If you are willing to ignore the controversy surrounding Huawei and Honor in the Android smartphone market, then on paper the Honor 20i looks like a strong mid-range smartphone. How is its performance in common use? Let’s know…
Honor 20i Design
Honor 20i Comes with polycarbonate rear panel. Here gradient design is used. Honor It is claimed that 3D photolithography process has been used to get such a finish in the phone. We have reviewed the Phantom Blue variant of the phone. It comes with a royal blue shade on the top and a bright purple shade as you go down.
Honor 20i also has Phantom Red and Midnight Black variants. There is no dual tone finish on the Midnight Black variant. The rim used to connect the rear and front panels is made of plastic and comes with a glossy finish.
The grip is good due to the curved edges. But the phone slips in the hands. Fingerprints fall easily on the glossy surface of the rear panel. It is also not untouched by scratch marks. We found that the middle of the rear panel was flexing.
The power and volume buttons are on the right. It is easy to reach them. The hybrid dual-SIM tray is at the top. Here you will be able to use two nano SIM cards or one SIM and microSD card simultaneously. The 3.5mm headphone jack and micro-USB port have got a place at the bottom.
The triple rear camera setup present in the vertical position comes with a bulge. But it is not much. The fingerprint sensor is slightly on the inside. Our finger reached it easily. We have no complaints about the speed of fingerprint recognition. It is accurate too.
There is no problem in using this phone with one hand. The edges make the phone feel slim, while it is not. Except for the problem of flex on the rear panel, the Honor 20i gives a very solid feel. Talking about the design, it will be liked by those users who want gradient design and punchy colors.
Honor 20i Specification and Software
Honor 20i sports a 6.21-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels) display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Screen to body ratio is 90 percent. The pixel density of the panel is 415 ppi. It has received TUV Rheinland certification for reducing blue light emissions.
In this phone of Honor Huawei The octa-core Kirin 710 processor has been used. The clock speed is 2.2 GHz. 4 GB RAM has been given for Jugalbandi. The inbuilt storage of Honor 20i is 128 GB and it is possible to use microSD card up to 512 GB if needed.
There are three rear cameras on the back of the Honor 20i – a 24-megapixel primary sensor with F / 1.8 aperture, a 2-megapixel depth sensor with F / 2.4 aperture and an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera. On the front panel there is a 32-megapixel sensor with F / 2.0 aperture.
To bring life to the phone, there is a 3,400 mAh battery. There is a 10 W charger to charge it. Apart from the phone in the retail box, a charger, a micro-USB cable, SIM ejector, TPU cover and some important documents will be found.
Talking about the software, Honor 20i will run on EMUI 9.0.1 based on Android 9 Pie. Our review unit was running on the May 2019 Android security patch. EMUI 9.0.1 comes with many features and customizations.
Apps like Honor Club, Hicare, Honor Store, App Gallery and Phone Clone will be pre-installed in the phone. Ride Mode, SOS, Recorder, Flashlight are also part of the phone as an app.
Third party apps like Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Netflix, Camera 360 and Vigo Video are also pre-installed. Some of these apps also send annoying notifications. The good thing is that they can be got rid of. You will also get digital balance. There is also a bedtime feature.
Honor 20i Display and Performance
Honor 20i has a 6.21-inch full-HD + (1080×2340 pixels) screen. It will be known for its crisp content and vibrant colors. Viewing angles are good. The brightness level is also sufficient. Even in sunlight, we didn’t need to take it above 80 percent.
Oversaturated colors come from the panel of Honor 20i. In comparison, the level of detail in the display of Honor 20 is also better.
We found that the display temperature of the Honor 20i is a bit warm by default. But you can go to the display settings and select it in ‘Vivid’ color mode. Apart from this, there is also an option to control the display temperature.
To reduce battery consumption, the Smart Resolution feature automatically tones down the full-HD+ resolution to HD+. The Honor 20i also has a Reading Mode to improve the reading experience. It gives yellow tint to the display.
