Honor View 20 vs Huawei Honor Mate 20 Pro: Which phone should you buy?

There is certainly no shortage of high-powered Android smartphones out there these days, and Chinese company Huawei has made waves in recent years, quickly making a name for itself in the realm of laptops. Now, after years of iterations on the company’s laptop, tablet and smartphone lines, Huawei has become more or less a household name.

Huawei also happens to be one of the more prolific smartphone makers out there, releasing multiple different models per year, so if you’ve been in the market for a brand new phone recently, odds are good you’ve stumbled across more than one of the company’s handsets and wondered what makes them different. That’s what we’re here to take a look at. Here’s our guide to Huawei Honor View 20 vs Huawei Mate 20 Pro.

Of course, if you are looking for a new phone, you can check out our other phone comparison articles at some of the links below.

You should also check out user Gofre's comprehensive Smartphone Guide on the forums.

Specification Summary - Honor View 20 vs Huawei Mate 20 Pro

  Honor View Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Size 156.9 x 75.4 x 8.1 mm (6.18 x 2.97 x 0.32 inches) 157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6 mm (6.22 x 2.85 x 0.34 inches)
Weight 180 grams (6.35 ounces) 189 grams (6.66 ounces)
Screen Size 6.4-inch LCD display 6.4-inch AMOLED display
Resolution 2310 x 1080 pixels (398 pixels per inch) 3,120 x 1,440 (538 pixels-per-inch)
Battery Capacity 4,000mAh 4,200mAh
Fast charging
Qi wireless charging
Headphone Jack 3.5mm headphone jack, USB-C USB-C
Price £499 £799
Operating System Android 9.0 (Pie) Android 9.0 Pie
Storage Space 128GB, 256GB options 128GB, 256GB
MicroSD Card Slot No No – features proprietary Nano Memory Card
Processor Quad + Quad core Kirin 980 Quad core Kirin 980
RAM 6GB, 8GB options 6GB, 8GB
Camera 48MP (with AIS), 25MP front (AIS) Triple sensor 40MP and 20MP and 8MP rear, 24MP front
Video Up to 2,160p at 30 FPS, 720p at 960 FPS 2,160p at 30 frames per second, 1,080p at 60 fps, 720p at 960 fps
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 5.0
Fingerprint Sensor Yes Yes (In-display)
Water Resistance No Yes
App Marketplace Google Play Store Google Play Store

So, from looking at the specs for both of these phones, there are a couple of key things to note. Specifically, the Honor View 20 features a better quality camera and more options for photography, while the Mate 20 Pro packs in a much higher resolution screen, an AMOLED display and a higher capacity battery. 

If your main use for your device is photography, you may want to look into the Honor View 20, but there are many reasons to consider the Mate 20 Pro in this case. That is, if you’ve got the extra cash.

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Winner - Draw

Battery life - Honor View 20 vs Huawei Mate 20 Pro

This category is pretty cut-and-dry - the Huawei Mate 20 Pro packs a higher capacity battery with added fast charging and wireless charging abilities in order to make it easily the better contender when it comes to battery life. That said, the Honor View 20 is absolutely no slouch and you’ll easily get just shy of two days worth of battery from a single full charge.

Winner - Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Camera - Honor View 20 vs Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Once again, the specs speak for themselves here, though in the opposite direction. The Honor View 20 was designed and built specifically with camera functionality in mind, so it stands to reason that this would be the phone of choice if you’re a budding photographer. 

The Mate 20 Pro does still feature a hugely impressive camera set up and will give you some fantastic results, but the Honor View 20 has the slight edge that puts it over the top and makes it the winner of this particular category.

Winner -  Honor View 20

In-hand Feel - Honor View 20 vs Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Both of these handsets are relatively the same size (there’s under 1 mm in the difference in height, for example), both being on the larger side of the smartphone spectrum. Both screens are the same size, as well, though the main difference is found in the weight and overall heft of the Mate 20 Pro. Nearly 10 grams heavier than the Honor View 20, the device is noticeably heavier than its competitor.

At the end of the day, though, this is a minor quibble and in regular use, you’ll be hard-pressed to notice it, meaning these phones are largely identical in hand feel.

Winner - Draw

Screen - Honor View 20 vs Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Both of these phones have stellar displays and screen resolutions - we should get that out of the way first. With either of these devices, you’re getting a clear, crisp, high-quality display that will impress as often as it satisfies.

With that in mind, the clear winner here is in the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, with its much higher resolution and pixel count (538 pixels-per-inch vs the Honor View 20’s 398) as well as the AMOLED display. It’s a huge step up from the LCD seen in the Honor View 20 and is really quite brilliant to see in person.

Winner - Huawei Mate 20 Pro

The WOW Factor - Honor View 20 vs Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Perhaps the one benefit of being able to compare two of Huawei’s competing flagship smartphones is that the ‘Wow’ factor remains intact throughout both of these devices. In all honesty, whichever one of these phones you end up choosing, you’ll have yourself a device that will instantly impress anyone around you - the Mate 20 Pro with its gorgeous screen and Honor View 20 with its fantastic camera quality.

Winner - Draw

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Final Verdict - Honor View 20 vs Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Ultimately, ending up with either of these Huawei phones will be a good move. You’ll end up with a smartphone that will serve you well for the years to come, be shiny and extra impressive, as well as being significantly future proof. Taking everything into account, however, the Mate 20 Pro narrowly takes the spot for our final recommendation with its significantly better screen, display resolution and battery life.

Winner - Huawei Mate 20 Pro

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