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture, Panorama, HDR, Portrait mode 48MP: f/1.8 aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1/2.0" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 8MP: f/2.3 aperture; 13mm Focal Length; Ultra-wide; 1/4.0" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size, 2MP: f/2.4 aperture; 22mm Focal Length; Macro Lens; 1/5.0" Sensor Size; 1.75um Pixel Size, 2MP: B/W Sensor; f/2.4 aperture; Depth Sensor, Video: [email protected]/60, EIS, Super NightScape, Panoramic view, Expert mode, Time-lapse, Portrait mode, HDR, Ultra wide mode, Ultra macro mode, AI scene recognition, AI Beauty, Filter, Chroma Boost, Slow Motion, Bokeh Effect Control
Secondary Camera 16.0MP 16MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, HDR, Portrait Selfies f/2.1 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length, 1/3.1" Sensor Size, 1.0um Pixel Size
Internal Memory 64 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 400 GB Yes, 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 7.8 mmMedium 9.4 mmThick
Weight 175 gmMedium 191 gmHeavy
Width 76.6 mmInconvenient for one-handed use 75.4 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant
Battery Capacity 3750 mAh 4500 mAh
Battery Standby 662 hrs N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime 21.00 hrs N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 65W Dart Charge
Included Fast Charger Yes, 65.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Stunning, premium design - the Honor 8X looks like the quintessential Honor smartphone, featuring a glossy textured glass back finish with its dazzling light reflecting properties, metal trim, notched display, and eye-catching looks all around - the 91 percent screen-to-body ratio and minimal chin is undeniably impressive, giving the handset even more screen to work with that Huawei’s flagship P20 Pro - it’s a great piece of tech to marvel at that rivals the look and feel of premium flagship handsets which cost significantly more
  • The rear fingerprint scanner is highly responsive and face recognition is also very speedy, although not quite as fast as the higher-end P20 Pro
  • Beautiful, bezel-less, 6.5-inch LTPS LCD display with a 2340 x 1080 resolution - even given the large display size, the Full HD+ resolution appears plenty sharp enough - the panel’s colors also pop with the appropriate fervour, resulting in bright and vivid images - sunlight legibility is also decent (though not exceptional)
  • The largest display currently in this price bracket
  • The colorful icons and white UI elements of the EMUI interface can’t help but invoke Apple’s iOS - and though EMUI does deviate majorly from a stock Android experience, but the software is perfectly functional and avoids any major bloat - it also offers tons of customization, so you get options for the app drawer, notch toggle, View Mode sizes, and text sizes under the display settings to tweak the appearance more to your tastes
  • There also a number of useful software add-ons like a gesture based navigation scheme (similar to the one on Android Pie), motion controls enabling features like raising the phone to your ear to automatically answer calls or flip the phone upside down to mute, and App Lock and Filesafe to provide ways to keep bits of information secure behind your fingerprint
  • Very solid, snappy mid-range performance with the Kirin 710 SoC (similar to the Snapdragon 660) - the Honor 8X is a snappy device that zips through everything that you can throw at it
  • Decent single bottom-facing speaker - sounds fairly decent and pumps out plenty of volume
  • Outstanding battery - the combination of the large 3750mAh battery + good software/hardware optimisation results in a phone that will last you a good 2 days with moderate use - and lighter users could well extend usage well into a third day - plus there are some useful battery saving modes too - in terms of battery life, the 8X is one of the best performing phones in recent times
  • On the whole, the Honor 8X is a great marriage of style and substance - if you don't care for the best camera phone for your buck, it's a solid choice, and one of the best looking devices you can get
  • Charming, fresh rear design - the Narzo 20 Pro features a shimmery V-pattern on the glass-like plastic rear back, which gives it a premium look
  • The front is identical to the Realme 7 with a hole-punch and thin bezels all around
  • Even though it uses plastic for the frame and back panel, the Narzo 20 Pro feels well-built and sturdy
  • Face unlock and the side-mounted fingerprint sensor are quick
  • The Narzo 20 Pro gets the same large 6.5 inches IPS LCD as the Realme 7 - it can get very bright, and colours are nicely saturated
  • The display supports up to 90Hz refresh rate which makes for a smooth experience - games that support 90Hz displays, like Alto's Odyssey, are particularly enjoyable to play
  • Software on the Realme phones is much improved since the company switched to Realme UI, it is easy to use - it is also packed with features such as Digital Wellbeing, Focus Mode, Dark Mode, and Riding Mode among others - there are some exciting and useful features like Realme Dual-Mode Audio, which allows you to connect a Bluetooth and a wired headset at the same time to listen to music on the smartphone
