Huawei sub-brand Honor is set to launch its flagship smartphone series in India today. Called the Honor 20, the smartphone series was globally unveiled at an event in London in May, comprising three smartphones—Honor 20, Honor 20 Pro and Honor 20i.
The company's London launch event was Huawei's first interaction with the public after the US Federal Trade Commission placed the company in a trade blacklist. The blacklist bans American suppliers to trade with Huawei. The Chinese company went lengths talking about the technology employed in its latest flagship smartphones during the London event, but made no reference of a possible rupture with Google and how it would affect its devices.
The Honor 20 Pro, Honor 20 and Honor 20 Lite were launched at a retail price of 599 euros (about ₹46,500), 499 euros (about ₹39,000) and 299 euros (about ₹23,000) respectively. The Honor 20i is essentially the Honor 20 Lite, but with a few changes.
The Honor 20 and 20 Pro offer the same all-glass design, a circular-notch cutout display and run Magic UI 2.0 based on Android 9 Pie. The Honor 20i is expected to come with a lower-spec processor and camera module along with other cost-cutting measures so as to be more affordable.
The Honor 20 and 20 Pro come with Huawei's HiSilicon Kirin 980 processor. The Honor 20 comes with up to 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage while the Honor 20 Pro maxxes out at 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. The two smartphones share the same 6.26-inch LCD display with a resolution of 2340x1080. The only thing distinguishing the two smartphones (other than the storage and RAM volume) is the rear camera module. The Honor 20 Pro comes with a 4,000mAh battery while the Honor 20 is backed by a 3,750mAh battery.
The Honor 20 Pro comes with a 48MP+16MP+8MP+2MP camera combo. The 48MP high resolution primary sensor is paired with some AI trickery that promises to offer better night time photography while the 16MP and 8MP sensors offer super wide angle and telephoto capabilities respectively. The 2MP macro camera lets a user take macro shots at a distance of 2cm. It is available in Phantom Black and Phantom Blue colours
The Honor 20 sports the same primary 48MP primary sensor, 16MP wide angle camera and the 2MP macro sensor, but instead of the 8MP telephoto camera, it comes with a 2MP depth assist camera. It is available in Midnight Black and Sapphire Blue colour schemes.
Both, the Honor 20 and 20 Pro come with the same 32MP selfie camera.
The Honor 20i will be powered by a mid-tier Kirin 710 SoC paired with up to 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage. It will run EMUI 9.0 based on Android 9 Pie. It is expected to come with a 6.21-inch LCD display running at 2340x1080 resolution along with a dot-notch to accommodate the 32MP front-facing camera.
At the back it will sport a 24MP + 8MP + 2MP rear camera configuration in which the 8MP sensor offers wide angle capabilities while the 2MP sensor is dedicated to depth sensing. It will be backed by a 3,400mAh battery.
The Honor 20 Pro, Honor 20, Honor 20i India launch event will commence at 11.30am in India. You can view the launch live stream in the embedded link below.