Honor View 20 vs Huawei P20 Pro: Which phone should you buy?

If you - like so many others out there - have been on the look-out for a brand new phone this year, there are some pretty good chances that you’ve come across a whole bunch of fancy looking smartphones that all promise to be the very best at what they can do. To some extent, most of the major players - Samsung, Apple, etc - will all have some sort of viable claim and speciality. So how best to decide what phone you should buy? We’ve got a series of posts up that hope to settle that up a bit for you. Right now, we’re going to take a look at the Honor View 20 vs Huawei P20. 

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Both of these phones are powerful newcomers into the world of smartphones, both are Android-based devices that boast plenty of RAM, powerful processors and some beautiful displays. There are, however, some key differences between the two of them, which we’ll go into detail in right after a look at the specs breakdown.


Specification Summary - Honor View 20 vs Huawei P20 Pro

  Honor View 20 Huawei P20 Pro
Size 156.9 x 75.4 x 8.1 mm (6.18 x 2.97 x 0.32 inches) 155 x 73.9 x 7.8 mm (6.10 x 2.91 x 0.31 inches)
Weight 180 grams (6.35 ounces) 180 grams (6.35 ounces)
Screen Size 6.4-inch LCD display 6.1-inch OLED display
Resolution 2310 x 1080 pixels (398 pixels per inch) 2240 x 1080 pixels (408 pixels per inch)
Battery Capacity 4,000mAh 4,000mAh
Headphone Jack 3.5mm headphone jack, USB-C USB Type-C
Price £499 £599
Operating System Android 9.0 Oreo Android 9.0 Pie, Huawei Emotion UI
Storage Space 128GB, 256GB options 128 GB
MicroSD Card Slot No No
Processor Quad + Quad core Kirin 980 Octa-core, 2360 MHz, ARM Cortex-A73
RAM 6GB, 8GB options 6GB
Camera 48MP (with AIS), 25MP front (AIS) 40MP
Video Up to 2,160p at 30 FPS, 720p at 960 FPS 3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD) (960 fps)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 4.2
Fingerprint Sensor Yes Facial recognition, Fingerprint (touch)
Water Resistance No Water (and Dust) resistant
App Marketplace Google Play Store Google Play Store

 

Both of these phones offer the same size frame, though the Honor View has a slightly larger display. That said, the Huawei’s display actually offers more pixels per inch, rendering at a slightly higher resolution (though in practice, the difference between these two is negligible).

The Honor View 20 wins out when it comes to price, though for the extra money, you’ll be getting a much nicer screen from the P20 Pro, as well as the capability to display 4K video, facial recognition and water and dust resistance. In all honesty, the extra cost is probably worth it when you’re getting all of that added on. Still, while the Huawei P20 Pro is the technical winner, the differences won’t be apparent to everyone and if you’re on a budget, you’re certainly not going to go wrong by choosing the Honor View 20 instead.

Critical reception - Honor View 20 vs Huawei P20 Pro

 

Honor View 20

Huawei P20 Pro

The Verge

N/A

4/5

Tech Radar

4.5/5

4.5/5

Trusted Reviews

4.5/5

4.5/5

Expert Reviews

5/5

5/5

Alphr

N/A

5/5


Winner - Draw

Battery life - Honor View 20 vs Huawei P20 Pro

The battery capacity and overall lifespan of both of these phones are pretty evenly matched. Both the Huawei P20 Pro and the Honor View 20 are packing a 4,000mAh, which is a good 500mAh more than Samsung’s Galaxy S9 Plus, for context. With both phones, you’ll be getting somewhere between 1.5 and 2 full days worth of usage before needing to recharge - of course, the more active you are with your phone, the less battery life you’ll get, but that’s just common sense.

For both of these models, starting from a full charge, you’ll be able to use audio streaming, watch YouTube or Netflix, play games and do countless other tasks and you’ll still end a day with just under 50% left. This is a huge step up from phones released even two-to-three years ago and is certainly a high point in both of these devices.

Winner - Draw

Camera - Honor View 20 vs Huawei P20 Pro

Once again - and perhaps this is to be expected since both of these phones are made by Huawei - the cameras in both of these devices are similar, but there are some key differences between the two.

Firstly, the Honor View 20 is equipped with a 25MP camera, front and rear cameras, HDR and panorama modes, and can record video in up to 2160p at 30 FPS. 

In contrast, the Huawei P20 Pro features three cameras in total (rather than the Honor View 20’s two) and packs a 24MP camera as the main option, but with the added boost of a 40MP camera on top and a litany of shooting modes to choose from. On top of HDR and panorama modes, you’ll also get access to Leica optics, again adding a variety of options if you’re a budding phone photographer. Video recording also features more options, including a 60 FPS mode for 1080p recording, which can make a huge difference for some videos.

Winner -  Huawei P20 Pro

Implementation of Android - Honor View 20 vs Huawei P20 Pro

Both of these phones come equipped with Huawei’s proprietary Android UI experience, rather than the stock Android you may have used on other devices. With both of these phones, the Huawei UI experience is fast and smooth with little to no lag, though it does ask users to learn bespoke gestures and swipes in order to navigate it efficiently. 

Winner - Draw

In-hand Feel - Honor View 20 vs Huawei P20 Pro

Both phones have a similar frame and size - with the Honor View 20 being less than half an inch larger and a 0.3 mm thicker if you’re taking notes. Both handsets weigh the same 180 grams and are otherwise fairly identical. Both of these phones are on the larger side of the smartphone spectrum, but there’s not much between them.

Winner - Draw

Screen - Honor View 20 vs Huawei P20 Pro

The most notable difference between the Honor View 20 and the Huawei P20 Pro is the screen. Not only because the Honor View 20 goes for a full-frame screen while the P20 Pro maintains the classic Android ‘home’ button and thus, has a small black bezel at the bottom of the frame.

Aside from that, however, the Huawei P20 Pro easily takes this category due to its outstanding OLED display. Black levels are incredible, colours look more vibrant and motion in videos is clear and crisp. The Honor View 20 is supplied with an almost as gorgeous IPS LCD display but it’s a tall ask to beat an OLED screen at any time.

Winner - Huawei P20 Pro

The WOW Factor - Honor View 20 vs Huawei P20 Pro

The WOW Factor is that space between technical specifications and personal preference. Logic and science may not be the key differentiators here. The WOW Factor is, put simply, how proud you’ll be to show your shiny new phone off to those around you.

With these two devices, however, it’s a tough call. The Honor View 20’s pinhole camera display is massively impressive, while the Huawei P20 Pro is a beautiful device to look at - especially if you choose the Twilight colour. At the end of the day, whichever one of these phones you pick, you’ll be carrying around something very flashy and shiny to show off. Perhaps neither of these are the best choices if you’re looking for something more subtle or professional.

Winner - Draw

Final Verdict - Honor View 20 vs Huawei P20 Pro

Picking either of these phones will get you an excellently made handset that will satisfy your needs and amaze you in equal measure for the foreseeable future. That said, the Huawei P20 Pro has been out significantly longer than the Honor View 20 and until we see an inevitable P30, the Honor View 20 is the more future-proofed of these two.

Something that might be a small deciding factor for some - the Honor View 20 retains a regular 3.5mm headphone jack, enabling users to use any headphones they want, rather than relying on Bluetooth versions or USB-C connected ones like you’ll have to with the Huawei P20 Pro. Both of these devices offer stellar results from photography and have similar frames, but the small details may just make the Honor View 20 the winner here.

Winner - Honor View 20


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