  • Rapid performance from the new MediaTek Helio G95 chipset - the SOC performs similar to the Helio G90T with an updated GPU, so apart from smooth regular usage, you would be getting a boost in your gaming sessions
  • Decent quad cameras at the back - the main unit boasts a 48MP sensor, with an 8MP ultra-wide lens, a 2MP micro and a 2MP depth sensor
  • The main camera produces sharp images, deep colours, all of which are certainly more than good enough for quick posting on social media
  • The ultra-wide camera captures a wider perspective but details and colours are weaker compared to the main sensor as expected
  • Portrait shots generally look good, and you get the option to adjust the background blur before shooting
  • Low light photos look decent - shots captured using Night mode look more pleasing
  • The 16MP camera can take decent selfies - The selfie portrait mode is useful as it manages to correctly crop out the background, and there's also Night mode for bright selfies even in the dark
  • Videography is smooth and largely nondescript - it can record up to 120fps slo-mo
  • Very good battery life from the 4500 mAh battery - even with medium to heavy usage, it will get you a day and half of runtime on one charge
  • Best is class 65W SuperDart Charging - you get 70 percent in just under 20 mins, which is really helpful in most cases and insane for this price
  • The Realme Narzo 20 Pro is a good overall mid-range smartphone, it's a good enough refresh with its larger battery - overall performance is very good, battery life is excellent, and best is class 65W charging is something to consider Narzo 20 Pro when buying a new phone
  • If you prefer a phone is really good cameras, you can skip the Narzo 20 Pro and rather go with the Realme 7, which offers better cameras and similar other specs
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • You can't get around the fact though that this a giant phablet - while there’s plenty of screen real estate, reaching across the panel is a stretch with one hand - combined with the glass back and sharper edges than some other large handsets, the phone can be awkward to handle at times - this is not a phone for those who value ergonomics, it's one for those who want to have the best media consumption experience
  • The camera performance of both the dual rear camera setup as well as the front camera is decent but tends to be inconsistent, mainly due to overactive AI processing - and this is one area where Honor 8X can sometimes let you down, compared to the top competition in this price bracket
  • Uses the old MicroUSB port, instead of the new USB-C standard
  • The Narzo 20 Pro is fairly thick at 9.4mm and heavy at 191 g
  • There are still several pre-loaded apps however (though most of these can thankfully be uninstalled)
  • The 2MP macro camera is not great, and even photos taken in broad daylight look quite poor
  • Overall, the cameras on the Narzo 20 Pro aren't bad at any means, but they aren't the best, which is expected from Realme
Expert Reviews
  1. If you are on the budget, you should check it out
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Perfectly capable of satisfying consumers on a budget
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. An appealing buy
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Next best mid-ranger with an average camera
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Good-looking and relatively affordable phablet
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A big-screen phone with an affordable price tag
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. Worth your consideration
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. Almost the perfect marriage of style and substance...but photography enthusiasts might want to give this AI camera a miss
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  13. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  14. zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  18. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  19. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
  20. androidcentral.com hands-on Read Review »
  21. firstpost.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. Realme Narzo 20 Pro packs in some powerful hardware and check all the boxes for a power user
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. This decent phone is a mid-range fast-charging benchmark
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. A good phone for gaming, but not photos
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The Realme Narzo 20 Pro is a great device for its price, but the camera and software needs improvement
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. The Narzo 20 Pro ticks all the right boxes... though the Realme 7 makes more sense
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Get it for fast charging but Realme 7 a better deal
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. Competition undershadows the Narzo 20 Pro
    moneycontrol.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. A good phone, but the competition is better
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
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