A few weeks ago Honor launched three new Honor 20 phones, with their front camera sitting in a distinctive cut-out on the front screen, and colour-changing, attention-grabbing back. Somewhat of an Honor trademark, other brands attempt to mimic but usually fail.
Don’t let the word lite fool you It’s a 6.21-inch machine supporting 16.7 million hues at 415PPI. It weighs around 164G including the battery. It comes in three colours – red, black and blue. It doesn’t have an OLED display, has a plastic rather than the metal shell, but looks and feels pretty good.
The Honor 20 Lite benefits from the design language of its predecessors such as the 10 Lite with a curved backplate, rounded edges all around as well as a mirrored gradient finish available in either Phantom Blue or Phantom Red.
The right side sports a power button and volume rocker while the left is unadorned. The top sports a hybrid SIM card slot while the base comes with a micro-USB port to charge the phone and a 3.5mm audio jack. The micro USB is a shame, we shouldn’t be seeing this archaic charging in 2019.
Honor’s signature, in my opinion, is how great looking they make their devices look.
Storage & Power
The SIM caddy sits on the top edge and will support either two SIMs or one SIM and a MicroSD card. There is 128GB of internal storage, of which 13GB was used out of the box. The Honor 20 Lite is powered by the Kirin 710 chipset, as is the Huawei P30 Lite, coupled with 4GB of RAM. There is a ‘Performance Mode’ that pushes the processor and may reduce battery life.
For gaming and movie watching duties, the HONOR 20 Lite’s display was quite serviceable with pleasant, if slightly oversaturated colour rendition and sufficient brightness for legibility of the odd line or two under daylight. The sole mono speaker at the base of the phone doesn’t do much to break out of the mold and like many others of its ilk with similar placement in a phone chassis, it’s easily muffled when gaming landscape style and what sound is generated has poor sound staging or treble but is enough for catching a video or two on YouTube or a PUBG match.
There’s a front-facing camera with a 32MP sensor and an f/2.0 lens, and three cameras at the back: a main 24MP sensor with an f/1.8 lens, an 8MP sensor with an f/2.4 120-degree wide-angle lens, and a 2MP f/2.4 depth-sensing camera. The primary camera itself takes some pretty good shots in daylight and there is an appreciable enhancement in dynamic range for shots taken after sundown with the AI on.
A decent phone by Honor, but it’s worth spending more for the flagship 20 to get the best out of the brand. The phone is now on sale too with £30 off https://www.hihonor.com/uk/product/honor-20-lite