HUAWEI's HONOR smartphone brand announced its HONOR 20 series smartphones yesterday at an event in London. Although Honor is yet to reveal exactly which smartphones will be a part of the Honor 20 series, the leaks and rumours indicate that we will see Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro, in addition to the Honor 20 Lite, which has already been introduced in Malaysia and UK. Similarly, the ability to zoom in on a subject at 3X lossless optical zoom, 5X hybrid zoom, 30X digital zoom, means that users can shoot minute details with absolute discretion - a useful feature for nature-loving photographers who are looking to photograph elusive wildlife or street photographers who portray the hustle and bustle of city life. The asymmetrical "L-shaped" positioning of the four camera lenses allows for a 4,000 mAhiii battery that can support a full-day uninterrupted use. "Huawei will continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products, covering those that have been sold and that are still in stock globally", the vendor said in a statement.
Let's start with that camera. It is worth pointing out that both 48MP main and 8MP telephoto cameras have optical image stabilisation. The primary camera gets a more conventional f/1.8 lens instead of the f/1.4 camera and does away with the telephoto and the ultrawide camera for a 2-megapixel depth sensor.
Of course, there's also the aforementioned stellar zoom capabilities that we've become accustomed to from the latest and greatest flagship smartphone from parent company Huawei. It also has P30 Pro's moon mode. You can swipe between different camera modes, tap or pinch to zoom to various levels, tap on the top row of icons to access settings or other advanced features.
Lastly, the Honor 20 Pro also gets a dedicated 2-megapixel sensor mated to an f/ 2.4 lens for macro shots. While Huawei has submitted a number of handsets, this is the first time Honor packed a camera worthy of the attention of DxOMark.
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Both smartphones are pretty similar in design, following the ethos of their predecessors: the Honor 20 Pro has a flat front and curved rear edges with a camera blister in the top right corner (much like Huawei's P-line), while the OnePlus 7 has both edges curve to meet each other at the sides and a centrally-aligned camera bump on the back.
The new HONOR 20 Series features a graphene cooling sheet technology, which is a new thermal solution that can dissipate heat and thus maintaining the optimal performance. Each model has four rear cameras, plus a punch-hole selfie lens on the front. It features a marginally smaller display at 6.21 inches.
Whether Honor can succeed in such challenging conditions remains to be seen. But when it comes to that 2-MP macro lens, Honor did something unusual and opted not to give its macro lens any sort of auto-focus system at all. There is also support for "Virtual 9.1 Surround Sound" and "AI frequency compensation' to reduce earphone irritation and fatigue". It's another first for Honor. If you're wondering what's missing, well there is no IP rating, there's only a single firing speaker, and the box gladly includes a dongle because there is no headphone jack, no wireless charging.