The phone has not received the Widevine L1 DRM certification. This means that users will not be able to watch content in HD resolution on Amazon Prime Video and Netflix.
Talking about performance, the Kirin 710 used in Honor 20i is a reliable processor. The phone never slowed down in normal use. Even if 10-15 apps are running in the background. Switching between apps was very smooth. Navigation based on swipe went smoothly.
Talking about gaming, PUBG Mobile in Honor 20i runs on medium graphics settings. Asphalt 9: Legends also ran without any frame rate drop. However, we did encounter occasional input lag in games with powerful graphics.
The vibration feedback of the phone is very aggressive. There is no way to reduce it.
Honor 20i Camera and Battery Life
Honor 20i is one of the few smartphones under Rs 15,000 that come with triple rear cameras. Excellent macro shots can be taken from the phone. The phone took many beautiful close-up shots. There was no dearth of detail in these and the colors were also vibrantly captured. However, we have seen better depth control and edge detection in the cameras of Redmi Note 7 Pro and Realme 3 Pro.
In daylight, the phone takes slightly more saturated pictures. These pictures look good on the phone. But the lack of detail and sharpness is clearly visible on the big screen. Enabling AI mode helps in dynamic range and also boosts colors.
The dynamic range of the phone lags in high light. It often captured soft and washed out colours. When the ambient light was better, the camera captured pictures with decent sharpness and depth of field.
Portrait mode in the camera app did a good job of highlighting the object in focus. Edge detection was also great. But the background blur was often uneven. The good thing is that we did not face the problem of focus lock.
The 32-megapixel front camera captures bright selfies. There is no dearth of details in them. However, when using the indoor camera, the Honor 20i does the work of whitening and it makes the background elements a bit dull. Edge detection was not perfect in portrait selfies.
You will get features like Portrait Lightning Effects, AR Lenses, Live Filters and Background Filters. The wide-angle sensor does a good job of capturing wide frames.
The phone has Night Mode for low-light photography. But it does not give very impressive results. The Night Mode of Honor 20i brings out the colors in low-light conditions. Enhances the edge of objects. But the pictures that are captured have a lot of noise and grainy texture. Night mode doesn’t work with selfie camera.
In aperture mode, users can change the point of focus with the help of depth sensor. Apart from this, the blur effect can be adjusted.
With Honor 20i, you will be able to record full-HD video at 60 frames per second. As far as quality is concerned, the camera struggles to lock focus. But due to the lack of stabilization, the videos are captured with jerks.
Talking about the battery life, the 3,400 mAh battery of Honor 20i has supported the whole day. During this time we used the phone for social media, web browsing, listening to songs on wireless headphones for about two hours, occasional phone calls and 45 minutes of gaming. At times, the battery of the phone could not last even for a day after playing more games.
In our video loop test, the Honor 20i supported for 15 hours and 11 minutes. The charger provided in the retail box takes about 2 hours to fully charge the battery. The Power Saving and Ultra Saving modes work well in reducing battery consumption.
The Honor 20i appears to be a capable handset, but at times it doesn’t feel as capable as its cheaper phones. Talking about performance, the phone does not have any problem in daily use. Gaming also does not disappoint. EMUI is equipped with many features.
In the camera department, the Honor 20i gave mixed results. There are many features for the users to use. But in terms of performance, it is a bit weak from its rivals, especially in Night Mode and Portrait Mode.
at a low price Redmi Note 7 Pro ,review) And Realme 3 Pro ,review) are more profitable. They come with better build quality, good cameras and strong performance. recently launched Vivo Z1 Pro is also a good option. Its price is Rs 14,990.
You Oppo K1 ,review) which comes with capable hardware and reliable performance. And this phone also has an in-display fingerprint sensor. At a price of Rs 14,999, Honor 20i is not the best option in today’s date.