Huawei Honor 20i 

price₹ 10,999 onwards

launchJun, 2019

33.3

excellence score

81.5

value for money score

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Design

  • Stunning, captivating gradient design on the rear panel, which reflects light in some very interesting ways
  • The slightly curved rear panel also helps with overall aesthetics and offers a much better fit in the palm
  • Weighing in at 164 grams, the device feels very light too
  • Modern front panel with a dewdrop notch design, and very minimal bezels
  • Overall, the Honor 20i is one of the best designed mid-budget phones that you will come across, at present
  • The side power and volume buttons offer satisfactory tactile feedback
  • Honor has also placed the fingerprint scanner at the right place as it is convenient to reach
  • Both the fingerprint scanner and face unlock are very fast to unlock the phone
  • The glossy back of course attracts smudges and fingerprints, so you will want to use a case

Display

  • Good, 6.21-inch, Full HD+ display
  • There is a ‘Smart Resolution’ mode, which automatically adjusts the screen resolution to save power

Software

  • Honor's EMUI interface offers a lot of additional functionality and customization over stock Android (it is in fact one of the most heavily customized versions of Android)
  • While the software does offer a bunch of useful features, it also brings bloatware - this includes apps like HiCare, Ride mode, Honor Club, Party mode, Vigo Video and more

Performance

  • Solid performance with the Kirin 710 (similar to Snapdragon 660) - it handles both day-to-day tasks and games without breaking into a sweat

Camera

  • Pretty good set of triple rear cameras (standard + ultra-wide + depth) - for this price bracket
  • Images in daylight come out pretty good, with good amount of details and sharpness
  • The camera is quick to focus
  • There is also decent separation between the subject and background in macro shots
  • The Night scene mode also works well - it takes multiple shots and blends them to deliver a clearer picture with less noise, better colors and contrast - but, you will have to be very patient as it takes time to produce the final output
  • The front 32-megapixel camera also takes good selfies with enough details, and support software based portrait mode
  • The ultra-wide camera is average - it produces quite distorted 8-megapixel images - the details, textures and sharpness are also average
  • Overall, while the camera setup is good, it's not the best available in this price bracket - that spot would go to the likes of Redmi Note 7 Pro, Realme 3 Pro, and Vivo Z1 Pro

Battery

  • Good battery life with a 3400mAh battery inside - you will comfortably get a day with moderate to heavy use
  • Charging using the supplied 10W charger, is not the fastest - it takes about 2 hours to go from 0 to 100%

Verdict

  • Overall, the Honor 20i is a pretty polished mid-ranger - you get a sleek and eye-catching design, smooth performance, Android 9 Pie OS, lots of storage and decent battery life - it's a solid option to consider for this price bracket
  • The competition is pretty tough in this price bracket though, so the Honor 20i will have no easy breathing room - it will face the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro (offers slightly better performance and cameras, big battery, glass design, and a USB Type-C port), the Realme 3 Pro (again slightly better performance and cameras, and bigger battery), the Samsung Galaxy M30 (AMOLED display, bigger battery), and the Vivo Z1 Pro (better design, better cameras, better performance, better battery)

Expert Reviews

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  1. A capable phone...but not the best choice when more powerful alternatives are readily available
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A decent mid-range smartphone
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A well-rounded package..but in this range, there are some other great value for money devices too
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. With phones such as Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro and Realme 3 Pro setting the bar really high, Honor 20i just doesn’t make the cut
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Show a lot of promise, but fails to convince...as is falls in a very competitive price segment
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Perfectly capable
    pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. A good mix of performance and design
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. A complete package in the budget smartphone segment...Go for the Honor 20i if you are looking for a no-nonsense budget smartphone
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. economictimes.indiatimes.com hands-on Read Review »
  10. ibtimes.co.in hands-on Read Review »
  11. indiatoday.in hands-on Read Review »

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Huawei Honor 20i Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.21 inches
Screen Resolution1080x2340 pixels (~ 415 pixels per inch)
Display TypeIPS LCD
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
NotchYes
Display Features
  • 2.5D Curved Glass
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Gyroscope
Fingerprint sensorYes
Face UnlockYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2.2 GHz, Octa Core, Hisilicon Kirin 710Ranked #34 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUMali-G51 MP4
RAM4 GB
Memory
Internal Memory128 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 512 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity3400 mAh
Dimensions
Weight164 gmMedium
Thickness8 mmMedium
Width73.6 mmOk for one-handed use
Camera
Primary Camera24MP + 8MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features
  • 24MP: F/1.8 Aperture; PDAF
  • 8MP: F/2.4 Aperture
  • 13mm Focal Length (ultrawide)
  • 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor
  • HDR
  • Panorama
Secondary Camera32MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • F/2.0 Aperture
  • 0.8um Pixel Size
  • HDR
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB
USB On-The-GoYes
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou
CompassYes
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Dual SIMGSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes

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